OML 118: NNPC, SNEPCo, Others Sign MoU

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…Deal to yield over $780m in immediate revenues to government 

L-R: The managing director, Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd, Mr Roberto Daniele; managing director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo), Mr Bayo Ojulari; group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari; managing director, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd, Mr Mike Sangster; and managing director, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Richard Laing, displaying the agreements signed on the resolution of disputes to give OML118 a new lease of life yesterday in Abuja.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its production sharing contract (PSC) partners – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG), Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) and Nigerian Agip Exploration (NAE) – have executed agreements to renew oil mining lease (OML) 118 for another 20 years.

Five agreements were signed and they include, dispute settlement agreement, settlement agreement, historical gas agreement, escrow agreement and renewed PSC agreement.

In his remarks, the group managing director of the corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, said over $10bn of investment would be unlocked as a result of the agreements which signalled the end of the long-standing disputes over the interpretation of the fiscal terms of the production sharing contracts (PSC) and the emplacement of a clear and fair framework for the development of the huge deep-water assets in Nigeria.   

“This is an indication of a renewed confidence between NNPC and her partners; between the government and the investing communities which include NNPC. It produces value for all of us by providing a clear line of sight for investment in the Bonga bloc of around $10billion,” Kyari stated.

He disclosed that the deal would yield over $780 million in immediate revenues to the government while it would also free the parties from over $9 billion in contingent liabilities.

He added: “Ultimately, these agreements will engender growth in our country where investment will come in for other assets, not just in the deep-water, but even for new investors. It is an opportunity for them to see that this country is ready for business,” the GMD enthused.

Kyari thanked President Buhari, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timpre Sylva, and the NNPC board of directors for enabling the corporation to achieve the laudable landmark.

Also speaking at the event, the country chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Osunbor, said the OML 118 renewal agreement would remain a watershed in the history of deep-water investments in Nigeria, assuring that the giant stride would further bolster investor confidence in the country. 

Speaking in a similar vein, the managing director of SNEPCo, Mr Bayo Ojulari stated that the agreements marked the end of a twelve-year dispute that had marred business relationship and affected trust and investment.

“Today, we have signed agreements that define the future of deep-water for Nigeria. This is the first deep-water block that was developed in Nigeria and it is also the first one that we are resolving all the disputes that will lay the foundation for the resolution of other PSCs,” the SNEPCo helmsman stated. 

A statement by the group general manager, group public affairs division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said the managing directors of Total, Mike Sangster, Exxonmobil, Richard Laing and NAOC, Roberto Danielle, all applauded the GMD NNPC, Mallam Kyari, for providing leadership which engendered the resolution of the disputes, assuring that the agreements would attract more investments into the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

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