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Chrysaor, the UK oil & gas independent, today announces the start of a new drilling campaign in its UK portfolio and a new Service Partnership Contract with Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE). The contract, expected to run for approximately three years, covers the drilling, completion and subsea tie‐in of development wells on Chrysaor’s operated assets, with BHGE supplying well services and equipment from its fullstream portfolio.

As part of the deal Chrysaor as Operator and BHGE as the Service Partner will share in the risks and rewards associated with both the operations and reservoir outcomes. BHGE will contribute to the costs of the work programme by funding a portion of the capital expenditure in exchange for a higher potential return should certain targets and success criteria, both operational and geological, be met.

This innovative approach, which includes the setting up of an integrated team operating under Chrysaor, will ensure complete alignment between the two companies on the outcome of each well. As a result, overall delivery costs are expected to be reduced, improving the commercial attractiveness to Chrysaor of future projects in the sector.

Separately Chrysaor has contracted the Rowan Gorilla VII ultra‐harsh environment jack‐up rig for the drilling campaign with an initial contract term of up to 18 months and an option to extend by a further two years. The first well of the programme, a side‐track at the Maria field, is expected to start in early May.

 

Phil Kirk, Chief Executive of Chrysaor, said:

“Our initial Maria drilling campaign is the first phase of the redevelopment plans for our operated fields. With the application of focused capital and expertise we believe that we can increase recovery factors, add to our reserve base and extend the field life of the assets.

“The innovative service partnership we have struck with BHGE is an important step in ensuring that the full potential of the UK’s North Sea resources is realised. Sharing in both the risks and the rewards of development activities mean that both Chrysaor as operator and BHGE as service provider are fully aligned and invested in the outcome of the programme.

“We believe that this service partnership can serve as a model for other companies in the sector, encouraging a risk sharing approach between operator and service provider and increasing the attractiveness of the basin.”

 

Zvonimir Djerfi, BHGE Europe President, said:

"We are pleased to work together with Chrysaor, collaborating with them from an early stage to support their  efforts  to enhance production  opportunities  and increase the recovery of North Sea reserves.

“In todays challenging global market, operators must continually optimise efficiency and reliability across their processes and through this collaboration we are demonstrating how BHGEs  integrated  expertise,  service capabilities  and technology  portfolio  is  driving positive outcomes for one of the North Seas leading independent operators, and supporting more cost‐effective production.

This agreement is an important step in redefining the rules for collaboration between industry partners."

 

For further information:

 

Chrysaor                              +44 (0) 20 7660 5510

Andrew Vickers

Brunswick                            +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

Patrick Handley

Will Medvei

 

BHGE:

Silvia Danti,+44 782788 2812, silvia.danti@BHGE.com

Gavin Roberts, +44 7775 547365, gavin.roberts@BHGE.com

 

BHGE Investor Relations:

Philipp Mueller, +1 281 809 9088, investor.relations@BHGE.com

 

 

Information on Chrysaor can be found at https://www.chrysaor.com/index.php.

 

Notes to editors:

Chrysaor

Chrysaor is a private company established in 2007 and focused on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources. The management team has a proven track record of success and seeks to acquire producing fields with associated undeveloped hydrocarbon resources. Chrysaor is now a self‐ sustaining full cycle E&P company, with a portfolio of assets balancing near term development with production growth, combined with significant gearing to appraisal and exploration success.

 

BHGE

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) is the world’s first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. We deploy minds and machines to enhance customer productivity, safety and environmental stewardship, while minimizing costs and risks at every step of the energy value chain. With operations in over 120 countries, we infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup, inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.