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Onshore blocks in the volatile Niger Delta are the latest Shell assets put on offer as the oil major changes its focus to the offshore, writes David Slater

Nigeria
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President Joseph Kabila’s government has given one of the two blocks previously awarded to Tullow Oil to a consortium including PetroSA.

DR Congo
Issue 322 - 29 April 2016

Cameroon: VOG firms up drilling plans

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Victoria Oil & Gas subsidiary Gaz du Cameroun (GDC) is preparing to drill two additional wells into the onshore Logbaba field and has signed a rig contract with Savannah Oil Services Cameroon. Drilling is planned to start in late Q2 and complete by year-end. VOG described the budget for the two-well drilling programme as “less than $40m, significantly lower than initial estimates made in 2015”.

Cameroon
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While Algiers tries to gain better control over Sonatrach's operations, IOCs remain concerned that the authorities are prone to inflexibility and obsessed with outmoded concepts of national interest

Algeria
Issue 315 - 14 January 2016

Egypt: Subsea 7 contract

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BG’s Burullus Gas Company joint venture has given Subsea 7 a contract for the platform extension and tie-in of the first phase of the West Nile Delta development. This will tie back BP’s Taurus and Libra fields to BG’s infrastructure. The award follows a contract in July 2015 for engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of subsea infrastructure for the development. Nexans was awarded a contract in September to supply 48km of rigid umbilicals.

Egypt
Issue 243 - 15 November 2012

Zanzibar dispute progress for Shell

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Tanzania’s Union Government and the semi-autonomous Zanzibar Revolutionary Government have reached preliminary agreement over a revenue-sharing deal that could eventually permit exploration to go ahead in the archipelago’s waters. Royal Dutch Shell was awarded northern offshore blocks 9-12 to the east of Zanzibar in the 2002 licensing round but has been unable to conclude a production-sharing agreement.

Tanzania
Issue 278 - 31 May 2014

Gabon: Second dry well for Ophir

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Ophir Energy has drilled a second unsuccessful well in its four-well exploration programme offshore Gabon. The Affanga Deep-1 well in the Gnondo Block was drilled using the Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship to a depth of 4,240 metres, targeting a number of reservoir intervals of Turonian and Cenomanian age. Ophir said the well encountered thinner-than-expected sandstone sections with poor reservoir characteristics. Gas and indications of liquids were encountered, but no significant hydrocarbon shows, though cuttings confirmed the presence of a Cenomanian oil-prone source rock, which may have positive implications for the wider Ogooué Delta outboard play and for the deep-water play to the west of the well location.

Gabon
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ALGERIA: El Merk on stream from Q2 2012; ANGOLA: New Girassol contract for FMC; ANGOLA: Saipem wins drilling contract; EQUATORIAL GUINEA: McDermott subsidiary gets Noble contact; LIBERIA: Simba looks for PSC; LIBYA: NOC holds off on licensing round again; LIBYA: Shell tests fourth deep well; LIBYA: TPAO success continues; MOROCCO: Another gas discovery for Circle Oil; NIGERIA: Saipem wins contract extension; REPUBLIC OF CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Murphy plugs wells

Angola | Nigeria | Libya | Liberia | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Algeria | Morocco
Issue 315 - 14 January 2016

Angola: Eni starts up Mpungi field

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Eni has started production from the Mpungi field in the West Hub Development Project on Block 15/06. The start-up of the Mpungi field, which follows the West Hub development’s first oil from the Sangos field in November 2014 and Cinguvu in early April 2015, will bring production to some 100,000 b/d of oil in Q1 2016.The West Hub Development Project comprises the Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North, Ochigufu and Vandumbu fields in water depths ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 metres.

Angola
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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
Issue 139 - 24 May 2008

White Nile enters Nigeria

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Better known for its activities with the Government of Southern Sudan, former England cricketer Philippe Edmonds’ White Nile Ltd has widened its horizons, buying private oil company PA Energy Africa Ltd for $1.839m in cash and 3,132,688 shares.

Nigeria
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Gazprom EP International has announced its first North African discovery with an oil and gas find in the El Assel perimeter in the Berkine Basin. Gazprom is the operator of the perimeter, which is 51% owned by Algerian state company Sonatrach

Algeria
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Australia’s Woodside Energy has agreed with Impact Oil and Gas to take 65% in the AGC Profond Block in the joint development area between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Woodside will take over as operator. Impact will retain 20% and the Entreprise AGC, jointly owned by Senegal and Guinea Bissau, will have 15%. The offshore AGC Profond production-sharing contract (PSC) covers 6,700km² in water depths ranging from 1,400 to 3,700 metres, located west of the Dome Flore and Dome Gea oil accumulations and to the south of Cairn Energy’s recent Fan-1 and SNE-1 and 2 oil discoveries. Impact was awarded the licence in October 2014, and acquired legacy 2D and 3D seismic data.

Guinea-Bissau | Senegal
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AIM-listed Gulfsands Petroleum has finalised agreements with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines for the acquisition of the newly created Moulay Bouchta permit. Gulfsands will operate the permit with a 75% stake, while the state oil company will retain a 25% carried interest. The permit covers 2,850km2 to the north of the company’s Rharb Sud permit and extends eastwards to surround the western, northern and eastern boundaries of its Fes Block.

Morocco
Issue 325 - 10 June 2016

Libya: Technip contract

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In contrast to the problems paralysing Libya’s onshore production, the Mellitah Oil & Gas consortium has given Technip a contract for the Bahr Essalam Phase II gas development in the central Mediterranean. The field will be tied back to the Sabratha platform, which is situated some 110km off the Libyan coast in a water depth of about 190 metres. Mellitah is a consortium of National Oil Corporation and Eni North Africa.

Libya