Chevron offers 2 offshore oil, gas blocks for sale in Nigeria

American oil giant Chevron has launched the sale of its stakes in two Nigerian offshore oil and gas blocks, as the company seeks to dispose of ageing assets to focus on its fast-growing U.S. production.

The U.S. energy giant is offering its 40 per cent stake in the shallow-water Oil Mining Lease (OML) 86 and OML 88, which produce around 6,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the document says.

The sale is also part of a broader retreat by international oil companies from Nigerian oil and gas fields that have been plagued by pipeline theft as well as uncertainty over the West African country’s tax regime.

San Ramon, California-based Chevron has hired Scotiabank to run the sale process.

“Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and CNL, continuously evaluates its portfolio of assets in the country including Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 86 and 88, as well as emerging opportunities in order to optimize its business,” spokesman Ray Fohr said in a statement.

“Over the years, CNL has received unsolicited expressions of interest from companies who are desirous of acquiring CNL’s interest in OMLs 86 and 88. CNL is currently revalidating their interest before determining next steps with respect to commencing a possible divestment process,” Fohr added

Scotiabank declined to comment.