Afreximbank Funds Elumelu’s OML 17 Oil Bloc Deal With $250 Million

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African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has disbursed $250 million out of $1.1 billion required to finance the acquisition by Trans Niger Oil and Gas Limited (TNOG) of a 45 per cent stake in OML 17 onshore oilfield.

TNOG is a related company of Heirs Holdings Limited and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), an African conglomerate founded by Tony Elumelu.

Through its $250-million Reserve Based Lending facility, Afreximbank said it was the largest lender, underwriting about a quarter of the financing that enabled TNOG to buy stakes in OML 17 from Shell Petroleum Development Company, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and ENI.

In a statement on Thursday, the bank said other participating lenders include Africa Finance Corporation, Union Bank, Shell, Hybrid Capital and Schlumberger, with TNOG advised by United Capital Plc.

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The five-year $1.1 billion facility, which was signed in December 2020, despite the economic headwinds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, was led, as Mandated Lead Arrangers, by Afreximbank, Standard Chartered Bank and ABSA.

Following this acquisition, TNOG will now operate the OML 17 onshore oilfield on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which owns the remaining 55 per cent working interest.

The President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said, “This transaction further underscores Afreximbank’s commitment to ensuring that indigenous African companies are able to play a more dominant role in the operations of specialised oil and gas assets in an industry hitherto dominated by the International Oil Companies.

“The TNOG as the Operator of OML 17 will invest in an accelerated production ramp up thereby boosting foreign exchange earnings and employing more Africans.

“This resonates with our mandate. We congratulate Heirs Holdings for keeping the Africa flag flying.”

The Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, said, “The transaction is a testament to the opportunity in Nigeria. Our acquisition of OML 17 and important related assets, significantly advances Heirs Holdings’ strategic vision of creating Africa’s leading integrated energy company.

“We are building a business that will ensure that African natural resources drive African power networks and ensure value creation occurs in Africa.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Afreximbank, and President Oramah for their strong support and shared vision of the transaction.”

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