Thursday, February 7, 2013

FracRock announced strategic JV with US oilfield service company

FracRock International, Inc., a privately held oilfield service and technology company registered in the British Virgin Islands, signed an agreement with Manek Energy LLC, an oilfield service company based in Texas.

By the terms of this agreement, Manek Energy will contribute new 40,500 horsepower hydraulic frac equipment package and a fully trained, experienced hydraulic fracturing team to FracRock, in exchange for an interest free note, which will be automatically convertible into shares of FracRock upon the occurrence of certain events. The owners of the Texas company will also be entitled to FracRock Board representation. 

Under the terms of the previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the BVI company will provide its unique eco-friendly methodologies to assist operators in developing the Vaca Muerta shale play in Argentina in an environmentally responsible manner.

The agreement is conditioned upon the completion of a definitive agreement. The transaction is expected to be closed within 60 days.

FracRock's Chief Executive Officer, J. Christopher Boswell, said in his comments: "This agreement is an important step in the evolution of our Company. We visited with many North American based, pressure-pumping companies and the team at Manek stood out as the best partner for FracRock. They're very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to generating results for their clients. The owners of Manek also own and operate a successful E&P company, Richland Resources, and have expressed a willingness to share their valuable experience at drilling and completing economical shale wells in North America."