Azule Energy begins operations
bp and Eni confirmed that Azule Energy, the new 50/50 independent joint venture combining the two companies’ Angolan businesses, has been officially established.
Azule Energy is now Angola’s largest independent equity producer of oil and gas, holding 2 billion barrels equivalent of net resources and growing to about 250,000 barrels equivalent a day (boe/d) of equity oil and gas production over the next 5 years. It holds stakes in 16 licences (of which 6 are exploration blocks) and a participation in Angola LNG JV. Azule Energy will also take over Eni’s share in Solenova, a solar company jointly held with Sonangol, and the collaboration in the Luanda Refinery.
Azule Energy boasts a strong pipeline of new projects that are scheduled to come on stream over the next few years, growing organically from exploration discoveries. These include the Agogo Full Field and PAJ oil projects in Blocks 15/06 and 31 respectively, and the New Gas Consortium (NGC), the first non-associated gas project in the country, which will support the energy needs of Angola’s growing economy and strengthen its role as a global LNG exporter. The JV also holds significant exploration acreage in excess of 30,000 sqkm in Angola’s most prolific basins, allowing it to leverage proximity with existing infrastructures.
Azule Energy’s leadership team draws on experience and expertise from both parent companies. The leadership team will report to a six-person board comprising three bp and three Eni representatives, reflecting the ownership share of the company. All bp Angola and Eni Angola staff have joined Azule Energy.
Eni and bp share common goals for Azule Energy in achieving environmental and sustainability ambitions. They believe that combining their efforts will create more efficient operations and offer the potential for increased investment, job creation and growth in Angola. They anticipate Azule Energy’s new independent, integrated operating model will unlock significant cost savings, mainly from operational synergies in logistics and technology.
The JV incorporation takes place after the pending conditions were met, among them having secured a third-party financing of $2.5 billion in the form of Pre-Export Financing, and after receiving regulatory approvals.
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