• Hartshead continued to progress the Phase I development of the Anning and Somerville
gas fields with the award of Platform and Subsea Front-End Engineering Design (FEED)
contracts to Petrofac.
• TelosNRG appointed to advise on the Phase I Development Field Development Plan (FDP).
• Evaluation and securing of vessels for planned seabed and environmental geophysical and
geotechnical surveys conducted.
• Completion of the initial phase of a partial divestment process with interest from a
number of potential industry partners, a sub-set of which entered into late-stage due
diligence and negotiations.
• Applications for the UK 33rd Offshore Licensing Round commenced and progressed.
• Appointment of Steve McCraith a highly experienced Wells Manager.
• Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter of A$8.9 million.
Commenting on the Quarter, CEO of Hartshead, Chris Lewis, said:
“Firstly I’d like to welcome Steve McCraith on board as Wells Manager, and with his valuable input
already having a significant impact on the wells work required for our Phase 1 development, I look
forward to seeing this progress under his expert management and guidance.
Progress on Phase I Field Development continues apace with ever growing momentum. Engineering
studies for the selected platform and pipeline development concepts have been awarded, which,
once completed, will form the technical basis for tendering for the Platform construction and
Pipeline laying contracts.
The partial divestment process has achieved a significant milestone, with the initial phase complete
and the process now entering into late-stage due diligence and negotiations. Discussions with
potential partners continue and I look forward to providing a further update in the near future.
We continue our work with Shell with the engineering study for the offtake route ongoing as we
continue to further define the various engineering aspects of the tie-in and the offshore and onshore
facilities. I would like to thank Petrofac and Shell for their continued support in this work.
Finally, having the UK’s 33rd Licensing Round launched on the 7th of October with a little over three
months to prepare and submit applications was an interesting start to the Quarter. Although such
tight timelines and a particularly busy festive period were unexpected, as ever, the Hartshead Team
put their collective shoulders to the task and we are very pleased with what has been submitted. Once
again, the Team has my gratitude for all their hard work, particularly over the holiday period.
I would also like to thank shareholder for their ongoing support to date and we look forward to
creating further value throughout 2023 and beyond.”
SEAWARD PRODUCTION LICENSE P2607, OFFSHORE UNITED KINGDOM (HARTSHEAD RESOURCES 100% AND OPERATOR)
Hartshead Resources NL (ASX:HHR) (Hartshead, HHR or the Company) is pleased to provide an
overview of the Company’s quarterly activities for the period ending 31 December 2022 (Quarter,
The Company’s Seaward Production License P2607 covers five contiguous blocks (48/15c, 49/6c,
49/11c, 49/12d and 49/17b) located in the Southern North Sea (Figure 1) with 301.5 Bcf1 of
independently audited 2P Reserves and 139 Bcf2 of 2C Contingent Resources within four existing
PHASE I FIELD DEVELOPMENT – ANNING AND SOMERVILLE GAS FIELDS
Award of Platform and Subsea Engineering Design (FEED) contracts to Petrofac
During the Reporting Period, Petrofac Facilities Management Limited (Petrofac) was awarded two
contracts in respect of (i) the Platforms FEED contract for the Anning and Somerville unmanned
minimum facilities jackets and topsides and (ii) the Subsea FEED contract for the interconnecting
subsea-pipelines connecting to the Shell Exploration & Production UK Limited (Shell) Corvette export
system with onward gas transport to the Leman-A complex and associated risers via the Anning
platform. The award of the FEED contracts signals a significant milestone as the Phase I development
progresses from Concept Select into Concept Define, prior to entering the execution phase at Final
Investment Decision (FID) which is expected to occur later in 2023.
Appointment of TelosNRG Limited
TelosNRG Limited (Telos), a UK based consultancy that provide technical, QHSE and management
advisory services across the energy and renewables sectors, was appointed during the Reporting
Period to assist and advise Hartshead with the preparation of the Phase I Field Development Plan
(FDP), which is expected to be submitted to the NSTA during Q1 2023.
Environmental Geophysical and Geotechnical Surveys
The evaluation of contracts for the Phase I development geotechnical and geophysical surveys with a
view to securing vessels for deployment in 2023 was also conducted during Q4 2022. The main
objectives of the surveys were to provide the Company with an interpretation of the seabed
geomechanical and soil conditions at the Anning and Somerville field locations and along the pipeline
route. The results of the geotechnical and geophysical surveys will form a critical component of the
Environmental Statement, with an understanding of the seabed conditions at the Phase I field locations
and along the pipeline route also required for completing the subsea and platform FEED design
Investment Process for Industry Partnering
Following the appointment of LAB Energy Advisors Limited (LAB Energy), announced in June 2022, an
update was provided during Q4 2022, with LAB advising the Company on industry partnering for its
Phase I development via a partial divestment process.
The Company reported that it has completed the initial phase of a partial divestment process with
interest from a number of potential industry partners, a sub-set of which had entered the next stage
of the process involving further due diligence and negotiations. The objective of the process is to
secure an industry partner and funding for the development of the Phase I Anning and Somerville gas
The Company remains confident of a successful outcome to the LAB Energy farm-out/partnering
process given the high level of interest shown in Hartshead’s Phase I assets, however uncertainty
inevitably remains with respect to ultimately securing an industry partner, subject to continuing
discussions and negotiations, which the Company hopes to successfully conclude at the end of Q1
Appointment of Highly Experienced Wells Manager
In November 2022, the Company announced the appointment of Stephen McCraith as Wells Manager
within its UK Southern Gas Basin Phase I development project management team.
As a highly experienced Well Engineering and Drilling Manager with over 33 years’ UK North Sea
experience, Stephen has an impressive track record of delivering major drilling programmes in the
upstream oil & gas sector and brings a wealth of operating experience to Hartshead as the Company
enters the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) stage of the Phase I development of the Anning and
Somerville gas fields.
The majority of Stephen’s career was spent with Shell International and Shell UK Exploration and
Production in Rig Superintendent and Drilling Operations Manager roles, where he was responsible
for all types drilling operations, including exploration and development drilling, infill drilling, well
testing, coiled tubing operations and other well intervention services.
Stephen has also worked for several other UK North Sea Operators and service companies, including
Talisman Energy, KCA Deutag Drilling and Premier Oil/Harbour Energy, in senior Well Engineering
roles, where he had responsibility for delivery of their complete UK North Sea operated and nonoperated drilling programmes, including the recent Tolmount field development in the UK Southern
Gas Basin. As a highly experienced oil & gas professional with in-depth knowledge of offshore drilling
operations, Stephen is familiar with all aspects of HSEQ and management systems relating to well
engineering activities, well integrity and assurance, which will be critical to our Phase I development
well planning activities on the Anning and Somerville gas fields.
Stephen holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Exploration & Mining Geology from University College Cardiff, an
MSc degree in Drilling Engineering from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and is a Chartered
NEW VENTURES – UK 33RD OFFSHORE LICENSING ROUND
Hartshead confirmed that the Company would participate in the UK 33rd Offshore Licensing Round
announced by the NSTA with a closing date of 12 January 2023 for the submission of applications. The
results of the licensing round and awards are expected to be announced later in 2023.
CORPORATE & FINANCIAL
During the Quarter, Hartshead Resources NL announced that its Registered Office and Principal Place
of Business have changed, with immediate effect to:
Hartshead’s closing cash and cash equivalents at the end of the Quarter were A$8.9 million.
Pursuant to Listing Rule 5.4.1, Exploration and Evaluation Expenditure during the quarter was A$970K
and was comprised of field development activities; including discussions with third party
infrastructure owners to identify a preferred gas transportation and processing route. Further details
of the development activity during the December 2022 quarter are set out in this report.
Pursuant to Listing Rule 5.4.2 there were no substantive oil and gas production activities undertaken
during the quarter.
Pursuant to Listing Rule 5.4.5, payments to related parties and their associates during the quarter as
outlined in Section 6 of the accompanying Appendix 5B to this quarterly activities report were A$884K.
These payments are related to salaries, superannuation and directors’ fees paid to directors and
related entities during the December 2022 quarter.
The Board of Directors of Hartshead Resources NL authorised this announcement dated 30 January 2023
to be given to ASX.
PETROLEUM REPORTING STATEMENTS
UK Southern North Sea Production Seaward License P2607 – Reserves, Contingent and Prospective
Please refer to the qualified person’s statement relating to the reporting of reserves on Hartshead
Resources Southern North Sea License P2607 in Hartshead’s ASX announcements dated 23 June 2022.
Please refer to the qualified person’s statement relating to the reporting of contingent and
prospective resources on Hartshead Resources Southern North Sea License P2607 in Hartshead’s ASX
announcements dated 6 April 2022 and 8 March 2022.
The Company is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information
about the contingent resource or prospective resource estimates included in this announcement and
all the material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning those estimates in this
announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.