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Australia: Ironbark title transfers approved
23 May 2019
- WA-359-P Title transfers approved
- Final conditions to BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas agreements satisfied
- 15 Tcf Ironbark prospect to be drilled 2020
Approval has been received for the title transfers of exploration permit WA-359-P, which contains the giant Ironbark gas prospect, to new joint venture partners BP Developments Australia, Beach Energy and New Zealand Oil & Gas.
The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) has notified Cue Exploration of the approval of title transfers to BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas and the approval and registration of other documentation associated with the formation of a joint venture between the parties.
Cue CEO Matthew Boyall says the approvals are a milestone achievement for Cue and complete the outstanding conditions of agreements with BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas.
'The title transfer and documentation approvals satisfy the final conditions of previously announced agreements with BP Developments Australia, Beach Energy and New Zealand Oil & Gas to form a joint venture to drill the Ironbark prospect, which has a best estimate of15 Tcf of prospective recoverable gas.
'Completion of the agreements is expected to occur shortly and will start the funding obligations of the other parties towards Cue’s well cost and include $A1.54 million of past cost re-imbursement to Cue from Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas
'BP will become operator of WA-359-P and continue with the planning and execution of the Ironbark-1 exploration well, which is due to be drilled in late 2020.'
On completion under the agreements, the WA-359-P Joint Venture participating interests will be: BP (operator) 42.5%; Cue 21.5%; Beach 21%; New Zealand Oil & Gas 15%.
Exploration permit WA-359-P is located in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The Ironbark-1 well is expected to drill to 5500metres. It will be the first test of the Ironbark prospect.
BP is currently preparing an Environment Plan for the Ironbark-1 well site survey and drilling activities.
Cue, BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas announced a co-ordination agreement on 26 October 2018 which provided for BP to act as operator on behalf of Cue in planning the Ironbark-1 well prior to title transfers and creation of a formal joint venture.
Source: Cue Energy