The facility, which will have a term of 12 months, with the Company having an option to extend for a further 6 months, will be used to fund appraisal and development expenditures for the Kambuna field in Indonesia and the Columbus field in the UK North Sea as well as for Norwegian appraisal expenditure and general corporate purposes.
Serica's Chief Executive, Paul Ellis, said:
"This facility provides Serica with the funds required to develop the Company's interests in the Kambuna and Columbus fields, both of which are operated by Serica, and to meet Serica's share of drilling costs for appraisal of the Bream oil discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, planned for early 2008.
Development of the Kambuna field is now well underway with negotiations for the sale of the gas at an advanced stage. The field lies offshore North West Sumatra and is destined to supply gas to the city of Medan. The wellhead support tower is currently under construction in Balikpapan, Indonesia, and is scheduled for delivery in September. In the fourth quarter of this year, the support tower will be installed and three wells will be drilled to develop and further appraise the full extent of the Kambuna field. In the North Sea, plans for early appraisal and development of the Columbus field are significantly advanced and the first Columbus field appraisal well is scheduled to commence drilling in late August.
The Company has been very successful in extending its acreage bank and is building up its exploration drilling activity in the second half of the year with two exploration wells to be drilled in the Biliton block in Indonesia, offshore Java. Subject to the successful outcome of current farm-out negotiations, further drilling is also planned for the UK North Sea.
I believe that the Company's exploration prospects provide the potential to add material value for shareholders and we continue to seek opportunities to bring our exploration plans forward at the same time as appraisal and development activity in the Company is becoming more significant."
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