Neptune Snaps Up Apache Assets in UK Central North Sea
Neptune Energy has reached an agreement to acquire certain development and exploration assets in the UK Central North Sea from Apache.
Neptune will acquire Apache’s 35% working interest in the Seagull development and a 50% working interest in the Isabella prospect; both operated by Apache. The proposed transaction is expected to complete this year.
The transaction follows Neptune’s announcement in June to acquire VNG Norge’s portfolio of production, development and exploration assets on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The Seagull development will consist of a multi-well subsea tieback project to existing nearby facilities that will start during 2019 with first production expected prior to Q1 2022.
The Isabella prospect is considered one of the largest undrilled exploration opportunities in the Central North Sea, with planned drilling operations also starting during 2019.
Jim House, CEO of Neptune Energy Group, said: “In line with our strategy of expanding positions in key jurisdictions, Seagull and Isabella are both high quality opportunities which complement our existing assets within the broader North Sea theatre of operations. We are extremely pleased to announce our second acquisition since the completion of the ENGIE E&P transaction last February. The signing of the SPA with Apache, which follows the announcement in June of our agreement to acquire VNG Norge, underlines our determination to continue building a leading international independent E&P company.”