Statoil, Exxon strengthen position in Brazil's Carcará oil discovery

10/27/2017

STAVANGER -- Statoil Brasil Oleo e Gas Ltd., a subsidiary of Statoil ASA, ExxonMobil Exploracao Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, and PETROGAL BRASIL, SA, a subsidiary of Galp, were the high bidders for a production sharing contract for the Carcará North Block in Brazil’s second pre-salt offshore licensing round held on Oct. 27.

The consortium comprising Statoil (operator, 40%), ExxonMobil (40%) and Galp (20%) presented the winning bid (67.12% of profit oil) for the Carcará North Block in the Santos basin. The pre-determined signature bonus to be paid by the consortium is BRL 3.0 billion, approximately $910 million. Statoil’s share is $364 million.

Statoil, ExxonMobil and Galp have also agreed a number of subsequent transactions in the adjacent BM-S-8 Block to align equity interests across the two blocks that together comprise the Carcará oil discovery. The aggregate total potential consideration to be received by Statoil in these transactions is around $1.55 billion and, following the licensing round, the potential net cash inflow to Statoil is around $1.19 billion.

First, Statoil has agreed to divest 33% out of its current 66% interest in BM-S-8 to ExxonMobil for a total potential consideration of around $1.3 billion, comprising an upfront cash payment of around $800 million and a contingent cash payment of around $500 million.

Furthermore, upon the future closing of its acquisition of the 10% interest in BM-S-8 held by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP), Statoil has agreed to divest a further 3.5% to ExxonMobil and 3% to Galp for a total consideration of around $250 million, comprising an upfront cash payment of around $155 million and a contingent cash payment of around $95 million.

As a result, both Statoil and ExxonMobil will have a 36.5% interest in BM-S-8 and a 40% interest in Carcará North. Galp will have 17% in BM-S-8 and 20% in Carcará North. The partners in Carcará North have also agreed that Statoil will be operator for the unitized field development, subject to government approval.

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