Karoon cuts 2024 guidance on lower US output

  • Market: Crude oil, Natural gas
  • 19/04/24

Australia-listed oil producer Karoon Energy has cut its production guidance for 2024 to reflect lower production from its stake in the Who Dat floating production system in the US' Gulf of Mexico.

Who Dat's weaker well and facility performance has led to the lower guidance, with Karoon now expecting to produce 29,000-34,000 b/d of oil equivalent (boe/d) in 2024, down from a previous 31,000-37,000 boe/d guidance. Karoon said it and joint-venture partner LLOG Exploration will continue to prioritise higher value oil production over gas for the remainder of the year.

The firm's January-March output rose by 17pc against October-December 2023. Who Dat's production on a net revenue interest (NRI) basis was 9,000 boe/d for January-March, with Karoon downgrading its forecast NRI production from 4mn-4.5mn boe in 2024 to 3-3.5mn boe.

But output from Karoon's Bauna asset offshore Brazil was 15pc lower than the previous quarter because of continuing reliability problems with Bauna's floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the shut-in of the SPS-88 well for the full period and natural field decline.

Production for January-March at Bauna was 24,000 b/d, down from 28,000 b/d the previous quarter. Karoon expects to resume production from the well during July-September following an intervention, assuming no delays in regulatory approval.

Bauna's annual maintenance will take place next month with a three-week shutdown of the FPSO planned to boost reliability.

Karoon Energy results
Jan-Mar '24Oct-Dec '23Jan-Mar '23y-o-y % ±q-o-q % ±
Sales revenue ($mn)19720914437-6
Production (b/d)34,00029,00022,0005517
Sales volume (b/d)30,00028,00022,000367
Average prices ($/bl)
Bauna oil price7683734-8
Who Dat sales gas ($/mn ft³)2.952.22n/an/a33
Who Dat oil, condensate, NGLs7873n/an/a7

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