PetroNor Announce Interim Financial Report for Half-Year Ended 30 June 2020
PetroNor E&P Ltd Posted EBITDA of $4.2 million for the first quarter of 2020, down from the $20.6mn posted for the same period in 2019.
Period and Post-Period Operational and Financial Highlights
• Average production YTD from PNGF Sud (Congo) is 4% up on 2019 average production
• Operations at PNGF Sud largely unaffected by pandemic with average production of 23,320 bopd through Q2 2020
• EBITDA of USD 13.6m for H1 2020
• Strict focus on cost discipline resulting in 25% reduction to G&A expenses in H1 2020 compared with H1 2019
• Suspension of arbitration with Senegal in order to seek mutually beneficial settlement
• Active period ahead with commencement of infill drilling program at PNGF Sud scheduled to commence in H2 2020 and expected to grow gross production to 25,000 bopd through 2021
• Acquisition of interest in Aje field in Nigeria anticipated to complete in H2 2020
• Entered consortium to develop concept for flare gas capture opportunities in Nigeria in line with enhanced focus on ESG
• Continue to screen business development opportunities in line with stated growth strategy
CEO Knut Søvold said:
“PetroNor has successfully navigated the challenges presented through the first half of the year and made solid strategic headway in terms of positioning the company for growth. We are fortunate to have been largely unaffected operationally by the global pandemic, and average production YTD in PNGF Sud (Congo) is 4% above average 2019 due to successful and inexpensive well intervention work. As a result, PetroNor is pleased to report an EBITDA of USD 13.6m for H1 2020 (Q2 2020: USD 4.2m).
The Company has responded swiftly to adapt the business to the current environment, and we have maintained a firm focus on cost discipline, successfully reducing G&A expenses by 25%. We continue to aggressively pursue business development opportunities in line with our stated growth strategy and believe we are well placed to capitalise on the opportunities that will present themselves as a result of the current market dynamics.
The Company expects to see increased operational activity in Congo through the remainder of the year and H1 2021, with the infill drilling program in PNGF Sud expected to grow production further to 25,000 bopd (gross) during 2021. Before year end, we also anticipate final ratification of our entry into Aje in Nigeria and a resolution in Gambia and Senegal either through direct negotiation or an outcome for the arbitration case. As we enter this busy period of corporate and operational activity, we are presently assessing funding options to ensure we are appropriately funded to deliver both our organic and inorganic growth objectives.”
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