Croatia: Five companies awarded licences for 10 exploration blocks in the Adriatic

Jan 04, 2015 12:00 AM

On Jan 2, the Croatian Government granted 10 licences for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic.

These decisions were preceded by the first licence round for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic, which was concluded on 3rd November 2014 and the received bids were evaluated by an Expert Committee headed by Minister of the Economy, Ivan Vrdoljak.

Bids were received from a total number of 6 companies for 15 exploration areas. The Expert Committee has positively evaluated bids for 10 exploration areas and finally awarded 10 licences. In accordance with the decisions, Marathon Oil, OMV, ENI, MEDOILGAS and INA gained the right to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the first offshore license round.

A Consortium of bidders Marathon Oil and OMV was granted a licence for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in seven exploration blocks. The assigned exploration blocks are North Adriatic 8, Central Adriatic 10, Central Adriatic 11, Central Adriatic 22, Central Adriatic 23, South Adriatic 27 and South Adriatic 28.

A Consortium of bidders ENI and MEDOILGAS was granted a licence for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in one exploration block, Central Adriatic 9.

INA was granted a licence for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in two exploration blocks, South Adriatic 25 and South Adriatic 26.

The estimated value of investment plans in the exploration activities for which the companies were competing amounts 4 billion HRK. It should be noted that 100 million HRK  will be paid directly to the state budget after signing the contracts. We are extremely pleased with the job done. These are serious companies with extensive experience using the latest technology that meet the most demanding environmental standards, said Minister of the Economy, Ivan Vrdoljak.

The companies were also competing with signature bonus. The minimum prescribed signature bonus was 1.4 million HRK, which would amount for the 10 exploration blocks to 14 million HRK. But as a result of public tender 10 times higher value of signature bonus is achieved.

With today's decisions of the Croatian Government, we can start negotiations on signing the Production Sharing Agreement. Awarded companies were obliged to accept the provisions of the draft Production Sharing Agreement already in their offers, since it was a part of the documentation for tendering and to enclose all the provisions  that they want to alter in the negotiations. The final deadline for signing the Agreement is 3 months from the issuance of licenses, namely 2nd April 2015, said the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, Barbara Doric.

The country is also running an international tender for onshore oil and gas exploration which expires in February and has revived plans to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal on the island of Krk.


For information regarding the Croatian offshore licensing round, see Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency web site

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