Giants Exxon Mobil, Eni and Sasol Emerge winners of Fifth Mozambique Oil Exploration Licencing Round

OIL RIGOil giants Exxon Mobil, Eni and South Africa based Sasol emerged among the winners of  the Mozambique’s  lucrative exploration rights for fossil fuels off its Indian Ocean.

Exxon Mobil dominated the bids by taking three blocks Out of the six

The companies won the bids in Mozambique’s fifth oil and gas round issued by the Mozambique’s  Institute of National Petroleum (INP) to explore a total of 15 blocks in some 74,259 sq km.

While the announcing the winners of the competitive round, INP was optimistic that the bids received especially from major industrial players are a signal that the country’s oil and gas sector is of great ‘potential’.

“Despite the unfavourable economic situation characterized by low prices of petroleum, the bids received have programs demonstrating that Mozambique is an attractive country with significant oil potential,” the INP said.

Mozambican officials expect more than $30 billion will be invested initially in the natural gas sector to build capacity to produce 20 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG), with first exports due to start in 2018.

On Thursday the INP said it expected investments of around $700 million in the next four years.

The blocks on offer included three new areas of the northern Rovuma Basin, where Eni and U.S. oil major Anadarko Petroleum Corp are already developing multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects.

Mozambique will hold its next bidding rounds to explore new fossil fuel blocks in 2017, a senior official said on Thursday.

“Our strategy now is to do it every two years,” Jose Branquinho, the head of resource assessment at Mozambique’s INP told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Cape Town.

Story Credit: Reuters

See Statement by Mozambique’s  Institute of National Petroleum (INP)

Press Release of Mozambique Oil Exploration bidding results

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