Condor Petroleum Inc. ("Condor" or the "Company") (TSX: CPI) is pleased to announce the release of its Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2016, together with the related Management's Discussion and Analysis. These documents will be made available under Condor's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Condor website at www.condorpetroleum.com. All financial amounts in this news release are presented in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated.
Production in Kazakhstan resumed at the Shoba oilfield in September, 2016 and at the Taskuduk oilfield in October 2016 after the respective production contracts were signed with the Government of Kazakhstan in the third quarter of 2016. For the three months ended December 31, 2016 the Company produced 48,051 barrels of oil or an average of 522 bopd and 53,954 barrels since production resumed in September 2016 (three months ended December 31, 2015: nil; year ended December 31, 2015: 28,620 barrels of oil). Performance of the two Shoba horizontal wells is exceeding expectations due to the low associated gas and water production volumes. Capital permitting, additional Shoba horizontal wells may be drilled with the intent of growing production to over 1,000 bopd.
For the year ended December 31, 2016, the net loss increased to $11.9 million from $3.3 million in 2015 due mainly to the foreign exchange loss of $1.8 million in 2016 compared to $9.9 million foreign exchange gain in 2015 stemming in each year primarily from currency fluctuations related to USD denominated cash and cash equivalents, and partially offset by deferred tax recovery of $1.8 million in 2016 (2015: deferred tax expense of $1.8 million). Cash used in operations amounted to $9.2 million for year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $9.0 million in 2015.
Capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2016 amounted to $16.7 million (2015: $12.1 million) and relates mainly to Poyraz Ridge field development in Turkey. Construction of the 15 MMscf/day Poyraz Ridge gas processing facility continues with all major gas processing equipment installed. The remaining components are expected to be delivered by April 2017, thereby reducing cost and schedule uncertainty. The inter-field gas gathering lines are currently being installed. Regulatory approvals have been received for the gas sales pipeline routing and tie-in entry point, with pipeline construction scheduled to commence in April 2017. The Company has executed a seller nominated depletion gas sales agreement for Poyraz Ridge. The project continues to target first gas by mid-2017, providing access to cash flow from a region with strong domestic gas demand and pricing.
A four well Poyraz Ridge appraisal and development drilling program was completed in January 2017 with each well encountering multiple stacked-pay intervals. Integration of the well results and the 3-D seismic has allowed the mapping of six key reservoirs that contain nine gas pools and completion and testing operations commenced in late December 2016.
Initial completions have been run on the Poyraz 3 and Poyraz 5 wells with various intervals perforated in the Gazhanedere and Sogucak formations. During the clean-up flow period of the Poyraz 3 well, gas flow was restricted by paraffin (wax) build-up, limiting the well's ability to provide stabilized measurements. The paraffin was observed in the tubing string and in surface test equipment. Similar paraffin deposits were realized during initial testing of the Poyraz 5 well.
Treating paraffin by injecting chemicals downhole is a common practice. Although diesel fuel dissolves the paraffin, a chemical inhibitor has been identified that prevents the paraffin from plugging the tubing string and surface facilities. Equipment has been purchased to enable continuous downhole chemical treatment and is expected to be installed in the second quarter of 2017. Testing will resume after the chemical treatment equipment has been installed.
Poyraz West 2 is a step-out appraisal well that penetrated the southwest extension of the field. A twelve meter interval in the newly discovered upper Pre-Sogucak clastic reservoir was tested and flowed gas at a restricted rate of up to 1.8 MMscf/day. The flow rate was curtailed due to pressure rating limitations of the surface equipment.
Well test data for this interval indicate variable reservoir parameters and additional flow data will be obtained before drilling additional wells into this zone. A lower Pre-Sogucak clastic reservoir was also tested and yielded formation water. A seven meter interval in the upper Gazhanedere sandstone flowed at stable rates of 300 Mscf/day. Other prospective Gazhanedere sandstone intervals have yet to be perforated.
Testing is also underway on Poyraz West 5, a well that penetrated the down-thrown fault block or "footwall" of the Poyraz Ridge field. One of the upper Gazhanedere sandstone intervals was perforated and flowed gas with no appreciable paraffin production, confirming hydrocarbon saturation in the footwall. Additional intervals are expected to be perforated to enhance flowrates from this zone. A lower Sogucak carbonate interval was also perforated that did not flow any fluids despite having mud gas shows while drilling and wireline log indicated porosity and hydrocarbons. Alternate drilling and completion techniques are being investigated for this interval.
The initial completion intervals tested on Poyraz West 2 and Poyraz West 5 have purposely been minimized to avoid potential paraffin production at this time. Once the chemical inhibitor equipment is installed and production history is obtained, additional intervals will be perforated to maintain / increase flowrates. Completion and testing activities are expected to continue into the second quarter of 2017.
Prior to first gas, well workovers are also planned on up to three previously drilled Poyraz Ridge wells (Poyraz West 1, Poyraz 2 and Poyraz 1 S/T). Poyraz West 1 was drilled in 2014 and tested the Sogucak limestone at a stabilized rate of 1.5 MMscf/day, with small associated amounts of condensate. A shallower Gazhanedere sandstone flowed at a final rate of 500 Mscf/day. Poyraz 2 and Poyraz 1 S/T were both drilled in 2013. Two Gazhanedere sandstone intervals flowed at final rates of 1.2 MMscf/day and 300 Mscf/day. Poyraz 1 S/T tested two Kirazli sandstone intervals which flowed at final rates of 1.2 MMscf/day and 375 Mscf/day. None of the three previously drilled wells produced appreciable amounts of paraffin. The planned workovers will allow the producing intervals to be comingled.
As per the development plan, an additional development well is planned to be drilled in the second quarter of 2017. Rig contracting activities are underway. Results of this well and of the ongoing tests on the Poyraz 3, Poyraz 5, Poyraz West 2 and Poyraz West 5 will help to determine if additions to the development plan are required.
The Zharkamys exploration contract ("Contract") with the Ministry of Energy of the Government of Kazakhstan ("Ministry") was due to expire on December 14, 2016. Prior to this date, the Kazakhstan Chamber of International Commerce and subsequently the Kazakhstan Civil Court ("Court") confirmed that a force majeure event had occurred under the Kazakhstan law "On Subsurface and Subsurface Use" and that the Contract validity period is to be extended for a period of 630 days. On December 22, 2016, the Ministry filed an appeal to the Court's decision. On February 7, 2017, the Kazakhstan Court of Appeal ("Court of Appeal") declined to consider the Ministry's submission due to its formal non-compliance with Court of Appeal's regulations. To date, the Ministry has not approved the Contract extension and further appeals are possible. Although there is uncertainty regarding the timing of and ability to obtain the required approval from the Ministry, the Company considers that based on the Court ruling on the force majeure extension, the Company retains legal rights to explore Zharkamys until September 5, 2018. As a result, no de-recognition of the respective exploration and evaluation assets in the amount of $57.4 million is required as of December 31, 2016.
Condor is a Canadian based oil and gas company with a 100% working interest in two adjoining production licenses covering 100 square kilometers located onshore in the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Republic of Turkey, a 100% interest in the production rights to the Shoba and Taskuduk oilfields and a 100% interest in the exploration rights to the 3,777 square kilometer Zharkamys West 1 property located in the Pre-Caspian basin in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Condor is listed on the TSX under the symbol "CPI".
SOURCE: Condor Petroleum Inc.
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