PJSC LUKOIL announced the entry into an agreement to acquire the 50% operator interest in the Area 4 project in Mexico (hereinafter – the Project) through the acquisition of the operator’s holding company. The transaction value is $435 million plus expenditures incurred in 2021 as of the transaction completion date. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions, including approval by the Mexican authorities.
The Project includes two blocks, 58 square kilometers in total, which are located 42 kilometers offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico.
The sea depth at the blocks is 30-45 meters. Two oil fields – Ichalkil and Pokoch – are located within the blocks. The recoverable hydrocarbon reserves of the fields amount to 564 million barrels of oil equivalent, more than 80% of which is crude oil.
The construction of production facilities is currently being finalized, and production of first oil is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. The Project is developed in three phases, with a peak daily production rate estimated to be more than 115 thousand barrels of oil equivalent.