Horizon Oil Takes Stake in Three Licenses Offshore Thailand

Aabar Energy's subsidiary Pearl Energy Limited has entered into a farm-out arrangement with Horizon Oil Limited to transfer 20% participating interest in three exploration concessions offshore in the Gulf of Thailand.

Under the terms of the transaction, Horizon will pay 40% of the seismic and drilling costs of the initial three-year work programs for Blocks G1/48, G3/48 and G6/48 to earn a 20% participating interest in each of the three concessions. Pearl will remain as operator of the concessions following the transaction, which is conditional upon the approval of the Thai authorities.

Following completion of the transaction, Pearl subsidiaries will hold a 40% working interest in each of the concession areas, while Northern Gulf Petroleum Pte Ltd and its group companies will hold 40% and Horizon subsidiaries 20%.

"We continue to mitigate risk associated with exploration across our portfolio although we remain very optimistic about the potential for oil and gas discoveries in the Gulf of Thailand following the continued success of our flagship Jasmine oil development in Block B5/27. Horizon has proved to be a valuable partner in previous exploration in Thailand and we look forward to working together in these three new areas," said Chris Gibson-Robinson, Aabar's VP Operations and VP New Business Development (Southeast Asia).