Vista Oil & Gas Announces Joint Venture with Trafigura to Accelerate the Development of Vaca Muerta

Source Press Release
Company Vista Oil & Gas S.A.B. de C.V.Trafigura 
Tags Shale Oil, Shale Gas, Unconventional Resources, Asset Deals, Deals, Upstream Activities
Date June 28, 2021

Vista Oil & Gas, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Vista” or the “Company”) (NYSE: VIST; BMV: VISTA) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Vista Oil & Gas Argentina S.A.U. has established an un-incorporated joint venture and has entered into an investment agreement (“Agreement”) with Trafigura Argentina S.A. (“Trafigura”), for the joint development of, initially, 5 pads of 4 wells each in Bajada del Palo Oeste.

Under the terms of the Agreement, which shall be effective as of July 1, 2021 (the “Effective Date”):

a) Trafigura shall (A) have a contractual right over 20% of the hydrocarbon production of the wells included in the Agreement, (B) bear 20% of the capital expenditures, as well as the corresponding royalties and direct taxes, with respect to the wells included in the Agreement, and (C) pay Vista: (i) US$5,000,000 on the Effective Date, (ii) 4 installments of US$5,000,000 each when the second, third, fourth and fifth pad included in the Agreement commence production, for a total of US$25,000,000, and (iii) a fee on  Trafigura’s share of total production to compensate Vista for all operating expenses, G&A expenses, midstream costs and well abandonment costs.

b) Vista shall remain operator of the block and 100% title holder of the Bajada del Palo Oeste concession, and, with respect to the wells included in the Agreement, will: (i) retain its rights over 80% of the hydrocarbon production, (ii) bear 80% of the capital expenditures, as well as the corresponding royalties and direct taxes, and (iii) bear all other costs, including operating and midstream costs.

c) Trafigura shall have an option to participate in up to 2 additional pads, under the same terms and conditions described in items a) and b) above for the initial 5 pads, including a payment to Vista of US$5,000,000 for each additional pad. This option can be exercised up to 180 consecutive days after the commencement of production of the second pad.

Together with the Agreement, Vista and Trafigura have entered into a crude oil marketing agreement pursuant to which Vista shall sell to  Trafigura 380,000 barrels of crude oil per month from July 2021 through December 2022 at a purchase price to be agreed by the parties.

We believe this transaction will help Vista accelerate its development in Bajada del Palo Oeste, contribute towards the supply of Trafigura’s refinery and generate incremental crude oil volumes for export.

Bajada del Palo Oeste is Vista’s main shale oil development in Vaca Muerta. Field development began in the second half of 2018 and there are currently 28 wells on production. The Company has identified approximately 550 new well locations in Bajada del Palo Oeste.

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