Amerada Hess Buys Stake in Ujung Pangkah

Amerada Hess has agreed to purchase Premier Oil's 40% interest in the Ujung Pangkah field and related Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in East Java, Indonesia.

It is expected that subject to agreement by block partners, Amerada Hess, which currently has a 36% interest in Pangkah, will assume operatorship of the block.

The purchase of Premier's interest further strengthens the company's presence in South East Asia, following the acquisition of Triton Energy in August, which added the Joint Development Area (JDA) between Thailand and Malaysia to existing operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

An appraisal drilling program earlier this year confirmed reserves of rich gas with the possibility of developing additional oil from the structure.

Amerada Hess Managing Director, Howard Paver, said the purchase of Premier's interest is an important strategic step in achieving the company's international growth as well as boosting Amerada Hess' profile in Indonesia. "We've set aggressive growth targets for Amerada Hess internationally and the purchase of Premier's interest in Pangkah, and the fast track approach to our work program in South East Asia represents our commitment to meeting those targets."

Among the company's recent successes in South East Asia has been the signing of a series of agreements that will enable the sale for gas from its Jabung Block in South Sumatra into Singapore, and the early oil and gas discovery from the Cendor-1 well in Block PM304 in Malaysia.

Partners in the Ujung Pangkah field are Premier with 40%, Amerada Hess 36%, Dana Petroleum with 12% and Gulf Indonesia holds the remaining 12%. The Pangkah transaction is subject to the consent of the government of Indonesia and the co-venturers in the fields.


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