HISTORY

 

Foxtrot International’s story is first and foremost one of the determination of the men and women who work there: their determination to supply companies and private individuals with the energy they need for their development. It is also the story of a Group’s ambition to give added value to the natural resources found in the zones where the company is set up, by committing itself to a long-term relationship with both public and private partners.

THE DISCOVERY OF THE FOXTROT FIELD


During the 1980s, the discovery of gas wells off the coast of Jacqueville, approximately 90 kilometres south west of Abidjan, was very promising for the future of Ivory Coast’s energy. The FOXTROT field looked to be sufficient to supply the country with gas for at least twenty years. The Ivory Coast Government therefore decided to call upon international groups to make the investments required to get production underway.

SIGNATURE OF PRODUCTION SHARING


In 1994, a shared production contract for the CI-27 offshore Block was signed between the Republic of Ivory Coast and a consortium of companies grouped together in a Joint Venture. On 4 August 1999, an ordinance gave the Group an exclusive exploitation authorisation. The Group became the independent operator of Foxtrot field. Foxtrot International currently holds the role of Joint Venture’s operator.

 

STARTING PRODUCTION


In 1997, the development plan adopted by the Joint Venture was approved by the Ivory Coast Government. The plan involved building a four-legged drilling and production platform, the drilling of two wells with a volume of 40 million cubic feet of gas per day and the construction of a 12-inch gas pipe and a 4-inch oil pipeline linking the platform to the power houses owned by Azito, CIPREL (Ivory Coast electricity production company), CIE (Ivory Coast electricity company), PETROCI and SIR (Ivory Coast refinery).

 

THE DECREE AUTHORISING OPERATIONS


The decree published in August 1999 gave Foxtrot International an exclusive exploitation authorisation for a period of 25 years in zone “F”, with the option for an additional period of 10 years if the commercial exploitation of the deposit was possible. So, the gas production began.

DISCOVERIES MADE WITHIN BLOCK CI-27


In addition to the MANTA field discovered by Philips Petroleum in 1981, Foxtrot International continued its explorations within Block CI-27 and this research led to the discovery of two additional gas fields: MAHI in 2005 and MARLIN in 2007.