Summary results from the CPR are as follows:
Certified 2P Reserves
ERCE has certified 2P reserves across Challenger Energy’s portfolio of production assets in Trinidad and Tobago, as summarised in the following table:
In August 2020, when Challenger Energy assumed control of this portfolio of assets through the merger with Columbus, the Company established a target of achieving net 2P reserves of at least 1 MMbbl by the end of 2020. Therefore the net 2P reserves as certified in the CPR exceeds this target by 30%.
2P reserves relate to known oil that is capable of being produced economically, and thus the 2P reserves as certified by ERCE relate solely to production capable of being generated from Challenger Energy’s existing wells in existing fields. The 2P reserves do not assume any contribution from infield drilling and enhanced oil recovery projects. Moreover, apart from routine operating costs required to keep wells online, accessing this production potential does not require material amounts of incremental capital expenditure.
Even at oil prices of around US$40 per barrel, it is estimated this level of 2P reserve represents in excess of US$50 million of gross cashflow potential to the Company, and a reserve base equivalent to a baseline production of 500 bopd for approximately 7 years. Given these production and economic characteristics, 2P reserves are a readily monetizable asset, and Challenger Energy has been approached by various financing providers requesting the Company to consider the suitability of a Reserve Base Lending (RBL) facility against its 2P reserves.
ERCE has certified 2C resources across Challenger Energy’s portfolio assets in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname, as summarised in the following table:
2C resources relate to hydrocarbons that ERCE considers can be producible from the existing discovered fields, albeit contingent on the expenditure of development capital for infill wells and the successful delivery of waterflood and CO2 injection projects. As future capital is deployed it would typically be expected that the 2C resource base would migrate into the 2P reserves category upon demonstration of commercial viability. As such, the certified 2C resources position provides validation of Challenger Energy’s capacity / strategy to achieve near-term incremental production growth, as well as providing clear direction as to capital prioritisation during the course of 2021.
The company will decide on redoing the CPR based upon delivered results during the course of 2021.