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Trinity Exploration & Production
20 July 2023
 

Trinity Exploration & Production

 

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20 July 2023

 

Trinity Exploration & Production plc

("Trinity" or "the Group" or "the Company")

 

Q2 2023 Operational Update

Trinity Exploration & Production plc (AIM: TRIN), the independent E&P company focused on Trinidad and Tobago, provides an update on operations for the three-month period ended 30 June 2023 ("Q2 2023" or "the Period").  The information contained herein has not been audited and may be subject to further review and amendment.

 

Jeremy Bridglalsingh, Chief Executive Officer of Trinity, commented:

"Trinity is delivering on important catalysts within our refreshed strategy. We are greatly encouraged by progress at our Jacobin well, testing the first of our nine deep Hummingbird prospects and where we reported multiple oil-bearing reservoirs in the Lower Cruse interval; the well sidetrack is drilling ahead and making good progress. 

"In June, we announced that we had been successful in our bid for the Buenos Ayres block where we intend to leverage our competitive advantage in the Palo Seco area. 

"On our Galeota East Coast asset, we appointed Petrofac to undertake a Concept Screening study for the development of further reserves and resources using a low cost, more flexible approach than originally envisaged. 

"I look forward to continuing to update shareholders on our further progress at a very busy and exciting time for Trinity.

 

Q2 2023 Operational Highlights 

·    The Company maintained solid production performance over the quarter with Q2 2023 sales volumes averaging 2,824 bopd (Q1 2023: 2,899 bopd; Q2 2022: 3,019 bopd). 

·    Production sales guidance for the full year 2023 remains unchanged at 2,800 bopd - 3,100 bopd.

·    During Q2 2023:

-      1 recompletion ("RCP") (Q1 2023: 2; Q2 2022: 9) was completed.

-      16 workovers (Q1 2023: 39; Q2 2022: 31) were completed.

-      swabbing operations continued across onshore and West Coast assets.

·    The ABM-151 well in the Brighton Marine block, offshore the West Coast of Trinidad, was returned to production on 21 March 2023.  During Q2 2023, the well flowed at an average rate of 125 bopd, above the target range. 

 

Q2 2023 Financial Highlights

The Group reports its consolidated financial information half yearly, in its Annual Report & Accounts and Interim Results, in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standards and the London Stock Exchange's AIM Rules for Companies.  Quarterly, the Company provides unaudited information for guidance.

·    Average realisation of US$ 63.7/bbl for Q2 2023 (Q1 2023: US$ 67.9/bbl, Q2 2022: US$ 96.8/bbl).

·    EBITDA, pre-hedging1, in Q2 2023 of US$ 4.5 million (unaudited) (Q1 2023: US$ 5.3 million  (unaudited); Q2 2022 US$ 11.2 million).

·    Operating break-even2, pre-hedging1, Q2 2023 of US$ 34.8/bbl (Q1 2023 of US$ 35.4/bbl; Q2 2022 US$ 31.3/bbl).

1       The Company has no hedging in place in 2023.

2       Operating break-even is the realised price/bbl where the adjusted EBITDA/bbl for the Group is equal to zero.

·    Cash balance of US$ 11.3 million (unaudited) at 30 June 2023 versus US$ 11.4 million (unaudited) at 31 March 2023 and US$ 15.0 million at 30 June 2022.

·    The Group had drawn borrowings (overdraft) of US$ 2.0 million at 30 June 2023 (US$ 2.3 million at 31 March 2023 and US$ 2.7 million at 30 June 2022).  These borrowings match the Company's outstanding VAT receivable balance.

·    The Company's second buyback programme, announced on 24 October 2022, concluded on 26 April 2023 with 760,000 Ordinary Shares repurchased. 

On 28 April 2023, the Company announced a further share buyback programme which concluded on 27 June 2023, the date of the Annual General Meeting, and repurchased a further 117,000 Ordinary Shares bringing the total number of shares held in treasury to 1,549,000 (4.0 % of the Company's shares in issue).

 

Outlook

Jacobin Update

As announced on 13 July 2023, the Jacobin sidetrack is currently drilling ahead following unexpected well bore conditions in the original well.

The original wellbore penetrated over 2,000 ft of Lower Cruse section, with preliminary evaluation using a combination of Measurement While Drilling ("MWD") data (inclusive of MWD gamma ray) and together with analysis of well bore cuttings, pointing to at least three well developed, oil-bearing sand intervals in the Lower Cruse.

The next update on Jacobin is expected to be announced once the sidetrack has been completed and the full suite of data acquisition has been completed, which will provide a definitive view on all sands encountered.

 

2022 Onshore and Nearshore Competitive Bid Round

On 13 June 2023, Trinity announced its successful bid for the onshore Buenos Ayres block further leveraging our competitive advantage in the Palo Seco area.

Our investment in purchasing the North West District 3D seismic dataset and resultant exhaustive subsurface work has provided Trinity with an unparalleled understanding of the trapping mechanisms in the Palo Seco area. Our review of the 3D seismic over Buenos Ayres block, utilising our in-house knowledge, has highlighted multiple prospects at a variety of levels in this virgin block.

Buenos Ayres contains multiple stacked target reservoirs of the Lower Forest, Upper Cruse and Lower Cruse which are the most productive reservoirs in the Southern Basin in Trinidad. 

We are planning to fast track the first exploration well on Buenos Ayres in 2024, subject to acquiring environmental approvals.

 

Galeota Concept Screening Study

On 27 June 2023, Trinity announced it had appointed Petrofac to undertake a Concept Screening study for the development of further reserves and resources in its Galeota Block.  The Galeota Block contains estimated 2P+2C reserves and resources of 46.1 million barrels of oil equivalent and is the Company's largest asset.

The study will take a fresh look at development concepts for the Galeota Block, using the latest subsurface information and marrying that with Petrofac's global low-cost marginal field track record to develop a concept that can be taken forward into Conceptual Engineering, Front End Engineering and Project Sanction.  Key elements will comprise flexibility to deal with reservoir uncertainty and using equipment that could be potentially relocated around the large Galeota Block.  Leased Mobile Offshore Production Units ("MOPU") concepts such as converted jack-ups or Floating Production, Storage and Offloading ("FPSO") vessels will be considered as well as any other suitable scheme.  The cost of the study is included within this year's capex guidance range.  

The study has commenced and is expected to conclude in September, at which point a further update will be provided.

 

 

Enquiries:

Trinity Exploration & Production plc

Jeremy Bridglalsingh, Chief Executive Officer

Julian Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer

Nick Clayton, Non- Executive Chairman

Via Vigo Consulting

 


SPARK Advisory Partners Limited

(Nominated Adviser and Financial Adviser)

Mark Brady

James Keeshan

+44 (0)20 3368 3550

 


Cenkos Securities PLC (Broker)

Leif Powis

Neil McDonald

+44 (0)20 7397 8900

+44 (0)131 220 6939

 


Vigo Consulting Limited

Finlay Thomson

Patrick d'Ancona 

trinity@vigoconsulting.com

+44 (0)20 7390 0230 

 

 

About Trinity (www.trinityexploration.com)

Trinity is an independent oil production company focused solely on Trinidad and Tobago.  Trinity operates producing and development assets both onshore and offshore, in the shallow water West and East Coasts of Trinidad.  Trinity's portfolio includes current production, significant near-term production growth opportunities from low-risk developments and multiple exploration prospects with the potential to deliver meaningful reserves/resources growth.  The Company operates all of its ten licences and, across all of the Group's assets, management's estimate of the Group's 2P reserves as at the end of 2022 was 17.96 mmbbls.  Group 2C contingent resources are estimated to be 48.88 mmbbls.  The Group's overall 2P plus 2C volumes are therefore 66.84 mmbbls.

 

Trinity is quoted on AIM, a market operated and regulated by the London Stock Exchange Plc, under the ticker TRIN.

 

Competent Person's Statement

All reserves and resources related information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Ryan Ramsook, Trinity's Executive Manager, Exploration.  Dr. Ryan Ramsook also lectures and is involved in collaborative Geoscience research with the University of the West Indies and is a Fellow of the Geological Society ("FGS") of London. He is a Geologist by background with 19+ years' experience.

 

Disclaimer

This document contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to the usual risk factors and uncertainties associated with the oil exploration and production business.  Whilst the Group believes the expectation reflected herein to be reasonable in light of the information available to it at this time, the actual outcome may be materially different owing to macroeconomic factors either beyond the Group's control or otherwise within the Group's control.

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