Acquisition of portfolio creates leading UK Independent E&P company focused on North Sea
Harbour Energy, Ltd., the energy investment vehicle managed by EIG Global Energy Partners, announced it agreed to lead the acquisition by Chrysaor Holdings Limited of a well-diversified portfolio of oil and natural gas assets from Shell U.K. Limited and its affiliates to create the UK’s leading independent oil and gas company focused on the North Sea, according to a press release.
The asset package has strong cash flows at current commodity prices and includes Shell interests in ten operated and non-operated fields areas, in addition to associated infrastructure and midstream assets, and an organization of approximately 400 employees.
Collectively, the assets produced 115,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2016, and we expect them to comprise approximately 350 million barrels of oil equivalent proven and probable (2P) reserves as at the transaction effective date of July 1, 2016.
“Our investment in Chrysaor offers us a compelling opportunity to execute on our core strategy of investing in energy companies that we believe include high quality assets, strong management teams and significant long-term growth potential. With Chrysaor, Harbour Energy now has an immediately scalable, robust platform from which to invest in additional upstream energy assets and participate in further consolidation in this important region,” said Linda Z. Cook, CEO of Harbour Energy.
Harbour Energy, together with funds managed by EIG, will provide Chrysaor with up to $1 billion to support the acquisition and provide future growth capital.
The remainder of the capital required for the acquisition will be provided by lenders.
“This transaction is central to the strategy behind our creation of Harbour Energy— putting permanent capital to work to take advantage of long-term growth opportunities and applying our deep industry and operating expertise in pursuit of attractive assets made available by portfolio re-balancing occurring across the global oil and gas industry. The markets have dictated patience over the last few years, but we believe now is the time to lean-in and take advantage of the exciting opportunities we see developing in the energy sector,” said R. Blair Thomas, CEO of EIG.