Tullow Oil Plc (“Tullow”) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to sell its total interest in Tullow Guyana B.V. (“TGBV”), which includes the Orinduik licence (Tullow 60% operated equity) in Guyana to Eco Guyana Oil and Gas (Barbados) Limited (“Eco”) (the “Transaction”) in exchange for a combination of upfront cash and contingent consideration.
Tullow’s decision to exit the Orinduik licence is in line with its strategy to focus on its high return production assets in Africa and infrastructure-led exploration around producing hubs and delivers its objective to unlock value in emerging basins. In 2019, Tullow drilled two exploration wells on the Orinduik licence which yielded uncommercial oil discoveries. Nonetheless, Tullow recognises the material oil resource potential remaining in the Orinduik licence and as such, the terms of the Transaction allow Tullow to retain exposure to any potential future success in the region.
US$700,000 cash payment upon transfer of TGBV’s 60% equity and operatorship of the Orinduik licence to Eco, to be paid to Tullow Overseas Holdings B.V. (“TOHBV") on completion of the Transaction (the “Initial Consideration”).
Contingent consideration is payable to TOHBV, which is linked to a series of potential future milestones and triggered as follows:
o US$4 million in the event of a commercial discovery
o US$10 million payment upon the issuance of a production licence from the Government of Guyana
o Royalty payments on future production – 1.75% of the 60% working interest entitlement revenue net of capital expenditure and lifting costs.
Transaction and payment of the Initial Consideration outlined above is subject to certain market-standard conditions precedent, including Government and JV approvals.
Proceeds from this transaction will be put towards general corporate purposes.
Completion is expected to occur in the second half of 2023.
Jean-Medard Madama, Director Exploration, Non-Operated Assets and Decommissioning, commented today:
“This transaction is in line with our strategy to optimise our portfolio through opportunities to unlock value from our emerging basin licences, whilst focusing our capital expenditure on our high return producing assets and growth opportunities around existing infrastructure.”
For further information contact:
|Tullow Oil plc (Investors)
(+44) 20 3781 9244
TOHBV has signed a sale and purchase agreement (the “SPA”) with Eco for the transfer of its entire interest in the Orinduik licence via the corporate sale of TGBV to Eco in exchange for a mix of cash and a series of contingent payments based on future milestones.
Pursuant to the SPA, TOHBV has agreed to transfer to Eco for cash consideration TOHBV’s entire shareholding in TGBV. TGBV holds an undivided 60% participating interest and Operatorship in and under (i) a petroleum agreement between the Minister responsible for Petroleum representing the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc. and TGBV dated 14 January 2016 (as amended from time to time) (the “PA”) and (ii) the joint operating agreement dated between TGBV, Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc., and TOQAP dated 18 January 2016 (as amended from time to time).
Additional cash consideration may be received by TOHBV from Eco and any successors, in the form of contingent payments, which will be payable on upstream revenues in the form of royalty payments will become due and payable to TOHBV once upstream revenues from the Orinduik licence commences.
Subject to the satisfaction of certain market standard conditions precedent, including Government and JV approvals, the Transaction is expected to complete in the second half of 2023.
The Transaction is classified as a Class 2 transaction as defined by Chapter 10 of the Listing Rules and is therefore not conditional on the approval of Tullow's shareholders.
On 31 December 2022, the gross asset value attributable to the Transferred Interests subject to the Transaction amounted to $1.5 million as per the audited TGBV financial statements. As of 31 December 2022, the gross 2C resource attributable to the Transferred Interests amounted to 47.7mmbbls.
Notes to Editors
Tullow Oil plc
Tullow is an independent oil & gas, exploration and production group which is quoted on the London and Ghanaian stock exchanges (symbol: TLW). The Group has interests in over 30 licences across eight countries. In March 2021, Tullow committed to becoming Net Zero on its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. For further information, please refer to our website at www.tullowoil.com.
Follow Tullow on:
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOT A CIRCULAR OR PROSPECTUS OR EQUIVALENT DOCUMENT AND PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY INVESTMENT DECISION ON THE BASIS OF ITS CONTENTS.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF THAT JURISDICTION. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN JURISDICTIONS OTHER THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND GHANA MAY BE RESTRICTED BY LAW AND THEREFORE PERSONS INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS ANNOUNCEMENT COMES SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT, AND OBSERVE, SUCH RESTRICTIONS.
ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY SUCH JURISDICTION.
No statement in this announcement is intended as a profit forecast or profit estimate.
This announcement includes statements that are, or may deemed to be, "forward‐looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws of certain jurisdictions. These forward‐looking statements can be identified by the use of forward‐looking terminology, such as "anticipate", "expect", "suggests", "plan", "believe", "intend", "estimates", "targets", "projects", "should", "could", "would", "may", "will", "forecast" and other similar expressions or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this announcement and include statements regarding Tullow's or Tullow's directors' plans, estimates, intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, Tullow's exploration and development plans and the timing and cost thereof, future production levels and volumes, future operating cost levels, the grant and timing of future governmental or commercial or joint venture partner approvals or consents, the timing, outcome and potential scope of liability in any litigation, proceedings or other disputes and Tullow's results of operations, financial condition, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which the Group operates more generally.
Forward‐looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the Group's actual results of operations, financial condition and the development of the industry in which it operates, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward‐looking statements contained in this announcement. In addition, even if the Group's results of operations, financial condition and the development of the industry in which it operates, are consistent with the forward‐looking statements contained in this announcement, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.
Any forward‐looking statements that are made in this announcement speak only as at the date of such statement and, other than as may be required by the Financial Conduct Authority, the London Stock Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange or applicable law (including as may be required by the UK Listing Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and the Prospectus Rules), Tullow expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward‐looking statements contained in this announcement. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.