Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has moved strategically in recent times to increase its stakes in the country’s oilfields
The move allows Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to own 7% more in the TEN and Jubilee blocks.
Currently, GNPC owns stakes of 13.64% and 10% in the Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme (TEN) and Jubilee oilfields respectively.
Earlier, there was trench warfare between the companies engaged in the battle for the stakes in the two oilfields.
Kosmos Energy has been leading the pack for many months.
Reports say that in mid-September, in an attempt to get final approval from the Energy Ministry, Kosmos offered the 7% stake in Jubilee and TEN.
Asset sales are a key part of the strategy of Occidental, the parent company, to pay back debt after long-term borrowing surged nearly five times to more than US$48 billion following the 2019 purchase of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Occidental has sold nearly $9.2 billion of assets since then, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Occidental acquired the Ghana assets under the Anadarko takeover.
In a related development, sources in the industry say that GNPC, the Ministry of Energy and partners in the Aker/AGM blocks spent the whole week negotiating in Dubai.
The sources say the talks were not conclusive.
The Government of Ghana is seeking to negotiate the two blocks separately, unlike Aker’s preferred option, which is to sell the two as a unit.
The petroleum sector witnessed its first acquisition in May 2011 when EO Group, a Ghanaian-owned firm, sold its stake in the Jubilee fields to Tullow Oil Ghana.
The transaction involved the transfer of the company’s 3.5% stake in the field to the operator in return for $305 million.
After that transaction came the Sabre-PetroSA deal in 2012, which was followed by six years of no transfers in the sector.
In 2018, however, the Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Roekke made a strong entry into the country with a deal that introduced his petroleum company, Aker Energy, into Ghana’s energy sector.
The company paid $100 million for Hess Ghana’s 50% stake in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block (DWT/CTP).