April 19, 2024

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has rejected the planned sale of Shell’s onshore assets, insisting that the group being speculated to acquire these assets is unknown to it.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by PENGASSAN’s President, Comrade Festus Osifo, and General Secretary, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa,

PENGASSAN said that the purported group is an assemblage of unknown entities with no proven track record of managing such diverse assets.

‘’The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) ‘s attention has been brought to the press release announcing the intended sale of Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) Onshore Assets to the Renaissance group.

‘’A group of consortiums consisting of ND Western Limited, Aradel Holdings Pic. The Petrolin Group, FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited and the Waltersmith Group.

‘’Our Shell/SNBO Branch of PENGASSAN has further communicated all subsequent information presented to our members by Shell Management on the planned sale.

‘’Having appraised the situation, reviewed the presentation and carried out preliminary findings, we wish to state as follows:

’The group is unknown to us and thus it’s an assemblage of unknown entities with no proven track record in managing such diverse assets.

‘’We reject without equivocation all the terms affecting employees that were communicated in the presentation to our members.

‘’One of the companies that made up the assemblage has a history of subjugating workers and subjecting them to untold hardship as exemplified in the current management of OML 34.

‘’Another company in the group has a penchant for preventing workers from unionising and thus stiffening their condition of services.

The union added, ‘’Any attempt to transfer the assets without resolving issues affecting our members will be met with the stiffest resistance the industry has ever witnessed.

‘’The group must come clean with its intention(s) and be ready to have serious engagement with the Association and not the jamboree that Shell Management is currently engaging in.We have communicated to our Shell/SNBO Branches not to be distracted but to focus on the CBA negotiation that is due about a week from now.

‘’The industry regulator, JV Asset partners (NNPCL, Non-Operated Asset Partners) and other stakeholders are hereby put on notice.’’

Shell had on January 16, 2023, announced that it had reached an an agreement to sell its Nigerian onshore oil assets to a local consortium for over $1.3 billion, pending government approval.

Confirming the development in a statement, Shell’s Integrated Gas and Upstream Director, Zoe Yujnovich, had highlighted the significance of the deal, emphasizing the company’s focus on streamlining its portfolio and directing disciplined investments towards deep-water and integrated gas ventures in Nigeria.

This move aligns with Shell’s strategic objective to exit the challenging operating environment in the Niger Delta region. In addition to the initial sum, Shell anticipates receiving extra payments of up to $1.1 billion.

The purchasing consortium, named Renaissance, includes ND Western, Aradel Energy, First E&P, Waltersmith, and Petrolin.

The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri had a few days ago, stated that Shell’s exit from Nigeria’s shallow water fields presents an opportunity for indigenous firms who unlike the International Oil Companies (IOCs) will keep their funds in Nigeria.


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