Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum represent Nigeria’s largest privately-held, Africa-focused exploration and production group. Its extensive footprint across the African continent includes 19 oil and gas licenses in 10 countries, including producing assets in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea and numerous Atlas/Oranto-operated blocks.
Operating as sister companies in the West Africa region since 1991, Atlas and Oranto now operate in ten jurisdictions throughout Africa, with regional offices and representatives in all our core investment locations. The technical base is strategically located in Lagos, Nigeria, and the corporate headquarters is in Abuja, giving direct access to African policy-makers in this regional political hub.
Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum are privately held, with a common share ownership, and are registered in Nigeria. Stock in the companies is held by the Eze family, whose members are actively involved in day-to-day operations.
As the Chairman of both Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum, and the major shareholder of both companies, Prince Arthur Eze has overall control of the group’s ventures throughout Africa. His regional perspective and significance as a leading African executive put Atlas and Oranto at an advantage in understanding the perspectives and priorities of host nations and timeframe constraints to delivering success.
“We work boldly in frontier exploration in Africa. Africa has had great success in exploration activities in recent years, with several of the world’s top discoveries for both 2015 and 2016 coming out of Africa. While frontier exploration can be risky, we have a very strategic investment strategy, which includes seeking partners for de-risked assets and actively pursuing investments and divestments. We know that Africa is at the forefront of frontier exploration globally, and we are, by acreage, the largest indigenous frontier exploration player in Africa.”