BP And Eni Establish Joint Venture Angolan Business
BP and Eni have officially established Azule Energy – the new 50/50 independent joint venture combining the two companies’ Angolan businesses.
Azule Energy is now Angola’s largest independent equity producer of oil and gas, holding 2 billion barrels equivalent of net resources and growing to about 250,000 boepd of equity oil and gas production over the next 5 years.
It holds stakes in 16 licenses and participation in the Angola LNG JV. Azule Energy will also take over Eni’s share in Solenova, a solar company jointly held with Sonangol, and the collaboration in the Luanda Refinery.
Azule Energy boasts a strong pipeline of new projects that are scheduled to come on stream over the next few years, growing organically from exploration discoveries. These include the Agogo Full Field and PAJ oil projects in Blocks 15/06 and 31 respectively, and the New Gas Consortium (NGC), the first non-associated gas project in the country, which will support the energy needs of Angola’s growing economy and strengthen its role as a global LNG exporter. The JV also holds significant exploration acreage over 30,000 sqkm in Angola’s most prolific basins, allowing it to leverage proximity to existing infrastructures.
The leadership team will report to a six-person board comprising three BP and three Eni representatives, reflecting the ownership share of the company. All BP Angola and Eni Angola staff have joined Azule Energy.
The JV incorporation takes place after the pending conditions were met, among them having secured third-party financing of $2.5 billion in the form of Pre-Export Financing, and after receiving regulatory approvals.
“The formation of Azule Energy is an important step for BP, Eni, and Angola. Combining our Angolan businesses and drawing on both bp’s and Eni’s expertise, it will continue to develop Angola’s resilient hydrocarbon resources and pursue new opportunities in oil and gas and other energies safely and efficiently. Azule Energy continues our commitment to Angola and will create real value for both the companies and the country,” Bernard Looney, BP’s chief executive, said.
"This is an important milestone for Eni, marking a step forward in Eni’s strategy of enhancing all our best assets. A new, strong entity is born, which combines our experience, skills, and technologies with those of our partner bp, putting them at the service of the development of Angolan energy resources, with a priority commitment to environmental protection and the growth of the local economy," Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, stated.
“I feel honored to be the first CEO of the company. Together with a highly competent and motivated leadership team, we are committed to developing the full potential of the company portfolio of development and exploration opportunities. With finance discipline and focus on HSE, Azule Energy will maximize the value of the assets for the benefit of Angola and the shareholders,” Adriano Mongini, CEO of Azule Energy, added.
After announcing the intent to form the joint venture in May 2021, BP and Eni worked closely with the Angolan government, and Azule Energy’s formation was subject to all customary governmental and other approvals.
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