Oriental Energy Resources has announced full implementation of the EBOK FIELD Transition Plan by Ebok Transition Team appointees of Oriental and Afren.
This Transition Plan is required under the Ebok Field Agreements, and was triggered by the Insolvency Announcement made by Afren PLC on July 31, 2015.
The Ebok Transition Plan guiding the handover of Ebok Field’s management and control from Afren to Oriental is presently underway and on track to deliver effective control to Oriental around the target date of 31 August 2015.
The process includes the transfer of ALL of the Duties of Afren as Technical Advisor to Oriental.
These transferred Duties include the complete balance of the duties, rights, and obligations of the operator and the Technical Advisor not already held by Oriental under the prevailing Ebok Agreements.
This process will continue well past August 31st, as among other major tasks, all of the Ebok Field contracts with suppliers and contractors must be renegotiated and reassigned to Oriental.
A statement from the company said, “Oriental wishes by this announcement to reassure all affected Parties whether public or private of the ongoing full cooperation between the Executive Managements and all responsible persons engaged as employees and contractors of Oriental and Afren and their adherence to the provisions of the Transition Plan to insure the safe and orderly handover of executive control of the Ebok Field Petroleum Operations, including the production, storage, offloading, and sale of the present average Ebok crude oil production of circa thirty thousand barrels per day”.
Notwithstanding the need for implementation of the Transition Plan following the highly regrettable insolvency of Afren plc, there is no ill will between the Parties.
The practical implementation of this major Transition Plan is greatly helped by the fundamental mechanism and right granted to Oriental under the Plan that pertains to the present and former employees of Afren, whereby Oriental is encouraged under the Plan to retain as new employees and contractors of Oriental as many of these highly skilled professionals as may be necessary in the judgement of Oriental to effect the smooth effective and complete handover of the Ebok Field operations from Afren to Oriental.
Oriental has already assembled and/or secured a framework of key personnel to staff the Transition of Operations, Drilling, Production and Facilities, Subsurface and Reservoir, Finance and Accounting, Administration and Legal, and Supply Chain and Logistics teams under Oriental’s Banner at Ebok as a first priority because of Ebok Field’s current production operations, but the Okwok Field and OML 115 teams will include virtually all of the same Ebok Field personnel.
As previously announced, the implementation of the Okwok Field Development Plan (“FDP”) is well underway with all major components of the FDP in process, although the same necessity for Afren to handover Okwok to Oriental is very likely although not yet certain.