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PRD Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc

0.40 (4.10%)
21 Jun 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc LSE:PRD London Ordinary Share JE00BFZ1D698 ORD NPV
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.40 4.10% 10.15 9.80 10.50 10.15 9.75 9.75 717,328 16:20:55
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Crude Petroleum & Natural Gs 0 -2.56M -0.0045 -22.56 57.36M

Predator Oil & Gas Holdings PLC Phase 1 Rigless Testing Update

20/02/2024 7:00am

RNS Regulatory News

RNS Number : 6808D
Predator Oil & Gas Holdings PLC
20 February 2024


20 February 2024


               Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc / Index: LSE / Epic: PRD / Sector: Oil & Gas

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Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc

("Predator" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries the "Group")


                                         Phase 1 rigless testing update




·    Phase 1 rigless testing with small perforating guns confirms formation damage


·    Phase 2 Sandjet testing, always the preferred perforating option, will proceed with design parameters modified to take into account the depth of formation damage


·    The Company is confident that Sandjet will achieve its objective to establish gas flow


·    Analysis of gas samples confirms up to 99.57% methane suitable for CNG development


·    MOU-5 Jurassic well planning on track


·    No change to available discretionary working capital to carry out Sandjet testing programme




Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc (LSE: PRD), the Jersey based Oil and Gas Company with near-term operations focussed on Morocco and Trinidad, provides an update on its Phase 1 rigless testing programme onshore Morocco.


Phase 1 rigless testing programme.




The Phase 1 rigless testing programme was designed to confirm potential formation damage caused by heavy drilling muds used whilst drilling and estimate the minimum depth of penetration of drilling mud into the potential reservoir formations.


This information was critical for designing the Phase 2 Sandjet programme, including perforating parameters, and for evaluating additional potential reservoir intervals interpreted by NuTech but where conventional wireline logs were potentially impacted by deep invasion of drilling mud into these intervals.


In order to carry out Phase 1 rigless testing, conventional 111/16" perforating guns, being the only option available at the time to allow Phase 1 rigless testing to commence before 5 February 2024 and the end of the extension of the Initial Period of the Guercif Petroleum Agreement facilitated by Amendment #3, were used.


It was recognised that the perforating guns were likely to be under-sized but a third party analysis indicated a maximum 12" penetration into the reservoir formation versus their interpreted zone of formation damage for the TGB-2 Sand in MOU-1 of 8".


Therefore it was assessed that the Phase 1 rigless testing programme would at least establish a minimum extent for formation damage around the wellbore of 8 inches based on the above third party information. This would assist in designing more appropriate Sandjet perforating parameters.


Operations summary


Phase 1 rigless testing operations commenced on 10 February 2024 after arrival at the well

site of the explosives required for the perforating guns and allowing for adverse weather

conditions caused by severe gusts of wind that prevented crane work to ameliorate.


All four zones in MOU-1 and MOU-3 to be tested were perforated and operations were completed on 19 February 2024 with the crews and equipment being demobilised. Operations took 10 days versus the pre-testing forecast of up to 14 days.


For all four zones tested the under-sized 111/16" perforating guns failed to penetrate beyond the zone of formation damage caused by the necessity to use heavy drilling muds whilst drilling.


Gas analysis of isotube gas samples from MOU-3


Seven gas samples collected in isotubes in MOU-3 whilst drilling at measured depths of 446, 508, 555, 750, 817, 846 and 1395 metres  have now been analysed by Applied Petroleum Technology (UK) Ltd. ("APT") in their Oslo laboratory. Gas composition is in the range 98.04 to 99.57% methane, making it ideal for a Compressed Natural Gas development with minimum processing. Isotope analysis indicates the gas is biogenic in origin.


Phase 2 rigless testing programme


The results of the Phase 1 rigless testing programme allows the design parameters for the Sandjet testing programme to be set with a higher degree of confidence in relation to achieving key objectives as follows:


·    to penetrate sufficiently beyond the formation damage: and


·    to perforate multiple potential reservoir zones recognised by NuTech but for which conventional wireline logs may be adversely impacted by invasion of drilling mud.


Conventional larger 27/8" perforating guns are modelled by a third party to penetrate 25 - 28" into a formation, beyond the zone of formation damage. Sandjet design parameters will be modelled to achieve this minimum objective.


Forward programme


Phase 2 rigless well testing


Phase 1 rigless testing information has confirmed Sandjet as the preferred choice for perforating multiple zones in MOU-1, MOU-3 and MOU-4 for rigless testing.


The Sandjet rigless well testing programmes for MOU-1, MOU-3 and MOU-4 will be finalised and thereafter Sandjet will be mobilised to carry out the testing operations.


Mobilisation of the Sandjet crew and equipment will occur shortly after Petroleum Agreement Amendment #4 has been ratified and all necessary regulatory approvals for Sandjet rigless testing have been received. The time framework for the Phase 2 rigless testing programme will at that time be updated.


MOU-5 well planning activities


The Company will continue to progress planning activities for the drilling of the MOU-5 well to test a large Jurassic structure updip from MOU-4. These will include finalising the well prognosis, well design, geological programme and drilling programme for regulatory approvals.


The ongoing geochemical characterisation by APT of the interpreted Jurassic section penetrated in MOU-4 is encouraging as preliminary thermal maturity studies indicate the section is mature for thermogenic gas generation and with some potential for condensate too.



Paul Griffiths, Executive Chairman of Predator, commented:

"The Phase 1 rigless testing programme has confirmed our long-standing plans to use Sandjet to better target a number of zones of interest identified by the NuTech petrophysical interpretation. The presence of potentially deep formation damage caused by heavy drilling mud has re-confirmed the necessity to test these zones for which the wireline logs are likely to have been  impacted by the invasive drilling mud.


We are very confident that we can design the Sandjet testing parameters to extend beyond the zone of formation damage.


The analysis of gas collected from multiple levels whilst drilling MOU-3 is encouraging as it indicates gas from a biogenic origin with up to 99.57% methane content, which is ideally suited to a CNG development.


Planning activities to drill MOU-5 are progressing smoothly and we are encouraged by the preliminary results from the geochemical characterisation of the Jurassic section in MOU-4.


Resources estimates remain unchanged and there are no changes to available discretionary working capital to carry out the Sandjet testing programme. We are however fully aware that we need to flow gas from our main zones in the most effective manner after accounting for formation damage, and we have confidence in Sandjet achieving that objective."



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Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc

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Lonny Baumgardner    Managing Director

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Notes to Editors:  


Predator is operator of the Guercif Petroleum Agreement onshore Morocco which is prospective for Tertiary and Jurassic gas.  The current focus of the exploration and appraisal drilling programme is located less than 10 kilometres from the Maghreb gas pipeline.  The MOU-1 well drilled in 2021 and the MOU-3 and MOU-4 wells drilled in 2023 have been completed for rigless testing in early 2024. Near-term focus is on supplying compressed natural gas ("CNG") to the Moroccan industrial market. A Collaboration Agreement for potential CNG gas sales of up to 50 mm cfgpd has been executed with Afriquia Gaz. Further drilling activity is anticipated in 2024 to further evaluate the MOU-4 Jurassic prospect.


Predator is seeking in the medium term to apply CO2 EOR techniques onshore Trinidad which have the advantage of sequestrating anthropogenic carbon dioxide. The acquisition of T-Rex Resources (Trinidad) Ltd. ("T-Rex") is a first step to realising this objective. T-Rex holds the Cory Moruga Production Licence. Cory Moruga is a largely undeveloped near-virgin oil field of similar potential size to the nearby Moruga West and Inniss-Trinity mature oil fields. The Cory Moruga Production Licence is a potentially significant asset for the Company with the capability of generating positive operating profits in the near-term. Capital required for staged field development can be implemented potentially utilising operating profits generated from an increasing level of gross production revenues.


Predator owns and operates exploration and appraisal assets in licensing options offshore Ireland, for which successor authorisations have been applied for, adjoining Vermilion's Corrib gas field in the Slyne Basin on the Atlantic Margin and east of the decommissioned Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea. The applications for successor authorisations remain "under consideration" by the DECC.


Predator has developed a Floating Storage and Regasification Project ("FSRUP") for the import of LNG and its regassification for Ireland and is also developing gas storage concepts to address security of gas supply and volatility in gas prices during times of peak gas demand.

Further progress for the Mag Mell FSRUP will be dependent on government policy in relation to security of energy supply. A generalised FSRUP concept has now been recognised by the government as an option for security of energy supply.


The Company has a small but highly experienced management team with a proven track record in successfully executing drilling operations in the oil and gas sector and in acquiring assets where there is a potential to generate multiple returns for relatively low and manageable levels of investment.



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