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The partners are working together to find ways for reliable, transparent field development with heightened focus on local engagement. (Image source: Amplus VGE)

The lucrative marginal fields of West Africa will now become easier to access, thanks to innovative solutions launched by the collaboration of Amplus VGE, a joint venture between UK-headquartered Amplus Energy and Nigeria-based Versatile Group (VG Energy), along with support from Norway’s Carbon Circle 

The partners are working together to find ways for reliable, transparent field development with heightened focus on local engagement. To advance this cause, Amplus VGE has also opened a new Nigerian office in Abuja for essential skills training and development.

Carbon capture technology provider Carbon Circle is enabling the Amplus VGE partnership to help the owners of undeveloped oil and gas fields with full-service solutions from production to carbon capture. Amplus, too, has large investments in Carbon Cycle, and besides field development, it caters to Amplus' FPSO operations as well. It is currently supporting a West African FPSO project which will involve the integration of a Carbon Circle Post-Combustion Carbon Capture pilot plant offshore. 

This is the latest addition to exciting deepwater developments in West Africa, from fleet renovation campaign by Bourbon Mobility or conversion upgrades by Argeo Venture to subsea construction transport and installation by DOFsubsea construction transport and installation by DOF.

Ambitous joint venture 

Aslak Hjelde, CEO of Carbon Circle said, “Partnering with Amplus VGE provides an opportunity to expand on Carbon Circle’s FPSO work in West Africa. We are proud to support Amplus VGE in its plans to work with regional operators by delivering the top-quality carbon capture and energy transition solutions Carbon Circle is known for.”

Steve Gardyne, Amplus’ managing director, said, “Amplus has been very interested to bring our approach and solutions to the West African region for some time, and establishing this joint venture is a key step for us. It allows us to work with like-minded partners, bringing a fresh impetus and options for developers and field owners in the region.”

Neil Thompson, Amplus’ vice-president - sales and marketing, said, “I am extremely pleased to announce this ambitious joint venture between Amplus and VG Energy to deliver innovative oil and gas production solutions for West Africa.
“Our goal is to become the industry leader in this region – leveraging our experience and the expertise of a strong team to disrupt the market with a wide range of flexible and innovative solutions designed to overcome production challenges without losing productivity.
“This joint venture is made possible thanks to the support and assistance of VG Energy. Their regional connections and business expertise are integral in helping to navigate local licensing, along with recruiting skilled local employees. We are thankful for their partnership and look forward to working together to unlock the full resource potential of the region.”

Mohammed Baba Shehu, chairman/CEO of VG Energy, said, “We are pleased to join with Amplus Energy on this exciting new venture that we expect will have a positive and lasting impact on the region. As a business leader in the region, VG Energy has been able to provide crucial guidance, support, and a local perspective to help kickstart the project. This area of West Africa is rich in resources and, while some are difficult to reach, the Amplus VGE approach to innovative ideas and outside-the-box solutions is creating ways to extract those resources so regional field owners and operators can prosper.”