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Hurricane Energy and Spirit Energy amend Greater Warwick Area agreement

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Hurricane Energy plc has provides an update in relation to the commercial arrangements with its joint venture (JV) partner in the Greater Warwick Area (GWA), Spirit Energy.

As part of the farm-in announced on 3 September 2018 (2018 Farm-in), Hurricane and Spirit (the GWA JV) agreed a phased work programme including a planned tie-back of a GWA well to the Aoka Mizu FPSO, together with host modifications to the vessel and a gas export tie-in to the West of Shetland Pipeline System (WOSPS). This work was split across Phase 1 (Hurricane fully carried up to across cost of US$180.6 million) and Phase 2 (Hurricane 50% carried up to a gross cost of US$187.5 million), with Phase 2 to commence after a final investment decision on a GWA tie-back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO. Hurricane and Spirit are continuing their planning and negotiations, prior to confirming the future work programme and associated capital expenditure for the GWA.

As the Phase 2 final investment decision has not been taken, Phase 2 of the 2018 Farm-in has not commenced. All costs incurred in excess of the US$180.6 million (gross) carry cap on Phase 1, in preparation for Phase 2, have therefore been funded on a 50:50 basis at a net cost to Hurricane of US$8.5 million as at 29 February 2020.

The GWA JV has now agreed a new cost allocation agreement to update the terms of the 2018 Farm-in.

Under the amended terms:

  • The GWA JV will build-out the equipment and materials required to tie-back a single well from the GWA to the Aoka Mizu FPSO on a 50:50 basis with an additional net cost to Hurricane of US$20.5 million. On completion, these items will be held in storage until the GWA JV sanctions the tie-back of a well to the Aoka Mizu FPSO, with the required regulatory consents to do so.
  • Hurricane can elect to continue to build-out long-lead items related to the tie-in of the Aoka Mizu FPSO to WOSPS on a sole basis, at a cost of approximately US$28 million.
  • While Hurricane has no current plans to proceed with the WOSPS installation, in the event that a decision is taken in future to proceed, subject to the required approvals and consents:
  • - Hurricane would bear 100% of the associated costs currently estimated to be in the region of US$62 million, and
    - Hurricane would reimburse Spirit for related gas export past costs up to 31 January 2020 (excluding carry) of approximately US$18 million, only where installation occurs prior to GWA JV approval of Phase 2.
  • If at any time Phase 2 is approved and a GWA tie-back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO proceeds, Hurricane will benefit from the original terms of the 2018 Farm-in through retrospective application of the carry in the proportions originally agreed.

The above cost estimates remain subject to further refinement and contract.

Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive of Hurricane, commented: "These amendments to our arrangements with Spirit give us greater optionality relating to gas export, whilst preserving the carry value of the Spirit farm-in in the event that the GWA JV partners proceed with a GWA tie-back in the future. In addition, the Lancaster EPS is currently producing at 20 000 barrels of oil per day and I look forward to providing an update at the Capital Markets Day on 25 March 2020."

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