Hess (HES) Completes Divestment of Denmark Interests to Ineos
Hess (HES) intends to use the net proceeds from the divestment for investment in world-class offshore resources in Guyana.
Hess Corporation HES completed the previously-announced divestment of its subsidiary, Hess Denmark ApS, to Ineos E&P AS in a $150-million deal. The transaction has an effective date of Jan 1, 2021.
Through its affiliate, Hess has a 61.5% ownership interest in the South Arne Field, located in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Ineos acquired full control of the South Arne oil field, which complements its existing 36.8% interest in the field. Ineos also acquired a 4.8% interest in the Solsort field, which is already operated by the company.
Ineos currently operates the nearby Siri field area in Denmark. By assuming the full operatorship of South Arne, the company expects to achieve operational and cost synergies between the two fields. Notably, the increased operating position in Denmark enhances Ineos’ ability to lead the Greensand carbon storage project in the Siri area.
Hess’ Denmark business involved operating activities focused on oil production. Hence, the acquisition improves Ineos’ balance of oil and gas assets, and is expected to unlock growth prospects that can be developed in Denmark’s offshore oil and gas sector.
Meanwhile, Hess intends to use the net proceeds from the divestment to invest in world-class offshore resources in Guyana. The divestiture enables Hess to continue focusing on its portfolio, and strengthen its cash and liquidity position.
Shares of the company have underperformed the industry in the past six months. Hess’s stock has gained 1.7% compared with the industry’s 7% growth.
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