Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industries Disclosures [Abstract]  



The Company currently has under lease seven 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, 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) and encountered no problems while drilling. The well completed drilling in August 2018 and based on Logging-While-Drilling (LWD) and Isotube analysis of hydrocarbon samples, oil sands were encountered. A full integration of the well information and seismic data is being performed for further evaluation of the shallow potential of the wellbore and the block, and to define commerciality of these oil pays. 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. A deeper subsalt prospect exists on the Canoe lease block, for which the block was originally leased. 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 during the second calendar quarter of 2020. 


The second well, Tau, was drilled to a measured depth of 15,254 feet, as compared to the originally permitted 29,857 foot measured depth. Producible hydrocarbon zones were not established to that depth, but hydrocarbon shows were encountered. Complex geomechanical conditions required two by-pass wellbores, one sidetrack wellbore, and eight casing strings to reach that depth. Equipment limitations prevented further drilling. In addition, the drilling rig had contractual obligations related to another operator. The Company elected to abandon this well in a manner that would allow for re-entry at a later time. The drilling, pressure, and reservoir information has confirmed geophysical and geological models, and reinforces the Company’s confidence that there is resource potential. The Company is currently evaluating various options related to future operations in this wellbore and testing of the deeper Tau prospect.


In January 2019, the Tau well experienced an underground control of well event and as a result, the Company filed an insurance claim pursuant to its insurance policy (the “Policy”) with its insurance underwriters (the “Underwriters”). The total amount of the claim was approximately $10.8 million for 100% working interest after the insurance deductible amount. The Company received approximately $2.5 million of this amount and credited wells in process for approximately $0.9 million for the Company’s portion, and recorded an accrued payable for approximately $1.6 million, pending evaluation of distributions to the working interest owners. During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the accrued payable was settled by the issuance to the working interest partner of approximately 38.4 million shares of the Company’s common stock.


In May 2019, the Tau well experienced a second underground control of well event and as a result, the Company filed an insurance claim. The Underwriters have acknowledged confirmation of coverage, subject to the Policy terms and conditions, related to a subsurface well occurrence that happened during the drilling of the Company's Tau on May 5, 2019, during drilling operations at a measured depth of 15,254 feet. The Company subsequently controlled the occurrence and ceased drilling operations and plugs were placed in the well to meet regulatory requirements prior to rig release. Pursuant to the Policy terms and conditions, the Underwriters will reimburse GulfSlope for qualified actual costs and expenses incurred to (i) regain control of the well, and (ii) restore or re-drill the well to 15,254 feet. Total costs and expenses to regain control of the well are estimated at approximately $4.8 million (net of deductible) for 100% working interest and approximately $2.6 million has been received as of December 31, 2019. GulfSlope’s share of this amount was approximately $0.6 million.


As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s oil and natural gas properties consisted of unproved properties, wells in process and no proved reserves. During the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the company capitalized approximately $0.4 million and $0.1 million of interest expense to oil and natural gas properties, respectively, and approximately $0.3 million and $0.03 million of general and administrative expenses, capitalized to oil and natural gas properties.