The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded a stake of 4% in an Abu Dhabi onshore concession to North Petroleum International, a subsidiary of China ZhenHua Oil.


Image: ADNOC transfers 4% stake in onshore concession to China ZhenHua Oil. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

The stake in the onshore block was previously owned by CEFC China Energy, said ADNOC. The UAE state-owned company is the operator of the block with a stake of 60%.

Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council has given its approval to the ownership change which is said to align with the UAE leadership’s directives to open the emirate’s oil and gas concessions for partners who provide technology, operational experience, capital or market access.

ADNOC Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “China ZhenHua Oil’s acquisition of the four percent stake in the onshore concession underlines the continued pull of the United Arab Emirates as a leading global energy and investment destination, backed by a strong, stable and secure commercial environment.

“With China ZhenHua Oil, we will pursue mutually beneficial cooperation, share business growth opportunities and work together as we deliver on our 2030 smart growth strategy.”

China ZhenHua Oil has now joined the UAE firm and also BP (10%), Total (10%), China National Petroleum Corporation (8%), Inpex (5%), and GS Energy (3%) as stakeholders in the onshore block.

China Zhenhua Oil chairman Liu Yijiang said: “For decades, ADNOC Onshore has successfully developed a number of oil fields that produce from Abu Dhabi’s giant cretaceous carbonate reservoirs, working in partnership with various international oil companies.

“China ZhenHua Oil, as a new partner in UAE’s upstream sector, is honored to join the operating concession and will contribute its capabilities in technology, management and supply chains, which may maximize the benefits and value for all.”

The Chinese firm has operations across 11 oil and gas upstream projects in six countries, with gross production of nearly 10 million metric tons a year.

The company is also engaged in the fuel storage, transportation and refining business, with a trading desk located in Singapore.

China ZhenHua Oil is indirectly owned 100% by the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, a Chinese-government agency that handles over a hundred state-owned assets and enterprises across various sectors like oil and petrochemicals, telecommunications, and transport.