Woodside enters MOU with Leviathan Joint Venture participants
PERTH -- Woodside and the Leviathan Joint Venture participants, Noble Energy, Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Ratio Oil Exploration, have agreed to convert a previous inprinciple agreement for the potential acquisition of an interest in the Leviathan field into a non binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The MOU provides a framework to negotiate in good faith, the acquisition of a 25% participating interest in each of the 349/Rachel and 350/Amit petroleum licences. The parties will negotiate towards executing a fully termed agreement by 27 March 2014.
The Leviathan field is contained within the licences, and based on information provided by the operator Noble Energy, has an estimated ‘2C’ contingent resource (100%) of 18.9 Tcf of natural gas and 34.1 MMbbl of condensate.
The MOU builds on the initial in principle agreement reached in December 2012, although some key terms have been amended. The initial agreement was based on an estimated ‘2C’ contingent resource of 17 Tcf of natural gas.
Consistent with the previous in principle agreement, Woodside would be the operator of any LNG development of the field, while Noble Energy would remain upstream operator.
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the MOU provided a potential commercial outcome with compelling value.
"We look forward to the ongoing engagement with the joint venture, government and other stakeholders to move forward with the Leviathan project," Mr Coleman said.