Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd said on Wednesday that Guyana’s President, David Granger, has approved the transfer of the 25% working interest in the Orinduik Block, offshore Guyana from Eco Atlantic (Guyana) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, to Total Petroleum’s subsidiary company Total E&P Activités Pétrolières. This move will see Total transferring USD12.5M to Eco in exchange for working interest thereby ensuring Eco is fully funded for the 2019 drill programme on the Orinduik Block.
In September 2017, Total acquired, for USD$1.0 million paid to Eco, an option to farm into a 25% working interest in Orinduik upon delivery of processed 3D data from the 2,550 km2 survey shot on the block by Eco and its operating partner Tullow (60%). On September 12, 2018 Total exercised its right to acquire the 25% WI from Eco, and with government approval now having been received for the transfer, Total will now shortly pay Eco an additional USD$12.5 million cash consideration in accordance with the Option.
Following the formal completion of the transaction, the working interest on the Block will be; Tullow – 60% (Operator), Total – 25% and Eco – 15%.
“We are pleased to have received approval from President Granger so promptly after submitting all of the requested transfer documents. The new team in the Ministry were thorough and effective in this swift and timely approval process and this allows the Orinduik partners to next focus on our 2019 drilling program,” Colin Kinley, Chief Operating Officer of Eco, stated.
Meanwhile, Gil Holzman, Chief Executive Officer of Eco, said, “We are very glad to be able to move ahead so effectively and swiftly in Guyana, significantly ahead of our committed licence schedule. We are thankful to the Guyana authorities and the honourable President for their approval to allow us to bring Total into the block.”
Eco’s team, Holzman said, brought Orinduik to the table prior to the first ExxonMobil Liza discovery, deeming the block to be a high-graded opportunity, selected from multiple basins the company had researched and evaluated around the world.
“We are delighted to see Orinduik maturing into what has the potential to be a large-scale field. Following the joint signature of the Petroleum Agreement with Tullow, and now with Total’s Option exercise, our belief in the prospectivity of the Block and our strategy to partner with world class oil companies is only strengthened,” he said.
The CEO said Eco looks forward to drilling at least one well on Orinduik alongside its partners in 2019. “With the USD$12.5m that we will now receive from Total, and together with our current strong cash position we are fully funded for our drilling programme,” he said.