China's largest refiner Sinopec has acquired stakes in Angolan oil
exploration blocks, state press has reported, marking another success in the
Asian nation's global quest for more sources of fuel.
China's largest refiner Sinopec has acquired
stakes in Angolan oil exploration blocks, state press has reported,
marking another success in the Asian nation's global quest for more
sources of fuel. [AFP]
The three blocks have total proven reserves of 3.2 billion barrels of oil and
are expected to boost oil production for Sinopec by 100,000 barrels a day after
they come on stream next year, the Shanghai Securities News reported.
Sinopec acquired the stakes of 27.5 percent, 40 percent and 20 percent in the
off-shore blocks through its joint venture with Angola's state national oil
Sinopec holds a 75-percent stake in the joint venture, Sonangol Sinopec
The Shanghai Securities News did not give any details about how much the
investment was worth, but previous state press reports had said Sinopec offered
2.4 billion dollars for the oil blocks.
Sinopec officials were not immediately available to comment Tuesday when
contacted by AFP.
China, which imports about 40 percent of its oil needs, has worked hard to
woo resource-rich African nations, as the Asian giant seeks to tap oil and gas
to power an economy that expanded at more 10 percent last quarter.
Angola has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Iran as China's top provider of crude
in the first two months of this year, according to Petromatrix, a Swiss trade
advisory and risk management company.
The former Portuguese colony shipped 2.12 million tonnes of crude to China in
February, ahead of Saudi Arabia's 1.98 million tonnes, said the report released
in late March.
Angola, sub-Saharan Africa's second largest oil producer after Nigeria, is
set to double its production of oil in the next three years to reach two million
barrels per day in 2008, according to the Britain-based oil consultancy Wood
The new Sinopec deal comes just ahead of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao leaving
on Thursday for a seven-nation African trip that includes Angola.