Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that Mitsui and Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd., ("MOECO") have entered into a definitive agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ("Anadarko") to participate in the development and production of the Marcellus Shale gas project in the state of Pennsylvania (see attachment). The agreement was signed between Anadarko and Mitsui E&P USA LLC ("MEPUSA"), a subsidiary newly established in the U.S.A. by Mitsui and MOECO. The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions and is expected to take place on 15th of March, 2010.
(Actual parties to the agreement are Anadarko E&P Company LP and Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas Onshore LP, both fully owned subsidiaries of Anadarko)
|Acquired Assets||32.5% of Anadarko's interest in the project leases*
(*Initially equivalent to a 15.5% interest in the entire project lease and approximately 100,000 acres net to MEPUSA)
|Consideration||MEPUSA will carry USD 1,400 million of Anadarko's future development cost|
Summary of the project (Numbers are net to MEPUSA)
|Peak Production||Between 360MMcfd and 460MMcfd|
|Total Project Costs||Between USD 3.0 and 4.0 billion|
|Life of Production||Approximately 60 years|
The partners of this project will be drilling a few thousand wells during a span of over ten years and the total development cost of MEPUSA is estimated to be between USD 3.0 billion and USD 4.0 billion depending on the progress of the project.
Furthermore, MEPUSA have entered into an Area of Mutual Interest with Anadarko located primarily in the state of Pennsylvania to jointly acquire new leases for a period of ten years to further expand its business.
The global demand for natural gas is expected to continue to increase in the future as the need for cleaner energy continues to rise. Although the development of shale gas had been considered to be uneconomical in the past, due to recent technological advances and innovation, low cost development and production has become feasible in recent years mainly in the U.S. The Marcellus Shale, in which Mitsui will be developing, is considered to be one of the most attractive shale gas production areas due to its enormous resource volume, good access to the Northeastern U.S. with a huge market for natural gas, and its competitive development and production cost.
We expect that this project, which is operated by technically and financially capable partners, will become a core business base for Mitsui providing cash flow and profit in the long term. Additionally, we aim to expand our shale gas business into other areas within the U.S. and even others countries leveraging our global network and the knowledge and know how regarding shale gas acquired through this project.
Mitsui has positioned its energy and mineral resources business as a strategically significant business area and will continue to acquire attractive oil and natural gas assets in order to establish a more robust and well-balanced business portfolio.
Summary of Anadarko
|Registered Company Name||Anadarko Petroleum Corporation|
|Location||United States of America|
|Listed Stock Exchange||NYSE|
|Total Assets*||USD 50 Billion|
|Daily Production*||0.6 Million boed|
Summary of MOECO
|Company Name||Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.|
|Representative||Yoshiyuki Kagawa, President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Head Office||Tokyo, Japan|
|Paid-in Capital||33,133.4 million Yen|
|Business Activities||Exploration, development, production and sales of crude oil, natural gas and other mineral resources and investment and lending to the companies engaged in these activities, etc.|
|Total Assets||367.6 billion Yen (as of March 31, 2009)|
|Mitsui's Investment share||54.61% *|
*Please refer to Mitsui's release letter titled "Acquisition of Share in Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd." on 3rd of February, 2010. With this acquisition, Mitsui's voting interest in MOECO will increase from 54.61% to 67.46%.
Shareholding of MEPUSA
|Shareholders of MEPUSA||Investment Share|
|Mitsui & Co., Ltd.||60.0%|
|Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.||40.0%|
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