The Nigerian independent oil and gas company, Seplat Energy Plc together with a partner, have been in competitive discussions to acquire ExxonMobil’s Nigerian shallow water business.
The Energy Company listed on both the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges disclosed this in a statement issued on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).
In October, ExxonMobil’s President, Liam Mallon, had announced that the company remains “committed” to Nigeria despite its decision to divest from the joint venture (shallow water) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The company has divested some of its assets in Africa this year, selling an 80% interest in a Ghanaian off shore block and proposing to offload its stake in the Doba oilfield in Chad.
The Chief Financial Officer, Seplat Energy, Emeka Onwuka, noted that the company was looking to acquire the asset in partnership with an ally.
“Seplat Energy, together with a partner, is in competitive discussions to acquire ExxonMobil’s Nigerian shallow water business.
“Deliberations are ongoing and accordingly, there can be no certainty as to the outcome,” the statement reads.
“A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate, in line with regulatory requirements,” he added.