VAALCO sold 391,000 net barrels of crude oil equivalent at an average price of $65.50 per barrel during the third quarter of 2006, compared to 451,000 net barrels of crude oil equivalent at an average price of $58.71 per barrel in the third quarter of 2005.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, the Company earned $35.1 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, an increase of 45% from VAALCO's earnings of $24.2 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the nine months ended September 30, 2005. Nine-month revenues increased 25% to $82.5 million from $66.0 million.
Crude oil sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 were 1,277,000 net barrels of oil equivalent compared with 1,311,000 net barrels for the nine months ended September 30, 2005. Average crude oil sales prices increased 28% to an average $64.54 per barrel of oil equivalent for the nine months ended September 30, 2006.
Robert L. Gerry, III, Chairman and CEO, stated, "During the third quarter, the Etame field offshore Gabon, West Africa, continued to perform well for the Company. We completed the installation of the drilling platform in the adjacent Avouma field and the pipeline that will tie Avouma to the Etame production facilities. We are currently drilling two development wells in Avouma and hope that this field will become a new source of revenue later this year.
"To expand our exploration portfolio, earlier this month we signed a Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of Angola for a 40% interest in the 1.4 million-acre Block 5 concession offshore Angola. That represents our third exploration concession, along with Etame and the onshore Mutamba Iroru concession in Gabon."
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