Genel Energy has issued a trading and operations update for Q3 2017. The information has not been audited and may be subject to further review.

Murat Özgül (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said:

During the quarter Genel executed a landmark settlement agreement with the KRG over historical receivables, which we expect to materially enhance our cash flows going forward. Ahead of those payments commencing we continued to generate meaningful free cash flow, resulting in a further 13% reduction in net debt during the period.

“Our operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are progressing as normal – exports are continuing from Taq Taq and Tawke, payments are being received on time, and operations are proceeding at both fields, with testing now underway on the TT-29w well.

Q3 2017 OPERATING PERFORMANCE

  • Q3 2017 net production averaged 33,810 bopd, with production for the nine months ending September 2017 averaging 36,030 bopd
  • Production and sales by field during Q3 2017 were as follows:

  • Tawke PSC (Genel 25% working interest)
    • Tawke PSC production in Q3 averaged 110,460 bopd, including long-term test production from the Peshkabir-2 well of 4,670 bopd.
    • In 2017 to date, the Tawke partners have drilled ten wells, including the Peshkabir-2 and 3 wells, four Cretaceous producers, three Jeribe producers and a Jeribe water injector
    • A further four development wells are planned on the Tawke PSC by year-end 2017 – two Cretaceous producers, one Jeribe producer and a Jeribe water disposal well
    • Peshkabir-3 well operations are ongoing, with results expected later in Q4. The Peshkabir early production facility remains on track to be installed by the end of 2017
  • Taq Taq PSC (Genel 44% working interest)
    • Taq Taq field production in Q3 averaged 14,080 bopd, and production has averaged 13,570 bopd during October 2017 to date
    • The TT-29w well, which is appraising the northern end of the Taq Taq field, reached target depth of 3,100 metres in early September 2017. A testing programme is now underway. Further development of the Cretaceous reservoir has been deferred pending results of the TT-29w testing programme
    • The EDC-24 rig has moved to the TT-30 well location, with two shallow horizontal wells set to be drilled in the Pilaspi reservoir before the end of the year

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today reported the first payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government under the recently concluded agreement covering outstanding receivables for past crude oil deliveries.

Under the agreement effective 1 August 2017, the Company was assigned the Government’s 20 percent interest in the Tawke license as well as three percent of gross Tawke license revenues payable monthly over a five-year period.

The payment of USD 4.02 million to DNO represents three percent of gross Tawke license revenues during August.

An entitlement invoice for that month’s export deliveries has been issued separately and will be shared pro-rata with Genel Energy plc upon receipt.

Following the receivables settlement, DNO’s stake in the Tawke license stands at 75 percent with Genel holding the balance.

(Source: DNO)

Genel Energy has announced that Paul Schofield is stepping down from the role of Chief Operating Officer and will leave the Company on 16 October 2017.

Dr. William (Bill) Higgs will succeed him in the role and will join the Company on 6 November 2017.

Dr. Higgs has nearly 30 years of global exploration, development and operations experience, including over five years in executive roles for independent Exploration and Production companies.

He is a qualified geologist with extensive expertise in all engineering and other technical and commercial aspects of hydrocarbon development and production. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Ophir Energy plc, he was responsible for managing the global asset portfolio.

Prior to joining Ophir he was Chief Executive Officer of Mediterranean Oil and Gas, overseeing the successful sale of the company in 2014. He previously spent 23 years at Chevron across a number of global roles, including responsibility for reservoir management of the giant Tengiz oil and sour gas field in Kazakhstan.

Murat Özgül, Chief Executive of Genel, said:

“I would like to thank Paul for his efforts at Genel and wish him all the best for the future. I look forward to working with Bill as we continue to maximise the value of our assets in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.”

(Source: Genel Energy)

Genel Energy has announced that the Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $10.39 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil sales during July 2017.

Genel’s net share of the payment is $5.71 million.

Gross oil sales from the Taq Taq field in July 2017 averaged 14,873 bopd, including both exports and Bazian refinery deliveries.

DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke field, has also announced that the Tawke field partners have received a payment of $39.50 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards July 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. The funds will be shared pro-rata by DNO and Genel.

(Source: Genel Energy)

By John Lee.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (pictured) has threatened to invade Iraq, and said he could cut off the oil export pipeline from Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, following the vote supporting independence in Iraqi Kurdistan.

We have the tap,” he said. “It is done once, we close the tap.

The pipeline typically carries between 500,000 and 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

In a strongly-worded speech, Erdoğan said that fighting the Iraqi Kurdish bid for independence was “a matter of survival“.

His Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, added that Ankara could take punitive measures involving borders and air space against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Shares in Genel Energy fell 7 percent in early trading on Tuesday, but had recovered by lunchtime; Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) was down 2 percent, while Norway’s DNO was 5 percent higher.

(Sources: The Independent, Alliance News, Reuters, Yahoo!)

By John Lee.

Genel Energy has announced that the Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $10.22 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil sales during June 2017.

Genel’s net share of the payment is $5.62 million. Gross oil sales from the Taq Taq field (pictured) in June 2017 averaged 15,863 bopd, including both exports and Bazian refinery deliveries.

The company also notes the announcement from DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke field, that the Tawke field partners have received a payment of $34.75 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards June 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. The funds will be shared pro-rata by DNO and Genel.

(Source: Genel Energy)

By John Lee.

Genel Energy announces that Tim Bushell and Martin Gudgeon have been appointed as independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company with immediate effect.

Mr Bushell is a qualified geologist with over 35 years’ experience working in the oil and gas sector. He is currently on the Boards of Petro Matad, Rockhopper Exploration, and Point Resources. Previously, he spent a decade as CEO of Falkland Oil & Gas, was a co-founder of Core Energy, and was Managing Director of Paladin Resources Norway. Prior to Paladin, he worked at British Gas, Ultramar and Lasmo.

Mr Gudgeon has significant financial and corporate experience, and is a Partner at PJT Partners. Prior to joining PJT Partners, he worked at Blackstone for eight years, serving as a Senior Managing Director, and was the Chief Executive at Close Brothers Corporate Finance. Before that, Mr Gudgeon was at Hill Samuel, including two years on secondment to Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia.

The composition of Board committees remains under review.

Stephen Whyte, Chairman of Genel Energy, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Tim and Martin to Genel Energy. Both bring significant relevant experience to the Board, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to build on the momentum in the business and deliver on our strategic objectives.”

Genel instructed independent board search and advisory consultants Spencer Stuart in connection with the appointments.

(Source: Genel Energy)

By John Lee.

Shares in Norway’s DNO continued to rise on Friday, following yesterday’s announcement of a “landmark settlement of outstanding receivables ” with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

At market close on Friday, the shares had gained 13.8 percent on the day, and 35 percent since Thursday morning.

However, DNO’s partner in Iraqi Kurdistan, Genel Energy, was down 1 percent for the day.

The full text of the KRG’s statement on the agreement follows:

The Kurdistan Regional Government (Government) has reached definitive binding agreements on the settlement of all historical outstanding receivables owed to DNO ASA, the operator of Tawke Field (DNO), and Genel Energy plc, which has participating interests in both Taq Taq and Tawke.

The following are the highlights of the settlements:

  • DNO and Genel shall make no further claims on all historical outstanding Tawke license receivables from the Government;
  •  Genel has also agreed settlement of its claims for its share of historical outstanding Taq Taq license receivables from the Government;
  • The Government has exercised its audit rights and made provisions to its own satisfaction with respect to the Tawke license for the period up to the 31st July, 2017 and has no further claims on DNO or Genel;
  • The Government has exercised its audit rights and made provisions to its own its satisfaction with respect to Genel’s past entitlements in the Taq Taq license for the period up to the 31st July, 2017 and has no further claims on payments booked or received by Genel in this regard;
  •  The Government has also discharged DNO and Genel from certain payment obligations including production bonuses, license fees, capacity building payments (in the case of Genel) and funding of a water purification project (in the case of DNO); 
  • In consideration of these settlements, the government assignedits 20 percent Government Interest in Tawke to DNO, and has removed Genel’s obligation of 30% Capacity Building Bonus payments from the Tawke license;
  • In addition, DNO and Genel will receive 3% and 4.5% respectively of gross Tawke license revenues each month from the Government over a five-year period, effective as of 1 August, 2017.

With these adjustments, the Kurdistan Regional Government has no further obligations of past payments of receivable or Petroleum Costs to these two companies with respect to deliveries of oil to the Government. 

The Government is very pleased with the productive and cooperative approach taken by both DNO and Genel in these negotiations, and looks forward to working with them to maximise revenues and to optimise potential reserves of the Tawke and Taq Taq license areas. We believe that this initiative will convey a strong positive message to the investors that the Government is fully committed to a robust win-win partnership with all the International Oil Companies operating in Kurdistan.

DNO ASA and Genel Energy’s statements on the settlements can be found on their websites here:

DNO ASA’s statement

Genel Energy’s statement

(Source: Yahoo!)

Genel Energy has announced a definitive agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) relating to unpaid entitlements for past oil sales from the Taq Taq and Tawke fields. The company’s shares were trading up 7 percent on Thursday morning.

Cash flow is expected to be materially enhanced over the course of the agreement, delivering significant value creation for all stakeholders.

A Receivable Settlement Agreement (‘RSA’) has been signed between Genel and the KRG, with a Tawke Production Sharing Contract (‘PSC’) Amendment also being executed.

In return for cancelling and waiving its rights to outstanding receivables relating to unpaid entitlements for past oil sales, Genel will benefit from the following:

  • In addition to proceeds for current sales, Genel will receive 4.5% of Tawke gross field revenues for the five year period from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2022 (‘the Genel Override’)
  • Genel’s capacity building payments (‘CBP’) on the profit share element of its Tawke entitlement will be eliminated over the entire life of the Tawke field
  • The KRG has agreed with all audit adjustments on the petroleum costs on the Tawke PSCs and on Genel’s share of petroleum costs in the Taq Taq PSC for the period up to 31 July 2017
  • Outstanding production bonuses and PSC liabilities on the Taq Taq and Tawke fields totalling c.$30 million net to Genel have been set off against the receivable and as a result are no longer payable

Under the previous mechanism for repaying the receivable, Genel received its pro-rata share of 5% of monthly field revenue from the Tawke field, which was liable for CBP. This mechanism will terminate effective 1 August 2017.