Prominence Energy NL (ASX:PRM), previously known as Sun Resources NL, is an oil & gas exploration and development company, based in Perth, Western Australia. The company’s key asset is a low capital expenditure (capex), high margin, oil appraisal/development project, namely the Bowsprit oil project, in the US state of Louisiana.
Prominence Energy selected the project in protected inland waters area, offshore Louisiana, following a detailed assessment of opportunities, as part of a refocus on conventional oil projects.
PRM is primarily focused on developing the Bowsprit project with modern horizontal wells and establishing production, targeted towards delivering value to its shareholders. The company holds 100 per cent working interest in the Bowsprit Petroleum Leases (21754 & 21787) and is also the operator of these leases.
The project, which is in a good strategic location with ready availability of critical infrastructure and expertise, is estimated to host 0.76 million barrels (2C gross) of contingent resources and additional 1.72 million barrels (best; gross) unrisked prospective resources.
Why Crude Oil for Prominence Energy?
Globally, oil is the most important energy source, thus it is critical to economic growth. Crude oil is amongst the most important raw materials used in hundreds of things, ranging from petroleum products used to fuel vehicles and airplanes, manufacturing plastics and medicines to heating homes.
Transportation Fuel – The transportation sector including road, rail, water and air transport is the biggest consumer of oil, globally. Majority of the transportation fuels including jet fuel, marine fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, and petrol/gasoline are derived from petroleum.
Petroleum is used in plastics, chemicals and several common household items such as clothing, lipstick, luggage, and camera.
According to a report (short-term energy outlook) released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on 14 January 2020, global oil supply and consumption would grow by 1.6 million barrels per day (b/d) and 1.3 million b/d in 2020, respectively. Moreover, growth in oil consumption at a global level would average 1.4 million b/d in the next year (2021) and would outpace supply growth. As a result, oil prices is anticipated to go up in the coming years.
Moreover, according to the EIA release, supply growth in 2020 would be led by non-OPEC members such as North American countries (United States and Canada), Norway and Brazil. Additionally, United States is expected be the main contributor to this growth.
Some of the factors that would result in rise in oil consumption growth are:
- Rising global gross domestic product (GDP), with global oil-weighted GDP growth expected to increase from 1.9% to 2.4% and 3.0% in 2019 to 2020 and 2021, respectively, according to EIA assumptions based on forecasts from Oxford Economics.
- Expected surge in demand from developing economies like India, where liquid fuels consumption is expected to grow by about 0.2 million b/d in both the years, 2020 and 2021, on the back of increasing consumption of gasoline, jet fuel, and hydrocarbon gas liquids.
- Completion of petrochemical plants in countries including Russia, China and the United States.
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Prominence Energy Set for the Future
The company has selected location for drilling first well at the project, with all the required permits in place for starting the drilling program. Though dependent on obtaining funding for the first well drilling program, in lieu of which PRM is already in discussions with several parties to strike a farm-out deal, the company plans to drill the Bowsprit – 1 well in the first quarter of 2020.
Prominence Energy, being an oil & gas exploration and development company with a low capital expenditure (capex), high margin, oil appraisal/development project offshore Louisiana, is likely to have an encouraging scenario in future, given the expectation regarding consumption growth outpacing supply growth, and hence resulting in increasing oil prices that may benefit in terms of better margin.
With a market cap of $ 1.32 million, the stock of PRM traded flat at $ 0.001 on 16 January 2020.
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