Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UAE firm sets sight on oil in Kingdom

UAE firm sets sight on oil in Kingdom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
KrisEnergy is moving towards its target of extracting oil in Cambodia by mid-2020. KRISENERGY LTD

UAE firm sets sight on oil in Kingdom

Mubadala Petroleum, one of the UAE’s largest oil and gas companies, is looking for investment opportunities in the Cambodian oil sector, said a senior official at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Mubadala Petroleum CEO Mazin al-Lamki expressed interest in investing in Cambodia’s oil sector during a meeting on Wednesday with the ministry’s secretary of state Meng Saktheara.

The ministry’s General Department of Petroleum director-general Cheap Sour told The Post on Thursday that with the company’s expertise and experience, the ministry welcomed its investment in offshore and onshore blocks.

“The company is interested in investment opportunities in Cambodia, including exploration and production, as well as setting up oil refineries.

“We informed it of the investment opportunities in Cambodia. We have four offshore blocks left and 18 unoccupied blocks onshore for kerosene exploration. We are setting up a working group to further discuss opportunities for future investment,” Sour said.

He said Cambodia had divided areas for kerosene exploration, with six blocks offshore and 19 onshore.

Singapore-based KrisEnergy is currently developing the Apsara oilfield’s Block A, which lies over the Khmer Basin, an unproduced geological area in Cambodian waters in the Gulf of Thailand.

Sour said regarding the offshore Block D oilfield, the ministry is scheduled to sign a petroleum agreement with Cambodian Resources Energy Development Co.

It is also negotiating an oil agreement with Canadian firm EnerCam Co for exploration in the onshore Block VIII.

“Block A is developing towards production, and we are planning to sign a petroleum agreement for exploration in Block D. Four offshore blocks are open for new investors like Mubadala,” he said.

Mazin said the company was interested in investing in the Cambodian oil sector given the Kingdom’s fuel and mineral resources potential.

“We will come over as soon as possible to carry out studies because investment in the oil and gas sector in Cambodia is urgently needed,” he was quoted as saying by Agence Kampuchea Presse.

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government-owned oil and gas company, was established in 2012. It currently operates in 10 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated on Monday that Cambodia will extract the first drop of oil from the Apsara oilfield’s Block A by the middle of next year.

KrisEnergy on Monday started cutting the first steel for the minimum facilities wellhead “mini-platform” for the Apsara oilfield – Cambodia’s maiden oil development – as the company moved towards its target of extracting oil by mid-2020.

Apsara oil is scheduled to flow next year, with the field expected to reach a peak rate of 7,500 barrels of oil per day, KrisEnergy said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Capital set to beef up security

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng held the first meeting of the year with heads of armed forces in the capital to review and repair the deficiencies related to gun control, drug crimes, social order disruptions due to alcohol consumption and traffic law enforcement. Municipal