EnQuest acquires 20% of Kraken Discovery

Monday, January 9, 2012
  • EnQuest PLC today announces that it has agreed with Canamens Limited to acquire two of its companies, whose assets include the 20% interest in the Kraken oil discovery.

EnQuest will pay an initial consideration of US$45 million dollars in cash and a further US$45 million in cash, contingent upon approval of the Kraken Field Development Plan ('FDP') by the Department of Energy and Climate Change ('DECC'). Through this transaction, EnQuest will acquire a 20% interest in blocks 9/2b and 9/2c, including the Kraken discovery. The operator of Kraken is Nautical Petroleum plc ('Nautical') which estimates gross contingent resources of 160 MMboe for block 9/2b and 9/2c. EnQuest also acquires further potential exploration upside in blocks 3/22a and 3/26 (40% EnQuest interest) and in blocks 9/6a and 9/7b (35% EnQuest interest).

Amjad Bseisu, Chief Executive of EnQuest, said:

"EnQuest is excited to be participating in the Kraken appraisal, post the most recent 9/02b-5Z well results. Using the operator's estimates, the Kraken blocks 9/2b and 9/2c immediately add over 30% to EnQuest's end 2010 contingent resources. It also gives us potential upside from the surrounding exploration opportunities. We look forward to working with Nautical, the operator, to assist in taking the project forward.

Following EnQuest's recent sanctioning of the Alma and Galia development, our encouraging results from the Crathes exploration well, our recent farm in to the Kildrummy discovery, and now our entry into the Kraken opportunity, EnQuest is starting 2012 with strong positive momentum and an exciting portfolio of development opportunities."

This article is for information and discussion purposes only and does not form a recommendation to invest or otherwise. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. More

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