Pantheon Resources (LSE: PANR) is surging this morning after the company announced another set of encouraging drilling results from its US prospects.
Specifically, the company announced this morning that drilling operations at its VOS# well 1 have encountered anoil and gas bearing zone at a depth of around 12,600 feet. This zone is actually independent of the wells primary and secondary objectives great news for the company and its shareholders.
Whats more, this particular zone, which Pantheon hadnt been expecting to discover, is known to be present in a well south of the VOS#1 prospect, and has been a substantial producer. Nonetheless, Pantheons drilling program will continue until the company reaches the main targeted regions. Management estimates that it will take an additional 14 days of drilling to reach the targeted zone.
All in all, the discovery of this pay zone at Pantheons VOS#1 prospect is a windfall find for the company, and builds on the companys existing successes. Pantheon revealed at the end of October that its first well, VOBM#1, can produce 1,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day gross.
Initial flow rates also indicated that the well could exceed the pre-drill P50 prospective resource estimate of 1.4 million barrels of oil equivalent. Although, as of yet, the test results havent confirmed this, but Pantheon is pushing ahead, and the shares could be a great investment for any resource investor.
Unfortunately,Amerisur Resources(LSE: AMER)drilling program hasnot had the same successas Pantheons. Earlier this year Amerisur acquiredPetro Dorado South America SA, a subsidiary of Petro Dorado Energy Ltd, for $6m. At thetime, the acquisition looked highly attractive.
However, initial drill results for the CPO-5 block, acquired as part of the deal, show that while there is oil in place, theres an issue with the mobility of the oil.It will take some time for Amerisur to determine whether or not the well is economically viable.
Still, even if the well has to be abandoned,Amerisursacquisition ofPetro Dorado South America SA will never be a total failure. As part of the same transaction,Amerisuralso acquired a 49.5% working interest in the Tacacho contract, located in the Caguan-Putumayo basin, together with tax losses of approximately $57m, representing a potential tax benefit to the company of up to around$20m.
Overall, Amerisur might be worth a second look.
Ramping up production
North Sea producerEnquest (LSE: ENQ) is not taking no for an answer, and the company continues to ramp up production in the face of falling oil prices. Enquests production increased by 17% in the first six months of 2015 and looks set to rise further throughout the year.
Indeed, at the end of October the company announced that it has begun producing oil at the Alma field, the first North Sea field ever to come on stream in 1975. The field was closed during 2005 as costs soared, butEnquestbelieves that it can get 20,000 barrels of oil per day out of the prospect using new technology.
Sadly, while Enquests production is rising, City analysts expect the company to report a pre-tax loss of $41m this year and a loss of $41m for 2016.So, investors might want to avoid Enquest for the time being.
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