TotalEnergies has signed an agreement to acquire from Impact Oil and Gas Namibia (Pty) Ltd an additional 10.5% participating interest in block 2913B and an additional 9.39% participating interest in block 2912, both operated by TotalEnergies in Namibia. TotalEnergies says its intention is to share this additional participating interest with its strategic partner and joint venture member QatarEnergy.
After completion of these transactions, which will be subject to customary third-party approvals from the Namibian authorities and joint venture parties, TotalEnergies would own a 45.25% interest in block 2913B containing the Venus discovery, and a 42.5% interest in block 2912. Impact will retain a 9.5% interest in each license.
As per this agreement, Impact will be reimbursed for the past costs incurred for these interests, through a $99 million payment at closing. Impact will also be carried for its remaining interests until Impact receives the first sales proceeds from hydrocarbon production, secured via a repayment mechanism based on Impact’s share of production.
“This transaction not only increases our share in the Venus discovery and remaining prospectivity on these blocks, but also represents a key step toward the development of Venus by consolidating the partnership and securing financing of all partners which will add value to all stakeholders”, said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at TotalEnergies.
Siraj Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Impact, commented:
“This is a pivotal transaction for Impact that paves the way for its transition from an exploration company to a hydrocarbon producing company, through its participation in the development of the world class Venus discovery. This transaction also enables Impact to participate in further significant exploration opportunities in the Blocks, offering the potential to significantly grow the existing discovered resource base. We are delighted to be able to continue in this exciting journey with TotalEnergies.