Dragon Oil to finalise acquisition in Egypt in coming months

In an exclusive interview with Oil & Gas Middle East, Dragon Oil CEO Ali Al Jarwan revealed the company's progress on its $13bn expansion plans

Ali Al Jarwan, an industry veteran and one of the founders of ADIPEC, now leads ENOC subsidiary Dragon Oil
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Ali Al Jarwan, an industry veteran and one of the founders of ADIPEC, now leads ENOC subsidiary Dragon Oil

Dragon Oil, the exploration and production arm of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), will finalise an acquisition in Egypt in the next three to four months, CEO Ali Al Jarwan said in an interview with Oil & Gas Middle East

He did not disclose details about the acquisition, noting that it would be announced "soon," but said it would add 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production to the company's portfolio, which has mainly been concentration on Turkmenistan and Iraq. The newly acquired asset has potential to produce up to 100,000bpd, Al Jarwan said.

To put this in context, Dragon Oil's main producing fields, Dzheitune and Dzhygalybeg in the Cheleken Peninsula, produced an average of 93,000bpd in 2018--up from 84,000bpd in 2017.

This is part of the company's wider $13bn expansion plan for the next decade--which includes a $500mn budget for acquisitions in 2019. In the next five year, Al Jarwan aims to produce 300,000bpd of oil and oil equivalent. This will require more than just an acquisition.

He noted that production in Al Faihaa field in Basra, Iraq, would increase in the coming year, with increasing investment. In a November 2018 interview with Oil & Gas Middle East, he said that the company plans to increase production in Turkmenistan to 100,000bpd, and boost output in Iraq to 100,000bpd by 2025. 

The remaining 300,000bpd will be made up by Dragon Oil's acquisition in Egypt.

However, Al Jarwan is not stopping there. He says the company is looking further for more opportunities--Dragon Oil is looking at options in Oman, Yemen and Sudan, as well.

Ali Al Jarwan, a long-time member of our Power 50 list for his various roles at ADNOC, was ranked this year for his work as CEO of Dragon Oil.

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