Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hibiscus Petroleum Buys Stake in North Sea Block

October 10, 2018

Anasuria Cluster. Image: Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad
Anasuria Cluster. Image: Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad

Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd has acquired 50% interest in two oilfields offshore the United Kingdom for $37.5 million in total.

In a press statement, Hibiscus said its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Anasuria Hibiscus UK Ltd (AHUK) had entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with Caldera Petroleum (UK) Ltd to acquire a 50% participating interest in Block 15/13a and Block 15/13b under Production License P198.

Based on an independent report by AGR TRACS International Limited, the gross contingent oil resources (“2C Oil Resources”) in the Blocks is estimated to be 60.0 million barrels of oil (30 million barrels of oil net to AHUK).

Prior to this transaction, the Group’s proved and probable oil reserves (“2P Oil Reserves”) and 2C Oil Resources in its current portfolio are 46.0 million barrels and 38.5 million barrels, respectively.

The proposed acquisition of the Blocks is subject to, amongst others, the written consent of the United Kingdom Oil and Gas Authority for the assignment of interests and the transfer of operatorship to AHUK.

Hibiscus Petroleum expects this acquisition to complete on or before 16 October 2018, upon which AHUK and the Seller will each own a 50% participating interest in the Blocks.

Commenting on the proposed acquisition, Hibiscus Petroleum’s Managing Director, Dr Kenneth Pereira, said, “We are excited by this acquisition. It is a key component of our 2021 mission to secure 100 million barrels of proved and probable reserves. Furthermore, the blocks are located in an area that is close to other discoveries and existing infrastructure. We look forward to working closely with the UK regulators as well as with our new partner to optimally monetise the resources within these blocks and deliver shareholder value.”

AHUK holds 50% joint-operating interests in the P013 licence consisting of the Teal, Teal South and Guillemot A fields, as well as 19.3% non-operating interest in the P185 licence consisting of the Cook field.

The Teal, Teal South, Guillemot A and Cook fields which produce oil and gas to the Anasuria Floating production storage and offloading facility (“Anasuria FPSO”) are collectively known as the Anasuria Cluster. The Anasuria Cluster is located offshore in the United Kingdom sector of North Sea.


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