Romgaz, ExxonMobil in Exclusive Talks for Black Sea Block Deal


Romanian oil and gas company Romgaz said Friday it had signed an exclusivity agreement with ExxonMobil, in relation to Exxon's planned sale of rights in an offshore block in the Romanian part of the Black Sea.

As previously reported, Romgaz in March filed a takeover offer for ExxonMobil's Romanian subsidiary holding a share in the XIX Neptun Deep Block in the Black Sea.

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Limited holds a 50 percent stake in the block. The other half of the rights in the block is held by OMV Petrom S.A. The block covers an area of approximately 7,500 square kilometers in water depths ranging from 100-1,700 meters.

Romgaz said Friday that it had on June 17, 2021, signed an exclusivity agreement with Exxon for a period of 4 months - until October 15, 2021 - with respect to the negotiations for the acquisition of all shares issued by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Limited.

ExxonMobil has been present in Romania’s upstream sector since November 2008, when it acquired an interest in the deepwater Neptun Deep block in the Black Sea. The company has since acquired more than thousands of square kilometers of 3D seismic data over Neptun Deep Block and in 2012, Domino-1, the first deepwater well in Romania, located 170 kilometers offshore in water about 1,000 meters deep, confirmed the presence of natural gas. The block, however, has so far remained undeveloped.

According to a recent report released by OMV Petrom, the Black Sea currently ensures approximately 10% of Romania’s gas demand, however, the current fields have been producing for decades and are now approaching the end of their life.

Recent exploration activities have indicated new reserves that could be brought to the surface, thus creating value for the country, OMV Petrom said.

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