88E retrieves excellent wireline data from Icewine#2

By Trevor Hoey. Published at May 22, 2017, in Energy

88 Energy (ASX:) announced on Monday that the company had completed wireline logging at its Icewine#2 project, located onshore North Slope of Alaska.

Management described the data quality as excellent, importantly complementing the core and logs retrieved at Icewine#1, which it hopes can be replicated from a production perspective.

Having achieved a positive outcome with wireline logging, the enhanced data suite will ensure optimal design of the planned stimulation program.

There was a hitch with the cementing of the 4.5 inch production liner, as hole conditions in the Pebble Shale Unit (beneath the HRZ production interval) prevented successful completion. However, management assured that this was a minor setback and had not altered the schedule for production testing, particularly given 88E is ahead of schedule on the project.

Hartleys analyst, Aiden Bradley examined 88 Energy’s (ASX:88E) prospects as the company prepared to execute its drilling campaign at Icewine#2.

He noted that based on the results of the Icewine#1 well, situated just 20 metres away, expectations are that this well will flow oil to surface in a range between 100 barrels of oil per day and 200 barrels of oil per day.

Bradley anticipates success would likely be sufficient to attract a major farm-in partner which would support the current valuation.

Despite recent weakness in the oil price and a lull in activity leading up to the drilling of Icewine#2, 88E has traded strongly in the last six months with its share price increasing 25% from 3.7 cents to an intraday high of 5 cents in early May.

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As can be seen in the following chart, 88E has substantially outperformed relative to the Nymex Oil (light sweet crude) price movements over the last six months.

The past performance of this product is not and should not be taken as an indication of future performance. Caution should be exercised in assessing past performance. This product, like all other financial products, is subject to market forces and unpredictable events that may adversely affect future performance.

The fact that 88E has been able to hold around early May levels despite the subsequent downturn in the oil price suggests that investors are confident that Icewine#2 will deliver.

Bradley has a valuation of 7 cents on the stock, implying upside of 50% relative to Monday morning’s opening price of 4.7 cents.

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