MIE Holdings Corp, a Hong Kong holding company, said an affiliate has closed its acquisition of CQ Energy Canada Partnership, a Canadian oil and gas exploration and production business, from the United Kingdom’s Centrica Plc. The deal, announced in June, saw Centrica sell the business to an MIE-led consortium for $722 million. The consortium included Can-China Global Resources Fund, a private equity fund managed by Hong Kong’s MEC, and Switzerland’s Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. The partnership reflects mostly Western Canadian natural gas assets that currently pump the equivalent of 56,070 barrels of oil a day.
MIE Holdings Corporation Successfully Acquires 100% of the partnership interests of CQ Energy Canada Partnership
HONG KONG, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MIE Holdings Corporation (“MIE” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, Stock Code: 1555) is pleased to announce that the Company successfully completed the acquisition of CQ Energy Canada Partnership (“Target”) through its non-wholly-owned subsidiary, Canlin Energy Corporation (“Canlin Energy”), on September 29 in Calgary, Canada.
The acquisition was completed by a consortium led by MIE and including Can-China Global Resources Fund L.P., a private equity focused on natural resource sectors in Canada and Swiss-based international commodity trading company Mercuria. Target is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with a diverse base of producing, resource and infrastructure assets located throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in Canada. By the end of 2016, the Target had 2P reserves of 345 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) and was producing 56,070 barrels of oil equivalent per day (90% being natural gas).
Enormous Development Potential with Abundant Oil and Gas Assets
CQ Energy Canada Partnership has abudant oil and gas assets. They are primarily located in Peace River Arch (“PRA”), North Area, Hanlan Robb, Foothills and South area. Oil and gas bearing rocks (reservoirs) are buried 300-5,000 meters below the surface, and most reservoirs can be developed utilizing advanced horizontal drilling and completion technology. Montney and Charlie Lakes levels in the PRA area are top recoverable gas, oil and liquids with high exploration potential
In addition, it owns an extensive network of facilities and pipelines in the active industry areas including 11 major facilities and 12,850 km pipelines. The owned and operated infrastructure has a processing capacity of 630 mmcfe/day (approximately 6.5 billion m3 per year), which allows it to capture third party volumes for steady processing income.
For undeveloped land, the Target also has a vast acreage of undeveloped land with great potentials. It has interest in approximately 2.176 million net acres of land among which 1.542 million are developed acreage and 644,000 are undeveloped acreage. In addition, the Target also has 498,000 acreage of royalty land. Given the abundant oil and gas resources and assets of the Target, we believe that the acquisition can increase the competitive advantage of MIE in the industry to accelerate the development of the Group.
Step into The New Era with Global Energy Business Expansion
Executive Director of the MIE Holdings Corporation, Mr. Zhang Ruilin commented, “The acquisition will significantly improve MIE’s production capacity, financial performance and capital raising capability, as well as unlocking shareholder value. The acquisition fits MIE’s strategy of securing global investment opportunity for asset optimization following the recent low oil and gas price, particularly producing asset opportunities in resource rich countries like Canada. The Target has low decline, long life asset base products and infrastructure that has great growth potentials. One of the highlight of the Target is that it keeps a positive EBITDA/Netback under the current market and is capable of funding its operation with free cash flow and asset based financing. The Group also uses this opportunity to develop a balanced oil and gas portfolio and shift into an international player.”
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