Shell Sells Nigerian Assets to Local Consortium

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) agreed to transfer its interest in three production licenses and related equipment in the Niger Delta to a consortium led by two Nigerian companies.

"This sale of assets supports the Nigerian government's goal of expanding opportunities for local energy companies," said Mutiu Sunmonu, Managing Director SPDC. "We have been in Nigeria for more than 50 years and remain committed to doing business here. This transaction should be seen in the context of Shell's active portfolio management of its assets and interests across the world."

The agreement covers Shell's 30% interest in oil mining leases 4, 38 and 41 covering approximately 2,650 square kilometers in the north western Niger Delta. The buyer is Seplat Petroleum Company Limited, a Nigerian company jointly held by two Nigerian firms, Platform Petroleum Limited and Shebah Petroleum Development Company Ltd, along with Maurel & Prom of France. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the national oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

SPDC is the operator of the joint venture between NNPC (55%), Shell (30%), Total E&P Nigeria Limited (10%), and Nigeria Agip Oil Company (5%). Total E&P Nigeria Ltd and Nigeria Agip Oil Company will also transfer their interest in the three oil mining leases.

The area includes about 30 wells with a production capacity of approximately 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The wells also produce natural gas for domestic and industrial use. Crude production is currently shut down awaiting completion of repairs to an export pipeline damaged in late 2008.