STATOIL STRENGTHENS POSITION IN THE CARCARA DISCOVERY

Statoil Brasil, ExxonMobil Exploracao Brasil and PETROGAL BRASIL, S.A., a subsidiary of Galp, were the high bidders for a production sharing contract for the Carcara North block in Brazil’s second pre-salt offshore licensing round held on 27 October.
The consortium comprising Statoil (operator, 40%), ExxonMobil (40%) and Galp (20%) presented the winning bid (67.12% of profit oil) for the Carcara North block in the Santos basin. The pre-determined signature bonus to be paid by the consortium is BRL 3.0 billion, approximately USD 910 million. Statoil’s share is USD 364* million.
Statoil, ExxonMobil and Galp have also agreed a number of subsequent transactions in the adjacent BM-S-8 block to align equity interests across the two blocks that together comprise the Carcará oil discovery. The aggregate total potential consideration to be received by Statoil in these transactions is around USD 1.55 billion and, following the licensing round, the potential net cash inflow to Statoil is around USD 1.19 billion.
First, Statoil has agreed to divest 33% out of its current 66% interest in BM-S-8 to ExxonMobil for a total potential consideration of around USD 1.3 billion, comprising an upfront cash payment of around USD 800 million and a contingent cash payment of around USD 500 million.
Furthermore, upon the future closing of its acquisition of the 10% interest in BM-S-8 held by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP), Statoil has agreed to divest a further 3.5% to ExxonMobil and 3% to Galp for a total consideration of around USD 250 million, comprising an upfront cash payment of around USD 155 million and a contingent cash payment of around USD 95 million.
As a result, both Statoil and ExxonMobil will have a 36.5% interest in BM-S-8 and a 40% interest in Carcara North. Galp will have 17% in BM-S-8 and 20% in Carcará North.
The partners in Carcará North have also agreed that Statoil will be operator for the unitised field development, subject to government approval. (Source and image: Statoil)