NNPCL Signs OML 130 Agreements with SAPERO, TUPNI, CNOOC, others

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has announced the signing of a suite of agreements on oil mining license (OML) 130.

The company made the announcement through its official Twitter account on Thursday, May 25 by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Garba Deen Muhammed. The agreements were signed in Abuja.

According to the NNPCL, the agreement on OML 130 was signed with five partners including the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC). The NNPCL statement read:

“Today marked a significant milestone as we executed the OML 130 Suite of Agreements with our valued partners: CNOOC, SAPETRO, TUPNI, PRIME 130, and NUPRC.

“The suite included a Production Sharing Contract, Heads of Agreement Amendment, Settlement Repayment Agreement, Concession Contracts for 1 PPL and 3 PMLs, and Lease & License Instruments.”

A Production Sharing Contract (PSC) between NNPCL and its Contractors; China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) & South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO) with Total Upstream Nigeria (TUPNI) as the operator.

A Heads of Agreement (HoA) Amendment between NNPCL, TUPNI, SAPETRO, PRIME 130, & CNOOC.

A Settlement Repayment Agreement (SRA) Addendum between NNPCL and its Contractors (CNOOC & SAPETRO)

Concession Contracts for one Petroleum Prospecting License (PPL) and three (3) Petroleum Mining Leases (PML) Lease & License Instruments between NNPC, TUPNI, SAPETRO, PRIME 130, and the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC).

OML 130 is a deepwater block located 130 kilometers offshore Niger Delta at water depths of over 1000 meters. The block contains the producing Akpo and Egina fields and the Preowei discovery.

OML 130 was formerly known as oil prospecting license (OPL) 246, the asset was awarded in 1998 to SAPETRO and was later converted to OML 130 in February 2005 after the commercial discovery of oil in Akpo and Egina in 2000 and 2003 respectively

In August 2020, Nairametrics reported that the NNPC signed a Head of terms agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and indigenous oil production firm -South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO). The agreement was a part of the efforts that were taken toward resolving all the disputes arising from the OML 130 Production Sharing Contract.

The agreements will help in firming up the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Preowei field project which was suspended by Total in 2020 as a result of market forces and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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