Press release itochu 10 aug07
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press release itochu 10 aug07
Upstream oil and natural gas project in Australia (August 10, 2007)
CIECO Exploration and Production (Australia) Pty Ltd (incorporated in Australia; hereinafter referred
to as "the Subsidiary"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Minerals & Energy of Australia Pty
Ltd[IMEA](100% owned by ITOCHU Corporation), signed a Sales and Purchase Agreements on
August 9,2007 with each of Anzon Australia Limited(Operator) and Beach Petroleum Limited, two
Australian mid-cap oil and gas companies, to acquire the total of 20% participating interest in
VIC/L26, 27 and 28 Production Licenses offshore Victoria in Australia(known as Basker-Manta-
Gummy fields), which the Subsidiary will hold subject to the Australian Governmental approval. The
consideration for the entire 20% of the interest is A$246 mill.
This concludes the joint bidding process undertaken by Anzon and Beach. In the three Production
Licenses acquired, the Basker and Manta fields commenced production in 2006, with a production
capacity of 15,000 barrels per day(B/D). The Joint Venture for the Licenses is currently planning to
enhance crude oil production in the near-term, and to investigate future gas development options.
ITOCHU is expecting stable earning over 15 years through this acquisition.
While crude oil from these fields is currently sold to mainly Australia, ITOCHU is considering to the
potential to identify markets in Asian countries including Japan, given the excellent quality of Basker
crude, typically represented by light and low sulfur.
This transaction will add ITOCHU approximately 2,000-3,000B/D toward the end of this year. It is a
strong commitment of ITOCHU to continue exploration and development activities in Australia and
this participation is a key milestone in achieving such objective. ITOCHU is planning to invest more
than 40 billion JPN-Yen including this particular purchase of these assets and development work, in
upstream oil and natural gas businesses in Australia.
With regard to the energy development activities, ITOCHU is diversifying its crude oil and gas
development and production investments in various countries such as Azerbaijan, U.K. North Sea,
Australia, Indonesia, Algeria, Namibia and Russia in risk-distribution perspective. ITOCHU also
invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Qatar and Oman. ITOCHU will continue the
acquisition of production and development assets considering well-balanced energy portfolio in
overseas countries over 2007.