The transaction consideration of US$68 million includes NOK 309 million (~US$ 33 million) in deferred tax assets which are recoverable for Lime Petroleum
Expected peak production from the Yme Field of estimated 5,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (net) will add to Rex Group’s production target of 20,000 bpd
Remaining 2P Reserves of about 6.0 mmboe in the Yme Field net to Lime Petroleum
Lime Petroleum AS (“Lime Petroleum”) has on 10 August 2022, entered into a sale and purchase agreement with KUFPEC Norway AS (“KUFPEC”), to acquire KUFPEC’s 10 per cent interests in the Yme Field (as defined herein) on the Norwegian North Sea, fora post-tax consideration of US$68.053 million (about NOK 633 million (the “Acquisition”). The Yme Field is operated by Repsol Norge AS.
The Acquisition further strengthens Lime Petroleum’s position as a full-fledged exploration and production player in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, following its acquisition of a 33.8434 per cent interest in the producing Brage Field in2021. Production from the Yme Field will contribute to the Rex Group’s target of reaching production of 20,000 bpd across various geographies.
The Yme Field is located in PL 316 and PL316B on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Yme is a field in the south-eastern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, 130 kilometres northeast of the Ula field (the “Yme Field”). The water depth is 100 metres. The field comprises two separate main structures, Gamma and Beta, which are 12 kilometres apart. The reservoirs are in sandstone of Middle Jurassic age in the Sandnes Formation, at a depth of 3,150 metres.
Yme was discovered in 1987, and production started in1996. In 2001, production ceased because operation of the field was no longer regarded as profitable. According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, remaining reserves in the Yme Field stand at 9.70 million Sm3 of oil equivalent i.e. there are remaining 2P Reserves of about 6.0 mmboe in the Yme Field net to Lime Petroleum. With this reserve base, the field has gone through a complete redevelopment, and production started again in October 2021. The field has undergone a commissioning period and is currently ramping up towards a plateau of about 5,000 bopd net to Lime Petroleum in late Q4 2022. Lime Petroleum intends to commission a summary qualified person’s report on the Yme Field after completion of the Acquisition.
Mr. Lars Hubert, Chief Executive Officer of Lime Petroleum, said, “The Yme acquisition is part of Lime Petroleum’s strategy to build value in the company by adding reserves and production. Yme will provide an additional cash-flow stream, hence reducing our current sole dependence on Brage, as well as strengthen the company. Furthermore, Yme is considered to be in an early stage of development, in contrast to Brage, and we will use the experiences gained from Yme in upcoming field development projects in our portfolio. We look forward to working closely with the operator, Repsol, and our new partners, Lotos and OKEA in the months and years to come.”
As part of the Acquisition, Lime Petroleum will assume tax balances (as at 1 January 2022) of NOK309 million (US$33 million). Including the existing tax balance of the Lime Petroleum, the total tax balance will be NOK587 million (US$63 million). These deferred tax assets are recoverable for Lime Petroleum. This is especially important as the Norwegian tax system has been restructured to a cash-flow tax, among which is the removal of the specific tax incentive for exploration activities from 2022.
The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash at hand and funds from the NOK 950 million bond that was raised in June 2022 with assistance from Nordic independent investment bank ABG Sundal Collier ASA.
Sources: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate website -
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