Sea Lion 2018-06-15T17:00:15+00:00

Following the Company’s acquisition of FOGL in early 2016, Rockhopper became the leading acreage holder in the North Falkland Basin with a material working interest in all key licences.

Key facts

World scale resource

  • 1.7 billion barrels oil in place
  • Well understood reservoir
  • Highly marketable crude

Proven development concept

  • Technically straightforward FPSO development
  • Extensive project development and engineering complete
  • Supply chain and logistics proven after multiple drilling campaigns

Regulatory interface well-advanced

  • Environmental Impact Statement public consultation process completed
  • FDP substantially agreed; final update at sanction
  •  Alignment with FIG on key fiscal, commercial and regulatory items

World class contractor team

  • Experienced in comparable projects
  • Opportunity to lock in supply chain at competitive rates
  • Alignment via provison of vendor financing

US$1.5 bn

Gross CAPEX to first oil

80,000 bopd

Gross annual production (at plateau)

US$1.8 bn

Gross project revenue per annum (at plateau, assuming US$65/bbl)

US$25 /bbl

Estimated opex per barrel (Life of field, including field opex and FPSO lease)

220 mmbbl

Resources to be monitised (Phase 1 only)

120,000 bpd

FPSO liquid capacity

FEED on Sea Lion substantially complete, focus shifting to commercial, regulatory and financing solutions

The overall strategy to develop the North Falkland Basin remains a phased development solution, starting with Sea Lion Phase 1, which will develop 220 mmbbls in PL032 (in which Rockhopper has a 40% working interest). A subsequent Phase 2 development will recover a further 300 mmbbls from the remaining resources in PL032 and the satellite accumulations in the north of PL004 (in which Rockhopper has a 64% working interest). In addition, there is a further 200 mmbbls of low risk, near field exploration potential which could be included in either the Phase 1 or Phase 2 developments. Phase 3 will entail the development of the Isobel/Elaine fan complex in the south of PL004, subject to further appraisal drilling.

The resources in Sea Lion Phase 1 will be commercialised utilising a conventional FPSO development scheme with approximately 23 wells. Through the FEED process, which commenced in January 2016 and which is substantially complete, the joint venture team of Premier Oil (“Premier”) and Rockhopper have worked collaboratively to support and challenge the design specifications and installation methodology leading to significant savings to both capital and operating costs. Significant reductions in estimates of field support services, including supply boats, helicopters and shuttle tankers have been seen and, as a result, estimates for field operating costs were reduced to less than US$15 per bbl, down from over US$20 per bbl. Estimated gross capex to first oil is US$1.5 billion.

Through 2017, work focused on securing agreement with key supply chain contractors and, as a result, Letters of Intent have been signed with a number of contractors for the provision of a range of services and vendor financing.

In parallel, discussions continued with FIG on a range of fiscal, environmental and regulatory matters. Following the submission of a revised draft FDP to FIG in early March 2018, the FDP is now considered substantially agreed with a final FDP submission expected in the lead-up to sanction. With the FDP and EIS substantially complete, a 42-day public consultation on the EIS commenced in January 2018. No material objections were raised through the consultation process and various comments identified through the process will be addressed in the final EIS. Engagement with FIG continues with a view to obtaining the consents and agreements necessary to be in a position to reach FID on the project in 2018.

In addition, conceptual studies have commenced to examine potential development schemes for the remaining resources in PL032 and the satellite accumulations in the north of PL004 (Phase 2) and for the Isobel/Elaine fan complex in the south of PL004 (Phase 3). In this regard, Phase 2 static and dynamic modelling is progressing, and current subsurface studies will explore locations for future appraisal wells aimed at both further characterising existing discoveries whilst also targeting exploration objectives.

Targets for 2018

> Select preferred contractors and secure vendor financing
> Secure senior debt funding
> Working towards year-end final investment decision