Touchstone Exploration’s first quarter in-line with expectations as Ortoire progress remains priorit

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Touchstone Exploration Inc (LON:TXP, TSE:TXP) confirmed its first-quarter results in-line with expectations as sales averaged 1,297 barrels per day and it advanced high-priority testing of wells in the Ortoire block.

Bringing the more prolific Ortoire wells to production has been the company’s focus, as it positions itself as a natural gas producer.

The wells were drilled in the fourth quarter of 2020 and in the first quarter of 2021 the company carried out production testing of the Chinook-1 and Cascadura Deep-1, along with preparations for new drilling.

As announced recently, the Cascadura Deep well tested with a peak rate of 4,567 barrels oil equivalent per day.

“We proceeded with many aspects of the Ortoire exploration program, highlighted by testing the Chinook-1 and Cascadura Deep-1 prospects,” said Paul Baay, Touchstone chief executive.

“While the results at Chinook showed evidence of light oil rather than natural gas, we were excited to identify a large distinct, separate sheet of natural gas at Cascadura Deep-1 to sit alongside the already significant find made at Cascadura-1ST1.”

“Our priority is to bring our Coho and two Cascadura wells onto production as soon as possible while also drilling Royston-1, our final Ortoire licence commitment well.”

In terms of its financial results, the company said it recognised a US$460,000 net less for the quarter, versus a US$9.24mln loss for this period last year.

The company noted it saw an operating netback of $21.98 per barrel on its production, which represents the highest netback since Q4 2019.

It highlighted that financial flexibility was maintained, as it ended the quarter with US$15.45mln of cash with a US$10.5mln working capital balance. Some US$7.5mln has been drawn of the company’s US$20mln credit facility.

Additionally, the company said that its business continuity plans remained effective across its locations in response to COVID-19, with minimal health and safety impacts or disruptions to operations.

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