Acquisition of Santos' Interest in an offshore gas and condensate field in Australia

Nov. 9, 2015

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office Tokyo, President & CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Santos Ltd.("Santos"), concerning the acquisition of the Santos' 35% working interest in the Kipper gas and condensate field ("Kipper field"). The Sales and Purchase Agreement was signed on November 6, 2015 between Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd ("MEPAU", wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui) and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd. The transaction will be completed after the satisfaction of customary conditions including obtaining Australian governmental approvals and existing joint venture partners' waiver of their pre-emption rights.

The Kipper field is located in the Gippsland basin, approximately 45 kilometers off the coast of Victoria. Production of gas, condensate and LPG is expected to start in 2016, and the products are planned to be supplied to domestic market.

Australian East coast gas demand is expected to grow substantially due to start-up of three LNG projects in Queensland. Mitsui believes Australian East coast continuously require new investments in developing gas resources to meet such demand.

This acquisition is a significant step for Mitsui to expand its gas business in the region, and represents its aim to contribute to the reliable supply of energy to the Australian East coast as well as its continuous efforts in improving our reserves, production, and competitiveness. Diversification of energy upstream business in Australia, currently weighted towards LNG and crude oil, is also an important rationale of this investment. Mitsui believes acquisition of domestic gas asset, which is less vulnerable to global oil price, will lead to a more robust energy asset portfolio against commodity price volatility.

Outline of Agreement

Buyer Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd ("MEPAU")
Seller Santos Offshore Pty Ltd(wholly owned subsidiary of Santos)
Acquisition Entire stake of Santos's 35% interest in the Kipper gas and condensate field
Purchase Price A$520 million (Approx. J¥45bil.)

Project Overview

Asset Kipper gas and condensate field
Interest Holders
(after closing)
32.5% Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd [Operator]
32.5% BHP Billiton Petroleum(Bass Strait) Pty Ltd
35% MEPAU or its wholly owned subsidiary
Location Gippsland basin, approximately 45 kilometers off the coast of Victoria
Recoverable Reserves
(Project 100%)
Gas: 620 billion cubic feet
Condensate & LPG: 30 million barrels
Water Depth 100 meters

Location Map of the Kipper field

Location Map of the Kipper field

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