Vinson & Elkins advised Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC in the deal
Eni enters into agreement to acquire 70% and operatorship of the Oooguruk oil field in Alaska from Caelus Natural Resources Alaska LLC. Eni already owns the remaining 30% working interest. The agreement is subject to the approval of the authorities and to certain closing conditions.
The Oooguruk oil field, located in the Beaufort Sea approximately 5 kilometers off Alaska’s North Slope coast, has been in production since 2008, and current gross production is of approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from 25 producing wells and 15 gas/water injector wells. Production facilities are located on an artificial gravel island, located in just 1.5 meters of water depth with dry production trees, which provide for safe and environmentally responsible production operations, comparable to those of an onshore field. Additionally, Eni will leverage on the existing excellent relationships and cooperation with the local communities.
Eni already is the operator, with 100% working interest, of the Nikaitchuq oil field, located approximately 13 km North-East of Oooguruk. Nikaitchuq has been in production since 2011 and currently produces about 18,000 bopd.
The acquisition of the 70% of Oooguruk will allow Eni to immediately increase its Alaska production by approximately 7,000 bopd gross, and to implement important operational synergies and optimizations between Oooguruk and Nikaitchuq, both operated at 100%. Eni plans to drill further production wells at Oooguruk and Nikaitchuq, with the target to increase its total Alaska production beyond 30,000 boed. This operation will also further strengthen Eni’s presence in the region, after the recent acquisition in August 2018 of 124 exploration leases (for a total of approximately 350,000 acres) located in the Eastern North Slope of Alaska.
In the United States, Eni is present in 21 oil and gas fields (of which 11 operated) with a net daily production of approximately 60,000 boed. In the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska Eni holds 228 leases, and has a non-operated participation in the Alliance field (shale gas, near Fort Worth, Texas).
The V&E corporate team was led by Dan Komarek (Picture), Danielle Patterson and David Cohen with assistance from Jim Fox, Elena Sauber, Danny Nappier, David Peck, Brian Russell, Xiaotang Wang, John McEntire, Theodore Belden, Sean Becker, Stephen Jacobson and Kristy Fields.
Involved fees earner: Sean Becker – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Theodore Belden – Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Cohen – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Kristy Fields – Vinson & Elkins LLP; James Fox – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Stephen Jacobson – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Dan Komarek – Vinson & Elkins LLP; John Clayton McEntire – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Daniel Nappier – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Danielle Patterson – Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Peck – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Brian Russell – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Elena Sauber – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Xiaotang Wang – Vinson & Elkins LLP;
Law Firms: Vinson & Elkins LLP;
Clients: Caelus Natural Resources Alaska;