Shell Strengthens Ties with Equatorial Guinea

July 7th , 2016 → 9:43 am @

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Equatorial Guinea and Royal Dutch Shell have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation in future oil and gas projects in the West African country.

The agreement, signed between the supermajor and Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, will see Shell gain a stronger presence in the country’s oil and gas sector.

“Equatorial Guinea is an African leader in upstream oil and gas development and the strategic monetisation of gas reserves”, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, said in a press release.

Shell Strengthens Ties With Equatorial Guinea

The oil and gas firm is currently active in Equatorial Guinea after having acquired BG group and through purchasing agreement with EGLNG for its liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“The government has pledged to continue on this progressive path, and with the knowledge and experience of Shell Group, I am confident that this agreement will usher in new opportunities for investment”, the minister added.

He explained that Equatorial Guinea is looking forward to establishing a “long and productive relationship with Shell”.

The MoU became effective on July 4 and will enable a greater cooperation between the two firms.

Shell Has 17-Year LNG MoU In Equatorial Guinea

Shell completed the acquisition of the BG Group in February this year, marking the company’s entry into the country, although this is pending the approval from the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

The BG Group holds a purchase agreement for all the liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by EGLNG’s LNG facility since 2007.

The LNG purchasing agreement has a duration of 17 years.

As well as Shell’s increased focus in its existing activities, the deal marks its future entry into new hydrocarbon projects.

Equatorial Guinea rapidly became a major African producer with the Alba field coming online in 1991, rapidly followed by the Zafiro field in 1995. By 2005, the country’s oil production was reaching its peak, at 358,000 barrels per day.

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ROOTS MINI SERIES SPURS CULTURAL TOURISM IN AFRICA

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June 2nd, 2016 – Over the United States commemoration of Memorial Day on Monday, A+E Studios presented Roots, a historical portrait of American slavery for an eight-hour miniseries production. Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Millions have already tuned into the dramatic show and #rootsseries is driving the conversation on twitter.

Dramatic movies like this, give tour operators an opportunity to promote cultural tourism destinations, say Victor Mooney, Spirit of Malabo Group.

Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa’s premier destinations has undertaken an unprecedented course to develop its tourism sector. The the tiny oil-rich country is formally inaugurating the Malabo National Park on Saturday. This addition will only bolster the many new attractions in the country. Other attractions like the slave holding cells are still in original state.

The Department of Culture and Tourism, through its leader, Guillermina Mekuy Mba,is leading the effort to promote local attractions. This continuous development is part of the countries Horizonte 2020 Plan, aimed to diversify the economy.

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Kadaga and Winnie Kiiza canvass support for Kazibwe’s AU bid in Cameroon

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Kadaga and Winnie Kiiza Canvass Support (Click link to Watch Video)

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza are engaged in shuttle-diplomacy to drum support for Dr Wandira Kazibwe’s bid to chair the African Union Commission.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has delivered a message from President Museveni to the President of Cameroon Paul Biya seeking his support for Uganda’s candidate for the coveted African Union Commission seat.

The message was received by Cameroonian Prime Minister Philemon Yang who represented the president in Yaounde, the Capital of the West African state.

Former Vice President Dr Wandira Kazibwe will face Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana and Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial  Guinea.

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Equatorial Guinea signs Memorandum of Understanding with Shell to increase oil and gas collaboration

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The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) of Equatorial Guinea signed an historic memorandum of understanding with Shell Group on July 4, 2016. The MoU will enable greater collaboration between the two parties on numerous oil and gas-related projects. This new agreement testifies to the Equatoguinean Government’s continued drive to extract the maximum value from its natural resources. Shell’s acquisition of BG Group, completed in February 2016, heralded the entry of the oil company into Equatorial Guinea, pending approval from the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons. BG has a 17-year purchase agreement for all liquefied natural gas produced by the EGLNG facility since 2007. In addition to Shell’s heightened focus on existing activities in Equatorial Guinea’s oil and gas sector, the MoU facilitates the future entry of the firm into new hydrocarbons projects.

‘Equatorial Guinea is an African leader in upstream oil and gas development and the strategic monetization of gas reserves’ stated Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima. ‘The government has pledged to continue on this progressive path, and with the knowledge and experience of Shell Group, I am confident that this agreement will usher in new opportunities for investment.’

The Minister added, ‘We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Shell and anticipate further cooperation on a range of oil and gas initiatives.’

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