By John Lee.
Sharess in Gulf Keystone Petroleum surged as much as 10 percent by lunchtime on Wednesday, after teh company issued an update on the its operations at Shaikan, its key producing asset:
The Company remains focused on achieving the target of 40,000 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") of production capacity from the Shaikan production facilities ("PF-1" and "PF-2") in line with our Half Year Report schedule published on 28 August 2014. The Company's staffing levels in the Kurdistan Region, including all key international contractors, returned to normal in the first half of September.
In the period since 28 August 2014, Shaikan PF-1 and PF-2 production has been achieving stable rates of approximately 23,000 gross bopd from three wells at PF-1 and two wells at PF-2. The work on the flowlines to connect additional production wells, Shaikan-7, -8 and -10 later in 2014 is on-going.
Trucking operations from PF-1 and PF-2 continue with approximately 70% of the current production trucked as export crude oil to the Turkish port of Dortyol and sold to the international market by Powertrans, an authorised transportation and marketing agent of the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Natural Resources ("KRG" and "MNR").
Seventeen cargoes totalling approximately 4.0 million gross barrels of Shaikan crude oil have been sold to the international market since the Shaikan crude oil export sales began from Dortyol in January 2014.
As previously announced, constructive discussions surrounding a payment cycle for past and future Shaikan export crude oil sales are progressing with the MNR, while the Company is awaiting further payments for export sales.
Approximately 30% of the current Shaikan production is being sold to domestic buyers in the Kurdistan Region. Since the publication of the Half Year Report, the domestic market has been providing steady revenue with approximately 220,000 barrels gross sold since 28 August 2014 generating US$9.4 million in gross revenues. The cash receipts associated with these sales as at 30 September were US$5.9 million.
The Company's Q3 2014 Interim Management Statement will be published on 30 October 2014.
John Gerstenlauer (pictured), Gulf Keystone's Chief Executive Officer commented:
"Receiving steady revenues from our domestic sales is positive as we continue our constructive discussions regarding a stable payment cycle for past and future export sales.
"With all personnel now back in country, we are making good progress and look forward to reaching our target of 40,000 gross barrels of oil per day.
"We continue to manage our expenditure in a prudent manner in order to maximise production, whilst actively pursuing options regarding the Company's 20% working interest in the Akri-Bijeel Block."
(Sources: GKP, Yahoo!)