The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Italy's ENI Sign Historic Offshore Concession Agreements

Source Press Release
Tags Licensing Rounds, Deals, Upstream Activities
Date March 11, 2018

Award marks first time an integrated Italian oil and gas company has been given a stake in Abu Dhabi's concession areas

Eni awarded 10% stake in  ADNOC's Umm Shaif and Nasr offshore concession and 5% stake in Lower Zakum concession, contributing AED 3.2 billion (US $875 million) in participation fees 

40-year agreements support ADNOC's long-term growth plans and further diversify and strategically broaden its partner base

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, the signing of two historic agreements awarding Italy's multinational oil and gas company Eni stakes in two of Abu Dhabi's offshore concession areas. The signing was witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, and His Excellency Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy.

The awards mark the first time an Italian energy company has been given concession rights in Abu Dhabi's oil and gas sector. Under the terms of the agreements, Eni has been awarded a 10% interest in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a 5% interest in the Lower Zakum concession.

Prime Minister Gentiloni underscored the importance of the agreements between Eni and  ADNOC as a significant confirmation of the strategic partnership between Italy and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and as a fundamental milestone for further enhancing the excellent bilateral cooperation among the two countries.

Eni contributed a participation fee of AED 2.1 billion (US $575 million) to enter the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a fee of AED 1.1 billion (US $300 million) to enter the Lower Zakum concession. Both concessions will be operated by  ADNOC Offshore, a subsidiary of  ADNOC, on behalf of all concession partners.

The agreements, which have a term of 40 years, backdated to March 9, 2018, were signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ADNOC Group Chief Executive Officer, and Claudio Descalzi, CEO of  Eni.

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said: "These agreements underline the international market's confidence in ADNOC's long-term growth plans and the UAE's stable and reliable investment environment. They also broaden and diversify our partnership base while contributing experience, technology, capital and market access.

"Our partnership with Eni, and other concession partners, will enable us to accelerate our growth, increase revenue and improve integration across the upstream value chain, as part of our ongoing transformation and build on the foundations that have been laid to deliver a more profitable upstream business."

With these agreements, ADNOC continues to leverage its 46-year legacy of successful energy partnerships, in support of its 2030 strategy. They will enhance its ability to capitalize on key trends that are driving growing energy demand and ensure  ADNOC continues to deliver long-term, robust and sustainable returns for the nation's benefit," H.E. Dr. Al Jaberadded.

Eni is active in 73 countries and has operations both upstream and downstream.

Descalzi said: "Eni is committed to apply its experience in the development and production of world-class oil and gas resources, as well as Eni's technology portfolio, in support of ADNOC's objectives to cost-effectively increase production capacity, efficiently manage the concessions' assets and sustain the plateau through targeted enhanced oil recovery programs, at competitive cost.

"Eni also believes further collaboration with ADNOC in the downstream would create synergies, bringing mutual benefits from capital, resources and knowledge sharing, and would create significant added value to  ADNOC's refining assets."

The Umm Shaif and Nasr, and Lower Zakum concessions, along with the SARB and Umm Lulu concession areas, have been created from the former ADMA offshore concession, with the aim of maximising commercial value, broadening the partner base, expanding technical expertise, and enabling greater market access.

Eni joins an Indian consortium, led by  ONGC Videsh, and Japan's INPEX as stakeholders in the Lower Zakum concession.  ADNOC is finalizing opportunities, with potential partners, for the remaining 15% of the available 40% stake in the Lower Zakum concession, and for the remaining 30% stake in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession.  ADNOC retains a 60% majority share in both concessions.

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