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President Energy PLC - Drilling and workover plan update Rio Negro

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President Energy PLC
15 June 2020

15 June 2020                                                                                                                



("President" or the "Company")


Drilling and workover plan update Rio Negro

Paraguay update


President Energy (AIM: PPC), the energy company with a diverse portfolio of production and exploration assets focused primarily in Argentina announces an update on its Paraguay asset and its drilling plans for Rio Negro in the second half of the year.


Drilling and Workover plans for H2 2020

These were briefly referred to in the Company announcement dated 3 June 2020.

Locations have been identified for two new wells which President is planning to start drilling within the next four months. Preliminary discussions are taking place with service providers to capitalise on current pricing in view of the fact that many have significant capacity and there is currently virtually no new drilling of conventional wells taking place in the whole of Argentina.

The first well will be the Las Bases 1001 development well targeting proven un-produced attic gas in the Las Bases structure with 6 bcf of total recoverable reserves; target depth is 1,700 metres and P50 well rate is 100,000 m3/day (605 boepd) with a high chance of success and estimated costs of US$1.9 million completed.

The second well will be the Estancia Vieja EVN-x1 exploration well. This will target a new and so far un-drilled independent structure for both gas and oil to the north of the producing Estancia Vieja field; P50 case is oil production of 40m3/day (252 bopd) and 60,000 m3/day of gas (350 boepd). Target depth is 2,000 metres and there is a good exploration chance of success for this well with estimated costs of US$2.5 million completed. In a success case, the whole of the Estancia Vieja north structure will be opened up with an estimated 14 Mmbbls of Oil in Place and 26 Bcf of Gas in Place which will require up to a further 6 wells.

Once completed, the wells can be placed on stream without delay.

There are no 2P reserves booked for the Estancia North structure in the current independent audited 2P Group reserves of 26.4 MMboe calculated as at 31 December 2019. 

In addition to the above there will be follow up infill drilling and workovers in Puesto Flores but for the current year the above two wells are the priority and consequently the permitting and procurement processes have commenced with permits expected within the next two months.

A further announcement will be made once more definitive information regarding the wells is available.



The term of the Pirity Concession, being the principal asset of the Company in Paraguay, has benefited from an extension of time due to force majeure, the result of which means the Concession period extends until the first quarter 2022. In the event of successful drilling, this period will be extended further into a long-term production licence. 

Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, President was in substantive discussions with a foreign National Oil Company (NOC) who, after detailed due diligence, made a preliminary offer in relation to a farm-in, including the drilling of a well on the Delray complex containing, in total, an estimated 230 MMboe of Oil in Place ("STOOIP"). Due to the crisis, these discussions were suspended. Accordingly, whilst at the present time there has been no concrete re-engagement with that party and there is no guarantee that such will re-occur, the detailed discussions did encouragingly demonstrate that the farm-in prospectivity is real and tangible. The force majeure extension of the Concession period will be of significant benefit in the ongoing farm-out process.

In the Pirity Concession as a whole, as previously announced, President has identified in its estimation over 500 Mmboe of STOOIP. Further geological details of prospects in the Pirity block can be found at the Company's website www.presidentpc.com.


Further updates of non-regulatory nature including forthcoming investor presentations can be found on our web-site and Twitter feed.    


Peter Levine, Chairman, commented

"We believe now is the time to plan and invest for the future, particularly as we will have negligible third party debt at the half year end and are in a solid position.   

"The fact that we will be able to bring successful wells into production in Rio Negro without any delay or excessive costs demonstrates the value of our conventional onshore wells in central locations with the benefit of owning and operating the regional pipelines and infrastructure. This enables us to transport produced oil and gas from the fields to the main national pipelines and on to our offtaker Trafigura, a strategically important major shareholder in President."



Bcf means a billion cubic feet of natural gas

Bopd means barrels of oil per day

Boepd means barrels of oil equivalent (oil and gas) per day


Gas in Place means the total content of a gas reservoir


M3/day means a cubic metre of natural gas per day


MMbbls means millions of barrels of oil

MMboepd means a million barrels of oil equivalent reserves (oil and gas equivalent)


Oil in Place or STOOIP means the total content of an oil reservoir, the abbreviation meaning stock tank original oil in place


P50 means mid-case/probable case





President Energy PLC

Peter Levine, Chairman

Rob Shepherd, Group FD 


+44 (0) 207 016 7950


finnCap (Nominated Advisor & Broker)

Christopher Raggett, Charlie Beeson

+44 (0) 207 220 0500

Tavistock (Financial PR)

Nick Elwes, Simon Hudson

+44 (0) 207 920 3150


Notes to Editors


President Energy is an oil and gas company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (PPC.L) primarily focused in Argentina, with a diverse portfolio of operated onshore producing and exploration assets.


The Company has operated interests in the Puesto Flores, Estancia Vieja, Puesto Prado and Las Bases Concessions, and Angostura exploration contract, all of which are situated in the Rio Negro Province in the Neuquén Basin of Argentina and in the Puesto Guardian Concession, in the Noroeste Basin in NW Argentina. Alongside this, President Energy has cash generative production assets in Louisiana, USA and further significant exploration and development opportunities through its acreage in Paraguay and Argentina.


The Group is also actively pursuing value accretive acquisitions of high-quality production and development assets in Argentina capable of delivering positive cash flows and shareholder returns. With a strong institutional base of support, including the IFC, part of the World Bank Group as well as the international commodity trader and logistics company Trafigura, an in-country management team as well as a Board whose interests are aligned to those of its shareholders, President Energy gives UK investors access to the Argentina energy growth story combined with world class standards of corporate governance, environmental and social responsibility.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of article 7 of Regulation 596/2014

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