Canadian Overseas Petroleum enters joint venture for Cole Creek project in Wyoming

World Oil Staff July 24, 2023

(WO) — Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (COPL) and its affiliates have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) for a joint venture to develop its Cole Creek project in Converse and Natrona Counties, Wyoming, the company announced on Monday.

“The company that has entered into the LOI with us is the best partner we could have of the ones we have considered,” Arthur Millholland, president and CEO, said. “Our company brings considerable experience and understanding of Cole Creek, including operating the early stage enriched gas miscible EOR project at the neighboring Barron Flats Shannon Unit. This EOR experience can be directly applied to Cole Creek as they have many similar reservoir characteristics. We look forward to updating our stakeholders when able as the process proceeds."

COPL and an established energy company (JVCo) have entered into an LOI for the negotiation of definitive agreement(s) for a joint venture (JV) to develop and exploit its oil reserves and resources at its Cole Creek project in Converse and Natrona Counties Wyoming. The LOI grants exclusivity to JVCo for a period of time to allow for the negotiation of terms, and structure of the JV to be agreed, which include the consents required by COPLA.

The LOI is subject to confidentiality provisions in a Confidentiality Agreement entered into by COPLA and JVCo in October 2022. These confidentiality provisions will terminate concurrently with the exclusivity termination, and other contractual conditions. The contemplated JV does not include the Company's Barron Flats Shannon miscible flood EOR project.

"We have been working on this project for some time. We first identified the potential at Cole Creek before completion of our Atomic acquisition in March 2021,” Millholland said. “Our acquisition of the complimentary assets of Cuda in July 2022 gave our Company full control of the Cole Creek project. This LOI is the first step completed in a process initiated in October of last year after the Cuda acquisition.”

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