PetroNeft (AIM: PTR) an oil & gas exploration and production company, operating in the Tomsk Oblast, Russian Federation, and 50% owner and operator of Licences 61 and 67, is pleased to provide an update on operations at Licence 61.



· Current gross production from Licence 61 is about 3,000 bopd (1,500 bopd net to PetroNeft).

Arbuzovskoye Well A-214 Horizontal Production

· Successful drilling of 1,000 m horizontal section with bottom hole at 4,008 m MD.

· Evaluation of pipe conveyed logs indicate 931 m of horizontal section is net pay.

· Current rate of production is 800 bopd with less than 5% water.

Arbuzovskoye Well A-213 Vertical Production

· Two oil zones with 6.9 m net pay and oil tested in J1-2 interval for the first time at Arbuzovskoye.

· Lower J1-2 zone with 2.9 m net pay currently producing at a stable rate of 130 bopd.

· Upper J1-1 zone with 4.0 m net pay expected to come on production by the end of June.

Sibkrayevskoye Well S-374 Planned Vertical Delineation

· Pad constructed and all materials in place.

· Rig construction is underway with drilling scheduled to commence in July.

Arbuzovskoye Development

The Arbuzovskoye well A-214 was spudded on 22 April 2016 and has been successfully completed with a horizontal segment of about 1,000 m in the Upper Jurassic J1-1 and J1-2 intervals at a depth of approximately -2,457 to -2,467 m TVDSS. Based on log data it is estimated that 931 m of the horizontal section is effective net pay. This compares to 663 m of net pay in the Tungolskoye well T-503, which achieved the highest horizontal section net pay result in the Tungolskoye field.

The well was brought online on 22 May and the current flow rate is around 800 bopd. The well has cleaned up and is producing less than 5% water. The pressure in the well has been stable at around 175 atm, which indicates additional production capacity may exist, however we intend to continue in this mode for a period of time to monitor its performance.

The Arbuzovskoye well A-213 was spudded on 1 April 2016 and was drilled as a vertical well from Pad 2 in the southern part of the field. The log and core data indicate that the well has 4.0 m of net oil pay in the primary Upper Jurassic J1-1 interval at a depth of -2,460 m TVDSS and another 2.9 m of net pay in the J1-2 interval starting at a depth of -2,466 m TVDSS. The well was initially perforated in just the J1-2 interval and the rate of production has been stable at about 130 bopd for the past two weeks. The J1-1 interval in the A-213 well will be perforated in the coming weeks and should add additional production from this well by the end of June.

Following this successful J1-2 oil production, we intend to re-evaluate all of the wells at the Arbuzovskoye field based on the A-213 result and to quantify the additional reserves in the new oil pool and register them with the Russian State Reserve Committee.

The second horizontal well at Arbuzovskoye, A-215, is currently being drilled and is expected to be completed in about one month.

Sibkrayevskoye Development

Preparations are underway to drill the S-374 delineation well this summer. The pad has been constructed and all of the materials are in place. The drilling rig is currently being assembled with drilling scheduled to commence in July. This is a delineation well on the southern portion of the field designed to further de-risk the development and move P3 to P2 reserves. All of the necessary studies and approvals are being completed in order to commence development of Sibkrayevskoye in Q1 2017.


Current gross production from Licence 61 is about 3,000 bopd (1,500 bopd net to PetroNeft). This increase has resulted from the good results of the initial two wells at Arbuzovskoye, despite the high decline rate at Tungolskoye and the shut-in of the S-373 well for the summer months following the end of the winter road season. The excellent properties and the thickness of the reservoir at Arbuzovskoye mean that although some decline is likely, we do not expect this to be of the magnitude previously experienced at Tungolskoye.

Dennis Francis, Chief Executive Officer of PetroNeft Resources plc, commented:

“This last month has been an extremely exciting and successful operational time for the Company with two very good well results at South Arbuzovskoye boosting production and revenues. We have produced oil for the first time from the J1-2 interval at Arbuzovskoye in the A-213 well which will increase the oil reserves and flow rates at South Arbuzovskoye. In addition, our first horizontal well at Arbuzovskoye (A-214) has an initial flow rate of over 800 bopd which is the best flow rate thus far in the licence area. We will need to monitor the well carefully over the coming months to gauge the decline but the initial results are very encouraging.”