Public (LSE: AFR)
Industry Oil and Gas
Founded 2004
Founder Osman Shahenshah (Chief Executive)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Revenue US$1,644.3 million (2013)[1]
US$491.0 million (2013)[1]
US$474.8 million (2013)[1]

Afren plc was an international independent oil exploration and production company. It was formerly fully listed on the London Stock Exchange but is now in administration.


The company was founded in 2004 as an exploration and production company focused on Africa.[2] Most of Afren's production was in Nigeria.[3]

After the Initial Public Offering in March 2005, Afren rapidly expanded its portfolio across six countries: Nigeria, São Tomé & Príncipe JDZ, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Iraqi Kurdistan.[4]

In March 2015, Afren reported lenders approved a three-month payment deferral for a $300 million debt facility. Afren said it won a payment deferral for a $50 million amortization payment for a $300 million Ebok debt facility that was due January 31.[5]

On March 4, 2015 Afren defaulted on its 2016 bonds after refusing to make a $15 million interest payment in order to preserve cash for an ongoing capital structure review.[6]

In April 2015, Afren appointed Alan Linn its new chief executive,[7] following the sacking of CEO Osman Shahenshah (along with chief operating officer Shahid Ullah[8]) over allegations of unauthorised payments.

On July 15, 2015, Afren shares were suspended after its failure to raise enough funds to continue operating, and reduced production levels.[9]

On 31 July 2015 Afren plc released a corporate update announcing that, having failed to secure refinancing, the board of the company would file papers to put the organisation into administration. AlixPartners were appointed as administrators.[10]

On 10 August 2015 the company was delisted from the London Stock Exchange.[11]

On 27 October 2015, a Financial Times article reported on estimates that the sale of Afren's assets would raise only $200 million, leaving $1.7 billion of outstanding debt.[12]


The Group is currently producing circa 22,000 barrels (3,500 m3) of oil equivalent per day from its current portfolio.[13]

Okoro Setu Fields (OML 112)

The Okoro Field ("Okoro") and Setu Field ("Setu") are two oil fields located in OML 112 in shallow water offshore Nigeria, which were originally awarded to Amni - a well established indigenous oil company - in 1993 as part of the Nigerian government's indigenous licensing programme. First oil was achieved during June 2008 when production from the first two production wells drilled commenced at a rate in excess of 3,000 barrels (480 m3) of oil per day from each well. A further five wells were subsequently drilled, completed and brought onstream. The wells drilled were a mixture of horizontal and highly deviated penetrations of the reservoir intervals. The field is currently producing at a rate of 22,000 bbl/d (3,500 m3/d) from all seven wells.[14]


Ebok is an undeveloped oil field located in OML 67, 50 km offshore in 135 ft (41 m) of water in Nigeria's prolific south eastern producing area. The field was discovered by the ExxonMobil / NNPC JV in 1968 (M-QQ1 (Ebok-1)), and two subsequent appraisal wells were drilled in 1970 (Ebok-2 and Ebok-3). First oil was originally targeted in H2 2010[15] but was subsequently pushed back to February 2011.[16]


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