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IOG signs gas sales agreement with BP

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IOG has executed a new gas sales agreement (GSA) with BP Gas Marketing Ltd. (BPGM) that covers its equity gas from all of the Saturn Banks Phase 1 fields (Blythe, Elgood, Southwark), as well as the Nailsworth and Elland fields which are part of Phase 2, on a long-term basis with break clauses after September 2023.

This GSA replaces one originally signed with BPGM in February 2014, which covered the Blythe field only, on improved terms for the company.

Under this GSA, gas will be sold on a day-ahead daily nomination basis at a price linked to the National Balancing Point (NBP, the UK traded gas benchmark). The GSA incorporates the potential, subject to credit approval, for physical gas hedging up to 50% of forecast production over various periods, in line with the company's hedging strategy.

Separately, IOG has said it has been making good progress with the required regulatory and commercial processes to implement the rock dumping solution to the seabed scour issue at the Southwark field location. Resumption of Southwark drilling therefore remains targeted for later this month, potentially moving to mid-April due to the interplay of logistical factors and tidal conditions. On that basis, Southwark first gas currently remains targeted for 3Q22.

Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented: "It is another very positive step for IOG to have this more comprehensive Gas Sales Agreement in place with a highly credible counterparty in BP Gas Marketing with whom we have enjoyed a long relationship already. In parallel, I can confirm that the backgassing and ready for start-up processes have been proceeding this week as planned. It is also important to note that we have been making good progress in overcoming the necessary hurdles to resume safe drilling at Southwark over the coming weeks."

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