Australian minnow FAR has announced plans to return cash to shareholders, while still going ahead with drilling a well off The Gambia.
FAR has booked a Stena Drilling rig for an exploration well in The Gambia at the end of the year.
Australia’s FAR Ltd has struck a deal to sell its Senegal interests to India’s ONGC for $45 million plus some costs.
Australia’s FAR did not exercise its right to pre-empt the sale of Cairn Energy’s stake in the Sangomar field, as the company works to find a buyer for its own interest.
Australia’s FAR is in default for its payments due on the Sangomar field, following recent talk of delays in Senegal’s upstream plans.
Australia’s FAR has been unable to secure financing for its stake in the Sangomar field development and so has begun a process to sell all, or a part, of its stake in the Senegalese project.
Australia’s FAR has temporarily suspended plans for drilling offshore The Gambia, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while the oil price crash has made talks on securing debt for Senegal’s Sangomar development harder.
Developing the SNE field will require capital expenditure of around $4.2 billion, a presentation by Australia’s FAR has said, versus the previous projection of $3bn.