DUBAI Dec 28 Kuwait Energy said on Wednesday it
signed a forward sale agreement with Vitol providing it with a
financing facility for up to $100 million.
The Kuwaiti oil and gas exploration and production company,
with assets in Egypt, Iraq, Oman and Yemen, said it has received
the first drawdown of $40 million on Dec. 22, and that Vitol
will be repaid via Iraqi crude entitled to Kuwait Energy.
The agreement with Vitol will enable Kuwait Energy to
continue with its production plans in Block 9 in Iraq by
bringing more wells on stream and increasing output.
"$80 million of the proceeds will be spent on Block 9
development (in Iraq) and the remaining $20 million to be spent
on Egyptian assets," the company said in a statement.
"This agreement provides the Company with a long-term buyer
for our Iraqi crude while ensuring the availability of capital
to continue the development of Block 9," said Sara Akbar, chief
executive of Kuwait Energy in the statement.
(Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy; Writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing
by Elaine Hardcastle)