San Leon Energy extends deadline for Oza transaction

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San Leon Energy PLC (LON:SLE) said it has extended the deadline to complete its investment in the Oza oil field in Nigeria by three months.

It comes as travel restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused certain deal conditions to take longer than expected to finalise. A new deadline is now set as November 21, 2020.

In early September the company unveiled its agreement to invest US$7.5mln investment into the Oza field via a loan agreement with Decklar, which is a subsidiary of Asian Mineral Resources (CVE:ASN).

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Decklar owns a majority interest in production and cash flow rights for the Oza field which was historically operated by Shell, between 1959 and 1974, but has never reached commercial-scale production.

It is proposed San Leon will subscribe for US$7.5mln of Decklar loan notes, carrying interest at 10%, and it will also receive 1.76mln Decklar shares.

Decklar plans to use the funds to fast-track the initial redevelopment of the Oza oil field. It intends to re-enter the existing Oza-1 well to test three oil-bearing zones, two of which are expected to be put into production. After that, from the same location, the rig will drill a new horizontal well.

The agreement sees San Leon take a 15% interest in Decklar initially, potentially rising to 30% with a further subscription alongside the subsequent funding.

Oisin Fanning, San Leon chief executive, previously noted that the deal was in-line with a strategy to invest in assets with expected near-term cash flow, via a low-risk lending-based model.

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