MedcoEnergi buys oil and gas blocks in Tunisia


MedcoEnergi buys oil and gas blocks in Tunisia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Medco Tunisia Petroleum, has entered into an agreement, effective 1 January 2014, to acquire 100% of the shares of Storm Ventures International from Storm Ventures International “Seller” for a base purchase price of $ 114.03 million, excluding an amount payable forworking capital (which is subject to a customary post-closing adjustment). The Seller is a subsidiary of Chinook Energy, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. SVI (together with its subsidiaries) is one of the leading active exploration and production companies in Tunisia, with a participating interest in eight working areas.

SVI’s interest in Tunisia comprises four exploration areas, two development areas and two production areas with concession periods of either 30 or 50 years. Out of these eight areas, five are located onshore and three are offshore. All of SVI’s blocks are located in prolific hydrocarbon areas. Five onshore blocks (Adam, Sud Remada,Bir Ben Tartar, Jenein and Borj El Khadra) are located in the Ghadames Basin, while the remaining three offshore blocks (Cosmos, Hammamet and Yasmin) are located in the Pelagian Basin off the northeast coast of Tunisia.
The completion of this acquisition is conditional upon, amongst other things, approval from the Government of Tunisia and the consent of certain existing partners in the blocks. Upon completion of the acquisition, MedcoEnergi anticipates adding 2P reserves and oil-and-gas production (net working interest before royalties, taxes and Government take) by 12.3 MMboe and 2,800 Boepd, respectively.

Production is envisaged to increase to approximately 16,000 Boepd from in fill well drilling of the existing producing block (Bir Ben Tartar) and the development of the Cosmos and Yasmin blocks (scheduled for completion in 2018) is expected to add a further 12.6 MMboe of 2P reserves.

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