Maha Energy AB (publ) (“Maha” or the “Company”) is providing production guidance of 4,000 – 5,000 BOEPD for 2022, compared to the estimated volume of 7,000 BOEPD presented in the 5 year operational strategy in early March 20211. The preliminary guidance accounts for the impact of the previously published delay and recent reconfiguration of Tie-4 production well from a horizontal well to a vertical well and is subject to certain assumptions as detailed below, including a potential farm down of parts of Block 70 in Oman. The guidance is subject to final approval of the proposed 2022 Capital Plan by the Company Board, which is expected early in the first quarter, 2022.
The Company is pleased to provide preliminary details of its 2022 Capital Plan and Production Guidance as follows (subject to Board approval):
2022 Capital Plan Summary
|Field||Capital Program||2022 Quarter||Description/Purpose|
|Q1||Horizontal well to maintain Tie field long term production plateau|
Tie-6 Water Injector
|Q2||Maintain Tie field long term production plateau|
Tie-7 Water Injector
|Q3||Maintain Tie field long term production plateau|
|Tie||Water Source Well||Q1||Provide make-up water for water injection|
|Tie||Tie-3||Q1||Conversion to water injector as per development plan|
|Tie||Facilities||Throughout 2022||Well tie-ins, pipelines, new well pads and facilities, water handling upgrades|
|Tartaruga||TTG-4 HZ Well||Q4||Increase production at TTG in core reservoir area|
|IB||2 Gross Wells/1.5 Net||Q2 –Q3||Commitment wells|
|Oman (Mafraq)||8 New Wells||Q2-4||Appraisal and production pilot wells|
|Oman (Mafraq)||Extended well test facility||Q2||Temporary test facilities for pilot wells|
|LAK||None||N/A||Regulatory well interventions may occur|
Tie Field – Bahia, Brazil
Tie- 2022 Capital Plan
Tie-5 will be drilled from the GTE-4 pad and completed in the Agua Grande formation. This is a completely re-designed horizontal production well with an electrical submersible pump.
Tie-6 is a dual-zone water injector drilled on the south pad targeting to sweep the southwestern part of the structure
Tie-7 is a dual-zone water injector drilled on the new northwest pad targeting to sweep the northwestern part of the structure.
Tie-3 was designed and drilled as a hybrid oil producer, with subsequent conversion to water injection. This conversion will commence earlier than planned and will be carried out with a workover rig during Q1.
Capital for the facilities is focused on future well tie-ins, construction of the new northwestern pad and water handling facilities, including injection.
Tartaruga Field – Sergipe, Brazil
Tartaruga- 2022 Capital Plan
A horizontal production well targeting the Penedo 1 reservoir is now delayed and scheduled to spud towards the end of Q4, 2022 and brought onstream in 2023.
LAK Ranch –Wyoming USA
LAK- 2022 Capital Plan
The LAK Ranch heavy oil field was shut in at the beginning of the Pandemic in 2020. No work is planned for 2022 other than regulatory requirements.
Illinois Basin–Illinois and Indiana, USA
IB- 2022 Capital Plan
Production will continue from the IB area during 2022. 2 gross/1.5 net wells are planned for the year, and these wells are considered to be commitment wells to keep all leases in good standing. Once final results are received from the 2021 drilling program during the first quarter of 2022, further evaluation will occur of the future IB wells.
Mafraq Oil Field, Oman
Oman- 2022 Capital Plan
A non-binding term sheet has been signed that contemplates a potential farm down of Block-70. This farm down is expected to close during Q1 2022 and all potential production from Block-70 assumes this farm down occurs.
With the ongoing placement of equipment purchase orders and rig contract negotiations, eight wells are currently planned for 2022. Two of these are appraisal wells, predominantly designed to acquire reservoir data and may not be placed on test production, and the balance are horizontal pilot wells testing Mafraq reservoir deliverability.
A temporary Extended Well Test (“EWT”) package will be procured and constructed to allow extended well test production to commence from the pilot wells.
The Company expects to complete most of the Capital Plan prior to year-end 2022 with the exception of the TTG 4 production well which is planned to be drilled towards the end of Q4 2022/Q1 2023. The exact timing of the operations is dependent upon a number of factors that may be outside Maha’s control, including delivery of long lead items, rig availability, regulatory permitting and logistics which in turn might affect Company’s total annual production.
As such, this preliminary 2022 production guidance, is net to the Company and after Oman farm down (but before government or freehold royalties and/or government production share) and is expressed in the range of 4,000 – 5,000 BOEPD, of which approximately 8% is estimated to be gas2.
2 Normal units for expressing gas production is m3/day or ft3/day. An average industry conversion factor to barrels does not use a simple volumetric conversion factor from m3 (or ft3) to barrels. Instead the energy produced by burning 1 barrel of oil is equated to the same volume of gas required to produce the same amount of energy. This is of course dependent on the type of gas being burned, but an industry average is that 6,000 standard cubic feet (scf) of gas generate the same amount of energy as 1 barrel of oil. As such in this and future production guidance 6,000 scf of gas will be equal to 1 barrel of oil equivalent.
This information is such information as Maha Energy AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 15:00 CET on December 30, 2021.
For more information, please contact:
Jonas Lindvall (CEO)
Tel: +46 8 611 05 11
Victoria Berg (Investor Relations)
Tel: +46 8 611 05 11
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Maha Energy AB (publ) is a listed, international upstream oil and gas company whose business activities include exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The strategy is to target and develop underperforming hydrocarbon assets on global basis. Maha operates four oil fields: Tartaruga and Tie in Brazil, Powder River (LAK Ranch) and Illinois Basin in the United States. The shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (MAHA-A). The head office is in Stockholm, Sweden with a technical office in Calgary, Canada, as well as operations offices in Grayville, Illinois, USA and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. For more information, please visit our website www.mahaenergy.ca