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Drilling Rig Secured for Cervantes

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/23/2020, Location: Not categorized

• Letter of Intent signed with Refine Energy Limited for Refine Rig-2 to drill the Cervantes Prospect
• Civils contract has been signed and long lead equipment ordered
• Cervantes is on track for anticipated spud in late Q1 CY21, subject to regulatory approvals

Metgasco Ltd is pleased to provide an update on behalf of Cervantes Joint Venture (CJV) partners Metgasco, Vintage Energy Ltd and RCMA Australia Pty Ltd (“RCMA”). The CJV has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Refine Energy Pty Ltd(“Refine”) to use Refine Rig-2 for the drilling of the Cervantes exploration prospect, planned for late Q1 CY21.

In Q3 CY20, a request for expression of interest was distributed to a number of drilling companies allowing suitable rigs to be shortlisted on both a technical and commercial basis. Suitable rigs which originated in the Eastern states had the disincentive of requiring large mobilisation and demobilisation costs and were also unavailable during the planned drilling window.

On 22 October 2020, RCMA entered into a two-well farm-out agreement and tolling agreement with Refine Energy. Under the arrangement, Refine will drill two wells in Q1 CY21 in the L14 Licence area utilising their 100% owned drilling rig (Rig-2) which is stored at RCMA’s Jingemia site. The rig is currently undergoing required upgrades and associated inspection which is anticipated to be complete in January 2021.

Under the terms of the LOI with Refine, the Mob/Demob is minimal due to the rig proximity to Cervantes, thereby reducing the overall estimated drilling cost.

The Cervantes prospect will be drilled immediately following the two Refine L14 wells allowing for optimal rig and crew efficiency. A full rig contract agreement is anticipated to be signed with Refine Energy in January 2021.

As Operator, Metgasco has also recently secured an experienced Perth Basin civil contractor for access track and well pad activities and ordering long lead well consumables.

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