SBM Offshore and YME owners reach conclusion and financial settlement on Yme project

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12 March 2013

SBM Offshore and Talisman Energy Norge AS (Talisman), on behalf of itself and its joint venture partners, have reached a decision to terminate the YME MOPUstor project, including scrapping the existing above surface structure, and ending all joint activity for an agreed cost.

Following an extended period of operational and execution delays, the decision has been taken to remove the MOPU (Mobile Offshore Production Unit), which will subsequently be scrapped. Ownership of the in situ subsea structure will be transferred from SBM Offshore to the Yme license holders, as they assess alternative development concepts for the field.

Subject to an upfront settlement payment of US$ 470 million made by SBM Offshore, Talisman will complete the work necessary to ensure the safe re-manning and will then remove the MOPU from the Yme field. SBM Offshore will manage the transportation and ultimate scrapping of the facility.

All parties will terminate the existing agreements and arbitration procedures with respect to the YME project.

”Delays to first production on the Yme project have been a great disappointment to the Yme joint venture partners,” said Paul Warwick, Executive Vice-President Europe-Atlantic, Talisman Energy. ”Recent analysis has concluded that a new topsides solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field. The arrangement with SBM Offshore allows the Yme joint venture partners to continue to evaluate options for the Yme field.”

Sietze Hepkema, member of the Management Board of SBM Offshore N.V. said: “Today we have resolved the legacy difficulties of Yme at an agreed cost, bringing an end to a period of significant uncertainty for the company. We are confident that with an FPSO-focused strategy and our industry- leading technological skills, SBM Offshore can take full advantage of the strong long-term fundamentals in our markets.”


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