Weah Orders Oil Sector Reopened

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…Bidding Begins 2019

In fulfillment of his pronouncement made early this year that Liberia is opened for business, President Dr. George Manneh Weah has accordingly mandated relevant institutions to work out necessary modalities for a successful reopening of the Liberia basin as well as the opening of the Harper Basin for oil & gas exploration.

An Executive Mansion statement said in an effort to revive the Liberian economy, the government of Liberia will be hosting bid rounds for selected blocks in the Liberia and Harper basin in 2019.

The statement encourages interested companies to take advantage of the groundbreaking opportunities to invest in the sector.

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The president, according to the statement, has directed and advised the relevant institutions to develop appropriate frameworks to enhance and facilitate the successful hosting of the 2019 bid rounds.

The statement said the President will subsequently announce the blocks for the Liberia and Harper basins that the Government intends to put up for bid.

It can be recalled that in his inaugural address to the nation when he assumed the mantle of leadership, President Weah declared that “Liberia is open for business.”

He, accordingly, appealed to international partners to come and invest in Liberia.

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“The President once again reiterates that Liberia is opened and prepared for business,” the statement said.

The declaration, according to the statement, “was informed, as it is today, by the poor state of the economy his government inherited.

It was also intended to reawaken the confidence of the international community and the larger business world, to have faith in the government’s ability to confront the problems in order to put the economy back on the trajectory of growth.”

Consequently, the statement said the President has been working tirelessly with partners to identify and develop frameworks to revive the economy and eventually bring relief to the Liberian people.

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“In the view of the President, one area of significant interest and relevance in reviving the economy is Liberia’s oil and gas sector, which remains largely untapped and has the potential to rekindle and brighten the path to prosperity.

It is in keeping with this conviction that the government resuscitated, through a thorough review process, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), by appointing a new management team and restructuring the Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA),” the statement said.

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