12/09/2007 - 14:09

ARC Energy receives $40m prepayment in Alcoa gas deal

12/09/2007 - 14:09

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West Perth-based petroleum explorer ARC Energy Ltd has received a $40 million prepayment from Alcoa Australia after signing a gas sales agreement for the delivery of up to 500 petajoules of gas from future discoveries, the company has announced.

ARC Energy receives $40m prepayment in Alcoa gas deal

West Perth-based petroleum explorer ARC Energy Ltd has received a $40 million prepayment from Alcoa Australia after signing a gas sales agreement for the delivery of up to 500 petajoules of gas from future discoveries, the company has announced.

 

 

The full text of an ARC Energy announcement is pasted below

PERTH, Western Australia: ARC Energy Limited (ASX:ARQ) is pleased to advise that formal documentation of its gas sales agreement (GSA) with Alcoa Australia for the delivery of up to 500 petajoules of gas from future discoveries on ARC's interests in the onshore Canning Basin has now been completed. ARC has now received the A$40 million prepayment from Alcoa. These funds will be used to accelerate ARC's regional Canning Basin exploration program. Details of the GSA are set out in ARC's ASX release made on 11 July 2007.

ARC's Canning Basin exploration program has now commenced with the drilling of the Valentine 1 well with strong gas shows being observed in the secondary objectives of the Anderson and Laurel Formations.

The GSA has established a powerful commercial alliance between Alcoa, Western Australia's (and Australia's) largest domestic gas consumer and one of Australia's leading industrial and resource companies, and ARC, Western Australia's largest onshore oil and gas producer and most active onshore explorer. In addition to the commercial benefits to both ARC and Alcoa, the GSA promotes the exploration and development of Western Australia's onshore hydrocarbon resources and represents an innovative and timely response to the Western Australian Government's concerns regarding the security of domestic gas supplies.

ARC's Managing Director Eric Streitberg commented:

"We are delighted to have completed the documentation of the GSA and received the $40 million prepayment.

The GSA provides numerous benefits to both Alcoa and ARC, most notably the flexibility to develop Canning Basin gas discoveries quickly and flexibly and with maximum commercial benefit to both parties. The agreement will also underpin the infrastructure needed to deliver gas from the Canning Basin. The wide ranging benefits to both Alcoa and ARC of this agreement for the commercialisation of Canning Basin gas (C-Gas) are becoming even more apparent as work continues on the operational and commercial framework for the project. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Alcoa and the success of ARC's C-Gas program."

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