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88 Energy Ltd (OTCMKTS: EEENF) Major Move Northbound as Oil Operator Tips a February Spud Date for its Merlin-2 Well in Alaska’s North Slope Oilfields

88 Energy Ltd (OTCMKTS: EEENF) is making a powerful rise up off its $0.02 base on a massive surge of volume in recent weeks and is starting to get noticed by some big players. Currently under heavy accumulation EEENF regularly trades between $5 and $20 million in dollar volume per day and has a huge international following of shareholders. The stock has a history of big moves running to $0.095 in April of 2020 after the Company announced results on the Charlie-1 well. The well was drilled on time and within budget and penetrated sandstones in seven stacked targets and shale in one target. Analysis of logs and sidewall cores subsequently confirmed condensate discoveries in the Torok Formation and oil in the Seabee Formations.  Since than EEENF has traded fairly quietly in the $0.02 range until the last few weeks as the stock has made a powerful move northbound. Speculators are looking for a break over $0.095 for confirmation of the next leg up. 

88 Energy is the operator of over 440,000 net acres in total across the Alaskan regions over four highly prospective project areas: Project Icewine, Yukon Leases and Project Peregrine and the Umiat oil field. Merlin-2 is shaping up to be one of the high-impact wells the oil and gas investment community will be watching this year and a positive outcome will mean it is game on for the ASX-listed company. As oil continues to rise quickly with some experts now predicting $100 per barrel crude is on the horizon, it’s easy to see why EEENF is being heavily accumulated at current price levels; the Company has been making some big moves behind the scenes including increasing their ownership in the Peregrine mine to 100%, Extinguishing all of their debt, and beefing up their management team with a new petroleum engineer and a petroleum Geologist in Philip Byrne and Robert Benkovic. The ex-CEO of the Company David Wall recently doubled his position in EEENF from 120 million shares to 254 million shares.  According to their latest filing 88 Energy is well funded moving forward with $32 million in the treasury with total prospects for their wells targeting at least 1.638 billion barrels of oil. 

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88 Energy Ltd (OTCMKTS: EEENF) is an Alaska-focused oil exploration and appraisal company across ~440,000 net acres targeting the world class North Slope of Alaska estimated by the USGS in 2005 to hold more than 50 billion bbl of oil and natural-gas liquids and 227 trillion cubic feet of gas. 88 Energy owns a diversified portfolio of four highly prospective project areas: Project Icewine, Yukon Leases, Project Peregrine and the Umiat oil field. The company is the Operator across all of its portfolio of world class exploration and appraisal assets. 88 Energy’s drilling programs maintain adherence to the strict environmental regulations that exist in the State of Alaska. It’s drilling programs also provide significant job opportunities to local Alaskans. 88 Energy’s purpose is to build a successful exploration and production company that delivers material returns to its shareholders and contributes to stakeholders and development of the regions in which it operates in. 88 Energy has adopted the World Economic Forum Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) reporting framework to report against key sustainability metrics including governance, ethical behavior, carbon emissions, water consumption, diversity and inclusion. 

Microcapdaily first reported on EEENF on March 18, 2000 stating at the time: “EEENF (88 Energy) has seen a massive surge of volume in recent days and is beginning to move northbound as the stock quickly gets noticed by investors who have been heavily accumulating in recent days. Trading has been heavy in recent days easily topping $5 million in daily trading volume and much more on some days. 88 Energy operates 200,000 net acres at Project Icewine and 195,000 net acres at Project Peregrine, both targeting oil on the world class North Slope of Alaska estimated by the USGS in 2005 to hold more than 50 billion bbl of oil and natural-gas liquids and 227 trillion cubic feet of gas. Timing could not be better for a potential mammoth oil strike with the Crude Oil WTI Index hitting a high of US$67.98 per barrel just last week, a level it hasn’t traded at since 2018.” Since than things have progressed well for EEENF investors with the price of crude now sitting at US$85 per barrel. 

Later in 2020 we reported on EEENF as the Company hired on Philip Byrne and Robert Benkovic after executive chairman Michael Evans retired after 7 years with the Company. We reported at the time: “88 Energy has hired Philip Byrne. The energy company also said that Robert Benkovic has been appointed chief operating officer. Mr. Byrne is a petroleum geologist with over 40 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry across technical, exploration, commercial and executive leadership roles. Mr. Benkovic is a petroleum engineer and subsurface manager with almost 25 years’ experience across the oil and gas industry.   

Project Icewine; – In-house analysis will continue to assess various commercialization options for the gas condensate discovered in the Torok Formation by 88E’s Charlie-1 well in 2020. The discovered resource comprises over 1 TCF of independently estimated gross mean prospective gas as well as associated condensate. The commercialization options include, but are not limited to, possible local power generation, compressed natural gas as well as potential for conversion to hydrogen using steam methane reforming (SMR) with carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes. It is expected that this work will move to a formal feasibility stage during 2021. Farm-out of Project Icewine is ongoing, with a deal targeted in 3Q 2021. Further evaluation will continue on the Project Icewine HRZ liquids-rich unconventional resource play. 

Yukon Acreage; – The Yukon Gold leases are located on the eastern border of the Central North Slope of Alaska and were acquired in 2018 and 2019. 88 Energy via its subsidiary Regenerate Energy Alaska Inc. has a 100% working interest in these leases, totaling 15,235 acres. The leases contain an historic discovery well, Yukon Gold #1, which will continue to be evaluated internally. Discussions are ongoing with nearby lease owners to optimize the monetization strategy for existing discovered resources located in the vicinity of the Yukon Leases. 

Project Peregrine; – The Merlin-1 and Harrier-1 wells will be drilled and tested in Q1 2022, with Alaska Peregrine Development Company LLC under the terms of the SPA paying the full costs of an appraisal wells up to a total of US$10 million with both wells planned for drilling to a Total Depth of ~6,000’ in order to intersect the prospective Nanushuk topset horizons that are located on trend to existing discoveries to the north of the project area. 

Umiat Oil Field; – Subsequent to year-end on 8th January, 88 Energy, via its wholly owned subsidiary Emerald House LLC, entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Malamute Energy, Inc and Renaissance Umiat LLC (Sellers) to acquire the Umiat Oil Field. The consideration for the purchase was a 4% ORRI and assumption of the liability for the abandonment of the Umiat-18 and Umiat-23H wells, drilled by Linc Energy in 2013/2014. The estimated cost to abandon the two wells is approximately US$1m and planned to occur in the first half of 2021. 

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On January 17 88 Energy provided an update on its Merlin-2 Operations  

Highlights 

  • Merlin-2 Permit to Drill in the final stages of review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Snow road construction commenced ahead of Merlin-2 drilling
  • Commissioning of the Arctic Fox rig commenced
  • Spud of Merlin-2 remains on track for February 2022

88 Energy Limited (ASX:88E, AIM:88E, OTC:EEENF) (88 Energy or the Company) is pleased to provide the following update in relation to the Merlin-2 appraisal well activities, located in Project Peregrine in the NPR-A region of the North Slope of Alaska. 

Commissioning of the Arctic Fox rig has commenced ahead of mobilisation to the Merlin-2 drilling location. Construction of the single lane snow road to the Merlin-2 location has also commenced, with good conditions noted in field and construction of the snow road on schedule. 

Permitting and planning for the Merlin2 well is now largely complete, with the well on track to spud in February 2022. The Merlin-2 Permit to Drill is in the final stages of review by the BLM and is on schedule to be issued ahead of rig mobilisation. 

88 Energy notes that it is aware of media reports of correspondence to the BLM from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) with respect to the Permit to Drill for the Merlin-2 well. The CBD is a not-for-profit environmental activist group in the U.S.. With the current status of the review of the Permit to Drill by the BLM, as well as numerous other related approvals and permits from various government agencies, 88 Energy is nearing completion of permitting and the well remains on track to spud in February 2022. 

The Merlin-2 appraisal well is planned for a Total Depth of 8,000 feet, and is targeting 652 million barrels of oil1,2 in the highly prospective N18, N19 and N20 targets that were encountered in the successful Merlin-1 well (drilled in March 2021 to a depth of 5,267 feet). Merlin-1 demonstrated the presence of oil in these multiple stacked sequences within the Brookian Nanushuk Formation 

88 Energy is the operator of over 440,000 net acres in total across the Alaskan regions over four highly prospective project areas: Project Icewine, Yukon Leases and Project Peregrine and the Umiat oil field. Merlin-2 is shaping up to be one of the high-impact wells the oil and gas investment community will be watching this year and a positive outcome will mean it is game on for the ASX-listed company. 

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EEENF is making a powerful rise up off its $0.02 base on a massive surge of volume in recent weeks and is starting to get noticed by some big players. Currently under heavy accumulation EEENF regularly trades between $5 and $20 million in dollar volume per day and has a huge international following of shareholders. The stock has a history of big moves running to $0.095 in April of 2020 after the Company announced results on the Charlie-1 well. The well was drilled on time and within budget and penetrated sandstones in seven stacked targets and shale in one target. Analysis of logs and sidewall cores subsequently confirmed condensate discoveries in the Torok Formation and oil in the Seabee Formations.  Since than EEENF has traded fairly quietly in the $0.02 range until the last few weeks as the stock has made a powerful move northbound. Speculators are looking for a break over $0.095 for confirmation of the next leg up. 88 Energy is the operator of over 440,000 net acres in total across the Alaskan regions over four highly prospective project areas: Project Icewine, Yukon Leases and Project Peregrine and the Umiat oil field. Merlin-2 is shaping up to be one of the high-impact wells the oil and gas investment community will be watching this year and a positive outcome will mean it is game on for the ASX-listed company. As oil continues to rise quickly with some experts now predicting $100 per barrel crude is on the horizon, it’s easy to see why EEENF is being heavily accumulated at current price levels; the Company has been making some big moves behind the scenes including increasing their ownership in the Peregrine mine to 100%, Extinguishing all of their debt, and beefing up their management team with a new petroleum engineer and a petroleum Geologist in Philip Byrne and Robert Benkovic. The ex-CEO of the Company David Wall recently doubled his position in EEENF from 120 million shares to 254 million shares.  According to their latest filing 88 Energy is well funded moving forward with $32 million in the treasury with total prospects for their wells targeting at least 1.638 billion barrels of oil. We will be updating on 88E when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with 88E.

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Disclosure: we hold no position in 88E either long or short and we have not been compensated for this article

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