Russian Firm Nabs Ethiopian Block

July 21, 2014

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines granted an oil exploration concession to GBP Global Resources out of Russia. The exploration agreement was signed by Ethiopian Mines Minister Tolosa Shagi and GBP Global Resources representative Alexander Ivanov.

Under the agreement, in the event of any oil or gas discoveries resource sharing will depend on the type and volume of the resource discovered, the ministry said in a press release. No further details were provided concerning the concession.

“The agreement shows the ministry’s persistence in regard to working with capable business partners to explore for and discover the petroleum resources of Ethiopia,” Shagi said.

“It should be clear that we are working over different parts of the country, including the vast Ogaden Basin in the east, the Abbay Basin, the Southern Ethiopian Rifts (South Omo) and the Gambella Basin in the west,” he added.

“We believe an enormous scientific undertaking is being accomplished to understand Ethiopia’s petroleum potential and ultimately make discoveries that will contribute to the country’s economic development,” Shagi said.

Copyright, Petroleum Africa , 2014.