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Kosmos Energy Finalizes Offshore Agadir Farm-Out Agreements with BP

10/15/13 11:00 GMT

Kosmos signs petroleum agreement for the Tarhazoute Offshore block

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2013-- Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) today announced that it has entered into three farm-out agreements with BP plc (LSE: BP) (NYSE: BP), covering three blocks in the Agadir Basin, offshore Morocco. Under the terms of the agreements, BP will acquire a non-operating interest in each of the Essaouira Offshore, Foum Assaka Offshore and Tarhazoute Offshore blocks. BP will fund Kosmos’ share of the cost of one exploration well in each of the three blocks, subject to a maximum cost per well. In the event a second exploration well is drilled in any block, BP shall pay a disproportionate share of the well cost subject to a maximum cost per well. BP shall also pay its proportionate share of past costs. Completion of the transactions is subject to customary closing conditions, including Moroccan Government approvals.

Kosmos also announces that it has recently signed a petroleum agreement with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) covering the Tarhazoute Offshore block, previously held under a reconnaissance contract since 2011. The Tarhazoute block is contiguous with the Essaouira and Foum Assaka blocks and will allow integrated exploration over a significant portion of the Agadir Basin, one of the last remaining underexplored salt basins along the Atlantic Margin.

Brian F. Maxted, Chief Executive Officer, Kosmos Energy, commented: “The Agadir Basin farm-out along with the petroleum agreement for Tarhazoute mark significant and important forward steps for Kosmos in Morocco as we prepare to commence drilling in the first half of 2014. We are delighted that BP will be joining this venture as they add significant value to our operations, particularly given their proven success in salt basin exploration and production.”

On closing of the transaction, the interests in the three blocks will be as follows, with ONHYM having a carried interest through the exploration period:


      Kosmos       30.0% (Operator)
BP 45.0%
ONHYM 25.0%

Foum Assaka:

Kosmos 29.925% (Operator)
BP 26.325%
Pathfinder 18.750%
ONHYM 25.000%


Kosmos 30.0% (Operator)
BP 45.0%
ONHYM 25.0%

The three contiguous blocks cover approximately 25,000 km2 and water depths range up to 3,000 meters. Pathfinder Hydrocarbon Ventures Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fastnet Oil & Gas plc (AIM: FAST).

About Kosmos Energy

Kosmos Energy is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margin. The Company’s asset portfolio includes existing production and other major development projects offshore Ghana, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Ireland, Mauritania, Morocco and Suriname. As an ethical and transparent company, Kosmos is committed to doing things the right way. The Company’s Business Principles articulate our commitment to transparency, ethics, human rights, safety and the environment. Read more about this commitment in the Kosmos 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report. Kosmos is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol KOS. For additional information, visit

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Source: Kosmos Energy

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