Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, through its affiliate Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, said on October 17 that it has reached an agreement with publicly listed Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco), to sell its shares in Shell Olie-og Gasudvinding Danmark BV (SOGU) for a consideration amount of $1.9 billion. SOGU is a wholly owned Shell subsidiary that holds a 36.8% non-operating interest in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC).
The sale is subject to regulatory approval and expected to be completed in 2019.
Shell’s Upstream Director Andy Brown said the announcement on October 17 is consistent with Shell’s strategy to simplify its portfolio through a $30 billion divestment programme, and contributes to our goal of reshaping the company into a world class investment case.
As part of the agreement, Noreco will assume all of Shell’s existing commitments and obligations, including the Tyra redevelopment and the decommissioning costs associated with the assets.
The sale represents production of some 67,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Shell share) in 2017. Under the agreement, Shell Trading and Supply and Shell Energy Europe Limited will continue to have oil and gas lifting rights from the SOGU assets for a period after completion.
The transaction is a share sale which means that, upon completion, local SOGU staff primarily dedicated to DUC will continue to be employed by their current entity, which will be owned by Noreco at completion.
“We are very proud and grateful to have been part of the Danish Underground Consortium since its inception five decades ago’’ said Shell’s Country Chair, Lee Hodder. ‘’The DUC continues to provide material tax revenues, jobs and energy security to Denmark, and the Tyra redevelopment will ensure that this will be the case for decades to come. I would like to pay tribute to the staff, stakeholders, partners and authorities who have contributed.’’
According to Shell, this transaction has no direct impact on the company’s other businesses in Denmark. Following completion, Shell will retain a Downstream presence in Denmark through A/S Dansk Shell, which includes the Fredericia refinery. The network of Shell-branded retail stations in Denmark continues to be operated by DCC. Shell said the company will continue to evaluate options to grow new business in Denmark if relevant opportunities present themselves.