The arrangements provide an effective structure to attract a substantial industry exploration and production (E&P) company and/or industry financiers as partner(s) in the significant onshore oil resource development opportunity in the Austin Chalk, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and Wilcox formations, which the Turner Bayou project represents. The arrangements agreed between Pryme and its Turner Bayou partners include:
The prospective farm-in partner will be offered the right to acquire a reasonable equity interest in the Turner Bayou project area in return for disproportionately funding new well drilling and completion operations. The work program, to be undertaken within a fixed time period, will include drilling and completing wells on prospects adjacent to the existing producing Deshotels 20H and 13H wells;
If the farm-in partner is an experienced operator with relevant applicable experience it will be offered operatorship of the project. Otherwise a suitably qualified and experienced commercial operator will be engaged;
A successful farm-out as proposed will result in the accelerated drilling and development of wells in Turner Bayou. A number of E&P companies, some with significant experience drilling horizontal Austin Chalk wells, have shown a strong interest in the project.
Should a farm-out not be completed in a timely manner, sufficient primary term on the mineral leases remains to allow for alternate arrangements to be made by Pryme.
"We consider the arrangements to provide a clear and effective strategy that offers the best possible chance for a successful outcome. Pryme is the largest equity owner in Turner Bayou and together with our project partners we control a large acreage position with demonstrated prospectivity for oil. The project area is surrounded by medium to large E&P companies whose focus is not only the prolific Austin Chalk formation but also on the emerging major oil resource play in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale which is also well represented in Pryme's acreage," said Justin Pettett, Pryme's Managing Director.
"Unlocking the significant value of the Turner Bayou Chalk project can be accomplished by drilling the next wells in this project, implementing a low risk completion technique and bringing the wells online without incident. Having confirmed the commercial production characteristics of wells drilled in Turner Bayou we will continue to drill and build a portfolio of producing oil wells."
Permitting of the next two wells in Avoyelles, the Deshotels 24H and Rosewood Plantation 21H, is underway. The Deshotels 24H drill site location and the service road to the Rosewood Plantation 21H well site have already been built. The sites for both wells are adjacent to the initial Turner Bayou wells drilled by Pryme and its partners and are located in the area which recent re-interpretation of the project's 3D seismic survey has determined to have the highest fracture intensity, and hence oil prospectivity, of the Austin Chalk formation within the project area