Sahara Group’s upstream division comprises a number of affiliates whose mission is to acquire, explore, appraise and develop commercial oil and gas assets in established basins and emerging frontiers in Africa. Affiliates include Sahara Energy Field, Enageed Resources, Sahara Energy Exploration and Production among others. Their core businesses create shareholder value by oil and gas reserves and production growth but they also contribute to socio-economic development where they operate. Through partnerships with employees, local communities, contractors and other stakeholders Sahara’s affiliates help create and develop sustainable interventions.
Since starting operations in 2004, Sahara has grown its upstreamportfolio, building a strong foundation in a number of West African basins. Today,through its upstream companies (see table below) Saharanow participates withon and/or offshore equity interests in Nigerian, Ghanaian and Ivorian assets,some of which it also operates.
|Nigeria||OPL 274||Onshore W Niger Delta||Enageed Resources Ltd||100%||?|
|Nigeria||OPL 284||Offshoredeep water||Sahara Energy Exploration & Production Ltd (SEEPL)||45%||?|
|Nigeria||OPL 286||Offshoredeep water||26%|
|Nigeria||Tsekelewu Marginal Field (OML 40)||Onshore W Niger Delta||Sahara Energy Field Ltd (SEFL)||51%||?|
|Ghana||SWCTP||Offshore shallow water||Sahara Energy Fields Ghana Ltd (SEFGL)||90%||?|
|Ivory Coast||CI-500||Offshore shallow water||Sahara Energy Fields BVI||35%|
|Ivory Coast||CI-502||Offshoredeep water||Sahara Energy Fields BVI||20%|
Sahara affiliate Enageed Resource Ltd,operates onshore Nigerian OPL 274 where it holds 100% equity. In June 2014, Enageed passed themillion man-hours milestone without lost time injury (LTI) after completing two3D seismic surveys in OPL 274 of 126 and 500 square km.
Enageed raised the bar higher, completing a successful three-well drilling and testing campaign in OPL 274. The Oki-Oziengbe S4 appraisal well was drilled directionally to depths of nearly 12,520’ md with over a kilometer of horizontal offset between well head and total depth. The well discovered oil, gas or condensate in 13 pay zones with net pay count of 211’ The Oki-Oziengbe S5 appraisal well was also drilled directionally, to depths of nearly 12,873’ md and with a kilometer of horizontal offset between well head and total depth. The wells discovered oil, gas or condensate in as many as 15 pay zones with a net pay count of 298’.
Two drill stem tests performed on the S4 appraisal flowed at a combined flow rate in excess of 5600 bbls oil per day. The exploration well Oluegi-1 drilled a previously untested fault block 2.7 km north of the Oki-Oziengbe field, discovering 110’ net pay oil in five new pay zones before reaching total depth at 14,887’ md.
Enageed is now completing engineering tie-in to existing facilities, allowing first oil production to begin from Oki-Oziengbe S4 and S5 wells. Two pay zones in each well are being connected via flow lines to the Oziengbe S flow station some 3 km away. There oil, gas and water can be separated. First oil is expected in 2H14.
Enageed is preparing another multi-well drilling campaign closer to the Atlantic coast,in the western part of OPL 274 license and in the Tsekelewu marginal field of OML 40 and at two to four wells are under development. Drilling there will require use of a swamp rig.
The OPL 274 exploration programme recorded a number of firsts for Sahara Group. Enageed acquired its first onshore 3D seismic data, drilled its first onshore wells, made its first appraisal and first oil discovery and tested first oil production at rates in excess of 5600bbls per day. In addition, the three wells were drilled back-to-back in just ten months, from a common location with a minimal environmental footprint and all three wells found commercial hydrocarbons.
The successful onshore drilling campaign portends a bright future for Sahara of sustained reserves growth following first production. Certified 2P reserves in Oki-Oziengbe South field were doubled as a result of the three well drilling program and the new discovery made at Oluegi-1 will become commercial once new pipeline capacity is developed.
Sahara continues reviewing new ventures opportunities and upstream acquisition across Africa to fuel the growthof its upstream portfolio. Opportunities reviewswere completed in the past year in Angola, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania among others and Sahara was a finalist in both the Shell and Chevron asset auctions in Nigeria in 2013 and 2014.
Sahara Gas Limited Company was established to operate fully in the Gas Sector. The company is engaged in a variety of business activities ranging from the acquisition of preferred stakes in gas projects to the marketing and sale of gas products, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum gas (LPG), and Condensates (Natural Gas Liquids- NGL).
Sahara Gas is highly committed to developing the domestic gas markets. It holds strategic stakes in the LNG sector with access to international gas markets and regasification facilities. Sahara Gas partnered with Sempra LNG to form a JV which secured 2.5% equity in the Olokola LNG (OKLNG) Project in Ogun State, Nigeria, and 3% equity in the Brass LNG Project in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Sahara Gas is also very actively involved in the Nigerian Gas Master Plan Project through strategic investment in the West Niger Delta (WND) Central Gas Processing Facilities (CPF) Project.
Domestically, the company operates a 1000MT LPG storage, truck loading and bottling depot in Calabar, Nigeria; which is being upgraded to a 2500MT facility. In addition to its spot cargoes, the company operates the following term contracts:
As the first indigenous company to partake in the successful lifting of OSO NGL, Sahara Gas has been involved for over six years in the NNPC/Mobil Joint Venture, paving the way for other Nigerian establishments to follow
Sahara Energy Resource Limited, established in 1996 as the first Sahara Group Company, is primarily focused on the sourcing, supply and trading of high quality, refined petroleum products to meet the energy needs of a dynamic and technologically advancing world. The company has over the years, grown to become a formidable player in the global energy market, servicing a wide range of customers spread across several continents.
With a dedicated and talented Management Team, Trade, Operations, Finance, Trade Finance, Business Development/Marketing and Risk Management Units, the company is able to identify supply and demand opportunities through an in-depth understanding of the regional and global energy markets. Sahara Energy Resource Limited takes pride in the effective management and synchronization of different Units to properly analyze and mitigate the risk of doing business in identified markets, thereby producing maximum operational efficiency and profitability.
The company’s strength and sustained success lies in its ingrained culture of excellence, dynamism, exceptional relationship management and compliance with global best practices
The main business of Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities is developing and operating state-of-the-art Bulk Liquid Storage. The company is ISO 9001.2008 certified. It guarantees that all products received at its facilities comply with international standards such as:
The company has a robust foot print in West Africa with a significant presence in Nigeria, Ghana and recently, Ivory Coast. All its facilities are specifically designed for the storage of all types of petroleum products and chemicals.
With storage facilities at key seaports and airports in West Africa, the company maintains a healthy stock of refined products for Major Oil Companies and Airlines. From these locations, the company facilitates distribution to end-users through barges, road tankers and aviation fuel bowsers.
So Aviation Limited, a subsidiary of the Sahara Group is a major supplier of Jet A-1 fuel and is one of the fastest growing indigenous companies in the Nigerian downstream sector.
The company’s focus is the procurement of quality aviation fuel and ensuring optimum customer service delivery with the goal of guaranteeing customer satisfaction and profitability. These core values have earned the company its reputation as a reliable and customer-focused marketer in the industry.
So Aviation operates out of Nigeria’s three major international and domestic airports with one of the largest storage capacities and an increasing fleet of world class standard bowsers. As part of its continuous drive towards safety, So Aviation has installed Jet Gard (A new filtration system) on all her bowsers and introduced the use of firefighting trucks in all operating airports.
As a leading marketer of Aviation fuel, the company has an increasing client database with both domestic and international airlines and has an exclusive fuelling portfolio for the Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet.
In line with the company’s vision to expand across the African region, So Aviation has commenced operations in Ghana and has future plans to set up in other African countries. And in terms of breaking boundaries, So Aviation boasts the first female bowser operator in Africa on her team.
So Energy is the downstream, retail operation arm of the group. It is responsible for the management and operation of dealer and company managed petrol stations.
So Energy introduces to each marketplace a new model of innovative stations. This model centers on combining striking architectural designs that are distinctly African yet modern, as well as contemporary services designed to meet a wide range of refueling needs for all customers.
In line with the company’s vision of being the provider of choice wherever energy is consumed, So Energy has begun an aggressive drive to establish a regional network of retail stations and now has operations in Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
In line with Sahara Group’s vision for renewable and sustainable energy, the mission of Sahara Farms is to develop viable and sustainable agro-products and also play a leading role in the development of alternative and environment friendly sources of energy. Sahara Farms will partner with farmers and local communities in order to develop self-sustaining and commercially viable projects within the communities.
The partnership will be based on the adoption and implementation of a Farm-to-Market value chain approach that ensures that the farms are self-sustaining, provide sources of income for the local farmers and generate organic growth in and around the communities.