Friburge, an Angolan company headquartered here in Luanda, has roots in providing procurement services. Can you provide a brief overview of the company’s inception and current service offering?


Friburge is a Pan African oil, gas, and mining technology and services provider and was established to meet the rising needs of a fast-growing oil and gas producer industry in Angola and Africa. Friburge started as a procurement company to the industry but grew into a services provider and procurement house, housing technologies and solutions that Friburge can provide as services to the industry. We have seen the effects of other developed markets, not considering the impact of drilling oil on the environment and feel that Africa is lucky to be able to develop this sector with this available technology, which will make sure that we are drilling responsibly. And that is what we provide.

Friburge currently has an exclusive agreement with Nature Oil & Gas. Please can you describe the terms of this agreement and what role this plays in bringing new technology and cost-saving strategies to oil and gas companies in Angola?

The relationship with Nature Oil & Gas, as with all our technology partners, is one that epitomizes our core values as a business like you mentioned, in bringing new effective technologies that do that much needed cost cutting for the oil and gas industry and also again, is environmentally conscious. Nature Oil & Gas is a Norwegian company, which tells you that we are dealing with the best in oil and gas tech; it is fully owned by Nature Group, which is a market leader in handling offshore waste with more than 25 years of collection and treatment experience. They have created technology that separates water from all the discharge that comes with oil and gas drilling, which is usually a mixture of oil itself, drilling mud, hydraulic spills and more. This technology can get results of water as clear as 3ppm, which is way below accepted standards. That is the HSE part covered and saves costs by simply enabling oil and gas drillers to dispose of the collected water at the source of collection on the rig. The costs of traditional methods of treatment onshore pile up through various ways, including eliminating transportation from rig to shore, the pile up of slop in the entire process, and also on site on the rig, so it can be programmed to treat collected slop so that there is no break in production to allow for collection. The old way is really unnecessary and expensive. Plus, regulation is much stricter for treatment onshore.

What are the environmental advantages of this new technology?

There are obviously a lot of environmental risks associated with oil and gas exploration and produced water, which is slop and has been cited as a continuance source of contamination to the continental shelf eco systems. There is a very high risk that these effects reach populations and communities, if not contained. Africa cannot afford for this to become a reality, which is why regulation is stricter on zero discharge, and our technology literally meets this very need.

What is Friburge’s involvement in other countries in Africa such as Nigeria and Ghana? Are there plans to enter any new markets in the next year?


Friburge has plans to establish its own presence in other African producing countries or collaborate with local partners with the same business principles as ours in the countries we are expanding to. Localization is important, and we hope to be able to build dispatch and service centers in each country that we do business in to allow us better service our clients. In Ghana and Nigeria, we have made a joint venture and created new companies with local partners where we are deeply involved and working together on our core business, as part of our expansion in Africa. Equatorial Guinea is next on our expansion plans, followed by Benin, Gabon, Senegal, and the entire African west coast.

How many employees does Friburge currently have? Describe the company efforts to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

Friburge currently employs 40 people in Angola spread out across the country and in our Johannesburg office. We are also currently employing staff in our Ghana, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea offices. Our CSR efforts center on community education and awareness on preserving the environment. People are what make a business and, at Friburge, people are of the most value and the commitment. The expertise of staff is an important aspect of achieving the company’s objectives.

You mentioned “seriousness, efficiency, and local knowledge” as factors for Friburge’s success. What else would you identify as the company’s differential advantage?

To put it simply, we do what we say we will do. We understand what our clients’ needs are and also understand the pressures of the industry. We work to provide services that assure our client that it is being well and professionally handled. For example, the nature treatment, slop is something most drillers really do not want to talk about. It may not seem like a huge part of the production process but is definitely something that could cause serious damage to a company if not handled efficiently, which is why we are here. We handle it, so that our clients can worry about the things they would rather be worrying about, like dropping oil prices. Otherwise, our technology speaks for itself. It is proven technology, with experience from all around the world, our personnel is professional and fully trained, our service is safe with environmentally friendly results, and our business model is tailored to be cost effective to suit our clients.

The Zero Discharge law has recently been passed in Angola. What do you expect the law’s impact to be on the oil and gas industry and Friburge’s services?

First of all, we must say that the Angolan government passing the law is quite an important development for Angola’s oil and gas industry. OPCs understand that the zero-discharge standard represents an important condition to opening new acreage to oil and gas exploration, and so are looking for the best technology to satisfy this stringent but necessary requirement for disposing drilling waste. The challenges on a rig are to minimize the amount of chemical waste, deal with the large volumes of cuttings an offloading these cuttings into vessels without the use of cranes. Friburge’s onsite waste-treatment service completely meets these challenges with our technology. The compact treatment unit (CTU) deals with the chemical residues and slop water using the best technique on the market and yields environmental gains that provide acceptable discharge of purified water directly into the sea. The Long Beach Decanter treats solid waste separating cuttings from the liquid waste, depositing them directly into specially designed storage buffer tanks that are ready for transfer to the receiving tanks on service vessels transported to land. Our process minimizes handling on land and permits their potential use for conversion into useful products like soil enhancers.

The oil and gas industry has a traditionally conservative mindset when it comes to implementing change. How receptive has the market been to Friburge’s modern technology?

The oil and gas industry as a whole has realized that holding on to traditional methods has not only impacted the environment negatively and also that it is more important than ever to reduce production costs with volatile oil prices. New technology is here to make sure that the industry does not continue to make the same mistakes and, as we are living in the technology age, technology is designed to assist and be more efficient, cost less, and impact positively on the environment. We are confident as a business that this is a message that is cutting across the industry and will place us in a good position to meet this need.

What is Friburge’s goal in the coming year and final message to our readership of more than 30,000 executives in the oil and gas industry? Why should they choose Friburge?

Fribruge’s goals are to bring more cost effective and environmentally friendly technology to the African market; to partner with more quality assured, best on the market technology providers from around the world; and to be an asset to the development of the oil and gas industry in Africa. Our technology is the best on the market and our expertise tested and measured. Our service will speak for itself. We will sizably cut down your operational costs and ensure that you are compliant with regulation and doing your part of operating responsibly. For international service providers looking to do business and expand into Africa, Friburge is the ideal local partner, as we have on the ground knowledge of the land. They can therefore count on having a local partner who is able to navigate the tough African market and one that prides itself on international standards and procedures. A relationship with Friburge is one that will have visible and measurable benefits for your business.

Friburge, an Angolan company headquartered here in Luanda, has roots in providing procurement services. Can you provide a brief overview of the company’s inception and current service offering?

Friburge is Pan African oil, gas, and mining technology and services provider and was established to meet the rising needs of a fast-growing oil and gas producer industry in Angola and Africa. Friburge started as a procurement company to the industry but grew into a services provider and procurement house, housing technologies and solutions that Friburge can provide as services to the industry. We have seen the effects of other developed markets, not considering the impact of drilling oil on the environment and feel that Africa is lucky to be able to develop this sector with this available technology, which will make sure that we are drilling responsibly. And that is what we provide.

Friburge currently has an exclusive agreement with Nature Oil & Gas. Please can you describe the terms of this agreement and what role this plays in bringing new technology and cost-saving strategies to oil and gas companies in Angola?

The relationship with Nature Oil & Gas, as with all our technology partners, is one that epitomizes our core values as a business like you mentioned, in bringing new effective technologies that do that much needed cost cutting for the oil and gas industry and also again, is environmentally conscious. Nature Oil & Gas is a Norwegian company, which tells you that we are dealing with the best in oil and gas tech; it is fully owned by Nature Group, which is a market leader in handling offshore waste with more than 25 years of collection and treatment experience. They have created technology that separates water from all the discharge that comes with oil and gas drilling, which is usually a mixture of oil itself, drilling mud, hydraulic spills and more. This technology can get results of water as clear as 3ppm, which is way below accepted standards. That is the HSE part covered and saves costs by simply enabling oil and gas drillers to dispose of the collected water at the source of collection on the rig. The costs of traditional methods of treatment onshore pile up through various ways, including eliminating transportation from rig to shore, the pile up of slop in the entire process, and also on site on the rig, so it can be programmed to treat collected slop so that there is no break in production to allow for collection. The old way is really unnecessary and expensive. Plus, regulation is much stricter for treatment onshore.

What are the environmental advantages of this new technology?

There are obviously a lot of environmental risks associated with oil and gas exploration and produced water, which is slop and has been cited as a continuance source of contamination to the continental shelf eco systems. There is a very high risk that these effects reach populations and communities, if not contained. Africa cannot afford for this to become a reality, which is why regulation is stricter on zero discharge, and our technology literally meets this very need.

What is Friburge’s involvement in other countries in Africa such as Nigeria and Ghana? Are there plans to enter any new markets in the next year?

Friburge has plans to establish its own presence in other African producing countries or collaborate with local partners with the same business principles as ours in the countries we are expanding to. Localization is important, and we hope to be able to build dispatch and service centers in each country that we do business in to allow us better service our clients. In Ghana and Nigeria, we have made a joint venture and created new companies with local partners where we are deeply involved and working together on our core business, as part of our expansion in Africa. Equatorial Guinea is next on our expansion plans, followed by Benin, Gabon, Senegal, and the entire African west coast.

How many employees does Friburge currently have? Describe the company efforts to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

Friburge currently employs 40 people in Angola spread out across the country and in our Johannesburg office. We are also currently employing staff in our Ghana, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea offices. Our CSR efforts center on community education and awareness on preserving the environment. People are what make a business and, at Friburge, people are of the most value and the commitment. The expertise of staff is an important aspect of achieving the company’s objectives.

You mentioned “seriousness, efficiency, and local knowledge” as factors for Friburge’s success. What else would you identify as the company’s differential advantage?

To put it simply, we do what we say we will do. We understand what our clients’ needs are and also understand the pressures of the industry. We work to provide services that assure our client that it is being well and professionally handled. For example, the nature treatment, slop is something most drillers really do not want to talk about. It may not seem like a huge part of the production process but is definitely something that could cause serious damage to a company if not handled efficiently, which is why we are here. We handle it, so that our clients can worry about the things they would rather be worrying about, like dropping oil prices. Otherwise, our technology speaks for itself. It is proven technology, with experience from all around the world, our personnel is professional and fully trained, our service is safe with environmentally friendly results, and our business model is tailored to be cost effective to suit our clients.

The Zero Discharge law has recently been passed in Angola. What do you expect the law’s impact to be on the oil and gas industry and Friburge’s services?

First of all, we must say that the Angolan government passing the law is quite an important development for Angola’s oil and gas industry. OPCs understand that the zero-discharge standard represents an important condition to opening new acreage to oil and gas exploration, and so are looking for the best technology to satisfy this stringent but necessary requirement for disposing drilling waste. The challenges on a rig are to minimize the amount of chemical waste, deal with the large volumes of cuttings an offloading these cuttings into vessels without the use of cranes. Friburge’s onsite waste-treatment service completely meets these challenges with our technology. The compact treatment unit (CTU) deals with the chemical residues and slop water using the best technique on the market and yields environmental gains that provide acceptable discharge of purified water directly into the sea. The Long Beach Decanter treats solid waste separating cuttings from the liquid waste, depositing them directly into specially designed storage buffer tanks that are ready for transfer to the receiving tanks on service vessels transported to land. Our process minimizes handling on land and permits their potential use for conversion into useful products like soil enhancers.

The oil and gas industry has a traditionally conservative mindset when it comes to implementing change. How receptive has the market been to Friburge’s modern technology?

The oil and gas industry as a whole has realized that holding on to traditional methods has not only impacted the environment negatively and also that it is more important than ever to reduce production costs with volatile oil prices. New technology is here to make sure that the industry does not continue to make the same mistakes and, as we are living in the technology age, technology is designed to assist and be more efficient, cost less, and impact positively on the environment. We are confident as a business that this is a message that is cutting across the industry and will place us in a good position to meet this need.

What is Friburge’s goal in the coming year and final message to our readership of more than 30,000 executives in the oil and gas industry? Why should they choose Friburge?

Fribruge’s goals are to bring more cost effective and environmentally friendly technology to the African market; to partner with more quality assured, best on the market technology providers from around the world; and to be an asset to the development of the oil and gas industry in Africa. Our technology is the best on the market and our expertise tested and measured. Our service will speak for itself. We will sizably cut down your operational costs and ensure that you are compliant with regulation and doing your part of operating responsibly. For international service providers looking to do business and expand into Africa, Friburge is the ideal local partner, as we have on the ground knowledge of the land. They can therefore count on having a local partner who is able to navigate the tough African market and one that prides itself on international standards and procedures. A relationship with Friburge is one that will have visible and measurable benefits for your business.

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