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OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROPERTIES

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OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROPERTIES
6 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industries Disclosures [Abstract]  
OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROPERTIES

NOTE 3 – OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROPERTIES

 

The Company currently has under lease fourteen federal Outer Continental Shelf blocks and has licensed 2.2 million acres of three-dimensional (3-D) seismic data in its area of concentration. The Company submitted the high bid in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) Lease Sale 252 in March 2019, and is awaiting BOEM’s award of the lease.

 

In January 2018, the Company entered into a strategic partnership with Delek GOM Investments, LLC. (“Delek”), and Texas South Energy, Inc. (“Texas South”) (collectively, the “Parties”) and executed a participation agreement (the “Agreement”) for a multi-phase exploration program. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Parties have committed to drill the Company’s “Canoe” and “Tau” prospects (the “Initial Phase”) with Delek having the option to participate in two additional two-well drilling phases and a final, three-well drilling phase (collectively, the “Phases”). In each Phase, Delek will earn a 75% working interest upon paying 90% of the exploratory costs associated with drilling each exploratory well. The Company will retain a 20% working interest while paying 8% of the exploratory costs associated with drilling each well. The Company will be required to fund 20% of well costs in excess of 115% of budget. In addition, Delek will pay the Company approximately $1.1 million in cash for each Prospect when the respective exploration plan is filed with BOEM for each phase. Also, each Party will be responsible for their pro rata share (based on working interest) of delay rentals associated with the Prospects. The Company will be the Operator during exploratory drilling of the Prospect, however, subsequent to a commercial discovery, Delek will have the right to become the Operator. Delek will have the right to terminate this Agreement at the conclusion of any drilling Phase. Delek will also have the option to purchase up to 5% of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), upon fulfilling its obligation for each Phase (maximum of 20% in the aggregate) at a price per share equal to a 10% discount to the 30-day weighted average closing price for the Common Stock preceding the acquisition. This option will expire January 8, 2020. On March 11, 2019, Delek notified the Issuer that it is exercising its right under the Agreement to enter into a stock purchase agreement for the purchase of up to 5% of the Issuer’s Common Stock, upon the fulfillment of certain milestones and obligations.

  

The Company, as the operator of two wells drilled in the Gulf of Mexico, has incurred tangible and intangible drilling costs for the wells in process and has billed its working interest partners for their respective shares of the drilling costs to date. GulfSlope drilled the first well, Canoe, to a total depth of 5,765 feet (5,670 feet TVD). Multiple open hole plugs were set across several intervals and the well is equipped with a mud-line suspension system for possible future re-entry. Calibration of seismic amplitudes, petrophysical analysis, reservoir engineering and scoping of development is currently underway to determine the commerciality of these sands and that work is expected to be completed in the second calendar quarter of 2019. The second well, Tau, was spud in September 2018 and is expected to be completed in May 2019. In February 2019, the Tau well experienced an underground control of well event and as a result, the Company filed an insurance claim with its insurance underwriters. The Company estimates the total amount of the claim to be approximately $10 million for 100% working interest.

 

As of March 31, 2019, the Company’s oil and natural gas properties consisted of unproved properties, wells in process and no proved reserves.