Pharos Energy announces trading and Egypt operations update
Pharos Energy plc, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, issues the following Trading and Operations update in advance of the Company’s half-year results on 19 August 2020. The information contained herein has not been audited and may be subject to further review and amendment.
- Rapid and responsible response to COVID -19 and oil price fall – protecting people, cutting costs and deferring capex
- Group working interest H1 production 12,093 boepd net, in line with production guidance;
- Egypt H1 production 5,979 bopd
- Vietnam H1 production 6,114 boepd net
- 2020 Production Guidance remains unchanged as announced on 12 May;
- Egypt – 5,000-6,000 bopd
- Vietnam – 5,500-6,500 boepd net
- Group revenue for H1 2020 was c.$77m, including the benefit of our H1 hedges of $21m
- Production operations continue in both Vietnam and Egypt in light of COVID-19, with strict health and safety measures in place
- Cash balances as at 30 June 2020 of c.$38m after RBL repayment of $22.3m on 30/06/20, Net debt of c.$36m – further RBL payment of $9.4m expected to be made by 14/07/2020
- Cash capex for the full year has reduced to c.$37m of which the majority has already been incurred
- Cash cost savings on total group expenditure for the year of 25% have been achieved, cost reduction programmes ongoing
COVID- 19 response
Pharos continues to manage its operations carefully in light of COVID-19 and the Group is adhering to the procedures and restrictions put in place by its host countries. All our staff and contractors are safe and all Pharos, Cairo office staff have been working from home with negligible disruption to the business and London office staff have been working from home since March in line with UK governmental guidelines. In Vietnam, office staff have returned to office following government guidelines and easing of lockdown restrictions.
Petrosilah has been engaging with the local communities during the pandemic to offer support. Field staff continue dialogue and social engagement with the villages adjacent to the El Fayum fields through the continued sterilisation of community areas. In addition, Petrosilah has donated face masks, face shields, and protection suits to the El-Fayum General Hospital.
Egypt Operations Update
El Fayum Production
Production for the first half of 2020 from the El Fayum Concession averaged 5,979 bopd. This is in line with the Egypt 2020 production guidance given on 12 May, which remains unchanged at 5,000-6,000 bopd.
El Fayum Development and Operations
As announced earlier in the year, the discretionary drilling programme in Egypt was scaled back to preserve capital in the prevailing uncertain macro-economic environment. Pharos is using the break in drilling activity to reduce the cost base, whilst aiming to maintain productivity and the revenue stream.
Production operations in the field have been centred on well intervention and water-flood enhancement, utilising the remaining active workover rig. Forward operations will be focussed on further enhancing productivity from existing wells through recompletions, the addition of new producing zones, and the conversion of selected existing production wells to injector wells.
In addition, work to update the subsurface static and dynamic models to incorporate the results of the 2019 and 2020 drilling campaigns has progressed well. This work will allow further optimisation of the water-flood pattern and facilitate optimised reservoir management through better well spacing when drilling recommences, which will further improve sweep efficiency, well deliverability and lead to an increased recovery. Target secondary recovery factors for water-flood activity in the El Fayum fields remain c.24%; current primary recovery factor is 8 to 12%.
Further reductions in GHG emissions are anticipated through the implementation of a second phase of associated gas generators at the appropriate time.
Work to ensure we are prepared to report in line with the TCFD guidelines has begun and is progressing well.
All development drilling activity has now been put on hold in Egypt and the existing producing wells will go into natural decline until such time as cash is available to restart drilling activity. As the oil price recovers, the cash flow generated by the Vietnam assets can be deployed across the portfolio to support work programme activities across the group. While the flexibility in the drilling programme in Egypt has been a significant benefit in allowing us to reshape the programme and defer capex this year, any significant delays in recommencing drilling in Egypt could have a disproportionate impact on the length of time it takes to increase production levels to previous rates. Therefore, Management will look to deploy development capital in Egypt as soon as is possible to do so.
The Pharos business plan is built for long term resilience – our leverage is modest and our commitments manageable. We expect to continue navigating the remainder of the year in a positive way, using the flexibility that our business plan and balance sheet allow.
Our receivables continue to be settled in Egypt and at 30 June 2020 stood at c.$8m comparative to $14.3m at year-end 2019.
Cash capital expenditure for 2020 has reduced to c. $37m, from $44m as announced on 12 May 2020, mainly due to reductions in Egypt, of which the majority has already been incurred.
(Source: Pharos Energy)