Coastline Gets OK to Proceed with Offshore Exploration Program in Somalia

Friday, October 21, 2022

U.S.-based company Coastline Exploration, an upstream oil and gas company focused on East Africa, said Friday it had received final authorization to proceed with its offshore exploration program in Somalia.

Coastline, in February said it had signed seven Production Sharing Agreements covering  offshore, deep-water blocks of the Federal Republic of Somalia, said the final authorization came from the competent authorities within the Federal Government of Somalia ("FGS").  

"As a result, in line with the terms of the PSAs, Coastline has paid the agreed US$7 million signature bonus to the Somali Central Bank," Coastline said.

"Coastline estimates that approximately 100,000 barrels of oil a day will flow from each discovered field, and in the success, Coastline hopes to discover multiple offshore oil fields," Coastline said.

According to the company, Coastline has invested over US$50 million in Somalia and is "committed for the long-term and has been engaged with multiple stakeholders in Somalia since 2018 in respect of its PSAs and plans for the development of the  country's offshore energy industry." 

"Coastline's PSAs will enable the company to proceed with plans to explore for oil and gas on the many  prospects and leads identified in the waters offshore Somalia," Coastline said.

"Coastline is proud of the work it has done in Somalia to help develop the energy industry and to enhance the future  prosperity of the Somali people. Likewise, it is proud of the strong  relationships it has built with the Federal Government during the long  period of time it has been active in the country," Coastline added.

President Mohamud: Somalia Open For Business

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia, said: “This agreement highlights that Somalia is open for business and  international investment after the conflict that has blighted the  country for so many years. 

I would like to thank Coastline for its commitment to Somalia, as it has fulfilled its promise of investing  here, unlike so many other companies. Coastline clearly sees significant opportunity in Somalia and we share its vision.

"The Federal Government  will do all it can to support this project and we want the first exploration well to start as soon as possible. Today marks a major step  forward for Somalia as we look to develop our energy industry, which  should deliver material benefits for all Somalis. Energy independence,  new tax revenues and further foreign investment in Somalia now beckons.”

Abdirizak Mohamed, the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, said: "Having seen how transformational new domestic energy sources have been for other countries in Africa, we are very excited by the potential of these offshore oil fields.  Today's announcement really kick-starts the energy industry in Somalia and is a turning point for the development of what is a critical revenue-generating area for the country."

W. Richard Anderson, Chief Executive of Coastlinesaid: "Receiving the clearance authorisation means that we are now able to start our  exploration programme." Revenues from the discovery of commercial quantities of oil will be transformative for Somalia from which the government could finance investments in education,  infrastructure, healthcare and other vital services, which will benefit  all of the people of Somalia, delivering continued economic growth and improving the standard of living."


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