IGas to buy Dart to create leading UK shale explorer


IGas to buy Dart to create leading UK shale explorer


LONDON (Bloomberg) -- IGas Energy Plc agreed to buy Dart Energy Ltd., creating an explorer with rights to drill across more than 1 million acres including shale basins.

IGas will offer shares to investors valuing Brisbane-based Dart Energy at A$211.5 million ($198 million), the companies said in a statement. After the deal, Dart shareholders will own about 31% of the enlarged company.

The deal “increases our licensed acreage as we seek to unlock the untapped energy resource that exists in Britain,” IGas CEO Andrew Austin said.

IGas produces about 3,000 bpd of oil and gas from onshore UK fields, operates the country’s first coal-bed methane production project and holds licenses to explore in shale fields in northwest England.

The stock rose as much as 6.5 pence, or 5%, to 136 pence in London. It traded at 130 pence at 10:47 a.m. local time.

Dart holds 24 UK licences and has agreements with France’s Total SA and GDF Suez to fund exploration of potential shale gas fields.

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