BW Energy Announces Second Quarter and First-Half 2022 Results

Source: 8/25/2022, Location: Africa

- EBITDA of USD 5.5 million for Q2 2022 and USD 71 million for H1 2022
- H1 2022 gross production of 2.0 million barrels with 1.5 million barrels net to the Company
- Strong operating cash flow of USD 84.9 million and cash position of USD 123 million at 30 June
- Decision to proceed with Maromba development and agreement to purchase FPSO Polvo
- Hibiscus / Ruche development on track for first oil in Q1 2023 with the production unit BW MaBoMo (former Hibiscus Alpha) under mobilisation to Gabon
- Agreement to acquire Golfinho and Camarupim Clusters from Petrobras to add net production of ~9,000 barrels of oil per day from early 2023 and several additional low-risk development opportunities
- Agreement to acquire the FPSO Cidade de Vitoria, currently producing on the Golfinho field approved by Saipem and Petrobras
- Signed inaugural Reserve Based Lending facility of up to USD 300 million in August

“We are progressing several initiatives which are expected to yield a step-change in production and cash flow generation from early next year and further support our long-term growth. These are led by the Hibiscus / Ruche development where we have completed the BW MaBoMo conversion and the field acquisitions in Brazil, both of which are set to contribute significantly to increased oil production from late first quarter 2023. Further, we are moving ahead with the Maromba development towards first oil in 2025 and we are maturing plans for the increasingly attractive Kudu gas field in Namibia”, said Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Energy.

EBITDA for the second quarter of 2022 was USD 5.5 million, down from USD 65.5 million in the first quarter of 2022 due to no liftings to BW Energy in the period. EBITDA for first half of 2022 was USD 71.0 million compared to USD 80.2 million in the same period of 2021. The decrease in EBITDA was largely due to lower sales volumes partly offset by a higher realised oil price.

Gross production from the Tortue field averaged approximately 10,700 barrels of oil per day in the second quarter of 2022, amounting to a total gross production of approximately 975,000 barrels of oil for the period. There were no BW Energy liftings in the second quarter. Production cost (excluding royalties) was approximately USD 35 per barrel.

BW Energy had a cash balance of USD 123 million at 30 June 2022, compared to USD 111 million at 31 March 2022. The increase reflects receipt of payment for a March lifting to the Company, offset by continued investments in the Hibiscus / Ruche development project.

The Hibiscus / Ruche development is progressing towards first oil at the end of the first quarter of 2023. The BW MaBoMo (former Hibiscus Alpha) conversion was completed in August with the unit currently under mobilisation on a heavy-lift vessel to Gabon. Additional production from the Hibiscus and Ruche fields is expected at approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day once all six planned wells are in production during 2023.

In April, the Company decided to proceed with the Maromba development project offshore Brazil and signed an agreement to purchase the FPSO Polvo from BW Offshore. The Maromba development plan is based on an initial drilling campaign of three wells with planned first oil in 2025 and a second campaign for an additional three wells in 2027. Total oil production at peak annual average is expected between 30-40,000 barrels of oil per day.

In June 2022, BW Energy signed an agreement to acquire 100% working interest (WI) in the Golfinho and Camarupim Clusters and 65% WI in the BM-ES-23 block offshore Brazil from Petrobras for an initial cash consideration of USD 3 million at signing with USD 12 million due at closing and contingent payments after closing of up to USD 60 million tied to oil price and production. BW Energy will be the operator in all the concessions. The Company also agreed to acquire the FPSO Cidade de Vitoria, producing on the Golfinho field, from Saipem for a cash consideration of USD 73 million paid in instalments. Both transactions are subject to fulfilment or waiver of conditions precedent with an expected closing and effective date in the first quarter of 2023.

The transactions are expected to add approximately 9,000 barrels of oil per day net to BW Energy from early 2023. The Golfinho Cluster has several proven low risk in-field development opportunities with short lead times and substantial potential long-term upside from proven gas accumulations.

In August, BW Energy signed an international Reserve Based Lending Facility of up to USD 300 million. The funds will initially be used to finance the further development of the Dussafu license offshore Gabon.

BW Energy will today hold a conference call followed by a Q&A hosted by CEO Carl K. Arnet, CFO Knut R. Sæthre and COO Lin G. Espey at 14:00 CEST.

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