Namibia: We Need to Stay Open for Funding Says Namibia’s Petroleum Commissioner

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Namibia has shortly risen to develop into a extremely enticing E&P market, with three main discoveries made in 2022 and 2023 incentivizing a powerful slate of regional and international gamers to the nation’s offshore basins.

Keen to keep up this exploratory momentum, Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner at Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Vitality, just lately said that in a webinar, for now, the federal government has no plans in place to alter the present licensing construction within the nation, however reasonably, it’s dedicated to making sure that the upstream market is “open for funding. We do not need to drive firms to determine in a licensing spherical however need to stay open for funding in order that firms come when they’re prepared.”

In keeping with Shino, “We now have an ongoing drilling marketing campaign with three rigs presently busy drilling appraisal and exploration wells. We expect two extra wells to be drilled earlier than the tip of 2023 within the deep waters.” She added that the southern African nation is seeing an increase in seismic surveys, and by the tip of the yr, the federal government is planning to announce a sequence of drilling tasks that may happen in 2024.

Up to now, the Orange Basin represents the one de-risked acreage in Namibia, nonetheless, ongoing seismic campaigns within the Namibe and Walvis Basins are prone to reveal sizeable finds, significantly following profitable exploration campaigns within the Angolan aspect of the offshore acreage.

However E&P incentives, Shino defined that the nation is seeing heightened curiosity from international gamers, owing largely to Namibia’s enticing fiscal and regulatory setting. She said that “as a rustic, there’s a good thing about being a latecomer as a result of we now have gained insights from different international locations on easy methods to maximize our [legislation].”

Whereas different international locations proceed to face challenges related to environmental issues, Namibia’s place as a brand new market has enabled the nation to incorporate environmental provisions within the drafting of its laws. This has not solely enhanced its attractiveness as an funding vacation spot however ensures the safety of the setting – a high precedence for the southern African nation.

In keeping with Shino, “The Environmental Administration Act has considered many eventualities to make sure business development in addition to environmental sustainability. We proceed working with civil society to make sure that our legal guidelines enhance and can proceed to offer the much-needed safety of the setting.”

In the meantime, as a nascent power market, Namibia has the chance to study from those who went earlier than it.

Traditionally, resource-rich international locations have all witnessed an ‘oil growth,’ a development by which solely the communities immediately related to power developments reap the rewards. Nevertheless, Namibia is dedicated to turning this development round, implementing a number of native content material mechanisms to reinforce worth addition and financial prosperity.

In keeping with Shino, the nation is popping to its neighbors together with Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and others to strengthen native content material forward of first oil and fuel. The federal government can be prioritizing financial diversification to make sure the event of varied segments of the economic system, with tourism having been recognized as a high business.

Shino additionally supplied perception into the nation’s potential Group of Petroleum Exporting International locations (OPEC) membership, stating that “we see the nice worth that a corporation like OPEC has in managing the dynamics of the market to make sure that the business strives. We wish to be a part of on the proper time.”

Whereas the offshore basins of Guyana and Namibia present few geological similarities, the timelines by which exploration efforts had been undertaken and main discoveries had been made are remarkably related. Each international locations witnessed over 50 years of exploratory efforts which yielded few outcomes. Nevertheless, following preliminary main discoveries, the tempo at which developments, in addition to related E&P campaigns, kicked off quickly accelerated.

In keeping with Joaquim de Azevedo, Principal Petroleum Economist for Upstream Options at S&P World, the contribution in direction of GDP development by the oil and fuel sector will set off a rise in wealth and enchancment relating to the well-being of the inhabitants of each international locations. He stated each international locations have fiscal phrases that are enticing to international buyers and are each prioritizing the rollout of gas-to-shore services to satisfy native demand utilizing home assets.