Oil and gas firm Energean has entered into an agreement to buy a 30 per cent stake in Energean Israel from Kerogen, resulting in Energean owning a 100 per cent stake in the company.
Energean’s Israeli subsidiary holds a 100 per cent working interest in the Karish and Tanin fields, offshore Israel, and the company is working to develop the Karish field which is expected to go online in late 2021.
The company said that it would pay between $380 million and $405 million for Kerogen’s 30 per cent stake.
The deal includes an up-front payment of $175 million, deferred cash consideration of between $155 million and $180 million, post-first gas from the Karish project, and $50 million of convertible loan notes.
The Energean Power FPSO, to be used for production at the Karish field, is expected to sail away from Singapore to Israel in the third quarter of 2021 and to deliver first gas in the fourth quarter of 2021.
A recent independent competent persons report certified gross 2P reserves of 98.2 Bcm (3.5 Tcf) of gas and 99.6 million barrels of liquids across the Karish, Karish North, and Tanin fields representing approximately 729 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Apart from the Karish and Tanin leases, the Israeli subsidiary owns a 100 per cent working interest in four exploration blocks – Blocks 12, 21, 23, 31 – offshore Israel that offer low-risk, near-infrastructure drilling opportunities to be targeted by its next drilling program, which is, according to Energean expected to begin in early 2022.
All of the four prospects are located near the location where the Energean Power FPSO will be moored. This means that the FPSO could be potentially used as a low-cost tie-back solution for the prospects.
Energean added that the acquisition of the stake from Kerogen was subject to shareholder, regulatory and other customary approvals. The company expects to close the acquisition in the first quarter of 2021.
“The Energean board of directors (“the Board”) has unanimously approved the Acquisition and will recommend it to Energean shareholders in the upcoming circular, which Energean expects to publish in late January / early February 2021“, the oil and gas firm said.
Mathios Rigas, CEO of Energean, said: “The acquisition represents a unique opportunity, given our existing, unrivalled understanding of the assets and the fact that the position significantly enhances Energean’s cash flow, whilst generating no incremental G&A costs.
“It allows us to consolidate our interests in Israel, enabling us to further generate long-term value by capitalizing on the production growth and upside potential of our acreage offshore Israel; and is supportive of our ambition to be the leading independent, gas-producer in the Mediterranean.
“Having now closed the Edison acquisition, Energean has 2P reserves of almost 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, 80 per cent of which is gas; and we are now at a key transition point, in which these reserves will be turned into long-term cash flows that will support our medium-term ambition to pay a meaningful, sustainable dividend to our shareholders.
“I would like to thank Kerogen for their support and involvement in the Karish development over the last four years. Together, we will have delivered a project that will provide diversity and security of gas supply to Israel, whilst also helping to remove significant amounts of CO2 annually from Israel’s emissions by enabling the switch from coal to natural gas”.