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Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Egdon Resources PLC

P1929 and P2304 Farm-In Agreement with Shell U.K.

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Egdon Resources PLC
21 January 2020
 

 

21 January 2020

EGDON RESOURCES PLC

("Egdon" or "the Company")

P1929 and P2304 Farm-In Agreement with Shell U.K. Limited

 

Further to our announcement of 20 January 2020, Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to announce the signature of a Farm-In Agreement with Shell U.K. Limited ("Shell") in relation to UK offshore licences P1929 and P2304 ("the Licences") which contain the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries respectively.

Egdon subsidiary, Egdon Resources U.K. Limited ('ERUK') currently holds a 100% interest in both licences.

Under the terms of the farm-in agreement;

·     Shell will acquire a 70% working interest in Licences P1929 and P2304, and be appointed as the licence operator

·      ERUK will retain a 30% non-operated interest in the Licences

·      As consideration, Shell will pay 85% of the costs of the acquisition and processing of a 3D seismic survey covering both the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries with the carry on the acquisition costs capped at US$5 million gross, beyond which it would pay 70% of the costs ; and

·   Shell will also pay 100% of all studies and manpower costs up to a well investment decision on the Licences

The farm-in is conditional upon;

·      Approval from the Oil & Gas Authority ("OGA"); and

·      Agreement of a mutually acceptable forward work programme and timeline with the OGA

 

In December 2019 Egdon announced that the OGA had granted extensions to the Licences to 31 May 2020 subject to securing a farm-in agreement by 31 January 2020 (which this agreement fulfils) and to demonstrating by the 31 March 2020, that the Licensees are on track to deliver a future programme of 3D seismic data acquisition across both Licences (which is in progress). Egdon and Shell will now engage with the OGA to agree the nature and timing of the forward work programme which will enable further licence extensions to be granted to accommodate this. 

A Competent Person's Report prepared by Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC (April 2019) reported Mean Contingent Gas Resources of 231 billion cubic feet of gas ("bcf"), with a P90 to P10 range of 100 to 389 bcf, attributable to the Resolution gas discovery (P1929). The Resolution discovery was made by Total in 1966 when well 41/18-2 flow tested gas from the Permian aged Zechstein carbonate (limestone) reservoir.  Additionally, Egdon estimates that the Endeavour gas discovery (P2304) contains Mean Contingent Resources of 18 bcf, with a P90 to P10 range of 10 to 28 bcf.

Commenting on Shell's farm-in to these licences, Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Egdon Resources plc, said:

"We are delighted to have signed a farm-in agreement with Shell in respect of these highly prospective licences.  This transaction validates our views on the potential of these blocks and introduces a highly experienced and respected operator to progress appraisal activity on the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries.  In difficult market conditions Egdon has secured a substantial carry on costs to the well investment decision whilst retaining a material 30% interest in the licences. 

Our immediate focus will be to work with Shell to agree a forward work programme and timeline for the licences with the OGA.  The first part of this work programme will be the acquisition of a marine 3D seismic survey to enable a decision on the contingent appraisal well.  We look forward to working with Shell and benefitting from their substantial worldwide operational experience and expertise, including in the development of carbonate reservoirs of this type."

 

For further information please contact:

Egdon Resources plc

Mark Abbott / Martin Durham                                                      01256 702 292

 

Buchanan

Ben Romney, Chris Judd                                                            020 7466 5000

 

Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker - Cantor Fitzgerald Europe                  

David Porter/ Rick Thompson (Corporate Finance)                         020 7894 7000

Caspar Shand Kydd (Sales)

 

Joint Broker - VSA Capital Limited

Andrew Monk (Corporate Broking)                                               020 3005 5000

Andrew Raca (Corporate Finance)

 

Notes to Editors:

Egdon Resources plc (LSE: EDR) is an established UK-based exploration and production company focused on onshore exploration and production in the hydrocarbon-producing basins of the UK. 

Egdon holds interests in 44 licences in the UK and has an active programme of exploration, appraisal and development within its portfolio of oil and gas assets.  Egdon is an approved operator in the UK.  Egdon was formed in 1997 and listed on AIM in December 2004.

 

Qualified Person Review

In accordance with the AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil and Gas Companies, this release has been reviewed by Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Egdon, who is a geoscientist with over 30 years' experience and is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Geological Society.  Mr Abbott has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.

Evaluation of hydrocarbon volumes has been assessed in accordance with 2018 Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) prepared by the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and reviewed and jointly sponsored by the World Petroleum Council (WPC), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG),  the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) and the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE).

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 ("MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service ("RIS"), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


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