Karoon Gas Australia (KAR) is an energy exploration company and is a member of the S&P ASX200. The company is focused on identifying, exploring and developing acreage that is highly prospective for oil and gas.
KAR currently has four focus areas – the Browse Basin (Western Australia), the Santos Basin (Brazil), Tumbes Basin (Peru) and the Maranon Basin (Peru).
KAR has a 100% equity interest in five oil blocks in the Santos Basin, offshore Santa Catarina in Brazil.
The Basin has a history of oil discoveries, and importantly, KAR anticipates that new fields within its acreage can quickly be brought to production due to relatively shallow water depths and their proximity to existing infrastructure.
Recently KAR announced that it had reached a farmout agreement with Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE) for the Santos Basin. The agreement was for 35% equity of its 100% interest in four offshore exploration blocks, with options for a fifth.
KAR will receive $40 million in cash and PRE has agreed to pay for the first US$70 million of the costs for each of the first two wells in KAR’s upcoming 3-well Santos Basin exploration program.
PRE will also share its 35% of the costs and KAR will remain the operator.
KAR’s Browse Basin drilling campaign holds long-term promise for the group. It owns 40% of the project with the remainder being owned by joint venture
KAR will begin drilling at the Browse Basin in Western Australia in the coming weeks. The drilling will begin at the Boreas-1 well, the first of up to an eight well exploration and appraisal project.
KAR is an exciting oil and gas explorer, with several promising drilling campaigns about to get underway.
In particular, drilling at the first well, Kangaroo 1, at the Santos basin will commence in November this year and will take anywhere between 60 to 80 days. The company is also beginning drilling at the Boreas-1 well, which has some very promising targets.
Overall we think the company has plenty of near-term catalysts on the horizon with the aforementioned drilling projects likely to drive KAR’s share price.
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