Centrica Plc has reached an agreement with Total E&P UK Ltd to acquire their non-operated portfolio of producing oil and gas assets and associated infrastructure in the Central North Sea (CNS) for a total cash consideration of $388 million. Around 20% of the consideration is allocated to UK tax allowances. The transaction is effective 1-Jul-2011 and is expected to close on a field by field basis with earliest closing date expected to be in Jul-2012, subject to necessary approvals. Scotia Waterous has acted as an advisor to Total on this transaction. Continue reading here..