ADNOC in 'advanced discussions' for ADMA-OPCO concession renewal

ADNOC in 'advanced discussions' for ADMA-OPCO concession renewal
The concession will be comprise a mix of the Lower Zakum field, Umm Shaif, Nasr, Umm Lulu and Satah Al Razboot (SARB) oilfields.
Published: 8 August 2017 - 4:02 a.m.
By: Indrajit Sen

In yet another major announcement, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has revealed today it is in ‘advanced discussions’ with more than a dozen potential partners who have expressed a ‘significant interest’ in the offshore concession, currently operated by its subsidiary the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) that expires next March.

The potential partners are a mix of existing concession holders in ADNOC’s offshore fields as well as new participants, the Emirati oil giant has said in a press statement.

The manner in which ADNOC says it will manage the ADMA-OPCO concession is significant too – the existing asset will be split into two, or more, concessions with new terms to unlock greater value and increase partnership opportunities.

The concession will be comprise a mix of the Lower Zakum field, Umm Shaif, Nasr, Umm Lulu and Satah Al Razboot (SARB) oilfields. ADNOC, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government, will retain a 60% shareholding in the new concession areas.

“We have received great interest in the concessions from both existing and potential new partners. Discussions are progressing well and companies have been drawn by our stable investment environment and ADNOC’s reliability as a partner, as well as the attractive and sustainable returns that will be generated,” Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and group CEO of ADNOC has said of the announcement.

“As part of ADNOC’s new partnership approach, we look forward to working with partners who will bring new and innovative thinking to the table. Partners who can demonstrate tangible value-add to our operations through technology, expertise, long term capital and market access, as well as a shared commitment to drive operational performance and efficiency to deliver smart growth and strong financial returns. Our ideal partners should also be willing to invest across different parts of our value chain” Al Jaber was quoted as saying in the press release received by arabianoilandgas.com.

Following ADNOC’s 2016 announcement to consolidate the offshore operations of ADMA-OPCO and the Zakum Development Company (ZADCO), the new ADMA concessions and the existing Upper Zakum concession, operated by ZADCO, will be operated by the new integrated offshore company, capitalising on operational synergies and enhanced performance.

The consolidation of the two companies is due to be completed before the end of the year.

Existing shareholders in ADMA-OPCO are BP (14.67%), Total (13.33%) and JODCO (12%). The international shareholders in ZADCO are ExxonMobil (28%) and JODCO (12%). The Abu Dhabi Government, through ADNOC, has a 60% interest in both operating companies.

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