May 24, 2024
NIGER DELTA: NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition
NIGER DELTA: NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip's oil assets
NIGER DELTA: NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip’s oil assets
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NIGER DELTA: NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip’s oil assets

 

By Eyo Nsima

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, has challenged the acquisition of Nigerian Agip Oil Company onshore (land) assets by Oando Plc in Nigeria.

NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip's oil assets
NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip’s oil assets

The sale of Oil Mining Lease, OMLs 60, 61, 62 and 63 was targeted at enabling Agip to escape from onshore challenges while providing Oando the opportunity to increase its assets base in the Niger Delta.

However, in a letter to the managing director of Nigerian Agip Oil Company and the Chief Operating Officer of Oando Oil Limited, OOL, NNPC Limited, stated: “Our attention has been drawn to various reports circulating on different media platforms concerning an alleged divestment of NAOC participating in the OML mentioned above to Oando Oil Limited. A duly signed press statement allegedly emanating from OOL dated 4th September 2023 affirms that NAOC has assigned its entire 20 percent participating interest in the said OMLs to OOL.

“While we are yet to confirm the authenticity of the purported divestment, we would like you to note that the purported divestment, if true, would have the following far-reaching contractual/ legal implications in relation to the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) dated July 1991 governing the operations of NAOC/NEPL/OOL joint venture.”

NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip's oil assets
NNPCL kicks against Oando acquisition of Agip’s oil assets

The letter signed by Ali Muhammed Zarah, managing director, NNPC EandP Limited, stated: “It is imperative for you to know that failure for you to obtain NEPL’s prior written consent and approval with regards to the alleged transfer of your interest in the joint asset constitutes a grave breach of the terms of the JOA and NEPL’s reserves its right in relation to the said breach- including NEPL’s entitlement to invalidate the purported assignment to OOL

“Please note that as holders of 60 percent participating interest in the NEPL/NAOC/ OOL JV, we are indeed concerned that the entire purported assignment was executed without due compliance with the terms of JOA. We expect that all parties to the JOA will comply and observe the terms of the JOA.”

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