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overview of kea petroleum plc
AIM IPO February 2010

Four exploration permits: three onshore and one offshore in the Taranaki Basin

Onshore: 100% interest in three petroleum exploration permits, totalling 990 sq km (244,510 acres)

Offshore: 100% interest in Taranaki exploration permit of 232.5 sq km (57,452 acres)

Present best estimate prospective resources1 in the Taranaki permit areas exceed 1.92 TCF gas & 126 mmbbl oil/condensate

Management team have considerable experience in this area and the geotechnical team were involved in a number of discoveries in the region

Unique joint venture arrangement with Methanex

Overview of Kea Petroleum plc

1. P50 Recoverable

taranaki basin a proven hydrocarbon province
Taranaki Basin is the main focus for hydrocarbon E&P in New Zealand

Home to Australia & New Zealand’s largest onshore oil field (McKee -55 MMbbl), two large onshore gas-condensate fields (Kapuni & Mangahewa), and a large nearshore gas-condensate field (Pohokura) adjacent to Kea acreage

Oil discoveries have been recently developed offshore with the Tui & Maari fields along with development of the Kupe & Pohokura gas-condensate fields

There are 18 onshore & 6 offshore fields producing from a number of stratigraphic levels

Total proven producing reserves are in excess of 1 billion barrels oil equivalent

Taranaki Basin: A Proven Hydrocarbon Province
taranaki basin
Taranaki Basin
  • Kea has four licences, with 9 prospects and P50 of 1.2 TCF of gas and 96 MMB of oil/condensate







Tuihu East








Copper Moki



puka 1 pep 51153
Puka-1: PEP 51153

Oil strike April 2012 – Awaiting flow testing

Targeting Mount Messenger sands – shallow and deemed lower risk than Mauku-1 and Douglas-1

Significant number of similar discoveries in Taranaki, e.g.

Copper Moki discovery (NZEC)

Cheal field (TAG Oil) both within 5,000m of Puka

Combined market cap of NZEC and Tag Oil US$833m

Well costs – c. US$2.4mm including testing


douglas 1 pep 51153
Tikorangi fractured limestone target intersected with full fluid loss. Together with shows of oil and gas. Testing has commenced.

New seismic acquired in February funded jointly with Methanex assisted targeting of well

24 mmbbls of oil have been produced from the adjacent Waihapa/Ngaere field, from a fractured limestone reservoir; with individual wells producing at up to 10,000 bbls/d

Douglas drilled from Wingrove site which has full production facilities

Well costs – c. US$6mm including testing

Douglas-1: PEP 51153

Interpretation of KEA 53-12-01 PSDM










Tikorangi Lst




Tikorangi Lst




Taranaki Fault


No vertical exaggeration


PEP 51153 & 51155: Eastern margin Tikorangi Lmst sub-thrust prospects and leads



Tuihu East

Kea controls same 50km of eastern margin on trend Tikorangi limestone play


pep 52333 mercury offshore north taranaki
PEP 52333 Mercury – offshore North Taranaki

3D seismic programme in Q2/2012 now deferred until 2013 awaiting seismic vessell

Potential to discover up to 300 million barrels of oil

Oil shows in offset wells

7km offshore, and drillable from onshore by EWD well

Considered one of Company’s main assets

Seismic line

mercury fan seismic line dip direction
Mercury Fan seismic line (dip direction)



Herangi Unconformity

(Sw on Sl)

Prospect Mercury

Mid Altonian

(Pluto 1258m Sand)

Mercury Sandstone


Mars Thrust

Top Murihiku Basement


methanex alliance agreement mauku deal
Methanex Alliance Agreement & Mauku Deal

Kea entered into a strategic alliance with Methanex during 2011

Farm-in and offtake agreement

Methanex Corporation (Canada) is the world's largest distributor, and a major manufacturer, of methanol – 15% world market share*

Methanex New Zealand Limited owns two methanol plants in the province of Taranaki which are working at reduced capacity due to lack of gas. These plants have a maximum potential demand for gas of 90bcf/annum

Motunui facility*

Strategic Alliance – Highlights

  • Methanex to co-fund drilling of Mauku-1, on-going discussions regarding other projects
  • Methanex to receive share of profits from commercial discoveries
  • Offtake gas price linked to world price of methanol
  • Condensate price linked to world oil price

Waitara facility*

*Source: Methanex CIBC World Markets presentation January 2010

mauku 1 pep 381204
Mauku-1: PEP 381204

Possible upside potential recoverable resource > 1 TCF of gas and 50 million barrels of condensate / oil

Drilling programme

Test Mangahewa sands

Deep drill to 3,400m in drill hole late Q4 2012 or early Q1 2013

Remote coastal location

Access to national pipeline system 25km south east of prospect. A 70km subsea pipeline direct to Methanex’s Motonui plant also feasible if upside discovery is made.

Site preparation – challenging location – 20km of public road and 4km of new road access to be prepared

Well costs – c. US$15mm before testing to be met 50/50 by Methanex

kea prospects gross resource potential
Kea Prospects: Gross Resource Potential

Source: MBA Petroleum Consultants as adapted by Kea inhouse staff

  • Kea is fully funded for its 2012 drilling programme
  • Alliance with Methanex reduces drilling cost while retaining 100% ownership
listed companies tag oil nzec kea
Oil / gas Reserves within 10 km of permits are similar for all three companies

KEA & NZEC acreages are much more lightly drilled than TAG acreage

KEA has no holdings in the non producing East Coast Basin where both TAG and NZEC are active


KEA has 10 times more net prospective acreage in Taranaki than TAG, and twice that of NZEC

KEA has 1/7 the Market Cap of TAG and 1/5 that of NZEC

KEA has bigger prospects in Mauku and Douglas and Huinga than either TAG or NZEC

Investment in KEA has greater upside potential than either TAG or NZEC

Listed Companies TAG OIL, NZEC & KEA

All figures as at 22 May 2012

capitalisation and ownership summary
Capitalisation and Ownership Summary

*Thornaby Limited is a company wholly owned by the trustees of the IR Gowrie-Smith Settlement of which I R Gowrie-Smith is a beneficiary

** Ocarina Investments is a company wholly owned by D J Lees Family Settlement of which D J Lees is a beneficiary


Exciting 2012 drilling programme already successful

Puka 1: Oil Strike awaiting flow testing

Douglas 1: Oil shows completion and testing

Farm-in and offtake agreed with Methanex

At a transformational point


Kea Petroleum

5-8 the Sanctuary

London, SW1P 3JS, United Kingdom

tel +44 (0) 207 340 9970

fax +44 (0) 207 222 6684