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BW Offshore Reports Improved First Quarter Operating Results

BW Offshore yesterday announced its first quarter results

HIGHLIGHTS

• EBITDA of USD 186.8 million for the quarter
• Acquisition of the Maromba field offshore Brazil
• Gross production from Tortue of 1.1 million bbls
• Two liftings completed, totalling 1.2 million bbls net to BW Energy
• Reached agreement with Gabon Oil Company for farm-in in the Dussafu license
• Extensions signed for BW Cidade de São Vicente in April
• Closed new corporate facility of USD 672.5 million in May
• Contemplated listing of BW Energy (see separate announcement)
• Carl K. Arnet to step down as CEO, Marco Beenen appointed new CEO from 1 July 2019
• Knut R. Sæthre to step down as CFO, Ståle Andreassen appointed new CFO from 1 July 2019

EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 was USD 186.8 million, an increase from USD 148.9 million in the fourth quarter 2018. This increase was largely due to two liftings from the Tortue field. In addition, the excess-production revenue from BW Catcher contributed to the improved result.

BW Offshore signed agreements to acquire the Maromba field offshore Brazil for a total acquisition cost of USD 115 million from Petrobras (70%) and Chevron (30%). Closing of the transactions is subject to fulfilment or waiver of conditions precedents, including regulatory approvals and BW Offshore being approved as an operator in Brazil. The acquisition price will be paid over three milestones as the development progresses towards first oil.

The Company has signed an agreement to extend the lease for the BW Cidade de São Vicente by one year.

Gross production from Tortue averaged 12,500 bbls per day in the first quarter. The total gross production from the Tortue field was 1.1 million bbls of oil. Two liftings were completed in the first quarter, yielding net 1.2 million bbls to BW Energy at a realised price of USD 59 (January) and USD 66 (March) per barrel. Production cost (excluding royalty) averaged USD 20.8 per barrel in the quarter.

“We have had a good quarter with continued high uptime for the FPSO fleet led by BW Catcher and we signed a new extension for BW Cidade de São Vicente. Production was at a high level from the Tortue field and we are preparing to start phase two of the Dussafu development with an exploration well in the Ruche area to identify additional resources. We are also pleased to have executed the Maromba field acquisition, which offers a very good fit to our proven E&P strategy,” said Carl K. Arnet, CEO of BW Offshore.

Separately BW Offshore today announced its plans to establish BW Energy as a separate company and seek a listing in 2019. As part of this process, Carl K. Arnet and Knut R. Sæthre to step down as CEO and CFO respectively, from 30 June 2019. They will assume the same positions at BW Energy from 1 July 2019.

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Source: BW Offshore

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