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Savannah Energy Plc

Savannah Energy is an AIM quoted British independent energy company, focused around the delivery of “Projects that Matter” in Africa. The company is active in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

In Chad, Savannah owns a 40% participating interest in the Doba Oil Project which has seven producing fields, including surface facilities in southern Chad. In addition, Savannah owns an effective c. 40% indirect interest in the Chad-Cameroon Export Transportation System. In Nigeria, Savannah has a significant controlling interest in a large scale integrated gas production and distribution business which is currently supplying gas to enable over approximately 24% of Nigeria’s thermal power generation. In Niger, Savannah has license interests covering approximately 50% of the country’s main petroleum basin.

Savannah also aims to deliver utility-scale renewable energy projects across Africa, and generate clean, competitively priced electricity for millions of households. The current portfolio includes up to 750 megawatts of solar and wind projects in development in Chad and Niger.

We welcome further engagement with EITI, as it offers additional support to us in demonstrating our transparency and accountability practices.

Andrew Knott CEO Savannah Energy Plc

Engagement with the EITI

Savannah seeks to partner with government and regulators to build and sustain collaborative efforts towards driving and improving transparency, governance and anti-corruption efforts in the countries in which it operates. Savannah discloses information on its governance and related policies on its website. Savannah’s operating subsidiaries in Nigeria have aligned with the EITI Principles since 2015 and submit to an annual audit. Its Universal Energy Resources Limited (“UERL”) subsidiary was commended by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (“NEITI”) for its compliance and provision of requested industry data for NEITI’s 2019 oil and gas audit.

As a UK publicly-listed company, Savannah is subject to the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the Industry Guidance issued for the UK’s Report on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014. Savannah strives to provide and maintain transparency in all activities; operationally, financially and fiscally.

Savannah fosters strong ethical behaviour as part of its governance structure across the Group.  For example, its Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy and Group Code of Ethics set out the responsibilities shared between the company and its employees to uphold the highest standards of behaviour in everything that they do.

Strengthening transparency

Savannah complies with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“the DTRs”) and the draft industry guidance issued for the UK’s report on payments to Governments Regulations 2014, as amended in December 2015 requiring UK companies operating in the extractive sector to publicly disclose payments made to governments in the country where they undertake exploration, prospecting, development and extraction of oil and natural gas deposits or other materials.

The Group's current extractive operations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria give rise to a number of payments to government, including royalties, taxes and levies made by the group on its own behalf and on behalf of suppliers and employees through the deduction of VAT, PAYE and other withholding tax.

Savannah reports under the EY Accountancy & Transparency Directive. Additional information on this can be found in the company's 2021 annual report.

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