Pilot Energy Inks Deal to Acquire Caracal's Stake in EP437 in Perth Basin
Australia's Pilot Energy Ltd. announced Wednesday that the Company has executed an agreement with Caracal Exploration Pty Ltd. (Caracal) to acquire Caracal’s 13.058 percent interest in exploration permit EP437, located within the northern Perth Basin, Western Australia.
Exploration permit EP437 is situated on the west of the northern Perth Basin, between the towns of Geraldton and Dongara; some 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) to the north of the Dongara gas field and Jingemia/Hovea oil fields, and 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) to the north of the Cliff Head oilfield. A number of wells have been drilled to date, the results of which confirm a working petroleum system within the permit. Pilot Energy’s preliminary interpretation of existing well and seismic data suggests the presence of a number of shallow-depth prospects at the Bookara and Arranoo sandstone levels, located along a terrace structure and structurally updip from the Dongara gas field. Three prospects have been identified to date, all located updip from the Dunnart-1 & 2 wells; both of which encountered good oil shows.
EP437 provides Pilot Energy with participation in low cost onshore oil and gas exploration, in a permit in which prospectivity has been identified within a working petroleum system and along trend from existing discoveries. The proximity to infrastructure in this part of the Perth Basin enables even small oil discoveries to potentially be commercialized. Pilot Energy’s strategy is typically to acquire large project working interests, as Operator. In the case of EP437, Pilot Energy regards the acquisition of a minority, non-operated position as justified, due to the fact it offers mid-term drilling opportunities, at low cost, and provides a basis for possible future expansion in the northern part of the Perth Basin.
EP437 is complementary to the Company’s other exploration assets within Western Australia, so that Pilot Energy now holds a balanced portfolio of four conventional exploration projects offering the full range from low cost onshore gas and oil/gas exploration (EP416/480 and EP437 respectively), through high potential shallow water oil exploration (WA-503-P) to very high potential deepwater gas and oil exploration (WA-507-P).
Pilot Energy Chairman, Gavin Harper commented on the Caracal transaction as follows: “This transaction represents Pilot Energy’s fourth acquisition in under a year, all of which provide shareholders with exposure to quality petroleum exploration assets under favorable commercial terms. We look forward to working with our new joint venture partners, Key Petroleum and Rey Resources, in exploring the permit.”
Under the terms of the Sale & Purchase Agreement (SPA) the consideration to be paid to Caracal for the interest is as follows:
(i) $10,783.50 (AUD 15,000) cash payment due upon execution of the SPA
(ii) 20 million ordinary shares in Pilot Energy, to be issued upon completion of the SPA
(iii) 20 million options to purchase ordinary shares of Pilot Energy, to be issued upon completion of the SPA on the following terms:
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