HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwired - Oct. 19, 2015) - Cub Energy Inc. ("Cub" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:KUB) provides the following update for its operations for the third quarter of 2015. This update includes ongoing operations from KUB-Gas LLC ("KUB-Gas"), which Cub has a 30% ownership interest, and Tysagaz LLC ("Tysagaz"), Cub's 100% owned subsidiary.
Third Quarter Production and Realized Prices
Average production for the third quarter was approximately 1,350 boe/d (Cub WI), representing a 5% decrease from 1,414 boe/d in the second quarter. Production volumes were lower due to normal seasonal demand weakness and lack of reinvestment over the last fifteen months.
The estimated prices received in Ukraine current during the quarter were $6.58 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") and $43.01 per barrel ("bbl") for natural gas and liquids respectively. The comparable prices realized in the second quarter of 2015 were $7.08/Mcf and $46.89/bbl. Cub is paid in hryvnia ("UAH"), so the realized price in USD will continue to be influenced by changes in the exchange rate. The exchange rate has stabilized in the last few quarters as the rate went from 21.0 UAH/USD at the end of the second quarter to 21.3 UAH/USD at the end of the third quarter.
The R30c zone in the O-11 well has been successfully fracture stimulated and the most recent test rates are approximately 1.0 million cubic feet per day ("MMcf/d"). Operations on the M-22 and O-15 wells are continuing, and results will be reported once available.
On the newly acquired West Olgovskoye licence, KUB-Gas completed the field work and preliminary processing of a 26 kilometer 2D seismic survey. The final processed data should be available shortly.
Ukraine Legislative Developments
On September 3, 2015, the National Bank of Ukraine extended most of the existing restrictions on foreign currency transactions, including the cross-border dividend restriction, all to be effective until December 4, 2015. These restrictions continue to make it difficult for repatriating dividends from Ukraine.
A new bill reforming the natural gas market in Ukraine became effective October 1, 2015. Among other things, it contains a provision that gas producers will have to contribute into storage a volume equivalent to 30 days of production effective January 1, 2016. The administrative details of this requirement have not yet been published, so key questions remain as to whether the storage injections must begin by or be completed on January 1, 2016, and whether royalties will be due when the gas is produced (before injection) or when it is sold out of storage.
On October 5, 2015, the Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) approved by a vote of 228 affirmative votes (a minimum of 226 required) the first reading of a bill which would reduce the royalties on natural gas. The bill proposes to drop the royalty rates from 55% to 29% and a further reduction to 20% effective January 1, 2016. The bill is subject to a second reading anticipated within the next few weeks and then receive final signature from the president before coming into effect. There are no assurances any change in royalty rates will become effective.
Cub is re-evaluating its future capital programs on its 100% owned and operated Tysagaz assets in light of the proposed reduction of royalty rates which are subject to parliamentary approval. At present, the Company is considering several workovers in late 2015 or early 2016.
KUB-Gas may consider additional capital expenditures on development projects during the balance of 2015, subject to keeping such expenditures within operating cash flow and no further material adverse changes in either the fiscal terms or the security situation in and around the eastern Ukraine licences.
Once economic conditions improve, KUB-Gas has an inventory of drilling locations and other projects in the Ukraine licences including:
- Ten firm drilling locations in the Olgovskoye, Makeevskoye and North Makeevskoye licences, plus up to seven more locations contingent upon success. KUB-Gas expects this inventory to grow once the technical team examines the data on the newly acquired West Olgovskoye licence.
- Several fracture stimulations candidates in addition to the three mentioned above.
BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.
Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery. The test data contained herein is considered preliminary until full pressure transient analysis is complete.
About Cub Energy Inc.
Cub Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KUB) is an upstream oil and gas company, with a proven track record of exploration and production cost efficiency in the Black Sea region. The Company's strategy is to implement western technology and capital, combined with local expertise and ownership, to increase value in its undeveloped land base, creating and further building a portfolio of producing oil and gas assets within a high pricing environment.
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