Topic: Commercial Transactions

Panoro Energy acquires offshore Equatorial Guinea and Gabon assets

Region: West Africa
Content Types: Report
Date: Feb, 2021

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Panoro Energy ASA has announced that it has entered into agreements with Tullow Oil plc and its subsidiaries to acquire high-quality oil producing assets offshore Equatorial Guinea and Gabon for an initial aggregate cash consideration of up to US$140mn and aggregate contingent consideration of up to US$40mn, based on an effective date of 1 July 2020.

The assets in detail

The acquisitions represents a 14.25% working interest in Block G offshore Equatorial Guinea and a 10% working interest in Dussafu Marin Permit offshore Gabon. Panoro will therefore increase its net interest in its core asset Dussafu from 7.5% to 17.5% and achieves significant diversification through the entry into Block G, offshore Equatorial Guinea, which comprises six producing offshore fields through the Ceiba and Okume Complex assets.

The assets have excellent operators, low operating costs and have a reserve life of an estimated 13 years. They will add an estimated 6,900bpd net production, 25mnbbl net 2P reserves and hold a significant upside potential with 2C resources of 29mnbbl. The acquisitions will be financed through a contemplated US$70mn equity private placement and an up to US$90mn underwritten debt facility by a company within the Trafigura group.

John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro, commented, “These truly transformational acquisitions will establish Panoro as one of the world’s leading independent E&P companies focussed on Africa. We are purchasing high-quality, low operating cost assets, substantial production and material reserves in West Africa. These are highly accretive assets that deliver a major change in our operational and financial profile, and position the company well to generate sustainable long-term value for our shareholders.”

“We welcome the opportunity to increase our exposure in Dussafu, offshore Gabon, where Panoro has been an integral part of its success since 2007. In Equatorial Guinea we are new entrants and look forward to excellent cooperation and working with the field partners and the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to grow further in the country. We look forward to realising the significant upside potential that we see in these assets through an active and fully funded work programme,” Hamilton added.

Panoro's increasing presence in West Africa

With these acquisitions Panoro will hold assets in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Nigeria (prior to completion of the sale of its interests in Aje to PetroNor) and South Africa and will quadruple its 2021e production and triple its 2P reserves. This marks another step for Panoro as it seeks to establish itself as one of the leading independent E&P companies focussed on Africa.

Julien Balkany, Chairman of Panoro said, "These two very attractive and highly value accretive acquisitions perfectly complement our existing upstream E&P portfolio in West Africa and represent a major step in the execution of Panoro’s ambitious growth strategy to continue building a balanced full-cycle E&P company focused on Africa. We are proud and excited to strengthen our position in Gabon and to enter Equatorial Guinea and intend to deliver strong returns for all the stakeholders involved."