Neptune issues $500mn notes and acquires North Sea assets from Energean for $250mn | CustomNews.pk

Neptune issues $500mn notes and acquires North Sea assets from Energean for $250mn

LONDON: Neptune Energy Bondco plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neptune Energy Group Limited has launched an offering of senior notes in an aggregate principal amount of $500 million, as Neptune Energy has entered into a conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement with Energean Oil and Gas  to acquire Edison E&P's UK and Norwegian producing, development and exploration assets for an initial cash consideration of $250 million. Interest will be payable semi-annually. The interest rate, offering price and other terms will be determined at the time of pricing of the Offering, subject to market conditions. The Company intends to use the gross proceeds of the Offering to partially repay (without cancelling) drawn commitments under the group's reserves-based lending facility. The purchase of North Sea assets  is contingent on Energean completing its proposed acquisition of Edison E&P. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, with completion expected early in 2020. The portfolio will provide Neptune with material growth in contingent resources, an estimated 30 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) of 2P reserves and near term production in core areas of the North Sea close to infrastructure. It includes: Glengorm gas condensate discovery (25 per cent WI) in the UK's Central North Sea, close to Neptune's operated Seagull project. Glengorm is an additional contingent resource. Nova gas development project (15 per cent WI) in the Norwegian North Sea: Nova is being developed as a subsea tie-back to the Neptune-operated Gjøa field. Production is expected from 2021, with estimated net 2P reserves of more than 11 mmboe. Dvalin (10 per cent WI) gas development project in the Norwegian North Sea: developed as a subsea tie-back to Heidrun, the four gas wells are expected to be drilled from the end of 2019, with first gas expected by the end of 2020. Net 2P reserves are estimated at more than 11 mmboe. Scott (10.5 per cent WI) & Telford (15.7 per cent WI), Tors (68 per cent WI), Wenlock (80 per cent WI) and Markham (3.1 per cent WI): combined incremental non-operated production of 3,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2019. Tors is strategically important to the Neptune-operated Cygnus field due to the shared export route. Jim House, CEO of Neptune, said: "This is an important bolt-on acquisition that is in line with our strategy of consolidating our position in key areas with high quality and complementary assets. "The assets are an excellent fit with our North Sea portfolio. Nova and Dvalin are expected to add 12,000 boepd to our production base over the next two years and Glengorm adds significant potential for the longer term."
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