Soco; my current view

Friday, Jan 30 2015 by

Positive; (my opinion)
Their cost of producing oil; low $20s /barrel
Market was slightly positive this morning; up 1% after the 5.7% fall yesterday
"conservative estimates of initial flow rates" from the TGT/H5 well. Oh yeah, Pull the other leg!that's the one that flowed at 27,000 bbl / day! Plus a lot more wells drilled since. 

Soco hopes to perforate levels in existing wells which have oil but they remain sealed. Why?
"Soco retains a strong balance sheet with net cash of $166 million at year end weather the collapse in oil prices and fund its capex program," wrote analysts at Citi.

Negative (my opinion)
Cash value of expected 2015 - 16; production; likely to be 60 to 70% down from 2014, at current oil price.
They still intend to do a lot of drilling in 2015. Probably agreed up to 3 years ago.
Why drill for more oil when productive levels in working wells remain sealed?
Their Vietnam license runs out at some time; when?


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SOCO International plc (SOCO) is a united Kingdom-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Its segments include South East Asia and Africa. It has field development, production and exploration interests in Vietnam, and exploration and appraisal interests in the Republic of Congo and Angola. In Vietnam, It’s Block 16-1 and Block 9-2 include the Te Giac Trang and Ca Ngu Vang Fields, which are located in shallow water in the Cuu Long Basin, near the Bach Ho Field. It holds working interest in Block 16-1 and Block 9-2 through its subsidiaries, SOCO Vietnam Ltd and OPECO Vietnam Limited. SOCO holds its interests in the Marine XI Block, located offshore Congo (Brazzaville) in the shallow water Lower Congo Basin, through its subsidiary, SOCO EPC. It holds working interest in the Mer Profonde Sud Block, offshore Congo (Brazzaville) through its subsidiary, SOCO Congo BEX Limited. SOCO's subsidiary, SOCO Cabinda Limited, holds participation interests in the Cabinda North Block. more »

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MadDutch 31st Jan '15 1 of 5

Minor correction; -

See more at:

"Pull the other leg!that's the one that flowed at 27,000 bbl / day!"

I am discussing the flow of the well, NOT the flow of my leg!! :-)

In case anyone is wondering ....


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marben100 31st Jan '15 2 of 5

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Hi MD,

Speaking as an amateur but having had the benefit of professionals' views on these types of "behind pipe" situations previously, there can be good, technical reasons why it may be unwise to perforate behind pipe resources too soon.

Basically, perforating & flowing shallower levels in a well can interfere with the flow from the original deeper levels which were perforated originally. Therefore, it is sometimes wise to produce as much as possible from the deeper levels first, and only when the flow from those levels declines significantly to perforate the shallower levels.

Soco & their partners will be keen to maximise the ultimate recovery from each well and not risk some recovery by premature well interventions.



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peterg 31st Jan '15 3 of 5

Just to back up what Mark says, and without any real personal expertise in the subject, I think it's perfectly clear that where oil is being left in currently unperforated zones there are very good reasons for doing so. The whole point of the recently completed Equipoise study is precisely to be able to develop models to allow maximum recovery (or a desirable balance of maximum total recovery and production rates) from what has proved to be a fairly complex reservoir, with multiple independent reservoir zones intersected by each well. They have put in a lot of time and money (and will continue to do so as the field develops) to ensure that the development and production (including the timing and ordering of perforations) is optimised.


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MadDutch 1st Feb '15 4 of 5

Thanks to both of you for your very helpful additions to our knowledge here.

Does anyone know when our Vietnam licenses expire?


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kyu66 2nd Feb '15 5 of 5

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"Potential oil recovery within the expected licence period to 2030, ..." as per

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