The transaction is conditional upon the approval of the company’s shareholders who will meet on July 15. The process of approval according to the rules, requires a simple majority shareholding approval. They are expected to vote and approve the deal before the sale can be concluded in Uganda.
Fishing villages on the shores of lake Albert
Tullow Oil has set dates for meeting its shareholders as part of the planned sale of its
stake in the LakeAlbert Development Project in Uganda.
The Company according to the UK rules issued a circular and
notice for its general meeting relating to the sale of its entire stake in the
Albertine Graben to Total for USD575 million. The
sale according to a news release has been approved by the Financial Control
Authority of the UK, the conduct regulator for over 58,000
financial services firms and financial markets.
But the transaction is conditional upon the approval of the
company’s shareholders who will meet on July 15. The process of
approval according to the rules, requires a simple majority shareholding
They are expected to vote and approve the deal before the sale
can be concluded in Uganda.
Tullow management and Board recommends that all shareholders
vote or procure votes in favour of the resolution being proposed saying Transaction
is of critical importance to the Company.
Tullow Oil in April said it
had signed a deal to sell all its stake in the project to France’s Total for a
sum of USD 575 million.
The announcement breathed
new life into Uganda’s oil and gas sector following a long stalemate that had
affected the country’s commercial oil production time.
It is expected that the conclusion of the deal will pave the way to the long-awaited Final Investment Decision which will is needed to propel the oil and gas sector towards production.
The government and Tullow
had disagreed over tax settlement involving the earlier planned farm down to
Total and China’s CNOOC at USD 900 million. Under the new arrangement, Total is to acquiring
Tullow’s entire interests in Blocks 1, 1A, 2 and 3A in western Uganda and the
proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline System.
Tullow will be paid USD 500
million payable at completion and USD 75 million payable after the project’s final
CNOOC had previously
exercised preemption rights over the earlier planned USD 900 million farm-down
which meant it would have taken 50% of the stake. But it did not exercise that
right in the upcoming USD 575 million deal.
Total will assume majority shares holding
in the Lake Albert Development project once the transaction is complete. The approval by shareholders
in July will be another milestone. But Tullow says the transaction also remains
subject to a number of other conditions, including customary government and the
execution of a binding tax agreement.
The completion of the transaction is
expected in the second half of 2020. Tullow
is also selling its stake in the South Lokichar Basin in neighbouring Kenya.