• Carnarvon is progressing with its plans to drill the Buffalo-10 well, targeting 2H 2021.
• AIM listed Advance Energy Plc to join the PSC and fund up to 100% of well cost for up to 50% equity
• Advance Energy’s equity position in the PSC to be finalised by end March 2021
• Project development costs to be covered by third party and Advance Energy loan funding
• Carnarvon to remain as operator for all activity
• The Buffalo-10 well will target attic oil and will be completed as a production well
Carnarvon Petroleum Limited has entered into a binding agreement with AIM listed, Advance Energy Plc to enable the redevelopment of the Buffalo oil field.
In this transaction, Advance will acquire up to a 50% interest in the Buffalo project by funding the drilling of
Buffalo-10 well up to US$$20m on a free carry basis. In addition to this, the newly formed joint venture will
acquire development funding from third party lenders and any additional funding requirements (in addition
to that provided by third party lenders ) will be provided by Advance Energy as an interest free loan. Definitive transaction documentation has been executed and completion of this transaction is subject to:
• Advance transferring at least US$10m to the joint venture bank account by 31 March 2021
• Customary government approvals
• Advance obtaining shareholder approval in accordance with AIM Rules
Advance must source and pay US$20m into the Joint Venture bank account for a 50% interest in the Buffalo
Project. In the event Advance raises less than US$20m, but more than US$10m, the transaction will still
proceed, however at a lower equity level for Advance. Advance’s equity level is 2.5% per US$1m contributed
to the joint venture. The Advance team is confident of raising the necessary funds to be able to attain their
desired 50% equity in the project.
Carnarvon’s strategic objective has been to drill the Buffalo-10 well while carefully managing its balance sheet.
This transaction enables Carnarvon to progress its portfolio with conviction, which includes the Dorado oil
development, the Buffalo oil redevelopment and pursuing a number of high impact exploration wells near the Dorado field.
Advance’s strategic objective is to identify and unlock hidden value in discovered assets through a technical
and commercial approach as non-operating partners, and they recognise the value in the Buffalo oil field
redevelopment and the technical expertise of the Carnarvon team. The Advance team has a demonstrable
track record of generating significant value.
The Carnarvon and Advance team are a strong cultural fit and the Carnarvon team looks forward to a close
working relationship with Advance as we progress the drilling and redevelopment of the Buffalo oil field.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carnarvon will remain asthe operator and is currently undertaking a tender process to contract an internationally recognised Drilling Management Services Company (“DMSC”) to assist Carnarvon in the drilling of the Buffalo-10 well. Carnarvon plans to contract the DMSC for commencement in early 2021.
The objective is for drilling operations to take place in late 2021, with a date to be determined once a rig has been identified and long lead items have been ordered, along with completion of any necessary regulatory approvals.
Carnarvon Managing Director and CEO, Mr Adrian Cook, said:
“Carnarvon is excited to welcome Advance Energy into the Buffalo joint venture and together we look forward to drilling the Buffalo-10 well next year and moving forward with the redevelopment of the Buffalo oil field.
The Buffalo redevelopment opportunity is well placed to succeed given its known production capability and low development cost and will be greatly enhanced as oil prices continue their recovery.
We look forward to Advance completing their capital raise activities and the joint venture is eager to get
started, with drilling planning already underway.
Carnarvon is incredibly well placed for an exciting 2021 as we add drilling at the Buffalo Project to our Dorado FEED activities and the Bedout exploration drilling campaign”
Key Terms of the transaction:
Equity: Advance Energy will acquire between 25% and 50% of the Buffalo project via the payment of between US$10 million and US$20 million, to pay the costs of the Buffalo-10 well and funding between 50% and 100% of the development. Advance’s level of equity ‘earn in’ will be equal to 2.5% per every $1 million raised and paid into joint venture bank accounts.
Joint Venture: The partners will work in an Incorporated Joint Venture (“IJV”), with Carnarvon as operator.
Buffalo-10 well costs: The current estimate for the Buffalo-10 well is around US$20 million, where Advance
will free carry Carnarvon’s share of well costs on the basis that Advance raises US$20m.
Development Funding: The Joint Venture willsource and arrange third party loan funding for the Joint Venture approved development CAPEX to first oil. Any additional funding requirements will be funded by Advance by an interest free loan. Advance’s funding obligation will be reduced in line with its project equity level. Development funding loans will be repaid prior to the return of profits to the joint venture partners.