MEDIA RELEASE3 MAY 2016
Finder Hands the Baton to Quadrant in the Bedout Sub-basin
· Finder sells its equity in four Bedout Sub-Basin Exploration Permits to Quadrant
Finder Exploration Pty Ltd (Finder) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a sales and purchase agreement with Quadrant Oil Australia Pty Ltd (Quadrant) for Finder’s entire acreage holding in the Bedout Sub-basin, ie Exploration Permits (Permits):
WA-435-P – 20%;
WA-436-P – 30%;
WA-437-P – 20%; and
WA-438-P – 30%
The Permits are located 130 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia in the Bedout Sub-Basin (as shown in the location map) and contain both the 2014 Phoenix South oil discovery and the 2015 Roc wet gas discovery.
The transaction is effective 1 March 2016 and is subject to conditions precedent as well as procurement of regulatory approval, registrations and joint venture approval. Financial details of the transaction remain confidential, but include a combination of success payments and a royalty. Finder was advised by
Miro Advisors Pty Ltd.
Finder has a strategic alliance with Fugro to provide technical and/or financial support for selected Finder exploration opportunities. In return Fugro receives a share of the profits earned from the projects in which it participates. As such Fugro is entitled to a 50% share of the profits from this transaction.
Shane Westlake, Finder’s Chief Executive Officer said “Finder is proud to have been involved with Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd (its original Joint Venture partner) in the early exploration phase of a new and potentially prolific hydrocarbon province offshore Australia. Having had two exploration successes now is the time to “hand over the baton” to Quadrant to take these discoveries to first production and to continue exploration efforts. We have great confidence in Quadrant as an operator of choice on the North West Shelf with a strong history of delivering projects on time and within budget. Notwithstanding our exit from the Permits Finder believes in the potential of the Bedout Sub-basin and as such is prepared to back our technical judgement with a success based payment schedule.”
Jan Ostby, Finder’s founder and Sole Director said “Our success in the Bedout Sub-basin demonstrates the Finder model works – by adding value in overlooked basins or plays through geoscience excellence and new data. We were fortunate to secure Apache (now Quadrant) along with JX Nippon as initial farmin partners to deliver our 100% success rate from exploration drilling based on 3D seismic data in an emerging hydrocarbon province – you just can’t get any better than that!”
Permit location map
About Finder Exploration
Finder is a successful private oil and gas company with a primary focus on capturing and de-risking prospective acreage in Northwestern Australia. After this transaction Finder will have a participating interest in 12 Australian exploration permits with a net acreage holding of ~23,000 km² and is the Operator of nine of these permits. Finder operated the Joint Venture that performed the initial geological work, prospect identification and permitting of the Bedout Sub-basin assets which lead to the 2014 Phoenix South oil discovery and the 2015 Roc wet gas discovery, thereby changing the industry’s perception of the region. Further information is available at www.finderexp.com.
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