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Asset Exchange Strengthens BP Position In Southern North Sea


BP and BG Group have agreed to exchange a package of North Sea assets which is intended to strengthen BPs position as a major operator in the Southern North Sea and facilitate development activity and investment in the UKCS.

BP has agreed to acquire BG Groups interests in a number of Southern North Sea fields - the BP-operated Amethyst, Whittle and Wollaston fields and all of BG Groups interests in the Easington Catchment Area (ECA) fields including Mercury, Neptune, Minerva, Apollo and Artemis.

BG Group has agreed to acquire BPs interests in three Central North Sea fields - the BP-operated Everest and Lomond fields, and the BG-operated Armada field. BG Group has also agreed to acquire 32% of the Chevron-operated Erskine field from BP.

The respective equity interests have been agreed to be exchanged without any cash payment.

Upon completion of the deal, around 90 BP offshore staff currently working on the Everest and Lomond installations will transfer to BG under TUPE regulations (Transfer of Undertakings - Protection of Employment). There are no offshore staff involved in the assets transferring from BG Group to BP as BP already operates the assets involved. A small number of onshore positions in BP are impacted by the asset transfer, but BP has agreed to redeploy locally within BP all of the individuals involved.

Dave Blackwood, Head of BPs North Sea Business, said: This is an excellent outcome for both companies involved and for sustaining future investment in the North Sea. The deal is production neutral, strengthens BPs position in a core area, allows us to operate more efficiently, and therefore to maximise the value of our operations and infrastructure in the Southern North Sea.

The deal is subject to Government, regulatory and co-venturer approvals and completion is expected in the second quarter of 2009.
Notes To Editors:

* BP has agreed to acquire from BG:

BGs 24.2% interest in the BP-operated Amethyst field and all their interests in the Easington Catchment Area (ECA) fields including 73.3% interest in the Mercury field, 79% interest in the Neptune field, 65% interest in Minerva, Apollo and Artemis fields, and their 30.8% interest in the BP-operated Whittle and Wollaston fields.
* BG Group has agreed to acquire from BP:

BPs interest and operatorship in the Everest (BP 21.1%) and Lomond (BP 22.2%) fields, plus BPs 18.2% interest in the BG-operated Armada field and 32% of the Chevron-operated Erskine field (BP will retain 18% equity in Erskine).
* The value of the assets which each company has agreed to exchange is approximately 304 million. Production volume exchanged in this deal is around 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
* BP has been a major operator in the North Sea for over 40 years. It currently produces around 350,000 barrels of oil and gas a day from the North Sea.
* BP spends some $3 to $4 billion annually in the North Sea business through new investment and operating expenditure.
* In the Southern North Sea, BP currently has some major new investment programmes underway. The Dimlington Onshore Compression Project (OCTIP) involves the investment of some 125m in new gas compression facilities at the BP-operated Dimlington terminal which receives gas from the Southern North Sea. BP expects the new facilities to be commissioned in Spring 2009.


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