ADNOC Awards exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 5 to Occidental
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, the signing of an exploration concession agreement, awarding the exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 5 to Occidental, a US-based international oil and gas exploration and production company.
The award has been approved by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) and follows the SPC’s endorsement last month for ADNOC to begin awarding exploration blocks in Abu Dhabi’s second competitive block bid round.
This award to Occidental represents a further deepening of the UAE-USA strategic bilateral relationship as well as the continued expansion of ADNOC’s strategic partnerships with those who can provide technology and capabilities, capital and access to key growth markets for the company’s crude oil and products.
Occidental will hold a 100 percent stake in the exploration phase, investing up to AED 514 million ($140 million), including a participation fee, to explore for and appraise oil and gas opportunities in the block that covers an onshore area of 4,212 square kilometers southeast of Abu Dhabi city. New 3D seismic data has been acquired over a large part of the block, which combined with its proximity to the existing onshore oil and gas fields, suggests the concession area has promising potential.
The exploration concession agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group CEO, and Vicki Hollub, President and CEO of Occidental.
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