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Debt free Hibiscus Petroleum plans US45mil capex

Malaysia – Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd plans about US45mil (RM190mil) in capital expenditure (capex) for its oil and gas (O&G) fields in north Sabah and Anasuria Cluster in the North Sea. 

Its managing director Kenneth Pereira (pictured on the left) said on Tuesday the O&G firm had yet to decide on the financing, which could be from debt or equity market.

Hibiscus is debt free and it is sitting on a  cash pile of RM302mil as at Sept 30.

?We have received the board approvals for the north Sabah investments of RM70mil, but not for the Anasuria cluster of about US$30mil,? Pereira told reporters after Hibiscus? shareholders meeting.

He said the company was producing 9,000 barrels of oil per day and targeting to produce between 10,000 and 12,000 barrels a day in 2019.

Hibiscus is sitting on the sweet spot as its average production cost per barrel of oil is below US$20.

It said the average selling price of crude oil achieved by the company was US$65.59 per barrel for FY2018 and US$76.36 per barrel in the first quarter of FY2019.  On its O&G assets in Australia, Pereira said the company has not allocated any capex for next year.

Source: The Star, Malaysia