By Ikenna Omeje
Nigerian energy giant, Seplat Energy, will soon begin drilling of Sibiri prospect on Oil Mining Lease (OML) 40, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Roger Brown, has said.
Brown disclosed this while commenting on the company’s third quarter 2021 unaudited financial results, in which the company reported revenue of N182.7bn, representing a rise of 18.7 per cent year-on-year.
In the unaudited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021, the company also reported an operating profit of N62.6bn, representing a rise by 299 per cent year-on-year.
Seplat’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) also rose to N105.7bn from N71.9bn recorded 9M 2020, depicting a growth of 29.6 per cent.
“Production has recovered strongly since the outage at Forcados Oil Terminal (FOT) and we have been averaging nearly 33kbopd liquids throughout October. Now that production has normalised, we expect production to be in the range 48-50 kboepd for the year, provided uptime on the Forcados Pipeline and FOT remains above the budgeted 80%. I’m pleased to report that our new wells at Gbetiokun are performing strongly, and we will soon commence drilling the exciting Sibiri prospect on OML40,” Brown said.
He stated that the company has taken a difficult, practical decision to bring to an end the uncertainty sorrounding the Access Bank legal dispute regarding Cardinal Drilling Services, which completes the Board-mandated removal of Related Party Transactions. It would be recalled that Seplat Energy headquarters in Lagos was sealed in December last year because of the dispute.
According to Brown, with an increased focus on efficiency in its operations, improving uptime by opening up the Amukpe to Escravos Pipeline and driving further cost reduction across its portfolio, this will provide the bedrock allowing the company to operate effectively in fluctuating commodity prices and generate returns for its shareholders.
“We have taken the difficult, but practical decision to bring an end to the uncertainty of the Access Bank legal dispute regarding Cardinal Drilling Services, which completes the Board-mandated removal of Related Party Transactions. Although we maintain our previously stated position that legal action against the Company was wholly without merit, the risk of significant disruption to our operations and other opportunities from a long, drawn-out legal case brought us to a negotiated settlement with Access Bank. We have therefore acquired the four Cardinal rigs and we are now focusing on fast tracking their deployment in future drilling campaigns,” he said.
“Our business model is robust, despite setbacks in the third quarter, thanks to the prudent and flexible approach we have taken to managing the business. With an increased focus on efficiency in our operations, improving uptime by opening up the Amukpe to Escravos Pipeline and driving further cost reduction across our portfolio, this will provide the bedrock allowing us to operate effectively in fluctuating commodity prices and generate returns for shareholders. I am optimistic that the coming year will be much stronger, with many of the problems of the past put behind us.
“After we set out our future strategy in July’s Capital Markets Day and launched our new corporate name of Seplat Energy plc, complete with its new branding, we are now focusing on building out and executing the energy transition that is right for Nigeria. A strong step forward will be when we bring on stream the ANOH project next year delivering more transition gas to an energy poor market, over reliant on expensive, high carbon-emitting electricity generated from small-scale diesel and PMS generators. Our three-pillar strategy is designed to ensure we balance carbon emission reduction with the essential social agenda for undeniably the most under-electrified, youngest and fastest growing population on earth.Seplat Energy’s focus is clear: “Reliable energy, limitless potential”.
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