ADM Energy plc, a natural resources investing company, announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2022.
Aje Field, OML 113
· The JV Partners are making progress in their development plans for OML 113 and have been advancing plans to replace the current Floating Production Storage and Offloading ("FPSO") to increase gas handling capacity in order to support development plans to monetise the Field's significant wet gas potential (estimated at potentially 1.2 trillion cubic feet ("Tcf") of wet gas resources after redevelopment of the field). *as per AGR Tracs 2019 Competent Persons Report ("CPR")
· Post-period events:
o In July 2022, ADM noted the conclusion of PetroNor E&P Limited's ("PetroNor") acquisition of Panoro Energy ASA's ("Panoro") interest in OML 113, providing a strong endorsement of the quality and considerable potential of the Aje field
o In August 2022, completed the 17th Lifting at the Aje Field totalling 94,187 barrels with a net share of 8,683 barrels to ADM, which equates to ADM's profit interest of approximately 9.2%
Barracuda Field OML 141
· Announced the result of the CPR on the Barracuda Field with a 2U (P50) case, the NPV10 is +$99mm with an IRR of 45%, assuming at least 70mmbbls STOIIP is discovered
· Post-period, in July 2022, the Court extended the injunction secured by ADM to November 2022. The Company entered into settlement talks with Noble Hill-Network Limited ("NHNL")
· In January 2022, the Company completed an equity fundraising of approximately £561,000 with Optima Resources Holding Limited
Osamede Okhomina, CEO of ADM Energy, said: "We made good progress in the first half of 2022. The conclusion of PetroNor's acquisition of Panoro's stake in the asset demonstrated confidence in the potential of Aje. The completion of the transaction is expected to accelerate the JV Partners' Final Investment Decision on the long-term field development plans to take Aje to the next stage. The development of the Aje Field will give the partners the opportunity to monetise the wet gas resources, estimated at potentially 1.2 trillion cubic feet at Aje. At Barracuda, we announced the result of our CPR with a 2U (P50) case, the NPV10 is +$99mm with an IRR of 45%, assuming at least 70 mmbbls STOIIP is discovered, and further analysis must be carried out in order to make an investment decision.
"We will continue to target projects of undervalued 2P reserves with highly attractive risk-reward profiles, as we drive forward our strategy of building a multi-asset portfolio, having had encouraging discussions with potential partners regarding various opportunities. We are also looking in areas of renewable energy where there are opportunities to add value to our portfolio. We hope to capitalise on the upcoming prospects that can take ADM Energy to the next phase of its development and growth."
OML 113 - Aje Field
In January 2022, Panoro and PetroNor announced that the transaction for Panoro to sell 10% of its ownership to PetroNor had received all government approvals and that the transaction would formally close within 90 days.
Following this, the conclusion of the transaction came post period, in July 2022, when it was announced that Panoro had completed the sale of 100% of its ownership in OML 113 to PetroNor. PetroNor's decision to take a significant stake in the Aje field underscores Aje's substantial, long-term, high-quality value proposition.
The completion of the transaction and the addition of a new, experienced partner in PetroNor is expected to accelerate the JV Partners' ability to advance the project to Final Investment Decision on the long-term field development plans for the Aje Field. The Field Development Plan, which includes the potential drilling of three new wells, could significantly increase production of oil and gas liquids at a time nations around the world are seeking new sources of oil and gas. Chief Engineer on the Aje Development, Dr Babatunde Pearse, who has an IOC background and extensive industry experience will lead the planning, development and oversee Front End Engineering Design ("FEED") studies to support the Final Investment Decision.
The JV Partners are now progressing with plans to replace the current FPSO, following their assessment that it is not a viable option to facilitate the growth and development plans at OML 113. As previously announced, the JV partners have committed to a temporary suspension of production and demobilisation of the field in order to ensure sufficient capacity and production capability moving forward. The JV Partners are in discussions with a number of potential suppliers and working towards securing a suitable FPSO that will match plans to significantly increase oil production and monetise over 1.2 Tcf of wet gas resources in the redevelopment of the Aje field regarding which, the Company will update the market in due course.
Post period, in August 2022, the Company announced the 17th lifting at the Aje field for a total of 94,187 barrels. In this third Lifting since ADM consolidated its interest in the Aje Field, the Company received a net share of 8,683 barrels, which equated to ADM's profit interest of approximately 9.2%. The proceeds of the Lifting contributed towards continued work on the development plans for the Aje field with the JV Partners.
OML 141 - Barracuda Field
In March 2022, ADM announced the result of a competent person's report on the Barracuda Field in OML141, offshore Nigeria. The results of the CPR covering the Barracuda Field in OML141 show that, for the 2U (P50) case, the NPV10 is +$99mm with an IRR of 45% and, therefore, the prospect is considered to be robust for development, assuming at least 70mmbbls STOIIP is discovered.
Barracuda took a major step forward with the completed CPR which showed it has the potential to be prospective for development. In 2022, the Company will continue work and analysis to help better understand the asset's potential prior to making a further investment decision.
Following the ongoing legal proceedings in respect to the Company's interest in Barracuda, the Company and K.O.N.H (UK) Ltd ("KONH") obtained an interim injunction at the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Lagos ("Court"), restraining NHNL from selling, disposing, divesting or tampering with the 70% shareholding interest of KONH in NHNL to third-party investors or in any other manner whatsoever. Subsequently, NHNL applied to the court to set aside the interim injunction. The court pronounced NHNL's application as lacking in merit and the application was dismissed.
Post period, the Court has adjourned this matter until 16 November 2022. The Company and NHNL informed the Court they are in settlement discussions with a view to resolving the dispute. If an agreement cannot be reached that will satisfy the Company's demands, ADM will await the Court's final determination of the suit. The interim injunction remains in place.
In t he six months to 30 June 2022, the revenue (£600,000) and accrued operating costs (£530,000) reflected the 17th lifting at the Aje Field equating to a net share of 8,683 barrels for ADM's 9.2% profit interest.
During the period, administrative expenses of £897,000 were down year-on-year (H1 2021: £1,173,000) due to cost saving measures and a decrease in transaction and due diligence activities.
On 21 January 2022, the Company announced that it had raised a total of £561,000 through a subscription for 51,000,000 shares at 1.1p per share from Optima Resources Holding Ltd. 15.3 million warrants to subscribe for shares at 4.5p per share were issued in connection with the share issue. The warrants have an exercise period of two years.
In the six months to 30 June 2022, ADM's net assets increased by nearly 10% to £12m due to the substantial movement in the USD/GBP exchange rate in the period, which has had a positive £1.4m impact on the Company's net asset position.
The Company made good progress in the first half in 2022, building a solid foundation for growth. In Aje, ADM has an interest in a high-quality asset with scope for significant increase in production. Furthermore, PetroNor taking a considerable stake emphasises the opportunity in Aje and finalises the addition of another highly experienced partner to the OML 113 which will provide ideal support to take Aje to the next stage of development.
The completion of the Barracuda CPR was a major step forward. The Company will continue to undergo further analysis to help recognise the assets full potential before making an informed investment decision.
In addition, the Company remains in the market to add additional high-quality assets to its investment portfolio with its expertise, deep network and access to capital. The Board believes ADM is well equipped to take advantage of a market whereby upstream majors are in the process of extensive divestment programmes and, in line with the Company's growth strategy, ADM will continue to target undervalued projects in West Africa with attractive risk-reward profiles and substantial upside for shareholders. In addition, and as part of its investment strategy, ADM remains open to potential renewable energy investments, primarily in Europe, if there is an opportunity to bring additional value to shareholders.