The company, in a statement, specifically highlighted that it is closer to a deal in a farm-out process to bring a partner into the exploration of conventional prospects in the Project Icewine area.
It said that a ‘preferred bidder’ has now been selected in the process, which launch last August, and, negotiations over a potential deal are now taking place – though, as is customary with such announcements, it cautioned that there is no guarantee that the parties will agree on terms or close out the transaction.
"The progression of the farm-out process to the preferred bidder phase is encouraging but no deal is done until it is done,” said Dave Wall, 88 Energy chief executive.
“The team at 88 Energy continues to advance the status of all our Alaskan projects resulting in substantial value add activity throughout 2019."
At the same time, the company noted a significant increase in industry activity in the acreage to the west of Project Icewine. ConocoPhillips acquired 3D seismic around 15 miles away, and, 88 Energy said it is aware of a multi-client 3D seismic acquisition planned in the vicinity of the Icewine.
Efforts continue to bring a partner into the HRZ shales discovery, within the Project Icewine acreage, which will see a data room open-up in ‘mid-2019’ as a formal farm-out process gets underway.
In the conventional exploration area described as ‘the Yukon leases’ the company noted that it has now completed the final processing of 3D seismic data. Interpretation and resources estimation work are now taking place.
Evaluation of findings
The company also continues to evaluate the findings of the Winx-1 well – which encountered multiple sub-commercial hydrocarbon zones – to determine the remaining resource potential of the acreage.
It noted that several working theories that will be assessed over the coming months, including whether there is potential for better-developed sands updip and in closer proximity to successful wells in the region.