The acquisition of 100% of P2527 licence is complimentary to Finder’s existing P2528 licence where the company is mapping Buzzard analogues


Finder to expand its UK North Sea portfolio. (Credit: Nico Franz from Pixabay)

Australia-based Finder Energy has signed an agreement with Talon Energy to acquire latter’s seaward production licence P2527 to expand its UK North Sea portfolio.

Under the terms of the agreement, the compay will acquire a 100% stake in P2527 in exchange for granting Talon a right to 12.5% of gross income it receives from the acquired licence.

The licence hosts the White Bear prospect, and is located close to the large-scale Buzzard field and the company’s P2528 licence.

It is located in the Outer Moray Firth and covers an area of 110km2 around 100km ENE of Aberdeen in a water depth of around 100m.

Discovered in 2001, Buzzard field is said to be the most significant oil discovery in the North Sea and the UK’s highest-producing oil field, with more than 200,000bopd production.

Its reservoir contains Upper Jurassic deep marine turbidites within the Kimmeridge Clay Formation.

Finder CEO Damon Neaves said: “Finder is mapping analogues of the Buzzard field in its P2528 licence and the addition of P2527 and the White Bear prospect enhances Finder’s position in this play. Infrastructure in the area is prolific.

“Finder’s prospects are attractive to operators of nearby infrastructure because they open up the potential for low cost and rapid tie-backs to achieve early production by utilising capacity in their existing infrastructure. These factors greatly improve the farmout potential of Finder’s prospects, which is the central pillar of Finder’s Infrastructure-Led Exploration Strategy.”

P2527 licence was awarded in the 32nd Offshore Licensing Round and is currently in Phase A development that consists of licensing and reprocessing of 3D seismic data and technical studies.

Finder has almost completed the Big Buzz 3D Full Wave Form Inversion (FWI) Pre-stack Depth Migrated (PSDM) Reprocessing Project covering 1,667km2, as part of the work programme for the P2528 licence.

The P2527 licence is within the area of the Big Buzz 3D reprocessing project.

Neaves added: “Western European nations, and the United Kingdom in particular, are in great need of new oil and gas reserves due to regional conflict and sanctions on Russia.

“Energy companies are heeding this call and very favourable conditions are emerging for farmout and drilling activity in the North Sea.

“Finder has timed its entry into the North Sea perfectly and this highly complementary acquisition increases our leverage to this basin on compelling terms.”