Cluff Natural Resources has acquired up to a 25 per cent interest in three North Sea oil projects operated by Parkmead Group. It estimates that they could contain 400m barrels of recoverable oil.
Cluff recently told City A.M. that the oil price had finally hit a bottom and would soon start to recover, even warning it could rebound with a vengeance. Brent crude has risen about 50 per cent since falling to multi-year lows in January.
"We are delighted to have been able to take advantage of the current circumstances in the North Sea which have seen a number of very high quality exploration and appraisal assets become available at low or even no cost," Cluff, who is chief executive of Cluff Natural Resources, said in a statement.
Oil prices falling from around $110 in June 2014 to just $40 today has heaped pressure on North Sea oil companies' balance sheets. This has also hit the value of their assets, making them a lot cheaper for prospective buyers.
The Companies website says: "Cluff Natural Resources is a London based, AIM listed Natural Resources investing company with a portfolio of 5 Southern North Sea conventional gas licences and 9 Underground Coal Gasification licences.
"Our Southern North Sea licences are located in shallow water, close to new infrastructure in a region that has seen recent exploration success and major developments based on new play concepts and technological improvements in both seismic imaging and well completion strategies.
"To date the Company has been organically building an attractive portfolio of assets through participation in licencing rounds, however current market conditions has presented an opportunity to potentially acquire a number of exciting assets within the UKCS and further afield."
Shares in Cluff Natural Resources closed up 6.67 per cent to 2p per share yesterday on the news.
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