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Trinity Exploration & Production plc: Q4 2017 operational update

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Trinity, the independent E&P company focused on Trinidad and Tobago, today provides an update on its operations for the three month period ended 31 December 2017.

During the period, Trinity continued to build on the momentum achieved during the first three quarters by delivering yet further growth in profitable production and strengthening of the balance sheet.

Q4 operational highlights

  • 11% quarter on quarter increase in Group average production volumes to 2777 bpd for the three-month period (Q4) ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2017: 2506 bpd).
  • Increase in production was achieved due to the continued positive results on the low-cost high return work programme of recompletions (RCPs), workovers, reactivations and swabbing.
  • A total of 20 RCPs (Q3: 12) and 25 workovers (Q3: 27) were completed during the period, with swabbing operations executed across all land assets.
  • Having subcontracted a third rig to support the increased activity set there was a 19% increase in rig man-hours worked from 1741 hours to 2067 hours.
  • During December 2017, production exceeded 3000 bpd for over 14 days as a result of several wells flowing naturally post recompletion, underlining the quality of the RCP inventory.
  • These wells have now returned to normal (planned) production rates.
  • Whilst a sustained production rate above 3000 bpd is not expected until later in 2018 it evidences the clear upward trajectory being delivered from the planned work programme.

Strong balance sheet

  • Cash balance of US$11.7 million as at 31 December 2017
  • Liabilities outstanding to the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) and Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) continue to reduce faster than anticipated by the ratified payment plan.

Management is continuing to examine a range of options regarding the sale of the West coast assets. In the interim, the assets continue to generate positive cash flow.

The company will announce a summary financial review of 2017 including unaudited numbers for the full year in early March. This will provide further detail on production, margins, operating breakeven, costs and profitability – highlighting the growing value of the Company’s assets and continued strong financial performance in an environment of improving oil prices.


Profitable production has continued since the year end with the Company commencing its 2018 work programme. As previously announced, this will include the initiation of new drilling operations during the current quarter, with a view to achieving its near term production target of 3000 bpd during 2018 and achieving a more material step change in production in the medium term.

Bruce Dingwall, CBE, Executive Chairman of Trinity, commented:

“We are extremely pleased with the performance during the period and the ongoing progress across our portfolio of assets. We are focussed on further maximising profitability and cash flow while generating increasing returns for shareholders and look forward to further updating the market with unaudited numbers for 2017 in early March.”

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