Just days after a shake-up on its board of directors, Buccaneer Energy Ltd. plans to farm out three of its offshore prospects, the Australian independent announced this morning.
Under the terms of a letter of intent, the as-yet-unnamed partner would shoulder the cost of six wells at the three prospects in return for a 49 percent working interest in the fields.
The partner — currently described only as “a US-based public company” — would drill two wells each at the Buccaneer-operated Southern Cross and North West Cook Inlet units, and at the ConocoPhillips-operated North Cook Inlet unit, a legacy natural gas field where Buccaneer recently farmed-in the rights to explore and develop deep oil deposits.
The deal would also give the partner an option to pay for two wells at the Buccaneer-operated West Eagle prospect in return for a 49 percent working interest in the onshore natural gas prospect located in the southern Kenai Peninsula, just northeast of Homer.
The full eight-well program would cost as much as $200 million, Buccaneer said.
The deal must be executed by Sept. 15 or the letter of intent expires, Buccaneer said.
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