Petroteq Energy Inc OTCMKTS: PQEFF is a fully integrated oil and gas company focused on the development and implementation of a new proprietary technology for oil extraction. The Company has an environmentally safe and sustainable technology for the extraction of heavy oils from oil sands, oil shale deposits and shallow oil deposits. Petroteq is engaged in the development and implementation of its patented environmentally friendly heavy oil processing and extraction technologies. Our proprietary process produces zero greenhouse gas, zero waste and requires no high temperatures. Petroteq is currently focused on developing its oil sands resources and expanding production capacity at its Asphalt Ridge heavy oil extraction facility located near Vernal, Utah. In addition, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary PetroBLOQ, LLC, is seeking to develop the first blockchain based platform created exclusively for the supply chain needs of the oil & gas sector. For more information, visit www.Petroteq.energyand PetroBLOQ.com.
In November, 2018, Petroteq delivered oil into its regional market. “Our first sale of our product this week represents a critical milestone in Petroteq’s evolving history,” stated CEO David Sealock. “From a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Petroteq has developed into an oil sands mining producer and technological leader in the sector, and this is due to the hard work of everyone at the Company. Throughout 2018, we’ve continued to improve on four critical focus areas – focusing of health and safety, increasing production, reducing per barrel costs and working to maximize the value of every barrel we produce.”
The Company goal is to deliver oil on a regular basis while ramping production up to the stated nameplate production capacity of 1,000 barrels per day (bpd).
Additionally, the Company is working with several parties on identifying growth capital for the intended expansion of the Company’s Asphalt Ridge Plant. The predicted economies that come from a larger production capacity could include:
Reduced labor costs as an expanded plant would not require significantly more manpower to operate Reduced production costs as a result of more efficient purchasing power and bidding of services Better product pricing as a result of having more leverage with refineries that are looking for reliable sources of oil
A report titled “Evaluation of Contingent Resources” from Chapman Petroleum Engineering, Ltd. dated May 31, 2018 (the “Chapman Report”) states that the Company’s leases contain 93.4 million barrels of contingent resource. Such contingencies are stated below.
Petroteq Energy Inc made big news on December 13th, 2018 when it provided its 2018 year end operations and strategic update. Which is as follows:
As we begin to close out 2018, and 2019 fast approaches, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on Petroteq’s progress in 2018 and provide insight into our near-term strategy and goals for the Company. Developed specifically for our patented, environmentally friendly clean oil recovery technology and production process, our Vernal, Utah facility was successfully relocated, reconstructed and restarted earlier this year. The move, executed within only 8 months, allowed us to expand the facility’s capacity, currently designed to produce at a rate of 1,000 barrels per day (bpd).
Commodity Volatility Mitigation
We believe that the recent volatility of global commodity prices has been a cause for concern to conventional oil producers subject to high production costs. However, Petroteq’s state of the art technology and process, with production costs of only approximately US$30/barrel, significantly mitigates those concerns and supports healthy margins despite prevailing market conditions. Furthermore, upon receipt of the necessary capital, the Company intends to expand the Vernal facility beyond the current capacity of 1,000 bpd. We firmly believe that Petroteq is squarely on the right path to accessing and producing from the majority of Asphalt Ridge’s 87.495 million barrels of contingent resource, details of which are available in a report titled “Evaluation of Contingent Resources” from Chapman Petroleum Engineering, Ltd. dated May 31, 2018 (the “Chapman Report”). Such contingencies are stated below.
Share Consolidation Vote
Petroteq’s board recently brought the matter of a 1 for 10 consolidation of the Company’s common shares to a shareholder vote, a necessary corporate action for Petroteq in order to reach a minimum share price requirement for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Shareholders overwhelmingly approved the measure, however, the board has resolved that the Company will not use a consolidation ratio beyond 1 for 5. The Company intends to engage a transparent and cautious methodology to the proposed NASDAQ listing with the belief that, given the recently achieved and the anticipated milestones, it may meet the requirements for a NASDAQ listing without corporate intervention. Acceptance for listing Company shares is subject to approval, in part, based on the Company’s ability to meet minimum listing requirements for the NASDAQ Capital Market. While Petroteq intends to satisfy all of the applicable listing criteria, no assurance can be given that its application will be approved.
The Company continues to work towards a goal of running multiple operational facilities, with larger production capacities and expanded licensing opportunities for its technology, including the potential deployment of this technology for soil remediation and reclamation of environmental hydrocarbons. We will approach these other potential value-add projects through licensing, joint ventures and other such structures, always being focused on minimizing capital expenditures and maximizing the creation of shareholder value. In 2019, we will move the Vernal facility into Phase 2 of its lifecycle, during which we plan to increase production capacity from 1,000 bpd to 4,000 bpd by the end of the year. Civil construction of the additional process train will commence in the second quarter of the year, with the expansion estimated to come online by the third quarter. We will demonstrate an increased focus on production in the third quarter as the process trains ramp up to 4,000 bpd through tandem operations.
Commitment to Shareholder Value
As we execute on our strategy and share our vision for the future, we remain committed to achieving each of the Company’s deliverables and will keep our shareholders informed throughout. Our plan is designed to ensure we constantly strive to become a more focused and efficient company. As the Company grows, we will focus our asset base to achieve consistent, incremental production and will follow a disciplined capital allocation process with the intention of reducing our costs. We believe this approach will enhance our Company’s sustainability and returns for its shareholders.