Romania: Reabold Resources delays testing of well at Parta license due to coronavirus pandemic

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The statement from the UK-based Reabold Resources company said that the testing of IMIC-1 well was delayed given that since late March, Romania has closed its borders restricting access to essential personnel and imported goods, and some of the required services needed to be imported from Hungary. At this stage, the company expects that Romanian borders will remain closed until mid-May and currently anticipates the testing program to take place in June 2020. The 3D seismic studies acquisition is also expected to commence in July 2020, subject to COVID-19 border closures being lifted.

Regarding its other well at the site, IMIC-2, Reabold said it has commenced preparations with local contractors for its drilling, which is planned in the third quarter of 2020. The IMIC-2 well has a planned total depth of 2,200 meters with approximately 23 days to drill and evaluate.

The program at Parta license is carried out by Danube Petroleum, in which Reabold has a 50.8 % equity interest.

Last September, Reabold Resources announced that it will increase its stake in Danube Petroleum to 41.6 from 37.5 % via a subscription for new ordinary shares. The remaining 58.4 % is held by Australian ADX Energy. The company made this decision in light of a recent discovery of oil and gas at Iecea Mica 1 (IM-1) appraisal well, within the Parta onshore perimeter in Romania. Reabold’s co-CEO Sachin Oza said that the company retained our option to invest another 2 million pounds at a fixed price, with the potential to increase its equity position significantly, and likely in support of the funding of the IM-2 well.

Previously, the two companies announced that they have found hydrocarbons within Iecea Mare onshore perimeter in Romania, after completing the drilling at the Iecea Mica-1 well. The statement from the companies said that the well is now being prepared for production testing. ADX Energy also said that said it now estimates 2C contingent resources of 20 billion cubic feet, up from a previous 6.1 billion.