05 Aug - 4 min read
BHP approves Shenzi North project and Trion FEED phase
BHP approves Shenzi North project and Trion FEED phase BHP Group Plc Registration number 3196209 Registered in England and Wales Share code: BHP ISIN: GB00BH0P3Z91 NEWS RELEASE Release Time IMMEDIATE Date 5 August 2021 Release Number 11/21 BHP approves Shenzi North project and moves Trion project into the FEED phase The BHP Board has today approved US$544 million in capital expenditure to execute the Shenzi North oil project in the US Gulf of Mexico. The capital expenditure approved represents a 100 per cent share interest. The project offers very attractive returns at a nominal IRR of over 35 per cent, a breakeven of approximately US$25/bbl and a payback of less than 2 years(1). BHP is operator and holds a 72 per cent share in Shenzi North. Repsol holds the remaining 28 per cent working interest and is expected to make a Final Investment Decision later this calendar year. Shenzi North represents the first development phase of Greater Wildling, following exploration success in 2017, with the resource and development plan further refined through Ocean Bottom Node seismic data and analysis. The project will take advantage of existing infrastructure and production capacity in the nearby Shenzi production facility, with value further enhanced through the recent acquisition of an additional 28 per cent working interest taking BHP’s interest in the Shenzi field from 44 per cent to 72 per cent. The project adds two wells and subsea equipment to establish a new drill centre north of Shenzi with the capacity to produce up to approximately 30 mboe per day. Production is expected to begin in the 2024 financial year. In addition, the BHP Board has also approved US$258 million in capital expenditure to move the Trion oil project in Mexico into the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase. The focus of these studies will be on completion of the engineering, commercial arrangements and execution planning required to progress to a Final Investment Decision from mid-calendar year 2022. BHP holds a 60 per cent participating interest in and operatorship of blocks AE-0092 and AE-0093 containing the Trion discovery located in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico offshore Mexico. PEMEX Exploration & Production Mexico holds a 40 per cent interest in the blocks. Geraldine Slattery, BHP President Operations Petroleum, said “Both Shenzi North and Trion are strong growth assets for our business, providing attractive returns from relatively low carbon intensity resources. “Shenzi North is aligned with the petroleum strategy to unlock and deliver further growth options in this key Gulf of Mexico heartland. This Board decision also marks an important milestone in advancing the Trion development as we continue to work with our partner PEMEX towards a Final Investment Decision in calendar year 2022.” (1) At consensus pricing, 10% nominal discount rate. Further information on BHP can be found at: bhp.com Sponsor: UBS South Africa (Pty) Limited Authorised for lodgement by: Stefanie Wilkinson Group Company Secretary Media Relations Investor Relations Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Australia and Asia Australia and Asia Gabrielle Notley Tara Dines Tel: +61 3 9609 3830 Mobile: +61 411 071 715 Tel: +61 3 9609 2222 Mobile: + 61 499 249 005 Europe, Middle East and Africa Europe, Middle East and Africa Neil Burrows James Bell Tel: +44 20 7802 7484 Mobile: +44 7786 661 683 Tel: +44 20 7802 7144 Mobile: +44 7961 636 432 Americas Americas Judy Dane Brian Massey Tel: +1 713 961 8283 Mobile: +1 713 299 5342 Tel: +1 713 296 7919 Mobile: +1 832 870 7677 BHP Group Limited ABN 49 004 028 077 BHP Group plc Registration number 3196209 LEI WZE1WSENV6JSZFK0JC28 LEI 549300C116EOWV835768 Registered in Australia Registered in England and Wales Registered Office: Level 18, 171 Collins Street Registered Office: Nova South, 160 Victoria Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia London SW1E 5LB United Kingdom Tel +61 1300 55 4757 Fax +61 3 9609 3015 Tel +44 20 7802 4000 Fax +44 20 7802 4111 Members of the BHP Group which is headquartered in Australia Follow us on social media Date: 05-08-2021 03:40:00 Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited ('JSE'). The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information published on SENS. The JSE, their officers, employees and agents accept no liability for (or in respect of) any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage of any kind or nature, howsoever arising, from the use of SENS or the use of, or reliance on, information disseminated through SENS.