TransGlobe Energy Corporation

TransGlobe Energy Corporation

March 28, 2011 08:45 ET

TransGlobe Energy Corporation Acquires Epedeco's West Bakr Concession Agreement in Egypt

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) - TransGlobe Energy Corporation (TSX:TGL)(NASDAQ:TGA) ("TransGlobe" or the "Company") today announces the signing of a Sale and Purchase Agreement ("SPA") to acquire a 100% working interest in the West Bakr Concession agreement in the Arab Republic of Egypt ("Egypt") from The Egyptian Petroleum Development Co. Ltd. (of Japan) subject to the approval of the Egyptian Government and customary closing conditions. All dollar values are expressed in United States dollars unless otherwise stated.

The transaction highlights include:

  • $60 million all-cash deal, effective July 1, 2010, with operatorship of three fields with 28 producing wells; funded through working capital and existing credit facility;
  • Immediately accretive to funds flow from operations and net income;
  • 100% working interest in production and reserves:
    • 4,000 barrels of oil per day ("Bopd"); 7.4 million barrels ("MMBbl") Proved reserves; 8.8 MMBbl Proved plus Probable reserves;
  • Transaction metrics are approximately $15,000 per producing barrel of oil for the assets, or $6.82 per Proved plus Probable barrel of oil;
  • 45.2 square kilometres (11,600 acres) in two development leases;
  • Located immediately adjacent to TransGlobe's existing West Gharib development leases;
  • Integration opportunities with the TransGlobe West Gharib operations;
  • Numerous development optimization projects identified; and
  • A map showing the purchased acreage can be found on TransGlobe's web site

West Bakr, Egypt (100% operated working interest)

TransGlobe West Bakr Inc. ("TGWB"), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransGlobe Energy Corporation, has entered into a SPA to acquire all the Egyptian assets of The Egyptian Petroleum Development Co. Ltd. (of Japan) ("EPEDECO") for $60 million plus or minus adjustments, effective July 1, 2010 subject to approval from the Egyptian Government. EPEDECO holds a 100% working interest in the West Bakr Production Sharing Concession ("PSC"). EPEDECO is the operator of the West Bakr Concession through its joint venture operating company (West Bakr Petroleum Company). Subject to Government approval, TGWB will assume operatorship of the West Bakr Concession agreement.

The West Bakr PSC is located onshore in the western Gulf of Suez rift basin of Egypt adjacent to TransGlobe's West Gharib Concession. The two West Bakr development leases encompass 45.2 square kilometres (approximately 11,600 acres) and are valid until 2020 with an optional five-year extension to 2025. Modern 3-D seismic covers the development leases. Current gross oil production from the three producing fields is approximately 4,000 Bopd (approximately 1,140 net Bopd after the production sharing split with the Government of Egypt). There are three oil fields on the lands with cumulative production of approximately 50 MMBbl. The Company's independent reserve evaluator (DeGolyer and MacNaughton Canada Limited) assigned remaining Proved reserves of 7.4 MMBbl and Proved plus Probable reserves of 8.8 MMBbl, effective July 1, 2010. The Company has identified a number of optimization/development projects and drilling opportunities that could increase production and recoverable reserves.

The produced oil ranges from 17° to 20° API and is pipeline connected to the Ras Gharib terminal on the coast, which is the same export terminal that West Gharib production is currently trucked to. The West Bakr blend has historically received Brent minus 25% pricing.

The West Bakr Concession production sharing terms are as follows: cost oil of 30%, production sharing of 15% to the Contractor and 85% to the Government, excess cost oil goes 100% to the Government, capital investments are amortized over five years and operating expenses are amortized in the quarter incurred. All Government royalties and taxes are paid out of the Government's share of production sharing oil.

TransGlobe intends to fund the acquisition with working capital and existing credit facility. Closing is subject to customary due diligence, closing conditions and Government approval.

TransGlobe expects to close the acquisition shortly after receiving the necessary Government approvals. TransGlobe cannot make assurances that it will successfully close the subject transaction.

TransGlobe Energy Corporation is a Calgary-based, growth-oriented oil and gas exploration and development company focused on the Middle East/North Africa region with production operations in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Yemen. TransGlobe's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TGL and on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol TGA.

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