Centrica acquires Central North Sea oil and gas assets

Centrica has reached an agreement with Total E&P UK to acquire its non-operated portfolio of producing oil and gas assets and associated infrastructure in the Central North Sea (CNS) for a total cash consideration of $388m (£246m).

According to Centrica, around 20 per cent of the consideration is allocated to UK tax allowances.

The portfolio includes seven producing fields in three major areas: Greater Armada, the Alba field and the Mungo and Monan cluster. Centrica’s share in these fields has an estimated 22 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of 2P reserves (36 per cent gas, 64 per cent oil), increasing its reserves by approximately five per cent, and is expected to produce 9,300 boe per day in 2012.

The oil and gas is mostly uncontracted and linked directly to the UK market.

The acquisition is expected to add immediate strong cash flow and increase Centrica’s scale in the CNS region. The transaction will also help to maintain the mix of oil in its upstream portfolio.