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Farm-out Agreement Update
Farm-out agreement with SpotOn Energy terminated
Arrangement of a revised funding package is well advanced
Early development scheme plans remain on track
Dublin and London – April 22nd, 2021 - Providence Resources P.l.c. (PVR LN, PRP ID), the Irish based resource development company (“Providence” or the “Company”), announces that it has terminated the farm-out agreement with SpotOn Energy for the Barryroe Licence and is progressing arrangements for an alternative funding package to finance 100% of the costs of the early development scheme (“EDS”) for the Barryroe license (SEL 1/11).
The Barryroe partners have terminated the farm-out agreement with SpotOn because key financing conditions were not met. Providence will now lead the project development and funding arrangements.
Building from the many positive elements of the SpotOn project development and financing model, the Barryroe partners are pursuing a similar development approach, including payment deferrals by individual service providers on equivalent or better terms and a Nordic bond issue. This revised approach will enable Providence to participate in a much greater share of the value of the Barryroe asset than was proposed under the SpotOn structure.
Work to progress the funding solution is well advanced and is expected to be concluded before the end of the third quarter, in time to progress a 2022 drilling programme.
To maintain development pace and demonstrate their continuing and material support for the project, Pageant Holdings, a substantial shareholder, has made an offer to underwrite a capital raise for US$2.5m at 3p per share. The offer includes a one for one warrant which would potentially raise a similar amount.
The Barryroe EDS has the potential to deliver exceptional value for Providence. Internal modelling forecasts a project NPV (10) valuation of $560m to Providence at US$60 per barrel based upon recovering 48m barrels of oil, equivalent to c. 16% of the estimated recoverable resource within the SEL 1/11 Barryroe license area.
Providence CEO Alan Linn commented: “Having actively supported SpotOn over the past year it is disappointing that it’s become necessary to terminate the farm-out process with them. However, we are looking forward and actively building a revised development partnership with key service providers and a financing package designed to meet the needs of the project. We have been encouraged by the support we are receiving from service providers and banks and the commitments being offered to work with us in progressing the project. We are currently working with key service providers to structure direct long-term partnerships on a risk/ reward basis and we are also in discussions with brokers to raise a Nordic bond. The interim funding offer from Pageant Holdings is very welcome and a confirmation of their continuing support for the value potential of the development.
The Barryroe early development scheme is an attractive investment which offers excellent returns, even in a low oil price environment. We look forward to completing the funding process and appreciate the support and patience of shareholders. The early development scheme will be of considerable benefit to the local economy and contribute to Ireland’s energy security as we move towards a low carbon economy.”
Offer to underwrite interim capital raise
In line with the announced project changes, Providence has updated cashflows and commissioned a series of work streams to maintain project momentum to first oil. Pageant Holdings (“Pageant”), a leading shareholder in the Company, has made a non-binding offer to underwrite an interim capital raise of up to US$2.5 million to cover the incremental project funding requirement which was originally expected from SpotOn upon completion of the farm-out (“the Pageant Offer”).
The funding will be used to support critical path, project specific work programmes, providing space for the full project funding solutions to be finalised. The Pageant Offer is based on a capital raise of up to US$2.5 million at 3p per share and includes one warrant for each ordinary share exercisable for a period of 12 months based upon a 3p warrant price. The Pageant Offer remains open until 30 June 2021.
A Pageant Holdings spokesperson said:” We remain committed to the development of the Barryroe field and bringing this extremely attractive project into production. Bringing the project development in house with the resulting enhanced equity returns for shareholders has our full support. With the calibre of the service groups engaged in the project, coupled with strong capital markets, we believe this attractive asset will finally be developed.”
Providence has an existing government approval to undertake an offshore site survey at the K- site location, and this work is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021, ahead of a planned drilling programme during 2H 2022. The drilling programme will require an environmental impact assessment report to be completed as well as various regulatory approvals before commencement of operations.
In April 2019 the Barryroe Partners submitted an application for a Lease Undertaking to the Irish authorities. This has been updated to reflect the latest work programme which is designed to progress granting of a Petroleum Lease and early production from the eastern part of the Barryroe Field, subject to government approvals.
Subject to a successful completion of the various technical workflows and funding plus various government approvals, the Barryroe partners remain confident that the overall project schedule will be achieved.
The EDS project will include:
Three production wells with horizontal completions into the A-sand reservoir
One water injection well into the A-sand reservoir
Subsea production trees with manifold and umbilicals tied back to a leased FPSO
Processing capability will include oil processing/water and gas injection/power generation and flow assurance facilities
The Early Oil Development Scheme is based upon the economic recovery of approximately 48 million barrels of oil or 16% of the independently assessed 2C resources within the SEL 1/11 license area.
The Barryroe partners continue to examine separately various gas development scenarios designed to support the energy transition requirements in Ireland.
Providence Resources P.l.c. Tel: +353 1 219 4074
Alan S Linn,
Chief Executive Officer
J&E Davy Tel: +353 1 679 6363
Murray Consultants Tel: +353 87 6909735