Perenco Files

The Franco-British oil and gas corporation Perenco is little-known but powerful. It styles itself as “Europe’s leading independent oil and gas group”. It operates in 14 countries worldwide, including the largest onshore European oil farm, in England, and several gas rigs in the North Sea.

November 2022

The success of Franco-British oil giant Perenco has benefited its owners above all: the Perrodo family. The billionaires, who gave their name to their company (Perrodo Energy Company), have accumulated their fortune far from media spotlight and public scrutiny. Until now.

One of the reasons behind their discreet ascent is that Perenco is not listed on the stock market. As a result, the group is free from transparency rules that affect other oil giants like Shell or Total who are facing massive public criticism for their activities. And with fewer than 10,000 employees worldwide, Perenco is also not subject to French laws requiring companies to list the risks associated with their activities abroad.
All this makes attempts to scrutinise the company’s operations particularly difficult. Yet, Perenco’s business is worth looking into: it specialises in buying up mature assets that other oil majors are trying to get rid of due to aging facilities and ebbing reserves. This series by Investigate Europe and its French collaboration partner Disclose among others, will shed light on the company’s footprint in the world, including alleged pollution, structures in tax havens and political ties.

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Pétrole et paradis fiscaux : les intérêts cachés de la ministre de la transition énergétique
Pétrole et paradis fiscaux : les intérêts cachés de la ministre de la transition énergétique

Disclose, France

8. November 2022

Perenco, la brute du pétrole
Perenco, la brute du pétrole

Disclose, France

8. November 2022

Petróleo, paraísos fiscales y herencias: lo que esconde una empresa familiar de la ministra francesa de Energía
Petróleo, paraísos fiscales y herencias: lo que esconde una empresa familiar de la ministra francesa de Energía

infoLibre, Spain

8. November 2022

Ministra francesa da Energia aceita doação de petrolífera
Ministra francesa da Energia aceita doação de petrolífera

Público, Portugal

8. November 2022

El órgano de control de la transparencia en la vida pública investigará a la ministra francesa de Energía
El órgano de control de la transparencia en la vida pública investigará a la ministra francesa de Energía

infoLibre, Spain

8. November 2022

Verbindungen zur Ölindustrie?: Frankreichs Energieministerin gerät unter Druck
Verbindungen zur Ölindustrie?: Frankreichs Energieministerin gerät unter Druck

Der Tagesspiegel, Germany

10. November 2022

Les milliards offshore de Perenco : grands crus, immobilier de luxe et viande halal
Les milliards offshore de Perenco : grands crus, immobilier de luxe et viande halal

Disclose, France

8. Dezember 2022

El grupo inmobiliario que utiliza a Tamara Falcó como imagen en España se alimenta con dinero del petróleo oculto en paraísos fiscales
El grupo inmobiliario que utiliza a Tamara Falcó como imagen en España se alimenta con dinero del petróleo oculto en paraísos fiscales

infoLibre, Spain

9. Dezember 2022

Presidentdatter fikk aksjer da Petronor fikk oljelisens
Presidentdatter fikk aksjer da Petronor fikk oljelisens

Finansavisen, Norway

2. März 2023

Au Congo-Brazzaville, un champ de pétrole exploité par Perenco au cœur d’une enquête pour corruption
Au Congo-Brazzaville, un champ de pétrole exploité par Perenco au cœur d’une enquête pour corruption

Disclose, France

1. März 2023

 Perenco au Gabon : révélations sur les pollutions cachées du numéro 2 du pétrole en France
Perenco au Gabon : révélations sur les pollutions cachées du numéro 2 du pétrole en France

Disclose, France

21. Juni 2023

RDC : les virements suspects de Perenco au premier cercle du président Kabila
RDC : les virements suspects de Perenco au premier cercle du président Kabila

Mediapart, France

20. Juli 2023

Congo Hold-up : les virements suspects de Perenco au premier cercle belgo-congolais du président Kabila
Congo Hold-up : les virements suspects de Perenco au premier cercle belgo-congolais du président Kabila

Le Soir, Belgium

20. Juli 2023

Los negocios sospechosos del gigante petrolero Perenco con empresas cercanas al expresidente del Congo
Los negocios sospechosos del gigante petrolero Perenco con empresas cercanas al expresidente del Congo

infoLibre, Spain

19. Juli 2023