NIGERIAN National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has announced that it has signed a Head of terms, HoT, agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, and an indigenous oil production firm — South Atlantic Petroleum, SAPETRO.
A statement that was issued by the state-owned oil company via Twitter noted that this was part of the efforts that have been undertaken towards all the disputes stemming from Oil Mining Lease, OML, 130 Production Sharing Contract.
It was understood that the agreement, which is temporary, could also be instrumental towards resolving similar disputes between the NNPC and other oil companies.
The NNPC had previously accused some of these oil firms of under-declaring crude exports for three years between 2011 and 2013.
Specifically, the NNPC alleged that the likes of Shell, Total, Chevron, and Eni under-reported crude oil exports in their oil fields to the tune of 57 million barrels.
The NNPC even sought repayments valued at $12.7 billion from the oil companies, according to a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The companies, however, denied the accusations.
The new agreement is now expected to help resolve such disputes. Even the NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari. was quoted to have said the agreement is “a major milestone toward the resolution of all disputes”.
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