Angola refuses renewal of Total oil licence

5th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

LUANDA, Nov 5 (AFP) - Angola's national oil company Sonangol has refused to renew an oil production licence to France's Total oil group for offshore fields located in the north of the country, a company spokesman said Friday.

LUANDA, Nov 5 (AFP) - Angola's national oil company Sonangol has refused to renew an oil production licence to France's Total oil group for offshore fields located in the north of the country, a company spokesman said Friday.

"The licences for several oil companies have not been renewed, including Total's," said Joao Rosa Santos, a spokesman for Sonangol.

Total, which produces 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) in Angola, was told on October 20 that a licence for the offshore Block 3/80 off the coast of the northern town of Soyo would not be renewed, the Jornal de Angola reported.

The decision came amid repeated threats by the Angolan government to scrap the licence to protest France's decision to seek the arrest of arms dealer Pierre Falcone.

Falcone, who also holds Brazilian nationality, is suspected of playing a pivotal role in selling arms to Angola in 1993-94 during the southern African country's 27-year civil war.

Angola is sub-Saharan Africa's second largest oil producer after Nigeria, producing more than one million bpd of oil which make up 90 percent of the country's total exports.

© AFP

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