Providence Resources plc’s acquisition of a 50% interest in Barryroe Field in Ireland


Ashurst is advising Providence Resources plc, the Irish based oil & gas exploration company, and Lansdowne Oil and Gas plc on a farm-out agreement (‘FOA’) with APEC Energy Enterprises Limited (‘APEC’) relating to standard exploration licence (‘SEL’) 1/11, containing the Barryroe Field.

SEL 1/11 is owned by EXOLA DAC (‘EXOLA’) (80%), a wholly-owned Providence subsidiary, and Lansdowne Celtic Sea Limited (20%), collectively the ‘Barryroe Partners’.

APEC is a privately owned Chinese company which has a strategic partnership with China Oilfield Services Co., Ltd and JIC Capital Management Limited for the investment and development of offshore oil and gas opportunities worldwide utilising Chinese drilling units, services and equipment.

Under the terms of the FOA, in consideration for APEC being assigned a 50% working interest in SEL 1/11 by the Barryroe Partners, APEC will be directly responsible for paying 50% of all the cost obligations associated with the drilling of three vertical wells and associated side-tracks. The remaining 50% of all costs will be financed by way of a non-recourse loan facility set against future cashflow from the prospect.

EXOLA will act as operator for the drilling programme with technical assistance being provided by the APEC consortium and, after completion of drilling, APEC will become the operator for the development and production phase.

The Ashurst team was led by co-head of oil and gas and partner Michael Burns (picture), assisted by partner Michael Robins, senior associate Grace Rackham and associate James Prescott in London and partner Josh Cole and associate Lucy Spencer in Hong Kong.

Involved fees earner: Michael Burns – Ashurst; Grace Rackham – Ashurst; James Prescott – Ashurst; Lucy Spencer – Ashurst; Michael Robins – Ashurst; Joshua Cole – Ashurst;

Law Firms: Ashurst;

Clients: Providence Resources plc;