Beach Energy Eyes Offshore New Zealand

Australian oil and gas exploration and production company Beach Energy Limited has signed an agreement with OMV GSB Oil Exploration to acquire a 30% participating interest in exploration permit (EP) PEP50119 in the Great South Basin, offshore New Zealand.

Under the agreement, Beach will acquire a 30% participating interest in the permit in exchange for funding a 30% share of the Tawhaki-1 well cost and the associated work program and budget. The estimated capital exposure is approximately $25 million net to Beach.

The transaction is subject to New Zealand government and regulator approval, said a release.

Following completion, Beach’s interest in PEP50119 will be 30%, with operator OMV holding a 52.93% interest and Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd holding 17.07%.

The PEP50119 exploration permit contains the large Tawhaki prospect and other leads. Tawhaki is a basement drape structural trap with up to 470 km2 under structural closure.

The prospect is defined by modern, highquality 3D seismic data and interpreted to have Cretaceous reservoirs of similar age and quality to the excellent sandstones encountered in Caravel-1, approximately 130 km to the north in PEP38264 (Beach 37.5% and operator).

The Tawhaki-1 well is planned to be drilled in early calendar 2020 by the COSL Prospector rig as part of a larger OMV-led drilling campaign.

Beach’s CEO, Matt Kay, said “Beach continually assesses high impact exploration opportunities in Australia and New Zealand to add to its growth portfolio. After undertaking extensive geological and commercial due diligence, we believe the Tawhaki prospect provides an attractive exploration opportunity."

“Tawhaki is one of three frontier exploration wells Beach will participate in over the next 18 months, the others being Wherry to the north of Tawhaki and Ironbark in the Carnarvon Basin. All three wells have the potential to add material resource volumes to Beach in a success case. We are also excited to collaborate with high quality joint venture participants in OMV and to build on our relationship with Mitsui," Kay added.

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