KrisEnergy Formally Takes Over as Operator of Cambodia's Offshore Block A
Singapore-based KrisEnergy Ltd. (KrisEnergy or the Company), an independent upstream oil and gas company, referred to the announcement dated Aug. 11 in relation to the acquisition of the entire issued and paid up share capital of Chevron Overseas Petroleum (Cambodia) Limited (COPCL) and announces the completion of the acquisition on Oct. 1, following receipt Sept. 17 of acknowledgement from the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia for the change of control.
COPCL, which holds a 30 percent working interest in and operatorship of the Block A petroleum agreement offshore Cambodia (Cambodia Block A), will be held under the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, KrisEnergy (Asia) Ltd., and will be renamed to KrisEnergy (Apsara) Ltd. Prior to the completion of the acquisition, KrisEnergy held an indirect 25 percent working interest in Cambodia Block A, and now holds a combined 55 percent working interest in the development block. Cambodia National Petroleum Authority, or its successor, intends to exercise its right to acquire a 5 percent working interest in the block, which when completed will reduce KrisEnergy’s combined holdings to 52.25 percent. Joint-venture partners, MOECO and GS Energy, have approved KrisEnergy’s acquisition.
Richard Lorentz, executive director and director of Business Development, said: “KrisEnergy has achieved many milestones in its five-year history, but gaining operatorship of Cambodia Block A marks a new step up in our activities. Development of what we believe are significant oil resources in place will be a flagship project for the Company as well as for Cambodia. We thank the Government for its rapid acknowledgement of the change in control, and we will now work with our partners to submit a revised plan of development to make the Apsara oil field a reality as quickly and efficiently as possible and launch Cambodia as an oil producing nation.”
Extensive exploration work in the Cambodia Block A licence area since the mid-2000s resulted in the Apsara oil discoveries. The contract area covers 1.2 million acres (4,709 square kilometers) over the Khmer Basin in the Gulf of Thailand where water depths range from 164 feet (50 meters) to 262 feet (80 meters).
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