Pilot Energy Acquires Murphy's North Perth Basin Exploration Permit WA-481-P

Source Press Release
Company Pilot Energy LimitedMurphy Oil Corporation 
Tags Oil Sands, Asset Deals, Deals, Upstream Activities
Date July 27, 2016

Pilot Energy Ltd (the Company, ASX:PGY) is pleased to announce that it has executed an agreement with Murphy Australia WA-481-P Oil Pty Ltd (Murphy) to acquire a 100% working interest in exploration permit WA-481-P, located in the offshore North Perth Basin, Western Australia. Pilot Energy will be assigned the interest in return for paying Murphy a Net Profits Interest on any future hydrocarbon production from within the permit.

The WA-481-P opportunity was originally identified in collaboration with Pilot Energy’s joint venture partner in the EP437 permit, Key Petroleum Ltd (Key, ASX: KEY). Pursuant to a cooperation agreement with Pilot Energy, Key has the right to acquire a 40% interest on the same (pro rata) terms.

WA-481-P is nearing the end of its primary term and, subject to regulatory approval, Pilot Energy anticipates formally entering the permit at the start of the secondary term; the first year of which (year to 19 August 2017) carries a work commitment to complete $300,000 of geological and geophysical studies. The subsequent two years of the secondary term are discretionary, with each carrying an exploration well commitment.

Permit WA-481-P is located in shallow waters, to the west of the onshore Dongara, Beharra Springs and Waitsia gasfields, and the Jingemia, Hovea and Cliff Head oilfields. Pilot Energy’s onshore exploration permit EP437 lies approximately 10km to the east.

WA-481-P is a large block within shallow waters, that covers a significant portion (17,475 km2) of the offshore extension North Perth basin. The primary petroleum plays are oil and/or gas within the Dongara Sandstone and the Irwin River Coal Measures. Both oil and gas are proven within the permit, with the Frankland gas and the Dunsborough oil discoveries representing contingent resources.

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