Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, announces financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Garrett Soden, the Company's President and CEO, commented: "We are very enthusiastic about the potential value of Block 11B/12B, both from the proposed development of the Paddavissie Fairway and from the large exploration upside remaining across the block. We look forward to TotalEnergies concluding gas price negotiations with the government and applying for a production license by next September. On Block 2B, we expect Azinam to fund the escrow account and contract a rig by the end of the year, according to the terms of our farmout agreement, in order to drill the Gazania well before the license expires next November."
On Block 11B/12B, the Company and its joint venture partners are contemplating an early production system ("EPS") for a phased development of the Paddavissie Fairway. The joint venture is currently performing development studies and preparing a field development plan and an environmental application with the intention of agreeing gas terms and submitting an application for a Production Right before the Exploration Right expires in September 2022. The EPS would provide first gas and condensate production from the Luiperd discovery and would accelerate the Block 11B/12B development timeline by utilizing existing nearby infrastructure on the adjacent block in order to supply gas to existing customers in Mossel Bay. The EPS is expected to significantly decrease the required capital expenditures to reach first production on Block 11B/12B. The Company expects that a full development of the Paddavissie Fairway would follow the EPS as the gas market expands in South Africa. We are encouraged by the ongoing analysis of the seismic data that has identified additional prospectivity in the Paddavissie Fairway and to the east, confirming the large exploration upside remaining across the block. The development of Block 11B/12B will have positive implications for the South African economy and will be critical in facilitating the country's energy transition beyond coal with a domestic natural gas supply.
On Block 2B, the Company and its joint venture partners tendered for a semi-submersible rig and completed a seabed survey in preparation for drilling the Gazania-1 well. The operator, Azinam Limited ("Azinam"), finalized the well plan and is currently conducting negotiations with various rig contractors to optimize the well budget and drill the Gazania-1 well before the Exploration Right expires in November 2022.
- At September 30, 2021, the Company had $11.8 million in cash and no debt.
- The Block 11B/12B1 joint venture is conducting a full prospect analysis from the fully-processed 2D seismic dataset acquired by Shearwater over the eastern part of the block (7,033 linear kilometers) that was received in September 2020. The initial technical analysis has identified multiple prospects and leads with potential direct hydrocarbon indicators within the Kloofpadda Play Trend that are currently being matured for potential future exploration drilling.
- The Block 11B/12B joint venture received the final fully-processed merged 3D data that integrates the PGS and Polarcus surveys over the Paddavissie Fairway in the first quarter of 2021 (2,305 square kilometers from PGS and 570 square kilometers from Polarcus). The improved quality of the fully-processed 3D volume, resulting in higher resolution, is expected to further reduce exploration risk. The final 3D volume has been integrated with the drilling and testing results to facilitate development studies. The initial technical analysis has identified multiple additional prospects within the greater Paddavissie Fairway with amplitudes conforming to structure that improve the potential development.
EARNINGS TREND AND FINANCIAL POSITION
Operating expenses decreased by $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020 due mainly to a reduction in professional fees, stock exchange and filing fees related to the transactions to increase the Company's effective interest in Block 11B/12B in the third quarter of 2020.
Operating expenses increased by $0.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020 due mainly to bonuses paid to employees in the first quarter of 2021, almost fully offset by a reduction of stock-based compensation and a reduction in professional fees. The reduction in stock-based compensation was the result of no options being granted to date in 2021. Professional fees were higher than usual in 2020 as a result of the transactions to increase the Company's effective interest in Block 11B/12B in the third quarter of 2020.
At September 30, 2021, the Company had cash of $11.8 million and working capital of $10.6 million compared to cash of $19.6 million and working capital of $18.2 million at December 31, 2020. The decrease in cash and working capital can be attributed to cash-based operating expenditures and investments in Main Street 1549 required to fund Block 11B/12B expenditures.
NEXT EARNINGS REPORT RELEASE
The Company plans to report results for the year ended December 31, 2021, on March 24, 2022.