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  • MOL Group Enters Norway Expanding its North Sea Portfolio
    édité le 24/04/2015 - Plus de news de "MOL Group" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "MOL Group"

MOL Group Enters Norway Expanding its North Sea Portfolio
MOL Group enters Norway by acquiring 100% ownership in Ithaca Petroleum Norge from Ithaca Petroleum Ltd. The deal fits well to MOL’s E&P strategy which aims to further balance its country risk profile as well as to seek new accretive international exploration and development opportunities.

In line with the company’s active portfolio development strategy MOL has executed a Share Purchase Agreement with Ithaca Petroleum Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ithaca Energy Inc., to acquire the entire issued share capital of Ithaca Petroleum Norge (“IPN”).

IPN’s portfolio includes 14 licences in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (“NCS”), out of which 3 are operated by IPN. The licenses provide an oil weighted exploration portfolio with net unrisked best estimate Prospective Resources of more than 600 MMboe. The committed work program contains three exploration wells in 2015-2016. IPN’s strong exploration focused team with deep experience on the NCS is also part of the deal.

The transaction provides an excellent starting point for MOL to enter Norway, to extend its presence in the North Sea region and enhance its international exploration portfolio. MOL’s target is to further extend its portfolio in Norway and add additional assets and licenses to IPN. IPN is pre-qualified as operator in Norway and the acquisition of the company will help MOL in achieving its ultimate goal to become a well reputed offshore operator in the region. MOL sees also synergy potential with its already existing North Sea operations in the UK.

Alexander Dodds, Group Executive Vice President for Upstream commented: “Entering Norway as one of the most investor friendly countries is an important milestone in our E&P Strategy. It enhances our positions in the lower risk offshore North Sea area where we are in the process of building a new production hub and know-how center along the whole E&P value chain that should serve as a solid basis to our long term goals in the region.”

The completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

About MOL Group

MOL Group is an integrated, independent, international oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. It has operations in over 40 countries and employs almost 28,000 people worldwide. MOL’s exploration and production activities are supported by more than 75 years’ experience in the hydrocarbon field. At the moment, there are production plants in 7 countries and exploration assets in 12 countries. The Group operates five refineries and two petrochemicals plants, under integrated supply chain management, in Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Italy. MOL Group also owns a network of over 1,700 filling stations across 11 countries in Central & South Eastern Europe.

About Ithaca Energy

Ithaca Energy Inc. (TSX: IAE, LSE AIM: IAE) is a North Sea oil and gas operator focused on the delivery of lower risk growth through the appraisal and development of UK undeveloped discoveries, the exploitation of its existing UK producing asset portfolio and a Norwegian exploration and appraisal business targeting the generation of discoveries capable of monetisation prior to development. Ithaca’s strategy is centred on generating sustainable long term shareholder value by building a highly profitable 25kboe/d North Sea oil and gas company.

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