Bowleven, the Africa focused oil and gas Exploration and Production Company with key interests in Cameroon, has announced the expiry of the 30 day right of pre-emption period pertaining to New Age (African Global Energy)’s definitive conditional agreement with a subsidiary of Perenco, to transfer all of New Age’s participating interests in the Etinde permit and operatorship of the Etinde JV to Perenco.

Neither LUKOIL nor Bowleven exercised their right of pre-emption over New Age’s interest.

A number of conditions to Perenco’s acquisition of New Age’s interest in the Etinde permit remain outstanding, including customary regulatory approvals by the Cameroon government, competition approval and, exclusive exploitation authorisation (EEA) Titulaire confirmation (by way of a letter issued by the Minister). 

“The change of JV partner at Etinde is a key development in accelerating the path to FID with the Etinde JV to be spearheaded by a high calibre international operator with strong and longstanding roots within the Cameroon ecosystem. We believe that the project will benefit from best-in-class technical capability and a partner that brings additional optionality in ensuring a positive outcome for all stakeholders,” Eli Chahin, Chief Executive Officer of Bowleven plc, said.

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