Kamis, 21 Januari 2021

ExxonMobil in talks to sell UK North Sea assets to Norway investor HitecVision - S&P Global

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HitecVision previously involved in ExxonMobil Norway exit

Continues process of US exit from mature North Sea industry

London — ExxonMobil is in talks to sell its UK North Sea assets to Norwegian investor HitecVision, the companies said Jan. 21, after HitecVision was previously instrumental in ExxonMobil's exit from Norway.

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In separate statements, the companies confirmed they were in "exclusive negotiations" for HitecVision to buy ExxonMobil's upstream assets in the central and northern North Sea.

If successful, talks are "expected to result in a signed sales agreement in the first quarter, with close later in the year," HitecVision said.

"There is a possibility negotiations may not conclude with an agreement. If an agreement is reached, we will notify our stakeholders," ExxonMobil added.

ExxonMobil was one of the pioneers of UK North Sea oil production, present since 1964, mostly in a partnership with Shell at fields such as Brent, which is in the process of decommissioning.

Its UK portfolio comprises stakes in about 30 producing fields, all of them operated by other companies.

Production in the core North Sea has been declining since the turn of the millennium, and ExxonMobil has not ventured into more prolific deepwater projects in the West of Shetland area.

In 2019, ExxonMobil derived 23,000 b/d of oil and 202 MMcf/d of gas from its UK assets.

The sale continues a trend of US companies withdrawing from the North Sea to prioritize more prolific regions or US shale.

In 2019, ExxonMobil sold its Norwegian assets to Var Energi, which is 30% owned by HitecVision and 70% by Italy's Eni.

In the same year, Ithaca Energy, a subsidiary of Israel's Delek, bought Chevron's UK assets, leaving upstream company ConocoPhillips as the remaining sizable US investor in the North Sea.

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January 21, 2021 at 06:08PM
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ExxonMobil in talks to sell UK North Sea assets to Norway investor HitecVision - S&P Global

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