Cooperation Agreement concluded with new partners and the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau for the construction of the African Renaissance Gas Pipeline in Mozambique
01 Mar 2016
SACOIL HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1993/000460/06)
JSE Share Code: SCL AIM Share Code: SAC
(“SacOil” or “the Company”)
COOPERATION AGREEMENT CONCLUDED WITH NEW PARTNERS AND THE CHINA PETROLEUM PIPELINE BUREAU FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE GAS PIPELINE IN MOZAMBIQUE
1. Key Highlights
- A Cooperation Agreement (“CA”) that will result in the construction of the estimated US$6 billion 2 600km, large-diametre pipeline to transport natural gas from Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin to Gauteng in South Africa, has been signed between Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P (“ENH”), the national oil and gas company of Mozambique, Profin Consulting Sociedade Anónima (“Profin”), a Mozambican private sector consortium, SacOil Holdings Limited (“SacOil”) and the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (“CPP”), a leading Chinese and international pipeline construction company that will bring a wealth of technical expertise to the pipeline project.
- The CA assures the financing commitments required for the pre-investment and engineering studies and the speedy and effective construction and implementation of the project.
- The signing of the CA is a major milestone and is in line with SacOil’s strategy to become a leading Pan African oil and gas company engaged in Upstream, Midstream and Downstream activities.
On 8 December 2014, SacOil announced that it had entered into a Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) with the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited (“PIC”) and The Instituto de Gestão das Participações do Estado (“IGEPE”). The JDA set out the terms for an evaluation of the technical and commercial feasibility of the construction of a gas pipeline and distribution facility intended to carry natural gas from Mozambique’s Rovuma fields to South Africa, with off-takes to other neighbouring Southern African Development Community (“SADC”) countries (“the Project”).
3. The Partners
In line with the JDA announcement of 8th December 2014 and as part of the project promotion process to assure enhanced Mozambican leadership, participation and coordination of the Project implementation, leading up to the formation of a Joint Venture Company, as well as to assure funding for the implementation of the Project, SacOil is pleased to announce that ENH, Profin and CPP have become new partners to move the project forward to implementation. Further details on ENH, Profin and CPP are provided below.
ENH, the main statutory agency responsible for the development of Mozambique’s hydrocarbon industry, replaces IGEPE. Profin’s participation assures a leading role for the Mozambican private sector on the Project. As EPC Contractor, CPP brings a wealth of world class construction, debt and equity financing expertise to the Project. In accordance with its investment mandate, the PIC will not be active in the pre-investment phase but remains committed to the development of the Project. The PIC will retain its position as member of the South African consortium that is being formed and intends to become a party to the Joint Venture agreement when it is concluded. The pre-investment consortium therefore consists of ENH, Profin, SacOil and CPP (collectively “the CA Partners”). The CA Partners will focus on ensuring that the Project achieves bankability by assuring a solid investor group drawn from China, Mozambique and South Africa.
4. Cooperation Agreement
The CA supersedes the JDA and leads to the incorporation and operation of the Joint Venture Project Development Company, which will have Chinese, Mozambican and South African consortiums of investors as shareholders. The South African Consortium will include SacOil and the PIC. The JV Company will develop and manage all the initial activities of the Project including requisite pre-investment studies, which will be performed by CPP. CPP will pre-finance the studies up to bankable feasibility. CPP will also be the Lead Arranger and shall be responsible for procuring the debt financing equal to 70% of the total project cost from Chinese financial institutions.
5. Rationale for the Project
If constructed, it is proposed that the 2 600km main pipeline from northern Mozambique to South Africa will, en route, deliver gas to key towns and settlements in all provinces of Mozambique, thereby stimulating industrial growth in the country. The indicative gas requirements of, as well as benefits to, Mozambique and South Africa therefore justify such a pipeline.
The estimated US$6 billion Project is being designed to make energy affordable to a greater proportion of the population, promote clean energy, reduce oil import bills, lower carbon footprint and carbon tax. These are challenges experienced by South Africa and other economies in the region. The CA Partners, including the PIC, believe that the Project will be transformational to Africa’s energy infrastructure landscape, as well as supportive of economic growth across the region. The Project will also seek to increase the international competitiveness of southern African economies, create a significant number of jobs and improve living standards for the people of the region.
Commenting on today’s announcement, SacOil’s CEO Dr Thabo Kgogo said,
"The Mozambique gas project is central to the growth strategy of SacOil to become a leading Pan African oil and gas company. The inclusion of ENH and Profin strengthens our partnership with local Mozambican companies in the area of Oil & Gas and the Energy sectors. Additionally, the Cooperation Agreement with ENH, Profin and CPP is also in line with our strategy of developing strong strategic partnerships. We look forward to working with our partners to solve the energy demands of the SADC region.”
Further updates in this regard will be provided to SacOil shareholders as and when new developments occur.
PSG Capital Proprietary Limited
1 March 2016
For further information please contact:
SacOil Holdings Limited
+27 (0) 10 591 2260
finnCap Limited (Nominated adviser and broker)
Christopher Raggett / James Thompson
+44 (0)20 7220 0500
FirstEnergy Capital (Joint broker)
Hugh Sanderson / David van Erp
+44 (0)20 7448 0200
Buchanan (Financial PR adviser)
Ben Romney / Helen Chan / Madeleine Seacombe
+44 (0)20 7466 5000
SacOil is a South African based independent African oil and gas company, dual-listed on the JSE and AIM. The Company has a diverse portfolio of assets spanning production in Egypt, exploration and appraisal in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Botswana, and midstream and downstream operations including a gas pipeline project in Mozambique and an oil terminal project in Equatorial Guinea. The Company continues to evaluate industry opportunities throughout Africa as it seeks to establish itself as a leading, full-cycle pan-African oil and gas company.
ENH is a public entity established by Decree in 1981, as the commercial arm of the Government of Mozambique and with the mandate to participate in the commercialization, sustainable exploration, development, production, processing, transportation, distribution of the nation’s hydrocarbon resources. ENH has a 15% share in Area 1 gas field while 85% is held by Anadarko. In Area 4 gas field, ENH holds 10% stake, while Eni is the operator.
Profin Consulting Sociedade Anonima is a special purpose legal entity for investments into natural gas transportation, related distribution and power production projects in Northern Mozambique, and incorporated and operating under the laws of the Republic of Mozambique. Profin signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) in October 2015 "with regards to participating as a joint venture partner in the integrated natural gas projects, subject to technical feasibility and commercial viability”.
About China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau
China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau, founded in 1973, is a professional company of China National Petroleum Company (“CNPC”) specializing in research, engineering, construction and technology services and construction. Over the past 40 years, 80, 000 km of onshore pipeline projects, more than 10,00km of offshore pipelines, 30 million m3 of gas storage projects and installation of more than 100 oil and gas processing facilities has been constructed by CPP. Footprints spread in more than 30 countries, like Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and America. In Africa, CPP is active in Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Chad, Niger, Sudan and Libya.
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is a public asset management firm wholly-owned by the South African government, with the Minister of Finance as the sole shareholder representative of the government. PIC’s clients are mostly public sector entities including the Government Employees Pension Fund, which contributes 90% of the funds that PIC manages. Other clients include Unemployment Insurance Fund, Associated Institutions Pension Fund, Compensation Commissioner Pension Fund and Compensation Commissioner Fund.
IGEPE is an agency of the Government of Mozambique established by law to manage investment portfolios and shares of the Republic of Mozambique in commercial ventures, in particular, the promotion and management of the state’s equity participation in strategic projects.