Premier Oil

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Premier Oil plc
Traded asLSEPMO
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Key people
Roy Franklin, (Chairman)
Anthony R. C. Durrant, (CEO)
Revenue$1,397.5 million (2018)[1]
$531.0 million (2018)[1]
$133.4 million (2018)[1]

Premier Oil plc (LSEPMO) is an independent UK oil company with gas and oil interests in the UK, Asia, Africa and Mexico. It is devoted entirely to the 'upstream' sector of the industry - the exploitation of oil and gas - as opposed to the 'downstream' refining and retail sector. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The Company started trading in 1934 as the Caribbean Oil Company with the intention of pursuing oil and gas exploration and production activities in Trinidad.[2] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1936 as Premier (Trinidad) Oilfields[2] For the next two decades, the Company concentrated its attention on oil production in Trinidad.[2] The Company acquired its first interest in the North Sea in 1971; it expanded its operations in the UK Continental Shelf throughout the 1970s, merging with the Ball and Collins North Sea Consortium in 1977[3] to gain significant interests in the North Sea as well as properties in Sudan and West Africa. In 1984, the Company took a 12½% stake in the onshore oilfield at Wytch Farm in Dorset.[4]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Premier enjoyed a series of exploration successes, notably the discovery of the Qadirpur gas field in Pakistan in 1990, the Fife and Angus fields in the UK Continental Shelf and the Yetagun gas field in Myanmar in 1992, as well as the offshore extension to Wytch Farm.[2] The Yetagun transaction involved Premier entering into a deal directly with the Myanmar government.[5]

In 1995, Premier acquired Pict Petroleum. As a consequence, Amerada Hess which had a substantial stake in Pict came to hold 25% of Premier's enlarged equity. From this point, Premier was participating in numerous North Sea oil and gas fields, including Fife, Fergus, Galahad and Scott.[6]

In 1996 the Company diverted its attention to the Far east acquiring Sumatra Gulf Oil Limited, which had interests in Indonesia,[2] and in 1997 went further buying Texaco's interests in Myanmar.[2]

In 1998, Premier and Shell brought together their exploration and production interests in Pakistan to form a joint venture company, PSP (Premier & Shell Pakistan).[2] In May 2001, Premier announced an asset swap with Shell which dismantled the partnership and, in September 2001, the formation of a new joint venture with Kufpec called Premier Kufpec Pakistan (PKP).[2] Premier and Kufpec unwound the PKP joint venture in July 2007.[7]

Petronas, the Malaysian oil company, decided to invest significant cash in the Company in 1999 buying a 25% stake.[8]

A restructuring took place in 2002 which saw Petronas and Amerada Hess each give up their 25% holdings in Premier Oil in return for taking various Premier assets. Petronas received the Group's interest in Myanmar as well as stakes in Indonesian interests. Amerada Hess received a 23% stake in a key Natuna oil field in Indonesia.[9]

In 2004 the Company acquired a 75% stake in an oil interest in Vietnam.[10]

In April 2014, Premier rejected two secret bid approaches from Ophir Energy which wanted to combine both firms into an oil exploration group for around £3 billion. Premier Oil’s board unanimously rejected the bid.[11]

In June 2014, the company received final approval from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change for the development of the Catcher area oil and gas block in the North Sea, of which the company owns 50% and has operating rights. Oil was expected to be flowing by mid-2017.[12]

In January 2016, its shares were suspended [13] pending an announcement, regarding potential acquisition of assets by Premier which might be regarded as a reverse takeover. Trading recommenced on 1 February 2016, with the company announcing that it had agreed to acquire the whole of E.ON's UK North Sea assets for a net consideration of $120 million.[14]

In July 2017, Premier Oil's shares rose nearly 40 percent on news it discovered potentially more than 1 billion barrels of oil off the coast of Mexico in the Zama-1 formation, a project in which it holds a 25 percent interest in the block alongside Talos Energy and Sierra Oil and Gas.[15]


As of April 2017, the Company holds licence interests in the following countries:[16]

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  1. ^ a b c "Annual Results 2018" (PDF). Premier Oil. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Home". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Premier Oil plc". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Geology of The Dorset Coast" House, M.R. London, The Geologists' Association 1993 ISBN 0900717580
  5. ^ "Corporate Watch : Premier Oil plc : Corporate Crimes". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Graham Hulbert. "Premier Oil - UK contact details and mergers & acquisitions". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Premier and Kufpec to split Pakistani venture". Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  8. ^ The Petronas stable
  9. ^ Premier worth exploring on bid hopes
  10. ^ "Premier Oil is Delek Energy's new partner in Vietnam prospect". Archived from the original on 31 May 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  11. ^ Premier spurns Ophir bid to forge $5 billion oil group, International: Reuters, 2014
  12. ^ "Green signal to Premier's Catcher area oil block development". BBC News. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ "suspension". Share Compare. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Premier Oil Up as Trading Re-commences". Share Compare. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Premier Oil's major Mexican oil discovery boosts shares". Reuters. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Global Licence Interests". Retrieved 14 July 2017.

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