1. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has confirmed that it has divested from eight Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) in Nigeria from 2010 to date.
2. SPDC sold its interests in OML 4, 38 and 41 which were sold on July 30, 2010. Others are OML 26 and 42 which sold on November 30, 2011; OML 40 on August 31, 2012; OML 34 on September 5, 2012 and OML 30 on November 9, 2012, respectively.
3. The OMLs divested in the Eastern Niger Delta region are 26, 30, 34, 40, 42, 4, 41and 38, while another four had been penciled for divestment before 2015.
4. The first set of oil fields sold by Shell were oil mining leases (OMLs) 4, 38 and 41 acquired and operated by Seplat Petroleum Development Company. JOMLs 26, 30, 34, 40 and 42 were acquired by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) which is also the operator.
5. They are advancing plans to complete the sale of four oil blocks in Eastern Niger Delta to meet its target of 15 billion dollars from assets sales between 2014 and 2015.
6. The assets under consideration are oil mining leases (OMLs) 18, 24, 25, 29 and the Nembe Creek Trunk Line.
“The battle for acquisition of these four oil blocks has been raging since the beginning of the year.’’
7. Currently, Midwestern Oil and Gas/Mart Resources/Suntrust Oil, under the Erotron Consortium, won the bid for OML 18 while Aiteo/Taleveras in partnership with four other companies made up the consortium that won bid for OML 29 and the Nembe Creek Trunk line.
8. OML 29 is considered the juiciest of the blocks. The preferred bidder for OML 24 is Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited, while Lekoil, Crestar, Green Acres/CCC/Signet Petroleum, NDPR/SAPETRO and Essar, as a consortium, is being considered for OML 25.
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