Energean Oil & Gas signs 180-mln-dollar loan deal with four banks to develop Prinos basin

Greek energy firm Energean Oil & Gas said on Thursday it has signed a loan agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of Romania EximBank SA and Banca Comerciala Intesa Sanpaolo Romania S.A, amounting to 180 million dollars, to finance the further development of the Prinos, Prinos North and Epsilon oil fields.

The company said this loan is an extension to the existing 75-million-dollar loan signed with the EBRD on 19 May 2016. HSBC acting as the agent bank.

The financing will principally fund the ongoing development of the Epsilon oil field with GSP Offshore S.R.L, the appointed EPCIC contractor, as part of the ongoing Prinos development program that includes the drilling of up to 25 additional wells and construction of two additional well platforms by 2021 to materially increase production, Energean said.

“Energean is delighted to sign this agreement with EBRD, BSTDB, EximBank Romania and Intesa Sanpaolo Bank to support the further development of our North-Eastern Greece assets. We are committed to increasing our investment in the Prinos Basin, where we already have a strong production track record, and are now focusing on developing the Epsilon oil field, which is part of the Prinos Licence,” Energean CEO, Mathios Rigas, said on the loan.

“We believe this loan agreement is further evidence of the trust placed in Energean by international banks and we believe demonstrates confidence in the Company’s ability to consistently increase value for its shareholders,” he added.

Rigas also said the development program underway at Prinos, where Energean holds a long-term offtake agreement with BP for the entire Prinos production, is part of the company’s wider development plans in the Eastern Mediterranean. This includes its flagship 1.6-billion-dollar development project of the Karish field, offshore Israel, as well as development and exploration programs in Western Greece and the Adriatic.

“Energean is making strong progress on all fronts and is moving towards fulfilling its goal of becoming a leading independent E&P company in the East Mediterranean region,” he said.