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Aminex converts interests in Egypt from Production Sharing to Royalty Structure

Posted: August 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

AminexAminex announced a reorganisation and continuation of its Egyptian interests through a conversion of its carried interest to first production into an overriding royalty position in a recent discovery well. Aminex is currently a 12.5% shareholder in Aminex Petroleum Egypt Ltd. (“APEL”) and, through this shareholding, has an indirect 10% carried interest in the West Esh el Mellahah-2 (“WEEM-2”) production sharing contract (“PSC”) in Egypt.

KEY POINTS OF EGYPTIAN TRANSACTION:
•    Opportunity for the Company to achieve revenues;
•    No exposure to development and operating expenditure; and
•    Risk free upside

Four exploration wells have been drilled in the WEEM-2 concession since 2006. The first two exploration wells were abandoned as dry holes and the third well was abandoned after recovering limited quantities of crude oil to surface. The fourth well, South Malak-2 (“SM-2”), drilled in 2014 as a sole risk well by a fellow participant, resulted in a discovery of oil, which has now been declared commercial.

Until now, Aminex’s interest was free-carried through to first production but if production could be established, Aminex would have been required to meet ongoing licence costs and repay its free -carry in full prior to receiving its share of production revenues.

Aminex Egypt

The West Esh el Mellaha-2 (‘WEEM-2’) block covers 996 km2 in the onshore Gulf of Suez region (Source: Aminex PLC Website)

In order to optimise the Company’s commercial interest in the discovery, over which it has no operational control, Aminex has agreed to sell its shareholding in APEL to fellow shareholder PetroSino together with its indirect carried interest. Details of the transaction are as follows:

•    Aminex will sell its shareholding in APEL to PetroSino for a nominal sum;
•    In return, PetroSino will grant a 1% gross overriding royalty to Aminex on the full sales value of its share of production from SM-2, commencing after recovery of $2.5 million drilling costs;
•    APEL’s name will be changed to a new name unrelated to the ‘Aminex’ brand; and
•    Aminex will no longer be represented on the APEL board of directors.

Aminex Chief Executive, Jay Bhattacherjee, commented: “The Board of Aminex is pleased with the result of today’s reorganisation of its Egyptian interests which provides the best opportunity for the Company to achieve revenues from the WEEM-2 concession, with no exposure to further development capital.”

(Aminex PLC Press Release)

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