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Gulf Keystone CEO and Directors Resign


By John Lee.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum announced this morning that Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman Jeremy Asher and Non-Executive Director John Bell “have ceased to be Directors in accordance with the Company’s bye-laws”.

The Company will restart its previously announced search process, with the assistance of Odgers Berndtson, for two new independent non-executive directors, and a further announcement on that process will be made in due course.

The Company also announced that Todd Kozel (pictured) will retire from his current role of CEO at the Company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting on 17 July 2014 and that, subject to Mr. Kozel’s re-election to the Board of Directors by shareholders, he will take up a new role of Executive Director. A search for Mr Kozel’s replacement is underway with the assistance of an international executive search firm and potential candidates have been identified.

Hours later, the company said that Non-Executive Director Thomas Shull had resigned from the Board.

Simon Murray, Gulf Keystone’s Non-Executive Chairman commented:

The Company is strongly positioned to continue the successful development of our assets in close cooperation with our partners MOL and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

“We have already begun the process of bringing in additional top-quality talent at both the Executive and Non-Executive level to help take the Company through the next stage of its development.

Shares in the company closed down 2 percent on Wednesday.

(Sources: GKP, Yahoo!)

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GKP Falls on Payment Delays


By John Lee.

Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) closed 7 percent lower on Wednesday after the company warned of delays in receiving payments for exports.

The full text of the interim management statement for the period from 1 January 2014 to today is shown below:

Overview

On 25 March 2014, Gulf Keystone’s common shares were admitted, with a standard listing, to the Official List of the United Kingdom Listing Authority and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc’s (“LSE”) main market for listed securities (“Main Market”). The move from AIM to the Main Market was a significant milestone in the growth and transition of Gulf Keystone from an independent oil and gas explorer to an established exploration and production company.

On 17 April 2014, Gulf Keystone closed on a US$250 million debt financing that will fully fund the Company and its development plan into 2015. Under that plan, the Company expects to achieve an increase of production from Shaikan PF-1 and PF-2 to 40,000 gross barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) by year-end 2014 from the current level of 15,000-16,000 gross bopd. Currently, average Shaikan production for the year to December 2014 is expected to be equivalent to approximately 20,000-25,000 gross bopd.

Gulf Keystone commenced Shaikan crude oil exports by truck to Turkey in December 2013 and the first export sales in late January 2014. In Q1 2014, gross export deliveries by truck totalled 836,205 barrels. Gross domestic sales in Q1 2014 totalled 24,767 barrels, with sales realisations of US$42 per barrel and further 7,163 barrels of gross domestic sales in April 2014. Production revenues are expected to increase significantly in H2 2014.

In May 2014, Gulf Keystone received a US$6.46 million gross payment for the first Shaikan crude oil export sales. The Company records revenue in its accounts on a cash received basis resulting in a time lag between the physical production and shipment of crude oil and payment.

The time lag can be significant with an approximate US$24 million net outstanding to the Company, after the first payment of US$6.46 million gross received in May 2014, from the commencement of oil sales in January 2014 to date.

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GKP Arranges $250m Debt Financing


By John Lee.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) announced today that it has priced a debt offering of US$250 million.

The privately placed debt securities, offered in accordance with Reg S/144A to institutional investors in Europe, the US and Asia, consists of three-year senior unsecured notes carrying a coupon of 13% per annum and freely tradeable and detachable warrants relating to 40 million common shares in the Company.

Key terms of the notes and warrants can be viewed here.

(Source: GKP)

(Bonds image via Shutterstock)

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GKP Investors Relax


By John Lee.

The Telegraph reports that an encouraging update on its fund-raising plans provided some much needed cheer for Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) on the stock market. The Kurdistan-focused oil producer had slumped in recent weeks, amid speculation that the company’s key bond sale was running into trouble.

The company announced last month that it was meeting fixed income investors with a view to raising as much as $250 million from a bond sale to help it boost production at the Shaikan field.

However, the group caused alarm and its shares dropped sharply when it revealed a day later that, without the fund-raising, it was at risk of running out of cash by the end of next month.

Rumours that the international roadshow for the debt offering had encountered difficulties, as well as pressure from short-sellers, served to drag the shares even lower in the days that followed.

There was relief, then, when the company revealed late on Friday that the roadshow had finished and that the group would go-ahead with a private placement, which would include the sale of warrants linked to as many as 40m shares. As a result, GKP gained 8.2 percent on Monday, before giving up some of that gain on Tuesday.

(Source: Telegraph, Yahoo!)

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Gulf Keystone to Raise $250m Debt


Gulf Keystone has announced that it has mandated Deutsche Bank and Pareto Securities to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings in the US, Europe and Asia commencing 20 March 2014. A debt offering of up to US$250 million in accordance with Reg S/144A is expected to follow, subject to market conditions.

On 13 March 2014, Gulf Keystone released an Operational and Corporate Update and published the first third party audit of the Company’s reserves, contingent resources and prospective resources for its petroleum interests in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq comprising the Shaikan, Sheikh Adi, Ber Bahr and Akri-Bijeel blocks.

The Company continues to maintain current stable production and sales levels at an average of 10,000 barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) from the Company’s first Shaikan production facility (PF-1). In addition, Shaikan-4, the third production well, recently tied-in to PF-1, has been flowing at up to 6,000 bopd in the recent week.

The Company’s immediate focus remains on achieving its target of 40,000 bopd of production capacity from PF-1 and PF-2 in 2014, which will allow further expansion of export crude oil sales. The Company estimates that achieving this level of production capacity at Shaikan, as well as continuing planned expenditure at Sheikh Adi, Ber Bahr and Akri-Bijeel, will require capital expenditure of approximately US$210 million in 2014.

To complete this work programme, the Company expects to seek additional funding via a debt offering of up to US$250 million to enhance its existing cash resources, which totalled US$81.9 million as at 31 January 2014. Whilst there can be no certainty that a debt transaction will follow the Company’s investor meetings, any debt raised will support the completion of the Company’s move to 40,000 bopd of production capacity.

The Company expects to utilise cash generated from increasing oil sales, in addition to the funds remaining from the contemplated raising of up to US$250 million in debt financing, to initiate the next stage of the Shaikan project execution and increase production capacity from 40,000 bopd to 66,000 bopd by Q1 2016.

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Gulf Keystone Update


Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has this morning provided an Operational and Corporate update, and released a third party audit of the Company’s reserves, contingent resources and prospective resources for its petroleum interests in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Summary

The Company continues to maintain current stable production and sales levels of approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) from the Company’s first Shaikan production facility (“PF-1″) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which is expected to increase in Q2 2014 as a result of the recently tied-in third production well, Shaikan-4, which is now flowing.

The second Shaikan production facility (“PF-2″) is being commissioned, with two wells (Shaikan-2 and Shaikan-5) already tied in and the first production from PF-2 expected in Q2 2014. The Company remains focused on achieving the target of 40,000 bopd of production capacity from PF-1 and PF-2 in 2014.

Since crude oil exports from the Shaikan field commenced in December 2013, in excess of 105,000 tonnes (690,000 barrels) of oil have been tendered and sold at international prices. The Company is expecting to receive payment, in line with the terms of the Shaikan Production Sharing Contract.

In order to move to the next stage of the Shaikan project execution, the Company is making progress in its discussions on the near term debt financing options.

Production and Development

Shaikan (75% working interest; Operator)

Stable production operations and sales from PF-1 continued in January, February and March 2014 at the level of approximately 10,000 bopd (gross). Total cumulative production from late 2010 to date from Shaikan has reached 2.1 million barrels.

Since crude oil exports from the Shaikan field commenced in December 2013, three cargoes totalling in excess of 105,000 tonnes (690,000 barrels) of oil have been delivered from PF-1. The fourth cargo of approximately 33,000 tonnes (215,000 barrels) of Shaikan crude is expected to be delivered later in March 2014.

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GKP Shares Up Following Update


By John Lee.

Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) were up 4 percent this morning after the company provided an operational and corporate update:

Significant progress has been made since the Field Development Plan (“FDP”) for the Shaikan field was approved in June 2013. In July 2013 the Company commenced commercial production, marking Gulf Keystone’s transition to an operator with revenue generation. In December 2013 crude oil exports from the Shaikan field commenced.

Shaikan (75% working interest; Operator)

Shaikan Production Update

Gulf Keystone is pleased to announce the commencement of crude oil exports from the Shaikan field.

In line with the Company’s marketing strategy, which is being developed in co-operation with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the first tendered cargo of between 30,000 tonnes (198,300 barrels) and 33,000 tonnes (215,000 barrels) of Shaikan crude was trucked to Turkey in December and will be loading at the port of Dortyol this month.

A second tender is underway for two further cargoes of similar size of Shaikan crude, which are expected to be loaded later this month and during February. Sales realisations are expected to be in accordance with the terms of the Production Sharing Contract for the Shaikan Block (“Shaikan PSC”) and will reflect transportation and quality adjustments.

The first Shaikan production facility (“PF-1″) is in operation with two wells currently tied to the facility, namely Shaikan-1 and -3. The flowlines from Shaikan-4 to PF-1 are now complete and the well has been worked over as a Jurassic Sargelu producer prior to being tied to PF-1 in early 2014.

Work at the second Shaikan production facility (“PF-2″) is nearing completion with electrical and instrumentation work ongoing. The Shaikan-2, -5, and -10 wells have been completed as Jurassic Sargelu producers and the flowlines from these wells to PF-2 are currently being laid.

Current average oil sales from PF-1 stand at between 9,000 and 10,000 barrels per day of export quality crude. The Company will provide an update on well performance and combined production capacity of PF-1 and PF-2 as the additional four wells become operational.

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Akri Bijeel Oil Block Declared ‘Commercial’


By John Lee.

MOL Plc has informed the market that Kalegran Ltd. (a 100% subsidiary of MOL), as has officially declared the Akri Bijeel Block to be ‘commercial’, based on the discoveries made at the Bijell-1 well (pictured) in Jurassic horizons and Bakrman-1 well in Triassic horizon.

Kalegran is the Operator of the Block on behalf of the Contractor, comprising Kalegran and Gulf Keystone Petroleum International Limited (GKP).

MOL is accelerating its work program through employing additional rigs and plans to submit the Field Development Plan for the whole block by the end of 2014.

Please find below an update on its ongoing work programs in the Akri-Bijeel block:

Operational highlights:

  • Results of the Bakrman-1 exploration well: Triassic Kurra Chine B formation was subject to extended well testing from 25 July until 26 of August 2013. The well test confirmed long term production sustainability. Current tests gave maximum flow rates of 3,192 bbl/d light density oil with average 40⁰ API gravity and 10.19 MMscf/d of sour gas on 64/64″ choke. Submission of the Appraisal Work Program is due in Q4 2013. Kurra Chine B formation Discovery is subject to Appraisal Work Program which has been started with a 3D seismic acquisition fully covering the Bakrman structure. Drilling 2 appraisal wells is planned to start in 2014 and we are targeting early oil production around in the first half of 2015. Independently from the Triassic discovery, potential Jurassic reservoirs are also targets of further wells.
  • Appraisal program of Bijell-1 discovery: Kalegran Ltd and its partners are going on with the Appraisal Work Program of the Bijell Field. Extended Well Test (“EWT”) facility construction and commissioning was successfully finished. It is capable of handling up to 10,000 bbl/d gross nameplate capacity production on the Bijell-1 site. Due to technical issues a Bijell-1A well sidetrack is required (Bijell-1B), resulting in a delay to the start of the 180 day EWT, this has now been postponed to Q1 2014. Drilling of Bijell-2 appraisal well is ongoing and will be followed with two further appraisal wells. Early oil production could be resumed from Bijell-1B in Q1 2014. Expected EPF rates of 10,000 bbl of oil could be achieved by the end of 2014 through the tie in of three wells (Bijell-2, Bijell-4 and Bijell-6).
  • Rig availability: In order to efficiently progress the planned accelerated work stream we intend to employ 2 more drilling rigs than originally planned and work with 4 rigs by the end of the appraisal programs on the Akri Bijeel block.

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