BW Offshore to operate Namibian project

February 7, 2017

BW Offshore signed a farm-out deal to become operator of the Kudu license offshore Namibia with 56% stake.

The company’s subsidiary BW Kudu will take over the license, with Namibian state-owned oil company National Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (NAMCOR) holding the remaining 44% interest.

BW Kudu will pay for past costs upon transfer of the field interest to the company. The final investment decision is planned for Q4 2017.

"BW Offshore will now start the work with the Namibian government, NAMCOR, NamPower (the Namibian power utility), large infrastructure investors and other stakeholders to get this very exciting project to FID," said Carl K. Arnet, CEO of BW Offshore.

The Kudu field was discovered by Chevron in 1974 approximately 170km off the coast of Namibia.

A further seven appraisal wells have been drilled since then by various oil companies including Shell and Tullow who subsequently withdrew from the project.

The Kudu field is estimated to contain 1C-2C-3C Contingent Resource range within the main reservoir (K3) of 755-1330-2308 Bcf, respectively. The Kudu Gas to Power project calls for gas to be produced by a floating production unit before being exported by pipeline to a new 885 MW gas to power plant onshore Namibia.

"Kudu represents another opportunity for BW Offshore to take a proactive development role in a project that will produce for 15-25 years. Falling development costs after the 2014 drop in oil prices has helped in making the project economically feasible,” added Carl K. Arnet.

NAMCOR Managing Director Immanuel Mulunga said the project will play a fundamental role in shaping the energy dynamics of Namibia.

"The Kudu Gas-to-Power Project is a key strategic power generation project for Namibia, which will significantly reduce reliance on imported power while at the same time accelerating economic development,” Mulunga said. "The Kudu Gas to Power Project will not only enable Namibia to entirely cater for its own power needs but become a net exporter of power to regional markets.”



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