CNOOC exercises pre-emption rights in Tullow’s Uganda farm-down
LONDON -- On Jan. 9, 2017, Tullow Oil plc announced that it had agreed to farm-down 21.57% of its 33.33% interests in Exploration Areas 1, 1A, 2 and 3A in Uganda to Total E&P Uganda B.V. for a total consideration of $900 million. CNOOC Uganda Limited has notified Tullow that it has exercised its pre-emption rights under the joint operating agreements between Tullow, Total and CNOOC to acquire 50% of the interests being transferred to Total on the same terms and conditions that were agreed between Tullow and Total (including as to the amount, structure and timing of the consideration payable to Tullow).
Tullow will now work with Total and CNOOC to conclude definitive sale documentation in relation to the farm-down. Completion of the farm-down is subject to certain conditions, including the approval of the Government of Uganda. Once the farm-down has completed, Tullow will cease to be an operator in Uganda but will retain a presence in-country to manage its non-operated position.