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Issue 197 - 05 November 2010

India's ONGC eyes Exxon stake

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Indian state-run ONGC is considering buying stakes in Block 31 from ExxonMobil and Total. ONGC managing director RS Butola confirmed his company was in talks

Angola
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By revoking Namcor's deal to import fuel, the mines and energy minister has engineered a turnaround in the way fuel is imported and distributed, with significant political ramifications, writes Our Windhoek Correspondent. Mines and energy minister Isak Katali in October revoked National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia's mandate to import half of Namibia's fuel - and then softened the blow

Angola
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Angolan oil minister José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos invited PetroSA to take a stake in the future 200,000 b/d oil refinery in Lobito during a meeting with South African energy minister Elisabeth Dipuo Peters in Luanda on 11 October. According to Angolan Oil Ministry sources, construction should begin by year-end for completion by

Angola
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ALGERIA: Petroceltic plans Ain Tsila appraisal; ANGOLA: New 15/06 find for Eni; ANGOLA: KBR wins Clov contract; DR CONGO: Soco drilling; EGYPT: Crosco provides rig for INA well; GUINEA-BISSAU: Svenska 3D survey; KENYA: Cove completes farm-in; NIGERIA: Ebok field sail-away ceremony; ERHC ENERGY: Registered direct offering raises $2m; GE: Dresser acquisition; PROSAFE/BW: Nigeria extensions, merger

Kenya | Egypt | DR Congo | Angola | Nigeria | Guinea-Bissau | Algeria
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As usual, there was no explanation from Luanda of President José Eduardo dos Santos’ partial government reshuffle on 5 October, which reorganised key economic departments and the senior ranks of the military.

Angola
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ANGOLA: Clov contract for FMC; ANGOLA: Cabinda appraisal well successful; ANGOLA: West Gemini drilling for Total; MAURITANIA: Dana spuds well on Cormoran gas prospect; MOROCCO: Tarfaya oil shale project progresses; MOZAMBIQUE: Sasol signs for onshore gas block; NIGERIA: Hardy sells up to focus on India; NIGERIA/SAO TOME: JDZ partners discuss second phase; SEYCHELLES: Seismic deal for EEZ; TANZANIA: M&P drills on Kianika; TUNISIA: Lambouka well

Mozambique | Angola | Mauritania | São Tomé & Príncipe | Seychelles | Nigeria | Tanzania | Morocco | Tunisia
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Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), Africa’s most consistent pre-export borrower and a benchmark for sub-Saharan trade finance terms, has tapped its largest annual pre-export finance facility.

Ghana | Angola | Nigeria
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Sonangol is back in the syndicated bank market, which the Angolan parastatal visits at least once a year to raise a minimum $1bn in debt, often on the back of a receivables purchase agreement structure.

Angola
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Circle Oil placing raises $65m; Brief stay for new Hyperdynamics CFO; Potential Sonangol Iraqi farm-out

Egypt | Angola | Namibia | Guinea | Morocco | Tunisia
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Parastatal JV plans offshore drilling; Clov tenders line up; ExxonMobil seeks MTPS farm-out; Seplat completes Niger Delta purchase

Angola | Nigeria | Congo Brazzaville | Algeria | Tunisia
Issue 191 - 24 July 2010

Countries and Markets

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Eni and its partners have made a new oil discovery in Block 15/06 with the deep-water Cabaça SE-1 well. The well, located in 470 metres of water 100km offshore, encountered significant oil-bearing reservoirs in the Miocene series. An appraisal well is planned to be drilled in Q3 2010 with the objective of delineating and testing this oil accumulation. Cabaça SE-1 is the seventh exploration well drilled in Block 15/06 since the block was awarded at the end of 2006. The eighth well of the exploration drilling campaign, Mpungi-1, is currently being drilled,and it will complete the work commitment of the first exploration period. The block has delivered six commercial discoveries out of the seven prospects drilled to date.

Egypt | Angola | Nigeria | Gabon | Morocco | Tunisia
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ANGOLA: New find on Block 15/06; EGYPT: Mitsui buys in; GABON: Perenco workover raises output; MOROCCO: Exploration progress; NIGERIA/SAO TOME: Total Takes Chevron’s Block 1 stake; NIGERIA: Drilling success for Sinopec; TUNISIA: AfDB funds for Etap; UGANDA: Butiaba appraisal success

Egypt | Angola | São Tomé & Príncipe | Nigeria | Uganda | Gabon | Morocco | Tunisia
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ANGOLA: Top crude supplier to China; LIBERIA/NIGERIA: Crude supply deal

Angola | Nigeria | Liberia
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REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Nkossa contract extension; EGYPT: Technip contract for WDDM expansion; MAURITANIA: Taoudeni well makes slow progress; NIGERIA: Amenam contract extension; NIGERIA: Gas find for Conoil, Total; Chariot: Namibia seismic ready for inspection; MAUREL & PROM: Bullish on Nigerian acquisition; SEADRILL: Delivery of deep-water drillship West Gemini; SONANGOL: Venezuela move

Egypt | Angola | Mauritania | Nigeria | Congo Brazzaville
Issue 189 - 26 June 2010

Opec targets exceeded

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Angola is expected to export more crude oil in August than in July, with 1.80m b/d set to load in 58 cargoes, provisional loading programmes show

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