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Why Solo Oil PLC And Aminex plc Are Set To Soar

Solo Oil (LSE: SOLO) and Aminex (LSE: AEX) have had a great past few weeks. Better-than-expected well test results, along with positive news regarding critical infrastructure, are just two of the many factors that have sent confidence in the two companies surging.

This deluge of good news has also put in place the foundations for future growth. 

Reserve updateoil

Solo’s Ntorya-1 discovery at the Ruvuma Licence in Tanzania, has been one of the oil & gas industry’s greatest success stories this year. The Ntorya discovery, operated by Aminex, resource potential was lifted from 1.2 trillion cubic feet to 1.9tcf, based on partially completed seismic analysis at the beginning of September. However, soon after, the reserve estimate was increased to 2.3tcf after analysts had fully interpreted the data. 

There’s no doubt that this is a huge project, especially for a relative minnow like Solo. The company was given a further boost when peer Wentworth Resources agreed a deal with the Tanzanian authorities, which would allow Wentworth’s Kiliwani North project to feed gas into a newly completed pipeline connected to Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam.

The availability of the pipeline and unpredictability of the Tanzanian authorities, has been a stumbling block for Ntorya’s future outlook. Nevertheless, with the authorities open to negotiations, availability of the pipeline significantly increases the likelihood of a farm-out deal with a larger industry partner.

Attractive prospect

The Ruvuma license covers 12,360 square kilometres in the extreme south-east of Tanzania, of which roughly 80% is onshore and 20% offshore.

There’s no denying that the project has potential and recent well tests only confirm this. Indeed, in addition to the reserve updates, as mentioned above, there is a chance that the prospect could contain liquids, oil in other words, which makes the prospect much more attractive for any operator. 

Ruvuma has potential to evolve as a major gas and possibly oil development area over the next few years, but Solo is not stopping there.

The company has only recently announced that it has taken a 10% share in Horse Hill Developments, which is focused on the exploration and development of conventional oil and gas reserves in the UK. Horse Hill owns 65% of the oil licences hosting the Horse Hill onshore well, which was spudded earlier this month.

According to Horse Hill and City analysts, the Horse Hill prospect is estimated to contain 671m barrels of oil and 456bn cubic feet of gas. However, this is not the first time the oil bearing structure has been drilled.

The last time drilling was conducted in the region was during 1964, when Esso found some oil shows that weren’t deemed economic. Nevertheless, Horse Hill’s management and rig operators currently believe that Esso drilled in the wrong place when they first tried to access the reserves.

Only time will tell if they’re correct, but the huge volume of potential resource here makes drilling in the region a risk worth taking.

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Rupert does not own shares in any company mentioned.