Tullow Oil, Capricorn Energy to merge

  • Date: 01-Jun-2022
  • Source: Argus Media
  • Sector:Oil & Gas
  • Country:Gulf
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Tullow Oil, Capricorn Energy to merge

London, 1 June (Argus) — Africa-focused independents Tullow Oil and Capricorn Energy have agreed to a merger that they say will create a leading African energy company.

The two companies' boards have agreed that Tullow shareholders will hold around 53pc of the enlarged business, with the remaining 47pc being held by Capricorn's shareholders. They urged investors to back the plan, which they say will create a company holding "a material and diversified asset base, and a portfolio of investment opportunities delivering visible production growth."

The new company will own Tullow's producing assets in Ghana, Gabon and Ivory Coast, while Capricorn brings producing fields located in Egypt's Western Desert and an exploration portfolio in that country. Tullow holds exploration licences in Argentina and Guyana, while Capricorn operates an exploration licence in Mauritania that is targeting some 1bn bl of recoverable oil. The companies noted the enlarged business will have potential major resources from Tullow's Kenyan oil development project.

Together, Tullow and Capricorn will bring to the enlarged company combined reserves and resources estimated at 343mn and 696mn bl of oil equivalent (boe), respectively. The two companies reported production for 2021 that amounted to 96,000 boe/d.

Although the respective boards believe the combination has "compelling strategic,