Dragon Oil plc, an international oil and gas development and production company, today announced its interim financial and operational results for the period ended 30 June 2011.
- Growth of 25% in the average gross production to approximately 58,000 bopd (1H 2010: 46,420 bopd) achieved in 1H 2011;
- Eight new development wells completed to date (including one well from the 2010 drilling campaign);
- 2011 drilling programme increased to comprise 12 wells, plus one sidetrack and one workover, versus 11 wells previously stated; and
- The contract for the construction of the Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) B platform awarded.
Outlook for 2H 2011
- Production growth target for 2011 of up to 20%;
- Five development wells, one sidetrack and one workover remain to be completed by the year-end;
- Dzheitune (Lam) Block 1 to be commissioned within a few weeks;
- Dzheitune (Lam) C platform due in 4Q 2011; and
- Interim dividend of 9 US cents announced.
Outlook for 2011-13
- Maintain target of average annual production growth in the range of 10% to 15%;
- Super M2 jack-up rig to be delivered in 1Q 2012 to commence drilling in 2Q 2012;
- Dzhygalybeg (Zhdanov) A platform expected to be installed towards the end of 1Q 2012;
- Award contracts for another two wellhead and production platforms;
- Lease a 3,000 hp land rig for offshore operations;
- Active and focused search for suitable acquisition assets; and
- Dual strategy for gas monetisation explored.
Dr Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“We continue to successfully ramp up production from the Cheleken Contract Area, which in the first six months of this year increased by 25% over the corresponding period in 2010. With five more wells to be completed by the end of the year plus a sidetrack and the workover of an existing well, we are set to achieve strong production growth over last year.
The first six months of 2011 were also a record in terms of revenues generated: the best ever result over comparable periods due to the continued strong production growth and high realized oil prices.
On the gas monetisation front, we are looking at a dual strategy, which would involve a short-term agreement, reflecting the current weak global gas demand, and then a long-term agreement more in line with gas export marketing.
We remain prudent in our M&A strategy and only target those opportunities that offer value-adding diversification and growth potential.”
Source: Dragon Oil, August 10, 2011;