GKP receives New Payment from KRG

By John Lee.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has confirmed that a gross payment of $18.8 million ($14.7 million net to GKP) has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government for Shaikan crude oil sales during February 2018.

(Source: GKP)

GKP Confirms Payment for January Sales

By John Lee.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has confirmed that a gross payment of $23.1 million ($17.8 million net to GKP) has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for Shaikan crude oil sales during January 2018.

(Source: Gulf Keystone)

GKP Shares Rise on Annual Results

Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP), operator of the Shaikan Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, closed up more than 4 percent on Wednesday following the announcement of its results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Highlights to 31 December 2017 and post reporting period

Operational

  • Strong safety performance during 2017; 3 million man-hours without a Lost Time Incident achieved.
  • Average gross production of 35,298 barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) – in the middle of 32,000-38,000 bopd guidance for the year.
  • Plant uptime of 99% in 2017.
  • Shaikan production for Q1 2018 averaged 31,588 bopd.
  • Gross production guidance for 2018 is set at 27,000-32,000 bopd. 

Financial

  • Signing of the Crude Oil Sales Agreement, which was announced in January 2018, represents a key milestone for the Company.
  • Moved to a more transparent invoicing mechanism with the MNR; payment now linked to international oil price and total production at Shaikan.
  • Profit for the first time since entry to Kurdistan – net profit of $14.1 million (2016: net loss of $17.4 million).
  • Revenue of $172 million (2016: $194 million).
  • The cash component of revenue increased by 28% to $157 million from $122 million in 2016.
  • Positive cash flow driven by steady operating activities, payments from KRG and limited investment.
  • 11 payments received during 2017 from the KRG amounting to $132 million net (2016: $114 million net to GKP).
  • Cash balance of $160 million as at 31 December 2017 (2016: $93 million).
  • Continued cost optimisation, with additional initiatives to lower costs achieved against stable production.
  • Reduction of operating costs per barrel year-on-year to $2.8/bbl (2016: $3.5/bbl).
  • Further reduction of G&A to $21.3 million from $25.5 million in 2016.
  • GKP has received payments in Q1 2018 from the KRG totalling $75.1 million gross ($59.3 million net).
  • Robust financial position as at 10 April 2018, with cash balance of $203 million against $100 million of debt.

Corporate developments

  • Jaap Huijskes assumes the role of Non-Executive Chairman, as of today.
  • Updated KPIs were introduced in 2017, as part of GKP’s continued efforts to achieve high standards of corporate governance.

Outlook

  • The Crude Oil Sales Agreement is an important commercial event and moves the business closer to finalising commercial negotiations with the MNR
  • Subject to finalising certain commercial and contractual matters, the Company is ready to resume investment into Shaikan in 2018.

Jón Ferrier, Gulf Keystone’s Chief Executive Officer, said: 

We are pleased to have reported a net profit for the year of $14.1 million, compared with a net loss of $17.4 million in 2016.  We made considerable commercial progress during the year and into 2018, with the signing of the Shaikan Crude Oil Sales Agreement being a key milestone for the Company. 

“We were pleased to achieve average gross production of 35,298 bopd at Shaikan, in the middle of our target guidance of 32,000-38,000 bopd for 2017.  We are confident that once we are able to restart investment into Shaikan we will be able to lift production towards our near-term target of 55,000 bopd, a step towards the full field development.

“I would like to thank our shareholders for their support, our hosts the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and all Gulf Keystone employees, for their commitment and professionalism during 2017.  I would also like to welcome our incoming new Chairman, Jaap Huijskes, and reiterate our thanks to his predecessor, Keith Lough.

More here.

(Sources: GKP, Yahoo)

GKP to Invest Further in Shaikan

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP), operator of the Shaikan Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is today providing an operational and corporate update.

This is in advance of the Company’s full year results for the period ended 31 December 2017 which are expected to be announced on Wednesday 11 April 2018. The information contained herein has not been audited and may be subject to further review and amendment. 

Operational Update

  • GKP has continued its strong safety performance in 2017 and into 2018 with no lost-time incidents at the Shaikan field. Operations in the area remain secure.
  • Plant uptime of 99% in 2017 helped contribute to an average gross production of 35,298 barrels of oil per day (“bopd”), in the middle of our guidance range of 32,000-38,000 bopd for the year.
  • Since 15 November 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (“KRG”) Ministry of Natural Resources (“MNR”) has resumed exporting the Shaikan crude via the export pipeline to Turkey. The Company sees the latest export development as confirmation of the suitability of the Shaikan crude within the Kurdish blend.
  • The Company was encouraged by the signature of the crude oil sales agreement announced on 16 January 2018. The Company is also in dialogue with the MNR on the terms of a potential 2nd PSC Amendment.
  • Subject to resolution of the commercial matters and the KRG continuing regular payment of monthly invoices, the Company currently intends on investing this year in wells and facilities to expand production capacity to 55,000 bopd.
  • Part of these investments would include the hook-up of a short (400m) spur pipeline from Production Facility 2 to the Atrush export line, which links to the main export oil line to Turkey.  This will reduce trucking requirements, HSE risk and improve netbacks.
  • Final investment plans for 2018 are under review and will be provided to the market in due course.

Shaikan Payment Update

By John Lee.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has confirmed that a gross payment of $15.0 million ($12.0 million net to GKP) has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for Shaikan crude oil export sales in August 2017.

(Source: GKP)