Oil and gas company Trident Energy has secured agreements with multinational energy companies Chevron and TotalEnergies to obtain stakes in the Republic of Congo’s oil fields. The deal with Chevron involves acquiring Chevron Overseas (Congo), granting Trident access to key oil fields including a 31.5% non-operated working interest in the Moho-Bilondo, Nkossa and Nsoko II fields, along with a 15.75% operated interest in the Lianzi field. Meanwhile, Trident has partnered with TotalEnergies to expand its ownership in the Nkossa and Nsoko II fields by 53.5%, while also divesting 10% of its interest in the Moho-Bilondo field to the French oil major.

Pending approval, the transactions are expected to finalise by the end of Q4 2024. Upon completion, Trident Energy will hold an 85% working interest in the Nkossa and Nsoko II fields, a 15.75% working interest in the Lianzi field and retain a 21.5% working interest in the Moho-Bilondo field – further cementing its position as a key player in Africa’s energy landscape.

These agreements highlight Trident’s commitment to sustainable energy development and strategic partnerships in the region, a sentiment echoed by the African Energy Chamber (AEC). By assuming operational control of vital oil fields, Trident Energy demonstrates its dedication to operational excellence and responsible resource management.

Moreover, these agreements not only consolidate Trident Energy’s position in Africa but also signify a milestone for the Republic of Congo’s energy landscape as the company enters into collaboration with new partners including state-owned SNPC and the Congolese Government. The AEC commends the Republic of Congo’s government and its national oil company SNPC for cultivating these partnerships, which are crucial for developing the country’s oil resources and driving sustainable economic growth within the region.

“Trident Energy’s strategic entry into the Republic of Congo signifies a pivotal moment for the country’s energy sector and underscores the immense potential of collaboration between industry players and government entities. This transformative deal not only strengthens Trident Energy’s footprint in Africa but also highlights the opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth within the region,” states NJ Ayuk, executive chairperson of the AEC.

With proven crude oil reserves totalling 1.8 billion barrels, the Republic of Congo is well-positioned to capitalise on its abundant resources for economic advancement. Trident Energy’s recent agreements and acquisitions, alongside the country’s substantial oil production capacity, signify a promising path for resource utilisation. As development efforts progress, there is potential for heightened production, job generation and enhanced economic stability. With prudent management and strategic collaborations, the Republic of Congo can effectively harness its oil wealth to foster sustainable growth and prosperity.

Building on its continued successes in Equatorial Guinea, Trident Energy anticipates unlocking further value and creating opportunities for its partners in the Republic of Congo, host communities and all stakeholders.

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