Valco Energy will increase its oil production in Gabon’s Etame Marin field by 35 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. The company has been producing oil from the field since 2002.
That said, Gabon launched a licencing round in 2018 on the back of the government’s push to increase exploration and oil output. Vaalco Energy’s chief executive Cary Bounds, told the media, “We are committed to Gabon. We have focused on reducing operating costs and, fortunately, have no capex required in the near term—we can defer this for now. All this has put the company on the right footing in the current uncertain environment.”
It is reported that the company also plans to acquire a stake in South Africa-based Sasol’s Etame field. Valco Energy will acquire 27. 75 stake in the field.
More recently, Sasol has invited bidders to participate in developing two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in South Africa, media reports said. Sasol’s chief sustainability officer Hermann Wenhold, told the media, “We are excited to launch the RFP, which forms part of our broader greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction aspiration and moves us forward on our journey to achieving our target of a 10% GHG emission reduction by 2030.”