Gambia strips firms of oil licences and warns against 'speculation'
Gambia has stripped three oil firms of their exploration and production licences, according to a statement by the president’s office that accused them of failing to meet their contractual obligations. The statement, issued on Tuesday, said West Africa-focused African Petroleum and its partner Buried Hill Energy had lost offshore Blocks A1 and A4. Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum also lost its Lower River onshore block, it said.
‘These licences have been terminated with immediate effect. The Gambia government will not allow any institution to acquire licences only to keep them for speculation,’ the statement said. ‘In our bid to harness our natural resources for the benefit of Gambians, we are not going to deal with speculators,’ it added.
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