has signed to acquire an additional 28 per cent working interest in Shenzi, a six-lease development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Shenzi is structured as a joint ownership: BHP (Operator, 44 per cent interest); Hess (28 per cent interest) and Repsol S.A. (28 per cent interest).
BHP and Hess have agreed to a purchase price of US$505 million, subject to customary pre and post-closing adjustments.
The acquisition would bring BHP’s working interest to 72 per cent and immediately add approximately 11,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of production (90 per cent oil).
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