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Hyperdynamics Corp  (HDYN)
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Hyperdynamics Corp

Business Description

We are an independent oil and gas exploration company and have been the Operator of a concession to explore 5,000 square kilometers of acreage in offshore Republic of Guinea ("Guinea") in Northwest Africa pursuant to rights granted to us by Guinea (the "Concession") under a Hydrocarbon Production Sharing Contract, as amended ("PSC"). The PSC granted to us the right to explore for hydrocarbons on the Concession and, if commercial discoveries are made, submit for the approval of the authorities of Guinea a development plan aimed at producing discovered hydrocarbons over a period of 25 years.

The following discussion generally assumes that an appraisal period on the Concession is granted by the government of Guinea on acceptable terms. If this does not occur, the PSC will have terminated by its terms on September 21, 2017, and we will not have any exploration asset nor any prospect of revenues or cash flows to cover current obligations and ongoing operating expenses. On November 14, 2017, we had $0.7 million in unrestricted cash and $9.9 million in current liabilities. Absent cash inflows, we will exhaust our current available liquidity within the next three months.

We sold a 23% gross interest in the Concession to Dana Petroleum, PLC (“Dana”), a subsidiary of the Korean National Oil Corporation, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and a 40% gross interest to Tullow Guinea Ltd. (“Tullow”) during the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Tullow became the Operator of the Concession on April 1, 2013. Dana and Tullow transferred their interest back to us on August 15, 2016 following a dispute stemming from their refusal to resume petroleum operations. As part of the legal settlement with Tullow, we received long-lead items useful in the drilling of an exploratory well, and $0.7 million in cash, in return for a mutual release of all claims. We also agreed to pay Dana a success fee which is based upon $50,000 per million barrels upon declaration of the certified commercial reserves of the Fatala-1 well, if it results in a discovery. On September 15, 2016, we signed a Second Amendment to the PSC with the Government of Guinea granting us 100% interest in the Concession and designating us as Operator and received a Presidential Decree on September 22, 2016. On March 30, 2017, we sold a 50% interest in the Concession to SAPETRO and executed a Third Amendment to the PSC with the Government of Guinea on April 12, 2017. We received a Presidential Decree on April 21, 2017. As required by this Presidential Decree, we commenced drilling operations upon the Pacific Scirocco drillship entering Guinean continental shelf waters, and subsequent to that, spudded the Fatala-1 well on August 11, 2017, for which drilling operations were completed on September 8, 2017.


We have been conducting exploration work related to offshore Guinea since 2002. On September 22, 2006, we entered into the PSC with Guinea. Under that agreement, we were granted certain exclusive contractual rights to explore and exploit offshore oil and gas reserves, if any, off the coast of Guinea. We refer to the rights to the offshore area subject to the Concession as the "Contract Area."

On March 25, 2010, we entered into the First PSC Amendment with Guinea. In May 2010, the government of Guinea issued a Presidential Decree approving the PSC, as amended by the First PSC Amendment. The First PSC Amendment clarified that we retained a Contract Area of approximately 25,000 square kilometers or 30% of the original Contract Area under the PSC. The First PSC Amendment required that an additional 25% of the retained Contract Area be relinquished by September 21, 2013 as part of the renewal of the second exploration period. As of June 30, 2016, the Contract Area was 18,750 square kilometers. Under the terms of the First PSC Amendment, the first exploration period ended and the second exploration period began on September 21, 2010. The second exploration period ran until September 2013, at which point it was renewed to September 2016.

The First PSC Amendment required the drilling of an exploration well, which had to be commenced by year-end 2011 and drilled to a minimum depth of 2,500 meters below seabed. This requirement was satisfied with the drilling of the Sabu-1 well which was commenced during October of 2011 and reached the minimum depth of 2,500 meters below the seabed in February of 2012. It also required the acquisition of at least 2,000-square kilometers of 3D seismic data which was satisfied by the 3,600-square kilometer seismic acquisition in 2010-2011. To satisfy the September 2013-2016 work requirement, the Consortium is required to commence drilling of an additional exploration well by the end of September 2016, to a minimum depth of 2,500 meters below seabed. We spent approximately $200 million fulfilling work obligations under the PSC through fiscal 2016.

Under the First PSC Amendment, Guinea may participate in development of any discovery at a participating interest of up to 15% of costs being carried for its share. The cost of that carry is to be recovered out of 62.5% of Guinea's share of cost and profit oil. It also required the establishment of an annual training budget for the benefit of Guinea's oil industry personnel, and obligated the Consortium to pay an annual surface tax of $2.00 per square kilometer on the retained Concession acreage. The First PSC Amendment further provided that should the Guinea government note material differences between provisions of the First PSC Amendment and international standards or the Petroleum Code, the parties will renegotiate the relevant articles.

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