RAKGas signs oil exploration agreement with Zanzibar

zanzibar 30RAKGas, through its international subsidiary RAKGas Zanzibar Limited, has signed an oil and gas production sharing agreement with the government of Zanzibar, the first of its kind agreement Zanzibar has signed following its implementation of the oil and gas (Upstream) act of 2016

Negotiations regarding the production sharing agreement for the acreage known as Pemba Zanzibar Block, which measures 11,868 sq km, have now been concluded and RAKGas Zanzibar Limited is executing the agreement with the Zanzibar Government and the Zanzibar Petroleum Development Company.

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the UAE supreme council member and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, arrived in Zanzibar after receiving a formal invitation from the President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein of the Zanzibar Government to witness the signing of this historic agreement.

RAKGas LLC is a wholly Ras Al Khaimah government-owned oil and gas exploration and production company established under Emiri Decree number 14/84 by the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. RAKGas has been pursuing exploration opportunities in the Middle East and Africa and this year opened a licencing round in Ras Al Khaimah to allow for prospective companies to bid for acreage.

Kamal Ataya, CEO of RAKGas International, said, “This production sharing agreement between RAKGas and the government of Zanzibar is an important milestone for everyone involved and heralds a fruitful partnership between Ras Al Khaimah and Zanzibar.”

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