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Settlement reached on Hejre

Written by  OE Staff Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:33

According to a 29 March 2016 announcement, DONG Energy and Bayerngas terminated the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Hejre platform with the supplier consortium. Subsequently, disputes around the termination of contract arose.

DONG Energy and the supplier consortium, consisting of Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), have since entered into a settlement agreement regarding the dispute, including the arbitral claims, related to the EPC contract.

According to the agreement, the supplier consortium holds full responsibility for the disposal of the Hejre platform, which will be dismantled by DSME. DONG Energy will have no further responsibilities or liabilities with regard to the platform.

The settlement agreed will have a positive impact for DONG Energy on cashflow and will reduce provisions made in relation to the Hejre project with a positive EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) effect of US$132.8 million (DKK900 million) within discontinued operations.

“This is a good outcome for our business," said David Cook, executive vice resident, DONG Energy. "I’m very satisfied that we’ve reached a solution on the disputes and arbitral claims with the supplier consortium. We can now put this issue behind us and continue our focus on running a safe, successful and sustainable oil and gas business.”

As per agreement with the Hejre licence partner, Bayerngas, DONG Energy has been controlling the termination process with the supplier consortium on behalf of the Hejre licence partners and assumed all potential liabilities, rights and benefits arising out of the contract and the termination process.

The settlement does not affect the ongoing assessment with Bayerngas on re-development alternatives for the Hejre field.

The information provided in this announcement does not change DONG Energy's previously announced outlook for the 2017 financial year as oil and gas is presented as an asset held for sale and discontinued operations.

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