Abu Dhabi opened first licensing auction for six major oil and gas blocks

Vastavam web: Abu Dhabi’s state energy company said today it had opened its first auction for exploration contracts, offering six major oil and gas blocks as it looks to expand output.Successful bidders will gain access to untapped reserves estimated to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, Abu Dhabi’s National Oil Company (ADNOC) said.”The licensing strategy represents a major advance in how Abu Dhabi unlocks new opportunities and maximises value from its hydrocarbon resources,” the statement said.

Those granted the licences will enter into agreements granting exploration rights and the opportunity to develop the discoveries if targets are achieved, the company said.The UAE, OPEC’s fourth largest crude producer and the eighth largest globally, pumps around 2.8 million barrels per day and sits on just under 100 billion barrels of reserves almost as much as neighbouring Kuwait.In the past few weeks, ADNOC has awarded several international oil companies long-term concession rights in offshore and onshore fields to boost output.Abu Dhabi has begun to award new oil concessions as old ones expire.