Statoil and Rosneft sign agreement to explore Russia’s shale reserves. An agreement to explore shale oil opportunities in the Samara region in the southeastern part of European Russia was signed by Statoil CEO Helge Lund and Rosneft Chairman and President Igor Sechin (view press release) in St. Petersburg during the International Economic Forum.
The companies will execute a pilot exploration program on the Domanik shale formation at 12 license blocks in the Samara region. Rosneft stake in the project will be 51%, while Statoil will hold 49%.
In accordance with the agreement, Statoil will provide carry-based funding of up to $60 mln to perform the pilot survey program, and contribute state-of-the-art technologies and professionals for hard to recover reserves.
An agreement was also signed to complete the contractual framework of their joint venture to explore offshore frontier areas in the Sea of Okhotsk and in the Barents Sea.
According to Lund: “The joint offshore exploration ventures are the cornerstone in the broader partnership between Statoil and Rosneft. The joint capabilities of the two companies will allow future exploration in underexplored areas and we look forward to working together on these projects. These opportunities are in line with Statoil’s strategy for high impact exploration through early access at scale in new basins.”
The license requirements include drilling of 6 exploration wells in the period from 2016 to 2021. Statoil will carry the expenses of exploration activities required to determine commercial value of the licenses. Rosneft will reimburse its share of exploration cost from production from commercial discoveries.
Igor Sechin, chairman of the Management Board and president at Rosneft, said that “we are glad to mark the progress in our cooperation with Statoil in Russian offshore projects covering an acreage of 102,000 square kilometres. It is our strong conviction that signing today’s agreement for tight oil will allow us and our partner to efficiently develop the promising hard to recover reserves in the Samara region”.
On 12 June, the two companies were also awarded interests in the license PL713 in the Norwegian Barents Sea and will start joint exploration on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The license area covers 1,213 square kilometeres and is located near the recently discovered Johan Castberg field.