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OMV and ADNOC sign a new offshore concession agreement

  • OMV awarded 20% stake in two oil fields offshore concessions in Abu Dhabi: SARB and Umm Lulu
  • Substantial increase of OMV’s reserves of around 450 mn boe
  • Long-term plateau expected at 40 kbbl/d (net to OMV)
  • Major step towards OMV’s delivery on the strategy 2025

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Excellency Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Federal Chancellor witnessed today the signing of the agreement, done by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ADNOC Group CEO, and Dr. Rainer Seele, Chairman of the OMV Executive Board and CEO.

OMV, the international integrated oil and gas company based in Vienna, signed an agreement for the award of a 20% stake in the offshore concession Abu Dhabi – SARB (with the satellite fields Bin Nasher and Al Bateel) and Umm Lulu as well as the associated infrastructure. The agreed participation fee amounts to USD 1.5 bn and the duration of the contract is 40 years. The concession will be retroactively effective as of March 9, 2018.

Dr. Rainer Seele, Chairman of the OMV Executive Board and CEO: “OMV is establishing a material position as an oil producer in the UAE and is delighted to further build on its existing partnership with ADNOC and Abu Dhabi. The offshore concession award is an important milestone in OMV’s delivery on strategy 2025, as we expand our footprint in one of the world’s leading oil and gas hubs. We are confident that our technological expertise will contribute to value creation and profitable growth, for all partners involved.”

His Excellency Sebastian Kurz, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Austria: “This agreement between OMV and ADNOC is a great success for both companies allowing them to further foster their successful business partnership. This is also beneficial for Austria one of the main shareholders in OMV. The agreement will also make an important contribution to the further strengthening of our bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates.”

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ADNOC Group CEO: “ Driven by expansion of the global economy, demand for oil continues to rise and we will work closely with OMV, and our other partners, to optimize the entire offshore value chain, improve operational efficiencies and enhance performance, to ensure that we capture future growth opportunities. OMV’s strong track record in deploying advanced technologies to increase recovery rates from mature fields and produce oil cost effectively will help enable ADNOC to continue to be a reliable supplier of oil for decades to come.”

Mr. Johann Pleininger, OMV Board Member Upstream and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board: “This acquisition is a step towards our strategic goal to double our reserves. It will substantially increase OMV’s reserve base by approximately 450 million barrels, representing our share over the concession period. Our position in Abu Dhabi is balancing the Upstream production portfolio and increases our long-term cash generation.”

The Satah Al Razboot (SARB) field is located in shallow waters, 120 km away from Abu Dhabi. First oil is expected before the end of 2018. The oil production at plateau rates is expected to be above 20 kbbl/d (net to OMV) and it is anticipated to be reached early in the next decade.

The Umm Lulu field is located offshore, about 30 km away from Abu Dhabi, in shallow waters. The early production started in the fourth quarter of 2016. The oil production plateau is also anticipated to be reached early in the next decade and it is expected to deliver 20 kbbl/d (net to OMV).

OMV’s share of the reserves, for the period of the concession agreement, would amount to approximately 450 mn barrels oil for the two main fields, with upside potentials from the satellite fields Bin Nasher and Al Bateel. OMV’s capital expenditures over the contract term are estimated to amount to approximately USD 2 bn, thereof approximately USD 150 mn will be spent per annum during the first five years.