A ratings agency has highlighted the amount of cash that Israeli-owned Ithaca Energy will generate in the North Sea after it completes the acquisition of a big portfolio of assets in the area from Chevron.

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Ithaca put itself on course to become one of the biggest players in the North Sea in May when it clinched a $2billion deal to buy Chevron’s assets in the Central North Sea for $2 billion.

“Ithaca’s portfolio in the North Sea, after the acquisition, will make the company a key player in the region,” said S&P Global Ratings in a note on Ithaca.

The agency added: “We expect Ithaca will be able to generate material cash flows of about $0.5 billion a year that could support further organic growth and some potential distributions to its shareholder.”

Aberdeen-based Ithaca was acquired by Delek Group in 2017 in a deal that valued the firm at £1bn and which reflected the acquiror’s belief in the potential of the North Sea.

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Following the announcement of the Chevron deal, Delek chief executive Asi Bartfeld said the firm saw exciting growth opportunities in the North Sea.

The deal continued a shake-up in the North Sea, which has involved American firms selling UK assets to raise funds to invest in the US.

In April America’s Conoco-Phillips agreed to sell its North Sea business to private equity-backed Chrysaor for $2.7bn.