EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, comprising the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields (‘the Transaction’) for an initial consideration of US$325 million.
Executive, Amjad Bseisu, said:
“We are delighted we have agreed the acquisition of a material interest in Golden Eagle, a high-quality, low-cost UK North Sea development. Upon completion, this acquisition will add immediate material production and cash flow to EnQuest and will allow us to accelerate use of our substantial tax losses. It also demonstrates our continued commitment to the UK North Sea and diversifies our existing production base.
“The assets have a strong safety record and a lower than average CO2e emissions intensity ratio.
“We look forward to a productive partnership with the operator, CNOOC and our future joint venture partners, NEO Energy and ONE DYA,” EnQuest Chief Executive, Amjad Bseisu, said.
EnQuest has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in North Sea (Golden Eagle) Resources Ltd, a new company which will, at completion of the Transaction, hold Suncor’s non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area.
The initial consideration is US$325 million (which is subject to working capital and other adjustments), with additional contingent consideration of up to US$50 million. The contingent consideration is payable in the second half of 2023, if between July 2021 and June 2023 the Dated Brent average crude price equals or exceeds US$55/bbl, upon which US$25 million is payable, or if the Dated Brent average crude price equals or exceeds US$65/bbl, upon which US$50 million is payable. A deposit of c.US$3 million (being part of the initial consideration) is being provided by EnQuest which will be forfeited in most circumstances if the Transaction does not complete.
EnQuest plans to finance the Transaction through a combination of a new secured debt facility, interim period post-tax cash flows between the economic effective date of 1 January 2021 and completion, and an equity raise.
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