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UK: Hibiscus Petroleum executes conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire Crown discovery in the North Sea

08 Oct 2019

  • Conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement ('SPA') executed to acquire North Sea Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b ('License P2366') for a total cash consideration of up to USD5 million
  • Acquisition potentially increases Hibiscus Petroleum Group’s 2C Contingent Oil Resources by between 4 to 8 million barrels of oil, subject to an independent 3rd party expert assessment
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Hibiscus Petroleum has announced that pursuant to its disclosure on 17 July 2019, its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Anasuria Hibiscus UK (AHUK), has entered into a conditional SPA to acquire License P2366, from United Oil & Gas and Swift Exploration for a total cash consideration of up to USD5 million.

The Blocks are located offshore in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea, approx. 250km northeast of Aberdeen. The Blocks include the Crown Discovery which consists of 2C contingent resources that range between 4 to 8 million barrels of oil, subject to an independent 3rd party expert assessment. The Blocks are located 12km south-east of Marigold field, which together with the Sunflower field, was acquired by AHUK in October 2018.

United and Swift were awarded License P2366 as part of the United Kingdom’s Oil and Gas Authority’s ('OGA') 30th Licencing Round, in August 2018, and they each hold 95% and 5% participating interest respectively.

AHUK holds 50% operated interest in Licence P198 Blocks 15/13a and 15/13b containing the Marigold and Sunflower oilfields respectively, in addition to 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 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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P2366 licence location and neighbouring fields (Source: United Oil & Gas)

Pursuant to further negotiations with the Sellers post execution of the earlier conditional non-binding term sheet, the payment terms of the proposed acquisition of License P2366 would commence with a non-refundable payment of USD0.1 million to the Sellers (unless the default is not due to AHUK) and a further USD0.9 million upon completion of the SPA. Subject to further milestones being achieved post SPA completion, an additional sum of USD3 million will be paid within 7 business days of the actual date of approval of the Marigold Field Development Plan ('FDP') which includes the development of the Crown discovery as part of the overall Marigold development ('FDP Approval'), by the relevant United Kingdom regulatory authority, which is expected to be received by the end of 2020. However if FDP Approval is not achieved, or if the Marigold FDP submitted does not include the development of the Crown discovery, AHUK may, at its discretion, proceed with the USD3 million payment or transfer License P2366 back to the Sellers at nominal consideration without any further payment obligation. In addition, up to USD1 million will be paid through an overriding royalty scheme once the Crown discovery has commenced production. Given its proximity to Marigold, the contemplated development of Crown is based on a single well subsea tieback to the Marigold field.

The proposed consideration was arrived at on a similar basis to the consideration paid for the Marigold and Sunflower fields as they are seen as being accretive to the existing Marigold and Sunflower development.

The proposed acquisition of License P2366 is subject to the receipt of OGA’s approval for the assignment of the license to AHUK and the appointment of AHUK as operator. If the conditions have not been fulfilled or waived by the parties by 31 December 2019 (or such later date no later than 31 March 2020 as the parties may mutually agree), the proposed acquisition would be terminated according to the terms of the SPA.

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Source: Hibiscus Petroleum

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