TomCo Energy plc, the US operating oil development group focused on using innovative technology to unlock unconventional hydrocarbon resources, announces its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 31 March 2022 (the "Period").
• Acquisition of an initial 10% interest in Tar Sands Holdings II LLC (" TSHII")
• TSHII reserves report received from Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc.
• A number of agreements entered into with certain third parties to seek to enhance the potential value that can be generated from the TSHII site and provide income for the Company
• Placing completed in January 2022, raising gross proceeds of £1.25 million, to fund the drilling of three exploration wells and cover corporate expenses, particularly in relation to Greenfield Energy LLC's shorter-term plans
• Drilling of three exploration wells on the TSHII site completed post the Period end with initial results meeting the Company's expectations
• Appointment of Zac Phillips as a Non-Executive Director of the Company, with Richard Horsman stepping down from the Board
I am very pleased with the progress made during the Period as the Company's primary focus remains on its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenfield Energy LLC ("Greenfield") and its near-term potential production plans at the Tar Sands Holdings II LLC ("TSHII") site in the Uinta Basin, Utah, United States. As announced on 9 June 2021, TomCo, via Greenfield, entered into an agreement to acquire up to 100% of the ownership and membership rights and interests in TSHII (the "Membership Interests").
On 16 November 2021, we were pleased to report that Greenfield had exercised its option to acquire an initial 10% of the Membership Interests for a total cash consideration of US$2 million, of which US$500,000 was satisfied by crediting the deposits paid previously. Following this acquisition, Greenfield retains an exclusive option, at its sole discretion, to acquire the remaining 90% of the Membership Interests for certain additional cash consideration up to 31 December 2022, as detailed in the Company's announcement of 9 June 2021.
Alongside the acquisition of the initial 10% of the Membership Interests, a newly incorporated subsidiary of Greenfield was granted a lease over approximately 320 acres of the 760-acre site owned by TSHII (the "Lease Area"), for a nominal consideration and annual rental of US$320, together with a 12% net sales royalty per barrel of conventional oil and gas produced and removed from the Lease Area. The lease provides Greenfield's subsidiary with the exclusive right to explore, drill, and mine for, and extract, store, and remove oil, gas, hydrocarbons, and other associated substances on and from the Lease Area. In addition, it affords the right, inter alia, to erect, construct and use such plant and equipment and infrastructure as required. The lease is for an initial term of 10 years and will continue thereafter for so long as any oil, gas or other hydrocarbons are being produced from the Lease Area or drilling operations are being prosecuted or as the parties may agree.
The US$1.5 million balance of the consideration for the initial 10% of the Membership Interests paid by Greenfield, was financed by way of an unsecured US$1.5 million loan from Valkor Oil & Gas LLC ("Valkor") to Greenfield (the "Loan"). Such Loan is repayable by Greenfield via a number of potential means and although originally scheduled to be repaid on or before 30 May 2022, the repayment date has subsequently been extended to on or before 31 July 2022.
Greenfield is engaged in ongoing discussions regarding possible funding options, including a due diligence exercise with a potential funder, to potentially achieve the ultimate acquisition of 100% of the Membership Interests, as well as the drilling of several production oil wells and the planned first 5,000 barrels of oil per day production plant, whilst progressing other preparatory work. However, there can be no certainty that Greenfield can secure the requisite funding or the permitting required for such wells.
TSHII Reserves Report
On 13 January 2022, we were pleased to announce the findings of an independent report commissioned from Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. ("NSAI") estimating the proved (1P), proved plus probable (2P), and proved plus probable plus possible (3P) oil reserves, associated marketable sand volumes, and future net revenue, as of 31 December 2021 in respect of a 100 per cent. interest in a potential commercial scale project situated on the mining properties comprising the TSHII site.
NSAI estimated 1P oil reserves of 22.8 million barrels of oil ("bbls"), 2P oil reserves of 33.6 million bbls and 3P oil reserves of 44.3 million bbls. NSAI further estimated associated volumes of marketable sand at 22.8 million tonnes (1P), 41.2 million tonnes (2P) and 59.8 million tonnes (3P). Total estimated undiscounted future net revenues (as outlined in the Company's announcement of 13 January 2022) ranged from US$942 million based on 1P reserves, to approximately US$2.5 billion based on 3P reserves in respect of a gross 100% interest in TSHII. Estimated discounted future net revenues attributable to TomCo's current 10 per cent. interest in TSHII ranged from approximately US$30.5 million based on 1P reserves, to approximately US$57.6 million based on 3P reserves.
During the Period, Greenfield's wholly owned subsidiary, AC Oil LLC, secured the permits required from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining to drill three exploration wells on the TSHII site and post the Period end on 31 May 2022, we reported that the drilling of these three exploration wells had been completed. Initial results met with the Company's expectations and the full results of this drill programme are currently being independently assessed by NSAI with a view to updating its initial TSHII reserves report in the coming months.
Additionally, Greenfield continues to progress the requisite permitting for its planned production well programme on the TSHII site following recent changes to the relevant permit legislation. The Company currently anticipates that the necessary permits will be secured in time for drilling to commence in Q3 2022, assuming the requisite funding has been obtained beforehand, with initial production expected to occur in Q4 2022. The number of wells to be permitted has been increased from an initially planned five to seven.
Third Party Agreements in relation to TSHII site
Alongside the TSHII exploration well drill programme and ongoing funding discussions, Greenfield and TSHII entered into several agreements with certain third parties during the Period, designed to enhance the potential value that can be generated from the TSHII site and provide income for the Company.
TSHII entered into a 10-year lease with a tenant starting from 1 March 2022, covering an existing refinery on the TSHII site that is not required for Greenfield's future plans and was previously scheduled to be demolished should Greenfield eventually acquire 100% of TSHII. The tenant intends to develop a 10,000 barrels of oil per day refinery on the site and under the terms of the lease has two years in which to do so without potentially forfeiting the lease. The lease requires the tenant to pay TSHII US$10,000 per month by way of rent, together with a further payment of US$3 for every barrel of produced hydrocarbons.
Vivakor Inc ("Vivakor") entered into a renewed lease with TSHII covering approximately three acres of land for a term of five years, with an option to extend for a further five years, effective from 9 March 2022, to, inter alia, accommodate Vivakor's storage needs and planned plant operations at the TSHII site. It is Vivakor's intention, with the assistance of Greenfield, to develop and enhance a pre-existing oil sands processing plant on the leased land. Such an upgraded plant, to be operated by Vivakor, would be designed to produce at least 1,000 barrels of oil per day or equivalent tonnage of asphalt cement. Under the lease agreement, TSHII shall supply Vivakor with such quantity of oil sands as Vivakor determines each month, at a set minimum saturation quality, with a maximum supply of 2,000 tons per day. Vivakor will cover the cost of mining the oil sands and will pay TSHII US$3 per ton of oil sands processed by way of rental for the Lease. Vivakor paid a US$30,000 advance against future rental payments on signing of the Lease.
Additionally, Greenfield entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") with Vivakor covering a proposed professional services agreement for the potential supply of certain operating and engineering services, including sand treatment and oil upscaling to Vivakor. In exchange for its services in respect of the enhancement of Vivakor's plant, Greenfield would be entitled to receive 50% of the net revenues received by Vivakor for any post-processed sand material from the plant sold through offtake agreements procured by Greenfield. The MoU includes a binding five-year exclusivity period for agreeing and entering into any definitive agreements.
Greenfield also entered into an agreement with Heavy Sweet Oil LLC ("Heavy Sweet Oil"), a US based oil and gas company, to assist it with permitting and government relations in respect of their planned drilling programme adjacent to the D Tract of the TSHII site. Should Heavy Sweet Oil progress to producing oil it is anticipated that some of the supporting infrastructure for their operations would be located on the TSHII site. Such assistance is being provided alongside Greenfield's own work to progress its plans for the TSHII site. Heavy Sweet Oil are paying TomCo US$10,000 per month for its services, with the agreement backdated to start from 1 January 2022.
In January 2022, the Company acquired the residual 20% interest in TurboShale Inc ("TurboShale") not previously held by the Company, for US$15,000. Accordingly, TurboShale is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Amongst other assets, TurboShale owns two 25KW Radio Frequency generators currently valued by TomCo at over US$500,000 and which could be utilised on the TSHII site. However, the Company continues to evaluate its future strategy for TurboShale, which is not currently a strategic priority for the Company.
On 24 January 2022, Zac Phillips was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Zac had previously been, and continues to be, engaged by TomCo, through his company, Oil & Gas Advisors Limited, to provide advice in respect of a number of financing initiatives.
Zac has over 22 years' experience in the oil and gas sector, and of finance, working for companies such as BP, Chevron, DB Petroleum, Merrill Lynch and ING Barings, where he undertook finance or finance related roles. He is an expert in the valuation of oil and gas exploration and production assets at all stages of the cycle. Previously, Zac was the CFO for Dubai World's oil & gas business (DB Petroleum), with responsibility for risk management, valuation and authoring of investment proposals. Zac has an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
At the same time, Richard Horsman resigned as a Non-Executive Director of the Company in order to focus on his other business interests. I would like to thank Richard for his contribution to the Company and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
On 24 January 2022, the Company raised gross proceeds of £1.25 million via the placing of 250,000,000 new ordinary shares at 0.50 pence per share (the "Placing"). The Placing was undertaken to, inter alia, provide funds to further progress Greenfield's shorter-term plans in relation to the TSHII site. The net proceeds of the Placing are currently expected to provide sufficient funding to cover the Company's corporate operating expenses through to Q1 2023, and satisfied the costs associated with drilling the abovementioned three exploration wells on the TSHII site.
The net proceeds are also being utilised to cover the Company's expenses in relation to an ongoing due diligence exercise in order to secure potential funding of up to US$145 million for Greenfield. Whilst there is no certainty that such funding arrangements will be satisfactorily concluded, or as to the terms of any such funding, such non-equity financing, if secured, would enable Greenfield to acquire the remaining 90% of the Membership Interests in TSHII and cover the currently estimated construction costs of an initial 5,000 barrels per day oil production plant and the requisite associated supporting infrastructure to enable the future mining of oil baring sands at the TSHII site.
Additionally, on 23 November 2021 the Company received £210,000 through the exercise of broker warrants to subscribe for 46,666,666 new ordinary shares at a price of 0.45 pence per share. This related to warrants issued as part of the Company's placing, announced on 16 November 2020.
Our continued focus is on progressing our plans for Greenfield and unlocking the significant potential we see in the TSHII site.
Greenfield is engaged in ongoing discussions regarding possible funding options to potentially achieve the ultimate acquisition of 100% of the TSHII Membership Interests, as well as the proposed drilling of a number of production oil wells and future construction of the planned first 5,000 barrels of oil per day production plant, whilst progressing other preparatory work. Whilst there can be no certainty that Greenfield can secure the requisite funding or the further permitting required for such wells, I am optimistic, based on discussions with potential funders to date, that the required funding to implement our plans can be secured in due course.
These continue to be very exciting times for TomCo as we look to realise Greenfield's significant long term potential.