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Issue 164 - 06 June 2009

Countries and Markets - Issue 164

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Total and its partners have contracted CGGVeritas for a seismic reservoir characterisation project involving the inversion of 4D seismic data covering the Dalia,Rosa,Girassol and Jasmine fields. CGGVeritas subsidiary Hampson-Russell Software & Services will undertake the inversion work. “Having proved this technology in the North Sea, this is an important opportunity to apply it inWest Africa,” said Philippe Doyen,Vice President, R&D, Hampson-Russell Services. “With the increasing number of 4D vintages available over producing fields, global4D inversion is better constrained and yields results that are more readily interpretable in terms of production effects.

Egypt | Angola | Chad | Nigeria | Libya | Morocco
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While little has been heard since UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown met Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua last July and promised to help tackle illegal bunkering of fuel from the Niger Delta, officials say technical work has been going on behind the scenes (AE 144/24).

Nigeria
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ALGERIA: Orascom contracts for El Merk CPF; ALGERIA: Petroceltic drilling; NIGERIA: Usan order for Nexans; RWANDA: Vangold granted 90-day extension; SENEGAL: Shell-funded CSEM programme under way

Nigeria | Rwanda | Algeria | Senegal
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Eight African states have applied to the United Nations to extend their territorial waters beyond the 200-mile limit, while the other eligible coastal states have put in preliminary claims (AE 137/21). Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Côte d’Ivoire and Namibia

Mauritius | Kenya | Ghana | Seychelles | Nigeria | South Africa
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ALI FASSI-FIHRI: ONE goal; KSK POWER VENTUR: Main market listing; NERC: Owan and commissioners plead not guilty

Nigeria | Morocco
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MAURITANIA: Uranium permit; MOZAMBIQUE: Riversdale wins Benga coal mining contract; NIGER: Uranium projects; NIGERIA: Gas supply constraints continue to hobble industry; NIGERIA: PHCN looks for tariff increase; SOUTH AFRICA: Transformer demand booms, consultant says; SOUTH AFRICA: New Western Cape wind farm scheme; TUNISIA: Nuclear deal with France; TUNISIA: Nexans cables for new airport; ZAMBIA: Lumwana inauguration

Mozambique | Mauritania | Niger | Nigeria | Zambia | South Africa | Tunisia
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The government is promising action, but many projects remain on the drawing board as decision-making drags on. The shape of Nigeria’s export LNG and domestic gas industries could become clearer as the government finally gets to grips with allocating gas to projects (AE 148/6, 147/15). There have been some soothing words about the future of export projects such as Brass LNG Ltd

Nigeria
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The inclusion of Russian giant Gazprom on Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s list of the 15 companies shortlisted as potential investors in Nigeria’s domestic gas infrastructure did not go unnoticed by policy-makers and security experts (AE 147/1).

Nigeria
Issue 161 - 25 April 2009

NNPC reshuffle

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Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation has replaced six group executive directors (GEDs) in a reshuffle ahead of planned restructuring spearheaded by Petroleum Resources Minister Rilwanu Lukman. The new appointments follow the naming of Mohamed Sanusi Barkindo as NNPC group managing director in January to replace Alhaji Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua (AE 155/24).

Nigeria
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Why build a pipeline across several borders and through potentially volatile regions when you could instead export the gas as LNG to a choice of markets? John Hamilton in Paris and Jon Marks examine the latest efforts to build momentum behind the TSGP.

Niger | Nigeria | Algeria
Issue 160 - 04 April 2009

Plans for Ebok development

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Following a successful appraisal well late last year, Afren plc and its partner Oriental Energy Resources plan to start up the Ebok field in early 2010 with production of 15,000-25,000 b/d, rising to 35,000-50,000 b/d by year-end.

Nigeria
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Isarene drilling to start in May; Russian field development to proceed; Minister says Tullow will get Lake Albert stakes; Chevron awards FEED, New find on Abu Qir for Edison; Burullus Gas extends rig contract; Essar gets back OPL 226

Egypt | DR Congo | Angola | Nigeria | Congo Brazzaville | Algeria
Issue 159 - 20 March 2009

Addax scores drillship for JDZ

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Operator Addax Petroleum Corporation has signed an agreement with Transocean for the use of the Deepwater Pathfinder drillship to drill the Kina prospect on Block 4 in the Joint Development Zone.

São Tomé & Príncipe | Nigeria
Issue 159 - 20 March 2009

Akpo start-up

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Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) has started production ahead of schedule from its Akpo deep-water gas and condensate development on OML 130.

Nigeria
Issue 158 - 06 March 2009

NGC tenders for gas pipelines

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation subsidiary Nigerian Gas Company is seeking prequalification bids for three pipeline contracts

Nigeria