August 22, 2013 06:00 ET

EOS Petro Executes Binding Agreements With Buccaneer Energy Limited

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - EOS Petro, Inc. (OTCQB: EOPT)("EOS") today announced that it has closed the farm-out of certain Alaskan projects by the execution of a binding Participation Agreement ("PA") and Joint Operating Agreement ("JOA") with Buccaneer Energy Limited ("Buccaneer"), an Australia-based public company. Chrystal Capital LLP, a London-based corporate finance firm, first introduced EOS to Buccaneer in early January.

"We are looking forward to working with Buccaneer Energy on these projects in the Cook Inlet of Alaska," said Nikolas Konstant, Chairman of EOS. "We look for projects with the right risk profile for development and have become convinced that Buccaneer's operations in Alaska will provide that for us. Being able to partner with an established operator on permitted projects that are ready to drill is ideal."

Curtis Burton, CEO of Buccaneer, added, "Bringing on a partner like EOS is a key component to our long-terms strategy, one that we have been pursuing for quite some time. We are very pleased to have accomplished this objective, as it will help us better leverage our assets to continue to provide returns for our shareholders. With a clean balance sheet, onshore operations ramping up and an offshore program that is just beginning, we believe the prospects for Buccaneer are extremely bright -- the remainder of 2013 and through 2014 will be a very exciting time for the company." 

EOS will earn, or have a right to earn, a 50.0% working interest in the following projects, which are either 100% owned by Buccaneer or that Buccaneer has the right to earn a 100% of the interest:

  • Southern Cross Unit - Offshore;
  • North Cook Inlet Unit Deep Oil Rights - Offshore; and
  • West Eagle - Onshore.

In addition, EOS will have an option to earn a 50% working interest in Buccaneer's North West Cook Inlet Unit under the same terms. Buccaneer will retain a 50% working interest in, and will be the Operator of, each of the projects.

EOS will pay 100% of the costs associated with the first two wells in each of the above projects, and EOS' 50% working interest will be assigned to it upon the funding of the first commitment well of the Southern Cross Unit. Based upon information provided to EOS by Buccaneer, EOS anticipates its 50% working interest will amount to 1P reserves of 8.10 Million Barrels of Oil Equivalent ("MMBOE") and 2P reserves of 25.70 MMBOE. Total gross expenditure by EOS under these agreements is expected to be between US$150.0 - US$200.0 million.

Additionally, EOS will utilize Buccaneer's team of geologists and geophysicists, on a cost plus basis, to evaluate other opportunities that the two companies may partner in. This provides EOS with a team of highly qualified specialists with experience in Alaska, the lower 48 states, the Gulf of Mexico and other international locations.

Unless otherwise agreed by Buccaneer, all the offshore wells will be drilled using the Endeavour offshore jack-up rig and all the onshore wells by the Glacier onshore rig. Buccaneer currently has both of these rigs under a long term contract.

The Endeavour offshore rig is currently being mobilized to the Southern Cross Unit to drill the first well in the farm-out program. The Glacier onshore rig is currently drilling the Kenai Loop # 1-4 well, on completion of this it will be mobilized to the West Eagle project on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula to commence drilling the West Eagle # 1 well.

Buccaneer will retain its existing working interest in both the Kenai Loop Project (100%) and Cosmopolitan Project (25%).

About EOS Petro

EOS is an American company primarily in the business of acquiring, exploring and developing oil and gas-related assets, both domestically and internationally. EOS' current, active properties are located in the Illinois Basin.

About Buccaneer Energy

Buccaneer is an Australian listed company focused on developing its 100% owned oil & gas assets in Alaska. Buccaneer's flagship projects are a series of onshore and offshore developmental and exploration prospects in Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Buccaneer has a three-pronged cash flow strategy:

  • Developing the 100% owned Kenai Loop onshore gas project with independently assessed 6.4 MMBOE in 2P Reserves;
  • Operating an offshore jack-up rig for use by third-parties in the Cook Inlet; and
  • Developing its offshore Cook Inlet projects that have independently assessed 150.8 MMBOE in 2P Reserves / P50 Resources using the acquired jack-up rig.

Buccaneer has a 50/50 joint venture with Singaporean-based Ezion, a leader in the development, ownership and chartering of strategic offshore assets, and the Alaskan Industrial Development and Export Authority ("AIDEA"). This joint venture has acquired the jack-up rig "Endeavour" which is capable of drilling in all areas of the Cook Inlet, the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea. Mobilization of the Endeavour into the Cook Inlet was completed in late August 2012.

The Alaskan Government is supportive of oil and gas in the Cook Inlet. There are a number of fiscal incentive programs for exploration and development in the Cook Inlet.

Buccaneer has two onshore wells at Kenai Loop producing at a combined rate of 10.0 MMCFD (1,666 BOEPD). Buccaneer expects this to increase to 11 - 12 MMCFD (1,833 - 2,000 BOEPD) if a third gas sales contract can be finalized in the coming months.

Buccaneer also has major working interests in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Contact Information

  • Eos Petro Company Contact
    Nikolas Konstant
    Eos Petro, Inc.
    +1 310.552.1555

    Investor Relations Contact
    Michael Briola
    Anubis Partners, LLC
    +1 541.482.0919
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