Despite the recent stabilizing of oil prices, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact continue to create a challenging environment for the oil and gas sector. Kosmos’ response remains focused on safe and reliable operations by protecting the health of our employees and contractors, reducing the risk of the virus spreading in our operations, and minimizing the impact on our business. We are also working closely with the local communities in the countries we operate in around the world to fight the virus.
Total net production in the second quarter of 2020 averaged approximately 60,100 boepd(2), as expected, due to the previously announced shut-in of some U.S. Gulf of Mexico production during May (~6,000 boepd second quarter impact). Approximately 60% of total production during the quarter was sold during the month of April, which experienced particularly low oil prices and therefore had an impact on the Company’s realized oil prices for the second quarter.
Production in Ghana continued to be unaffected by COVID-19, despite the previously disclosed offshore cases, and averaged approximately 28,700 barrels of oil per day (bopd) net in the second quarter of 2020, at the top end of guidance. As forecasted, Kosmos lifted three cargos from Ghana during the second quarter.
Jubilee continues to perform well with high reliability. Gross production rates averaged approximately 90,000 bopd during the quarter with consistent water injection and gas offtake since the work to enhance gas handling capacity was completed during the first quarter.
TEN production averaged approximately 50,000 bopd gross for the second quarter. The Ntomme-09 producer well is expected to come online shortly, which is expected to increase production rates.
Full year net production guidance in Ghana of 27,000-29,000 bopd and ten cargos is unchanged.
Production in Equatorial Guinea continued to be unaffected by COVID-19 and averaged approximately 34,000 bopd gross and 11,200 bopd net in the second quarter of 2020. Kosmos lifted 1.5 cargos from Equatorial Guinea during the quarter, which includes half a cargo pushed from late-March into early April, as disclosed previously. Full year net production guidance of 11,000-13,000 bopd and cargo guidance of 4.5 cargos is unchanged.
Mauritania & Senegal
Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project continued to advance in the quarter despite COVID-19 mitigation measures in Mauritania and Senegal. The project is now approximately 40% complete. While the breakwater installation was disrupted as a result of COVID-19, other areas of development continue to progress well. The BP development carry is expected to cover all cash requirements through 2020.
The planned sell down process of our interests in Mauritania and Senegal remains ongoing.
(1) A Non-GAAP measure, see attached reconciliation of non-GAAP measure
(2) Production means net entitlement volumes. In Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, this means those volumes net to Kosmos’ working interest or participating interest and net of royalty or production sharing contract effect. In the Gulf of Mexico, this means those volumes net to Kosmos’ working interest and net of royalty.
(3) Liquidity includes additional committed prepayments under the Production Prepayment Agreement with Trafigura.