Tamarind, Blackstone Form $800M Venture for Upstream Projects in SE Asia
Tamarind Energy (Tamarind or the Company), a new exploration and production company headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia announced Thursday its formation with a commitment from Blackstone Energy Partners. The Tamarind team is composed of a deep bench of senior executives with significant experience across a range of basins in South East Asia with a proven track record of delivering complex projects safely while creating significant value for their corporate partners and host governments. Tamarind will focus on growing production and reserves from producing oil and gas fields, efficiently developing discoveries and capturing exploration potential in and around proven plays to build a high-quality portfolio.
Blackstone Energy Partners and affiliated funds have provided a capital commitment of up to $800 million alongside Tamarind management, to create a significant upstream company with an emphasis on building long-term, strategic relationships with host governments, South East Asian national oil companies and key regional stakeholders.
Ian Angell, CEO, said, “The Tamarind team has always welcomed the opportunity to develop and improve performance of fields which others put in the ‘too hard’ basket. Given our approach, which begins with a regional geological perspective, we are able to pursue innovative reservoir management with fit-for-purpose facilities to find and develop reserves. We then knit this together with creative commercial solutions that can add significant value for our partners and host governments. We are excited about the significant commitment from Blackstone and our growing partnership. Blackstone’s successful track record of investing in energy assets globally and extensive industry relationships, in combination with the experience of the Tamarind team in South East Asia should allow us to capitalize on opportunities and be a partner of choice in the region.”
Angelo Acconcia, a MD with Blackstone Energy Partners who oversees their investments in the oil and gas sector said, “We are very pleased to form this strategic partnership with Tamarind which capitalizes on our global energy and oil and gas experience combined with a best in class management team at Tamarind who have significant experience and a favorable track record as a trusted and value added partner to its host governments and corporate partners. Ian and the team are uniquely situated to contribute deep technical and operational expertise to any situation having successfully completed several complex offshore field developments in the region previously.”
Blackstone Senior Managing Director and CEO of Blackstone Energy Partners David Foley said, “Our partnership with Tamarind is another example of our growing global energy practice and the track record we have of identifying and backing best in class managers to build world scale energy businesses. This investment further underlines our strong support and commitment to South East Asia following Blackstone’s Singapore office opening late last year.”
About Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone
Blackstone Energy Partners is Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity business, with a successful record built on Blackstone’s industry expertise and partnerships with exceptional management teams. Blackstone has invested approximately $7 billion of equity globally across a broad range of sectors within the energy industry.
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our asset management businesses, with almost $300 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.
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