BHP to Take Majority Stake in Falkland Licenses
Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) said that BHP Billiton has decided to exercise its option to increase its interests in FOGL's 2002 and 2004 licenses to the South and East of the Falkland Islands.
Details of the agreement
Under the terms of the farm-out agreement announced on Oct. 2, 2007 BHP Billiton had the option to further increase its interest in the licenses. BHP Billiton has decided to exercise this option by increasing its interest to 51%. Consequently, BHP Billiton will pay four thirds of 51% (approximately 68%) of the costs of the near term work program, including the drilling of two exploration wells and all other associated work to the completion of this drilling work. In addition, BHP Billiton will pay FOGL a further US$2.75 million in relation to certain costs already incurred by the company. At end 2007 FOGL's forecast cash position is GBP12.2 million (US$25 million). As such, FOGL is now funded through a significant proportion of the near term exploration program, which will include the drilling of the first two exploration wells.
Since announcing the agreement with BHP Billiton, FOGL has had discussions with a number of other parties potentially interested in farming in to the area. FOGL will now look to advance these discussions, but with the clear intent of retaining a material interest in its licenses.
Tim Bushell, Chief Executive of FOGL commented:
"BHP Billiton's decision to increase its interests in our licenses further confirms our view that the South and East Falkland basins are highly prospective and have the potential for the discovery of significant volumes of oil and gas."
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