Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate recently signed a cooperation agreement with Angola’s National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels, with a view to establishing a shared commitment to promoting and intensifying collaboration across the oil and gas sector.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed will serve to outline opportunities for bilateral trade and investment; position oil and gas cooperation as mutually beneficial economically, technologically, socially and environmentally for both countries; and reaffirm stronger economic, cultural and social ties between Angola and Sierra Leone.

Foday B. L. Mansaray, Director General of the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone, called on investors to augment the country’s upstream potential during the ‘Invest in African Energy’ reception in London on Thursday, organized by the African Energy Chamber.

Sierra Leone launched its fifth licensing round in May last year seeking to advance in its nascent oil and gas sector, offering over 63,000 square kilometres of highly prospective acreage, with which the Petroleum Directorate has invited investors to engage through the block and technical data acquisition.

With a view to bringing in new investors to explore and develop its frontier acreage, the response from investors to the fifth licensing round has been excellent and is part of the reason the deadline was extended.

Speaking on the scale of working oil, the West African country is home to a working petroleum system that was supported by small-scale oil and gas discoveries, including the Venus-B1, Mercury-1 and Jupiter-1 wells by Anadarko and the Savannah-1X well by Lukoil.

Oil and Gas exploration in the country began nearly four decades ago with the drilling of two wildcat exploration wells but was put on hold around 2015/2016.

Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate operates under the mandate to unlock the full potential of its national hydrocarbon resources, regulating the exploration and production of affordable, reliable and cleaner energy across Sierra Leone. In a bid to attract investors.

The Director General stated that Sierra Leone offers access to acreage, competitive fiscal conditions, a transparent and stable government, and high-quality data with reprocessing and world-class conjugate discoveries.

He affirmed that ‘the response from investors [to our fifth licensing round] has been excellent and is part of the reason we extended the deadline. We like to think of IOCs as partners and not investors. We try to integrate into their operations. We’ve tried to eliminate the red tape. It currently takes 85 days from application to licensing.”