Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

OVL raises $1 billion via dollar bonds for Vankor oil field stake buy

The proceeds will go to refinance a $1.2 billion bridge loan ONGC Videsh had taken from foreign banks to pay for 15% stake in Rosneft's Vankor

New Delhi: ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has raised $1 billion through a US dollar bonds issue to finance its acquisition of 15% stake in Russia’s second biggest oil field Vankor.

OVL, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC), raised $600 million through a 10-year bond at a coupon rate of 3.75% and another $400 million through a 5.5-year maturity bond at an interest rate of 2.875%, the company’s director (finance) S.P. Garg said.

The proceeds of the issue would go to refinance a $1.2 billion bridge loan the company had taken from a group of foreign banks to make payments for the $1.268 billion acquisition.

“We will draw down the bonds sometime next week," he said.

The bridge loan was taken in May this year at a highly competitive rate of about 1.3%. The interest rate is lower than 4.625% OVL had paid on a $2.23 billion 10-year bond issue in July 2014 to finance its Mozambique gas field acquisition.

OVL had in September last year struck a deal to buy 15% in the Russia’s second biggest oil field of Vankor from Rosneft for $1.268 billion. OVL had signed the agreement to buy 15% stake in Vankorneft, the developer of the Vankor oil and gas condensate field in Turukhansky district of Krasnoyak Territory in Russia.

In March this year, it signed an initial agreement to buy an additional 11%. That deal is yet to close, he said. Vankor, the largest field to have been discovered and brought into production in Russia in the last 25 years, is located in the northern part of Eastern Siberia.

As of 1 January 2015, the initial recoverable reserves in the Vankor field are estimated at 476 million tonnes of oil and condensate, and 173 billion cubic meters of gas.

The area of the Vankor field is 447 sq. km. Oil and gas condensate production in 2015 was 22 million tonnes. The 15% stake will give OVL 3.3 million tonnes per annum of oil production.

Prior to the deal, Rosneft, Russia’s national oil company, held 100% stake in Vankorneft. This is the fourth biggest acquisition by OVL. It had in 2013 paid $4.125 billion for a 16% stake in Mozambique’s offshore Rovuma Area 1, which holds as much as 75 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves.

In 2009, it had bought Russia-focused Imperial Energy for $2.1 billion. Prior to that in 2001, it had paid $1.7 billion for a 20% interest in the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas field off Russia’s far eastern coast.

With daily output of 442,000 barrels per day, Vankor accounts for 4% of Russian production.

Close