Operational and Financial Highlights 3nd Quarter 2012
Highlights Q3 2012
- Mongolia: Finalized seismic campaign of 335km and completed two wells in the Ger Chuluu sub-basin
- Tajikistan: Santos exercised its farm-in option to acquire 70% of our equity in Somon Oil subject to finalization of transaction documents
- Business Development: Exercised option agreement to purchase producing assets in Central Asia in 4th quarter 2012
During the third quarter 2012, our Mongolian subsidiary, Gobi Energy Partners LLC finalized the 2D seismic acquisition of 335 kilometers in Block XIII and Block XIV. Processing and interpretation are still ongoing. Also, Gobi Energy Partners LLC spudded its first well, Ger Chuluu A1, on August 23, 2012. It stopped drilling at a depth of 1098 meters without having encountered any seal. The initially planned second well East Sainshand A1 is located in another sub-basin 170 kilometers away. In order to have a conclusive evaluation of the Ger Chuluu sub-basin, it was decided to drill a second well before moving to East Sainshand.
Ger Chuluu D1 was spudded on September 21, 2012 and was stopped after reaching 600 meters without any hydrocarbon shows. Seal and Reservoir were encountered as expected; however, this basin did not seem to generate any hydrocarbons and therefore is not considered anymore as a target. Due to seasonal conditions, the next prospect, East Sainshand A1, can only be drilled in 2013. The evaluation of the Southeastern part of Block XIII will be finalized in the fourth quarter.
During the third quarter 2012, our Tajik subsidiary, CJSC Somon Oil has been finalizing processing and interpretation of the seismic acquisition program finished in April 2012. Preparations for drilling of the first two wells, West Supetau and Karykkum, are ongoing. Pursuant to a deed dated August 6, 2012, Santos International Ventures Pty Ltd ("Santos") exercised its option to acquire 70% of the equity of Somon Oil.
As provided in the deed, the exercise of the option, which was originally granted to Santos under an Option Agreement dated December 10, 2007, is subject to the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements, including a farm-in agreement and a shareholder agreement. As provided in the deed and after settlement of the definitive agreements, Santos Netherlands B.V., an affiliate of Santos, together with a third party, intends to farm-in to 70% of the equity interest in Somon. The remaining 30% will be owned by DWM Petroleum AG ("DWM"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manas (as to 20%) and Anavak Limited Liability Company (as to 10%). The negotiations on the farm-in and shareholder agreement have not been finalized yet.
During the third quarter of 2012, South Petroleum Company, in which we own a 25% minority equity interest, continued to provide support for drilling planning and seismic operations in Tajikistan. Finalization of the reports in Kyrgyzstan is ongoing.
Albania (15.8% equity investment in Petromanas Energy Inc.)
Petromanas continued to drill and expects the well to reach target depth of approximately 6,100 metres either in late 2012 or early 2013. Testing is expected to follow reaching total depth. Further, drilling of the Juban-1 well is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012. Petromanas intends to drill the well to a target depth of approximately 2,600 meters.
On June 30, 2012, we owned 200,000,000 shares of Petromanas Energy. Since that date, we sold 100,000,000 of these shares to various purchasers and we have agreed not to resell the remaining 100,000,000 until August 14, 2013 without prior agreement with some of those purchasers, unless, before that date, the market price per share equals or exceeds CAD 0.60 for five business days. Of the 100,000,000 common shares of Petromanas held by us at September 30, 2012, none were currently eligible for immediate resale.
More details on www.petromanas.com.
During the second quarter of 2012, DWM Petroleum AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into an option agreement with an unrelated third party pursuant to which the third party granted to DWM Petroleum an option to purchase 80% of the equity of a company that owns producing oilfield assets in Central Asia.
On May 8, 2012, DWM Petroleum wired an initial refundable cash deposit to the third party in the amount of USD 5 million. On July 3, 2012, DWM Petroleum made a second refundable cash deposit in the amount of USD 2 million. On August 17, 2012 a third refundable cash deposit in the amount of USD 3 million was paid. These cash deposits have been recorded on our balance sheet as "Transaction Prepayment". Under the terms of the option agreement, this cash deposit remains fully refundable until DWM Petroleum exercises the option and the parties sign a definitive purchase agreement.
On October 23, 2012, DWM Petroleum exercised the option subject to the seller taking certain actions and to successful negotiation of the share purchase agreement. The transaction prepayment of USD 10 million will be netted against the final purchase price which remains to be negotiated.
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MNP Petroleum Corporation
Manas Petroleum is an international oil and gas company with primary focus on exploration and development in South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia. In Albania, Manas participates in a 1.7 million acre exploration project through its 15.8% equity interest in Petromanas Energy Inc., a Canadian public company. In the Kyrgyz Republic, Manas has a USD 54 million farm-out agreement with Santos International Holdings Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Australia's third largest oil and gas company. In addition to the development of its Kyrgyz Republic project, Santos is developing the company's neighboring Tajikistan licenses under an option farm out agreement. In Mongolia, Manas owns 74% working interest in two Production Sharing Contracts covering Blocks XIII and XIV through its wholly-owned subsidiary DWM Petroleum AG.