Dragon Oil reports 10 per cent increase in production last year
Oil and gas exploration company Dragon Oil met market expectations with its trading update yesterday, reporting an increase in production of 10 per cent in 2012, with revenues for the year at an estimated $1.2 billion (€900m)
According to the company, whose main asset is the Cheleken contract area in the Caspian Sea, 15 new development wells were successfully put into production during the year, against an initial guidance of 13, while it achieved a 10 per cent increase in average daily production rate to approximately 67,600 barrels of oil per day (bopd) in 2012, compared to 61,500 bopd in 2011. Dragon Oil’s average daily production rate for the month of December 2012 was 73,500 bopd.
Stockbroker Davy noted the update was “strong” and in line with estimates.
It pointed to “positive surprises”, including a better-than-estimated cash position ($1.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion at end-2011) and growth in reserves (180 per cent reserve replacement rate).
Dragon Oil will publish its 2012 full-year financial results on February 12th, 2013.