Termination of Agreement with Quattro

United Oil & Gas PLC
01 November 2023

United Oil & Gas PLC / Index: AIM / Epic: UOG / Sector: Oil & Gas


1 November 2023

United Oil & Gas plc

("United" or "the Company")


Termination of Agreement with Quattro for Sale of UK Central North Sea Licence


United Oil & Gas PLC (AIM: "UOG"), today announces the termination of the Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") with Quattro Energy Limited ("Quattro") under which the parties had agreed to the conditional sale by United to Quattro of the UK Central North Sea Licence P2519 containing the Maria discovery in Block 15/18 (the "Licence").


On 4 October 2023 United announced that the long stop date for the satisfaction of the APA conditions had been further extended to 27 October 2023. Whilst the regulatory consent for the transfer of the licence had been approved, Quattro had not satisfised the funding conditions under the APA by the extended long stop date and the parties have not agreed to a further extension.  


Notwithstanding the prospectivity of this licence, against the backdrop of the current regulatory and fiscal challenges impacting the UK North Sea undermining investor confidence in the progression of potential developments in this sector, Quattro have been unable to raise the funds to complete the transaction.


Further, the current phase of the Licence expires on 30 November 2023 and a firm commitment to drill a well in the next phase of the licence is required to continue the Licence beyond this date. Whilst United recognise the potential prospectivity of a development on this Licence, having exhausted all other available avenues to progress this opportunity, United has made the decision not to apply to move into the next phase of the Licence. It is therefore expected that the Company's interest in this Licence will cease on the 30  November 2023. As at 30 June 2023, the Group carried an intangible balance of $1.0m representing the amount capitalised to that date on the Maria discovery.  



Brian Larkin, Chief Executive Officer commented:

"Over recent years, we have successfully monetised our interests in licences in both the North Sea and in Italy, using the proceeds to fund our activities in Jamaica, the North Sea and also corporate G&A. We had identified our interest in the Maria licence as non-core to our future strategy and on that basis undertook a farmout process which resulted in the agreement to sell to Quattro on the terms announced in January this year. Since signing this agreement with Quattro, we have sought to support their efforts to raise the funds required to complete this transaction and had regular interaction with the Quattro team and their advisors as they progressed their funding process. It is therefore a disappointing outcome for both parties, that due to the challenging regulatory and fiscal backdrop in the North Sea, Quattro were unable to complete their funding process. Throughout the last 12 months, the company has incurred only licence costs in relation to the Maria licence, the cost of which is effectively covered by the $100k non-refundable deposit received in September."


"Our focus remains on progressing the farmout of Jamaica and the upcoming drilling activities in Egypt including the drilling of the ASD-S-1X exploration well later this year."






 This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 2014/596/EU which is part of domestic UK law pursuant to the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) regulations (SI 2019/310).


United Oil & Gas Plc (Company)

Brian Larkin, CEO


Peter Dunne, CFO



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Notes to Editors

United Oil & Gas is a high growth oil and gas company with a portfolio of low-risk, cash generative production, development, appraisal and exploration assets across Egypt, UK and a high impact exploration licence in Jamaica.

The business is led by an experienced management team with a strong track record of growing full cycle businesses, partnered with established industry players and is well positioned to deliver future growth through portfolio optimisation and targeted acquisitions.

United Oil & Gas is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. For further information on United Oil and Gas please visit www.uogplc.com 

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