24 Jul 2019
Thames Reception Facilities Acquisition and Harvey Appraisal Well UpdateIndependent Oil and Gas plc ("IOG" or the "Company"), the development and production company focused on becoming a substantial UK gas producer, is pleased to confirm that it has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Perenco UK Limited, Tullow Oil SK Limited and Spirit Energy Resources Limited for the acquisition of the Thames Reception Facilities (“TRF”) at the Bacton Gas Terminal.
The TRF comprises an area of land within the Perenco part of Bacton Gas Terminal where IOG’s fully-owned Thames Pipeline connects to the terminal. It contains certain gas and liquids reception equipment which is planned to be refurbished and recommissioned during the development phase of IOG’s Core Project, which comprises 410 BCF¹,² of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered Southern North Sea (SNS) gas fields.
Signing of this SPA is important for the Core Project as, on completion, IOG will own the reception facilities where all of its gas will land to shore before being transported into the main Perenco Bacton plant for final processing and then into the National Transmission System (NTS) for sale into the UK gas market.
The acquisition is for a nominal consideration. As expected and as is standard in such transactions, IOG will take on security obligations relating to decommissioning of the facilities at end of project life.
Additionally, with respect to the forthcoming Harvey appraisal well, the Maersk Resilient is currently due to finish its prior operations over the coming week and start re-locating to Harvey. As such, the Harvey well is expected to spud around 3rd August, although this date is still subject to date of release from its current contract over the coming days. As previously indicated, the well is expected to take approximately two months in the success case. Further details about the Harvey opportunity are available in a presentation on the IOG website.
Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented:
We are very pleased to have progressed to signing the Thames Reception Facilities SPA, which has required meticulous resolution of a number of legal complexities by working collaboratively with a range of parties. IOG is now set to be an infrastructure owner both offshore and onshore, which offers a substantial competitive advantage for an upstream company of our size and further de-risks our substantial proven gas portfolio.
This is a key step in advancing our wider strategic and financing plans, in particular delivering a farm-out transaction to enable us to progress to FID at the earliest possible time.
In addition, we expect to spud the exciting Harvey appraisal well around the end of next week and look forward to drilling the well safely and successfully. Given its potential size and synergies with our other assets, Harvey has the potential to create significant shareholder value.
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Andrew Hockey (CEO)
James Chance (CFO)
Rupert Newall (Head of Corporate Finance)
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Christopher Raggett, Simon Hicks (Corporate Finance)
Camille Gochez (Corporate Broking)
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About Independent Oil and Gas:
IOG owns substantial low risk, high value gas reserves in the UK Southern North Sea. The Company is targeting a 2P peak production rate of 146 MMCF/d (c. 25,000 Boe/d) from its substantial Core Project (2P gas Reserves of 302 BCF¹ + 2C gas Contingent Resources of 108 BCF²) via an efficient hub strategy. In addition to the independently verified 2P reserves at Blythe, Elgood, Southwark, Nailsworth and Elland and 2C Contingent Resources at Goddard, IOG also has best estimate unrisked prospective gas resources of 202 BCF¹,³ in Harvey and Goddard. Alongside this IOG continues to pursue value accretive acquisitions to generate significant shareholder returns. All IOG's licences and the Thames Pipeline are owned 100% and operated by IOG.
Competent Person’s Statement
In accordance with the AIM Note for Mining and Oil and Gas Companies, IOG discloses that Andrew Hockey, IOG’s CEO, is the qualified person that has reviewed the technical information contained in this document. Andrew Hockey has an MSc in Petroleum Geology and has been a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain since 1983. He has over 35 years’ operating experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. Andrew Hockey consents to the inclusion of the information in the form and context in which it appears.
¹ERC Equipoise Competent Persons Report: October 2017, adjusted by Management to account for updated project timing and compression
²ERC Equipoise Competent Persons Report: October 2018
³ Updated management estimates based on interpretation and mapping of 3D seismic data reprocessed to Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) in 2018, subsequent to ERC Equipoise's 2017 Competent Persons Report
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