Sierra Leone invites investors to engage in recent licensing round
(WO) — Director General of the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone, Foday B. L. Mansaray, asked investors to maximize the country’s upstream potential during the Invest in African Energy reception in London on Jan.26.
Having launched its fifth licensing round last May, Sierra Leon is seeking to advance in its nascent oil and gas sector. The country is offering over 63,000 km2 of highly prospective acreage, with which the Petroleum Directorate has invited investors to engage through block and technical data acquisition.
The West African country is home to a working petroleum system that was supported by small-scale oil and gas discoveries, including the Venus-B1, Mercury-1 and Jupiter-1 wells by Anadarko and the Savannah-1X well by Lukoil. Oil and gas exploration in the country began nearly four decades ago with the drilling of two wildcat exploration wells but was put on pause around 2015/2016.
For its part, Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate’s goal is to unlock the full potential of its national hydrocarbon resources, regulating the exploration and production of affordable, reliable and cleaner energy across Sierra Leone. In a bid to attract investors, Mansaray stated that Sierra Leone offers access to acreage, competitive fiscal conditions, a transparent and stable government, high-quality data with reprocessing and world-class conjugate discoveries.
“The response from investors [to our fifth licensing round] has been excellent and is part of the reason we extended the deadline. We like to think of IOCs as partners and not investors. We try to integrate into their operations. We've tried to eliminate the red tape. It currently takes 85 days from application to licensing,” stated Mansaray.