SANTIAGO, Chile--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
GeoPark Limited (“GeoPark” or the “Company”) (GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, today announced its operational update for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 (“4Q2017”).
All figures are expressed in US Dollars and growth comparisons refer to the same period of the prior year, except when otherwise specified.
Fourth Quarter Highlights
30% growth in oil and gas production
- Consolidated oil and gas production up 30% to 30,654 boepd (up 8% compared to 3Q2017)
- Oil production increased by 35% to 25,341 bopd (up 9% compared to 3Q2017)
- Colombian oil production increased by 39% to 24,293 (up 9% compared to 3Q2017)
- Gas production increased by 11% to 31.9 mmcfpd (up 4% compared to 3Q2017)
- Annual 2017 average production up 23% to 27,586 boepd, exceeding guidance of 26,500-27,500 boepd
- Record 2017 exit production of 31,977 boepd
Drilling success in Colombia, Brazil and Chile
- GeoPark’s 2017 work program included a total of 35 wells drilled (28 operated with a success rate of over 85%) as part of its $100-110 million capital expenditures plan.
Drilling results in the fourth quarter were as follows:
- Drilling results drive gross production to over 54,000 bopd in the Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI) with the addition of 7,900 bopd gross from new wells
- Jacana 13 and 17 appraisal wells completed, tested and put on production
- Tigana Norte 3 and 4 appraisal wells and Tigana Sur Oeste 2, 3, and 7 development wells drilled, tested and put on production
- Tigana Norte 5 appraisal well currently being tested
- Tigana Norte 3, 4 and 5 appraisal wells were drilled outside the 3P outline defined in the 2016 DeGolyer and MacNaughton (D&M) reserve certification
- Jet 1 exploration well in the Potiguar basin is under stimulation and testing
- Uaken 1 exploration well testing a new low-cost shallow gas play and currently under production test
New attractive acreage added
Colombia: high-impact exploration acreage acquired adjacent to Llanos 34 block
- Tiple exploration acreage
- Zamuro exploration acreage in Llanos 32 block
Argentina: low-cost acquisition in the prolific Neuquen basin with cash flows, reserves and upside
- 100% WI and operatorship in Aguada Baguales, El Porvenir and Puesto Touquet blocks, with current production of 2,700 boepd (70% light oil, 30% gas)
Catalysts in 1Q2018
- Six wells to be drilled during the quarter to continue developing Tigana/Jacana oil fields and to explore a new prospect: two in Tigana Norte, three in Jacana, and one exploration well, Chachalaca Sur 1.
- One exploration well in POT-T-619 block (GeoPark operated, 100% WI) in the Potiguar basin
- Testing results from the Uaken 1 exploration well in the Fell block (GeoPark operated, 100% WI)
Oil and Gas Reserve Update:
- Independent certified reserves update as of December 2017 issued in February 2018
These activities are part of GeoPark’s 2018 work program and budget of $100-110 million, expected to be fully funded by cash flow from operations and targeting the drilling of 30+wells, representing a 15-20% production increase over 2017 average levels.
Breakdown of Quarterly Production by Country
The following table shows production figures for 4Q2017, as compared to 4Q2016:
|a)||Includes royalties paid in kind in Colombia for approximately 881 bopd in 4Q2017. No royalties were paid in kind in Chile, Brazil or Argentina.|
Quarterly Production Evolution
Oil and Gas Production Update
Continued significant oil production growth of 39% in Colombia increased average consolidated oil and gas production to 30,654 boepd in 4Q2017 from 23,593 boepd in 4Q2016. The increase was mainly attributed to new production from the Tigana/Jacana oil fields in Llanos 34 block. On a consolidated basis, gas production in Chile and Brazil increased by 11% compared to 4Q2016.
Oil represented 83% of the total reported production in 4Q2017 (vs. 80% in 4Q2016).
Average net production in Colombia grew 39% to 24,378 boepd in 4Q2017 compared to 17,535 boepd in 4Q2016, primarily attributed to appraisal and development drilling success in the Tigana/Jacana oil fields in the Llanos 34 block, which represented 95% of Colombian production in 4Q2017.
Llanos 34 block drilling campaign completed a successful year with 4Q2017 results including:
- Jacana 13 and 17 appraisal wells were completed, tested and are currently producing 1,450 bopd.
- Tigana Norte 3 appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 11,352 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of 970 bopd of 15.0 degrees API, with less than 0.3% water cut. The well is currently producing 1,800 bopd.
- Tigana Norte 4 appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 11,730 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of 1,900 bopd of 14.1 degrees API, with 1.8% water cut. The Tigana Norte 3 and 4 wells were drilled outside the 3P outline defined in the 2016 D&M reserves certification and approximately 50 to 75 feet down dip of the Tigana Norte 1 well (previous lowest-known-oil in the 2016 D&M reserves certification), respectively, and did not encounter the oil-water contact.
- Tigana Sur Oeste 2 development well was drilled to a total depth of 11,370 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of 1,050 bopd of 14.8 degrees API, with 0.4% water cut.
- Tigana Sur Oeste 3 development well was drilled to a total depth of 11,546 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of 800 bopd of 14.3 degrees API, with 0.3% water cut. The well is currently producing 1,170 bopd.
- Tigana Sur Oeste 7 development well was drilled to a total depth of 12,054 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of 610 bopd of 14.1 degrees API, with 4.8% water cut.
- Tigana Norte 5 appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 11,900 feet, outside the 3P outline defined in the 2016 D&M reserves certification, and approximately 100 feet down dip of the Tigana Norte 1 well. The well is currently being tested.
For a summary of upcoming drilling activities, please refer to the 1Q2018 drilling schedule below.
GeoPark announced two acquisitions adjacent to the Llanos 34 block:
- The first is a joint venture agreement with CEPSA Colombia to drill one exploration well in the Tiple block acreage in the first half of 2017. GeoPark would acquire and operate 85% of the Tiple block acreage if the well is successful.
- A farm-in agreement with Parex was also announced to drill the Zamuro exploration prospect located in Llanos 32 block (where GeoPark currently has a non-operated 12.5% WI). In the event of a commercial discovery, GeoPark would increase its economic interest to 56.25% in the Zamuro field.
Average net production in the Manati gas field (GeoPark non-operated, 10% WI) improved by 31% to 3,328 boepd in 4Q2017 compared to 2,535 boepd in 4Q2016. Industrial demand for gas in Brazil recovered in the fourth quarter and maintenance activities were completed in November 2017, which resulted in increased production levels.
Jet 1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 2,050 feet, targeting an oil prospect in the POT-T-747 block (GeoPark operated, 70% WI) in the Potiguar basin. Oil shows during drilling and petrophysical analysis indicated the presence of hydrocarbons and the well is currently under stimulation and testing.
For a summary of upcoming drilling activities, please refer to the 1Q2018 drilling schedule below.
Average net oil and gas production in Chile decreased by 17% to 2,932 boepd in 4Q2017 compared to 3,523 boepd in 4Q2016 due to the natural declines in the fields, but increased by 4% compared to 3Q2017, resulting from successful and low-cost well intervention activities to maintain production levels. The resulting production mix during 4Q2017 was 66% gas and 34% oil (vs. 63% gas and 37% oil in 4Q2016). The Fell block represented 98% of Chilean production.
GeoPark is currently testing the Uaken 1 exploration well in the Fell block to test a new shallow low-cost gas play.
In late October 2017, GeoPark initiated a long-term test in the Rio Grande Oeste 1 exploration well in CN-V block (GeoPark operated, 50% WI) in the Neuquen basin. The well tested gross average levels of 50 to 150 bopd. Further testing, stimulation and intervention activities are planned for 1Q2018, including a change in the artificial lift system to enhance productivity levels.
Also in 4Q2017, three exploration wells were drilled in Sierra del Nevado block (GeoPark non-operated, 18% WI), and one exploration well was drilled in Puelen block (GeoPark non-operated, 18% WI), with three of these expected to be tested in 2018.
In December, GeoPark, acquired three blocks in the Neuquen basin in Argentina with oil and gas production, reserves and resources. The asset purchase agreement includes 100% working interest and operatorship of the Aguada Baguales, El Porvenir and Puesto Touquet blocks. The blocks include oil and gas production of 2,700 boepd, of which 70% is light oil and 30% gas, proven and probable (2P) oil and gas reserves of approximately 12-14 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), 3P reserves of approximately 18-20 mmboe, and exploration resources of approximately 15-30 mmboe (all GeoPark estimates). Closing of the transaction is expected in the first quarter 2018, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
1Q2018 Drilling Schedule
The following is a summary of expected drilling activities scheduled for 1Q2018 with estimated total net capital expenditures of $30-35 million (drilling and completion costs of $12-15 million plus facilities and other costs of $18-20 million).
|1||Tigana Norte 6||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|2||Tigana Norte 9||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|3||Jacana 20||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|4||Jacana 21||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|5||Jacana 22||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|6||Chachalaca Sur 1||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Exploration|
|a)||Information included in the table above is subject to change and may also be subject to partner or regulatory approval|
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Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this press release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this press release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this press release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this press release may not sum due to rounding.
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