Many of the world’s largest oil producers are in the Middle East but did you know that Africa is home to FIVE of the top 30 oil-producing countries in the world?
African oil is helping big names like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, and Eni accumulate massive revenues…..
With plenty of promising oil and gas opportunities on the continent, Texas-based Elephant Oil Corp. (NASDAQ: ELEP) is an oil and gas exploration and development company that is focused on under-explored areas in onshore Africa, where the reserve base is potentially large with a fraction of the drilling cost.
ELEP only recently made its public debut and may quickly attract considerable attention as it explores one of the lesser talked about oil and gas hotspots!
AND…. 60% of current shares are owned by management, founders, and board members!
Elephant Oil Corp. (NASDAQ: ELEP) is an independent oil and gas exploration stage company, led by an experienced management and technical team, which is focused on under-explored regions in Africa.
The company’s current asset portfolio includes an exploration license onshore in the Republic of Benin (“Benin”), as well as an exploration license onshore in the Republic of Namibia (“Namibia”). No wells have yet to be drilled and additionally, the company continues to review other potential assets for expansion.
Oil prices have been rising for the better part of the past 12 months and accelerated sharply when Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Many economists expect the price of oil to rise higher in the long term, especially if the war in Ukraine continues. Russia normally supplies roughly 10 percent of the oil consumed around the world. A stronger Chinese economy could also push prices higher.
Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis at Gas Buddy, tweeted that this year, Americans will see the highest Thanksgiving gas prices ever.
One of the biggest catalysts to spark a continued rally for oil prices has been OPEC recently agreeing to slash output.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed in October of 2022 that it would cut crude production by 2 million barrels a day, the largest reduction in output since the height of the pandemic in 2020!
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There must be a reason why Buffett is doubling down on fossil fuels, and that could be because he believes prices are heading much higher.
Oil is one of the most important raw materials we have and finding more of it has been a priority for decades.
Several African countries have been gradually boosting their oil and gas output over the last year, as demand for fossil fuels continues to rise.
While many countries in the West are curbing their fossil fuel operations, the African region is offering major oil firms the opportunity to develop new, low-carbon oil operations in largely untapped areas.
Africa’s oil and gas industry is entering a new era. As the world looks to accelerate its transition away from fossil fuels, the pressures on the continent’s oil and gas producing nations are mounting.
In October 2013, ELEP signed a Production Sharing Agreement with Benin (the “Production Sharing Agreement”) providing a 100% licensed interest under the Production Sharing Agreement in onshore Block B, which is over 1.1 million acres, or 1,772 square miles or 4,590 square kilometers and is accessible by local roadways in a low density tropical forest environment.
The Benin Hydrocarbons Corporation (“SOBEH”), now known as SNH-Benin, the national oil company of Benin, has an option to acquire a 10% interest upon commercial discovery.
Trilogy Resource Corporation had previously operated on Block B but ceased its operations and relinquished its title to the property in 1992. Elephant Oil began exploration on Block B in 2013, and has continued to explore Block B, including by: (i) procuring a Full Tensor Gravity (Aero Gravity Gradiometry) survey undertaken by Fugro Airborne Surveys Pty Ltd over the entire Block B, (ii) reprocessing existing onshore 2D seismic survey prepared by Trilogy Resource Corporation and integrating such data with new offshore 2D seismic data from SNH-Benin, (iii) procuring a Passive Seismic survey undertaken by GeoDynamics Worldwide, which has helped in Elephant Oil’s understanding of the structural fabric and basin setting and (iv) procuring an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), which was performed by RPS Energy Limited.
ELEP plans to mobilize a drilling rig to Benin in 2023 to commence exploration drilling and additional surveys on the block.
In August 2021, ELEP signed a Petroleum Agreement with Namibia for onshore Block 1919 (the “Petroleum Agreement”), which includes a minimum exploration expenditure of $5,000,000. The $5,000,000 minimum exploration expenditure condition will be deemed satisfied if the minimum work obligations are properly executed using best oil field practices, regardless of the specified expenditure amount.
Elephant Oil holds a 70% working interest in Block 1919 on over 2.8 million acres, or 4,507 square miles, or 11,675 square kilometers, onshore and is accessible by local roadways in brushland environment. Niikela Exploration (PTY) LTD holds a 20% working interest and NAMCOR, a Namibian state-owned entity, holds the remaining 10% interest in the license on a carried interest basis.
The exploration period is 8 years and, unless extended, will terminate on August 22, 2029. In the event that an economically viable resource discovery is made at the licensed property, the Petroleum Agreement further entitles Elephant Oil to apply for and receive, subject to Namibian government approval, a production license of up to 25 years, renewable for a period of up to 10 years, from the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy (the “NMME”).
Namibia has geology that is similar tectono-stratigraphically to prolific hydrocarbon regions on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Santos and the Campos basins in Brazil, the Kwanza basin in Angola, the Congo basin to the north, the Colorado basin in Argentina and the South Pelotas basin in Uruguay.
According to “Quester Advisors: Africa’s next oil and gas frontier awaits (Featuring ReconAfrica)” by Jenny Xenos, MBA, CFA April 2021, as of the date of this prospectus, 26 exploration and appraisal wells have been drilled offshore in Namibia and 12 wells onshore, which may represent only a small portion of drilling density and available testing for hydrocarbon reserves.
In the short term, ELEP is immediately focused on onshore activities. Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd. (“ReconAfrica”) has announced onshore drilling in a block Namibia in April and June of 2021 and future drilling as well as seismic studies in the Kavango Basin.
According to a September 2021 study performed by Netherland Sewell & Associates, five potential oil and gas reservoir rock zones have been identified in the Kavango Basin!
ELEP has targeted a block adjacent to the south of ReconAfrica’s block in the Kavango Basin where the drilling and seismic studies have taken place and where it plans to conduct its onshore activities.
Elephant Oil believes that they will be able to achieve their primary business objective of creating value for shareholders by executing on the following strategies:
2023 Work Program
Elephant Oil Corp. (NASDAQ: ELEP) actively engages with the local community and partners. The company strives to be a good member of the community, which may includes building schools and donating supplies, working with the university to provide experience in the industry and employing locals.
Steadily and quietly over the past decade, Africa has emerged as the world’s leading development area for oil and gas exploration.
“It’s quite an exceptional exploration record, really. There were 25 giant exploration discoveries over the past 10 years, more than anywhere else in the world. You can’t argue with that,” said Adam Pollard, senior research analyst in Edinburgh for Wood Mackenzie’s sub-Saharan Africa upstream team.
Oil and gas are essential to the global economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the OPEC+ bloc's intention to drastically reduce oil supply to the market has halted oil supply growth for the rest of this year and into next, increasing market volatility and raising worries about energy security.
Oil prices could be headed a lot higher, making it a vital time to have your eyes on oil-related companies.
Elephant Oil Corp. (NASDAQ: ELEP) impressively has 60% of shares owned by insiders.
If ELEP can successfully develop its properties in under explored Benin and Namibia, it may benefit immensely from Africa’s large reserve base and provide meaningful growth opportunities for shareholders over the long-term!
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