Finance

South Africa’s Sasol signs $3.9 billion credit facility

November 28, 2017 | Budget & Investment, Company Operations, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | – South Africa’s multinational energy and chemicals group Sasol has signed a $3.9 billion five-year credit facility. According to a note to shareholders issued on Thursday, the initial target was $3bn but due to oversubscription, it increased to $3.9bn. The revolving credit facility includes two further extension options of one year each. Chief financial officer Paul Victor, who was speaking at Sasol’s Capital Markets Day in Sandton on Thursday, said the credit facility would help with liquidity and refining the group’s debt. …

Russia concerns keeps market guessing ahead of OPEC meeting

November 28, 2017 | Commodities & Oilprice, Energy Trading & Markets, OPEC

  OPEC is expected to extend its deal with Russia and other oil producers to keep 1.8 million barrels a day off the market, but what’s not clear is for how long OPEC ministers head to Vienna on Thursday to decide whether to extend output cuts beyond March next year. The prospect, however, of an alliance breakdown between the world’s two largest oil producers threatens to scupper the cartel’s plans. OPEC is expected to extend its deal with Russia and other oil producers to keep 1.8 million barrels …

Petrobras, BTG Pactual to sell their Nigerian oil venture

November 12, 2017 | Asset Acquisitions & Divestitures, Nigeria

London, UK | –  Brasil’s state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) is leading an effort to sell Petrobras Oil and Gas BV (Petrobras Africa), after being joined in the sale by shareholders Grupo BTG Pactual SA and Helios Investments, it said on Thursday. Heavily indebted Petrobras announced plans this week to sell its 50 percent stake, and began sending information on the company to potential investors. It has been joined in the sale by BTG Pactual E&P BV, a subsidiary of investment bank Grupo …

Gambia to market oil blocks disputed by African Petroleum

November 10, 2017 | Government & Regulations, Licensing & Concessions, West Africa

London, UK | – Gambia plans to market two offshore oil blocks that African Petroleum says it still legally holds, the country’s minister of justice said on Friday. Norwegian-listed African Petroleum said in October it had launched arbitration proceedings against the Gambian government to defend its exploration rights. Licenses for the two blocks expired in September 2016 but the oil company had been in talks with the government until earlier this year to extend the exploration period. African Petroleum has previously said the terms of …

UK Government signs off $2 billion loan to Saudi Aramco as listing race heats up

November 10, 2017 | Government & Regulations, Middle East

  London, UK | – Saudi Aramco has been preparing for a Western stock market listing for some time, and the US and UK have both gone to great lengths to court the company – now, Theresa May’s government has signed off on a US$2 billion dollar loan guarantee for the firm. The British government is poised to sign off a US$2 billion loan guarantee for Saudi Aramco, as London scrambles to host the stock market flotation of Saudi Arabia’s state energy giant — an initial public offering analyst believe could be …

Saudi Aramco signs oil, gas deals worth $4.5 billion

November 10, 2017 | Contracts, Government & Regulations, Middle East

Agreements inked with companies from the UAE, Spain, Italy and China London, UK | – Saudi Aramco has signed agreements worth nearly $4.5 billion with multinational oil and gas contractors, in what the company dubbed as an effort to diversify the economy. The deals were signed with companies including Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, Italy’s Saipem, China Petroleum Pipeline and Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction. The investments “reflect our concerted effort… to diversify our economy, promote local manufacturing, support a sustainable environment and strengthen our business and …

Chad considers handing over $1.4billion oil deal to Exxon

November 02, 2017 | Chad, Government & Regulations, Legal

London, UK | – A disputed debt restructuring plan is leading Chad to reconsider its oil supply deal with Swiss trader Glencore, according to a new report by Reuters. Government documents show Chad is keen on handing over the $1.4 billion oil marketing contract to ExxonMobil, which produces the most oil in the country. Sources close to the matter on behalf of Glencore believe the contract cannot be handed over as planned. Heavy pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has caused the African nation to …

Nigeria’s Kachikwu says IOCs prepared to invest over $15billion in oil projects

November 02, 2017 | Budget & Investment, Government & Regulations, Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria | – The Nigerian minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday stated that reforms initiated and executed by the federal government in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry within the last two years had earned the sector the confidence of international oil companies (IOCs) who he noted had requested to invest over $15 billion in the sector, Nigerian newspaper ThisDay reports. Kachikwu said in a podcast he released in Abuja that at the moment IOCs were beginning to believe in Nigeria’s …