Karoon Energy : June 2022 Quarterly Report and Appendix 5B | MarketScreener

2022-07-31 13:04:59 By : Mr. Jack CUI


Comments from Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Dr Julian Fowles:

"Oil production in the June 2022 quarter was 3% higher than in the March 2022 quarter, reflecting excellent facilities availability of 99% combined with strong reservoir and well performance. The final quarter performance took total production for FY2022 to 4.64 MMbbl, slightly above the top end of the guidance range.

Two cargoes were lifted during the quarter, with a total volume of just under one million barrels of oil. The average oil price realised, of US$107.43/bbl net of marketing expenses, was a quarterly record for Karoon, resulting in a 13% increase in sales revenue, compared to the March 2022 quarter. Unfortunately, two LTIs were recorded and despite our stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, we had a number of COVID-19 cases in our offshore operations, the majority on the Maersk Developer rig, but with no impact on the efficiency of our operations.

Our four well Baúna interventions campaign commenced during the quarter, within the predicted program window. A new Electric Submersible Pump was successfully installed in the first well (PRA-2) and the well brought back onstream in late June. Production steadily increased to more than 3,000 bopd in early July as the pump was brought up to normal operating conditions, compared to 1,900 bopd prior to the intervention. The rig has now commenced the second intervention, on well SPS-56, where gas lift is to be installed. Overall, the rig schedule is slightly behind target. As we have emphasised previously, diesel fuel costs have been significantly higher than budgeted, due to strong crude prices. As a result, the intervention programme costs are tracking towards the upper end of our US$110 - $130 million guidance range, with risk of going higher should current fuel costs be sustained.

Planning for the two well Patola development continued on schedule over the period. In April, we committed to drilling up to two control wells on the Neon oil discovery, aimed at reducing subsurface uncertainty, with drilling planned after completion of the Patola wells, subject to the receipt of the relevant approvals.

In April, we established a US$50 million Accordion Facility, increasing our total debt facilities to US$210 million. US$180 million remains undrawn which, together with cash of US$157.7 million, provided us with total liquidity of US$337.7 million at 30 June 2022. Proceeds of US$55.9 million from the June cargo were received in early July, boosting our cash balance further. The March - June 2022 hedges, required under the terms of the funding facility, expired during the period with settlements of approximately US$10 million on the expiring sold calls.

We announced in May that work on the potential acquisition of a 50% interest in the Atlanta oil field, offshore Brazil, from Enauta Energia SA, had ceased, reflecting our disciplined approach to evaluating acquisition opportunities. A number of other growth opportunities remain under evaluation.

I look forward to updating the market on our financial results for FY2022, which are expected to be released on 25 August."

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Baúna Field (BM-S-40, Santos Basin, Brazil - 100% Equity interest, Operator)

Weighted average net realised price (US$/bbl)

Oil sales revenue (US$ million)

Oil sales cash proceeds (US$ million)1

Closing cash and cash equivalents (US$ million)

Closing net cash and cash equivalents (US$ million) 2

Lost time injury rate (incidents/200,000 hours)

Total recordable incident rate (Incidents/200,000

Total oil production during the quarter was 1.08 mmbbl, produced at an average rate of 11,878 bopd. Despite three short unplanned shutdowns, FPSO uptime averaged 99% over the period and Baúna reservoir performance remained strong. In late May, the PRA-2 well was taken offline for intervention work, with production resuming just before the end of the quarter.

Two cargoes were lifted during the quarter, totalling 0.98 million barrels of oil, with one cargo sold to a buyer in Asia and the other to a buyer in North America. The average realised oil price, net of selling expenses, was US$107.43/bbl, 13% higher than in the prior quarter, reflecting the continued strengthening in global oil prices. Oil revenue generated from the two cargoes shipped in the quarter was US$105.4 million.

Oil receipts for the quarter of US$104.1 million included proceeds from the March and April 2022 cargoes, but excluded the June cargo, with cash proceeds of US$55.9 million received in early July.

There were two Lost Time Incidents (LTI) recorded in the June quarter. In April, a third-party contractor onboard a support vessel slipped and fractured a rib, and in June a worker twisted their ankle on the FPSO, which was subsequently identified as a fracture. Safety and safe outcomes continue to be emphasised as a priority in all our operations, and education regarding the importance of following procedures and keeping training up to date has been provided to staff and contractors. There has been a resurgence of the COVID pandemic in Brazil, reflected in new cases within Karoon's operations. During the quarter, 46 COVID cases were identified and treated, with six cases detected onboard the FPSO, 35 onboard the Maersk Developer rig and the remainder in hotel quarantine prior to embarkation. No cases required hospitalisation, and many were asymptomatic. To date, there has not been any interruption to production from COVID-19, reflecting the effective implementation of the Company's ongoing COVID safety protocols. Karoon has worked with Maersk Drilling on revising its COVID protocols, to ensure the health and safety of the rig operations and has further reinforced the application of its established COVID protocols for its FPSO workforce.

Production data relating to Baúna can be found in monthly newsletters produced (in Portuguese) by the Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP: the Brazilian oil and gas regulator) and on the ANP's dynamic panel of oil and gas production, both of which can be accessed via the ANP's website at http://www.anp.gov.br .

Well Interventions Campaign and Development Activities

The Maersk Developer rig arrived in Brazilian waters in April and after minor repairs and the receipt of regulatory approvals, was mobilised to Baúna in early May. The first intervention, on PRA-2, commenced in late May. Following the installation of a new Electric Submersible Pump, the well was brought back online successfully in late June, with production steadily increasing to more than 3,000 bopd in early July as the pump was brought up to full operating capacity. The second intervention in the program, to install gas lift on the SPS-56 well, commenced in July.

Preparations for the Patola development continued. During the quarter, Technip FMC nominated the pipelaying vessel and approval was received from the Brazilian authorities for the connection of the two Patola wells (to be constructed as part of the Patola development) to the FPSO.

At 30 June 2022, Karoon's total liquidity was US$337.7 million, comprising US$157.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and US$180 million in undrawn available debt capacity.

Cash flows from operating activities included receipts from oil sales of US$104.1 million. This excluded the June 2022 cargo, with US$55.9 million proceeds received in early July. US$52.7 million of net cash was generated from operating activities during the quarter, or US$43.4 million when adjusted for the principal elements of lease payments included in financing activities. The deferred firm consideration payment of US$43.6m was made to Petrobras, as per the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA), for the Baúna acquisition, and US$38.8 million was used for continued activities related to the Baúna intervention campaign and Patola development.

The June 2022 quarter included the following key financial items:

During the quarter, Karoon established a US$50 million Accordion Facility, increasing the total amount of the Company's debt facility to US$210 million. The additional funding will provide extra liquidity for Karoon during the Neon control well drilling program, which was approved in April and is scheduled to take place after the conclusion of the Patola development campaign, subject to the receipt of required environmental approvals.

As at 30 June 2022, the total drawn amount was US$30 million, unchanged from the previous quarter. Total undrawn and available debt at the end of the quarter was US$180 million.

During the quarter, 426,000 bought Asian put options and 426,000 sold Asian call options expired. Karoon settled US$10.3 million on the expiring sold calls, which will be expensed through the profit and loss statement this quarter. Over the quarter, 61% of production was unhedged and no incremental hedges were established.

During the quarter, Karoon Petróleo & Gás Ltda., a wholly owned subsidiary of Karoon Energy Ltd, made its first purchase under an agreement with Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited, acquiring more than 29,000 verified emission reductions (VERs), which, together with a previous purchase of VERs in November 2021, has offset all Scope 1 and 2 Baúna FY2021 emissions. This is a significant achievement, making Karoon a carbon neutral operator for Scope 1 and 2 Baúna FY2021 emissions and demonstrating our commitment to managing our carbon footprint and our recognition of the importance of facing the global challenges of climate change.

Karoon's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1 and 2) increased during the quarter, due to the arrival of the Maersk Developer rig and the commencement of activities on the Baúna intervention campaign. These activities have temporarily raised the GHG emissions intensity of Karoon's Baúna operations, which will decrease once the workover campaign and Patola development are completed. Partially offsetting the increase, a project focused on scheduling vessel movements, aimed at optimising fuel efficiency and reducing diesel use and GHG emissions, commenced during the quarter.

Karoon committed to three new voluntary social-environmental projects over the period. The projects are all located in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The projects seek to provide a range of positive social and environmental outcomes, including the provision of employment for vulnerable individuals, providing access to recycling facilities to reduce landfill waste, increasing awareness and knowledge of traditional culture, and protection of endangered species.

Exploration, Appraisal and Potential Development Update

Santos Basin, Blocks S-M-1037,S-M-1101

Following the completion of pre-development geotechnical and engineering work on the Neon discovery during the March quarter, in early April, Karoon committed to drilling a Neon control well and, depending on the results of that well, a second control well, with the specific goal of reducing subsurface uncertainty.

During the quarter, detailed planning and engineering studies for the drilling program progressed. The primary objectives of the control wells are to confirm the reservoir quality, continuity and extent, and the depth of field oil:water contacts. To achieve this, Karoon plans to drill the first control well, Echidna-2, approximately 2 kilometres south of the Echidna-1 discovery well. If successful, a second control well, Echidna-3, will then be drilled approximately 2 kilometres to the north of Echidna-1, where additional target reservoirs have been identified. The control wells are designed to provide sufficient constraint of the stratigraphic and lateral limit of the oil pools to allow a revised development plan to be formulated. In addition, the results are aimed at bringing

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