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Issue 238 - 07 September 2012

Equatorial Guniea: Fresh gas find for Ophir

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Ophir Energy has made another gas discovery on Block R as it seeks to prove up gas reserves for a planned second production train at the Equatorial Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas plant.

Equatorial Guinea
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ANGOLA: Cobalt pre-salt plans; GABON: Dussafu drilling; SOUTH AFRICA: Shale gas exploration halt in Karoo; TANZANIA: BG contracts new rig

Angola | Gabon | Tanzania | South Africa
Issue 237 - 10 August 2012

Tanzania: Papa discovery for BG

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BG Group’s Papa-1 well has made the first Cretaceous gas discovery outboard of the Rufiji Delta in Block 3. The well, the sixth consecutive gas discovery for the BG-Ophir Energy joint venture in offshore blocks 1, 3 and 4, encountered an 89-metre gas-bearing column in the Upper Cretaceous.

Tanzania
Issue 237 - 10 August 2012

Sierra Leone: Talisman to drill

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Canada’s Talisman Energy is due to spud a well on its Block SL-4B-10 in mid-September, and is finalising a farm-down arrangement to reduce costs.

Sierra Leone
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SOCO International is preparing to drill up to three offshore exploration wells, with the first well expected to spud in early September.

Angola | Congo Brazzaville
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While Gazprom has not entirely withdrawn from the Kudu gas-to-power project, news that the stake has changed hands highlights tension between the Russian major and Namibian authorities, writes Michael Wooldridge

Namibia
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Possible new Sonangol borrowing, longer lending tenors and the clearing up of foreign payment arrears are among the major Angolan themes preoccupying foreign financiers and insurers, writes Kevin Godier

Angola
Issue 207 - 16 April 2011

Third BG well discovers gas

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BG Group has announced a third offshore gas discovery with the Chaza-1 well, in Block 1, 200km south of the earlier Pweza and Chewa discoveries (AE 203/12). The well was drilled in some 950 metres of water, 18km offshore southern Tanzania.

Tanzania
Issue 211 - 21 June 2011

Petroceltic plans gas farm-out

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Petroceltic is planning a second farm-out this year following its sale of an 18.375% stake in its Isarène production-sharing contract (PSC) to Italy’s Eni in April (AE 208/12).

Algeria
Issue 246 - 17 January 2013

Egypt: Ganope bid round

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Ganoub El-Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (Ganope) launched a new licensing round on 30 December, offering 20 exploration blocks. Eleven of the blocks are in the Western Desert, five in the Gulf of Suez and two each in the Eastern Desert and Red Sea. The round is due to close on 30 May.

Egypt
Issue 209 - 21 May 2011

Upstream oil and gas: Pointers

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ANGOLA: ROC Cabinda stake sale; ANGOLA: New find for Total; ANGOLA: Pazflor FPSO in place

Angola
Issue 210 - 04 June 2011

Tullow buys out EO, lists shares

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Tullow Oil has finalised its expected deal to buy minority partner EO Group, in a $305m cash-and-shares deal (AE 206/1).

Ghana
Issue 209 - 21 May 2011

Second rig for Rovuma Basin

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Anadarko has contracted TransOcean’s Deepwater Millennium drillship to join the exploration and appraisal programme in the Rovuma Basin. Partner Cove Energy said the ship would start work in Q4 2011.

Mozambique
Issue 189 - 26 June 2010

Tunisia: New discovery for OMV

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Austria’s OMV said on 16 June it had made a new gas discovery during drilling of the Ritma-1 exploration well in the Nawara production concession in southern Tunisia

Tunisia
Issue 246 - 17 January 2013

Chariot Oil & Gas: New CEO

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Paul Welch has stepped down as chief executive of Chariot Oil & Gas, which says he is leaving to pursue other business interests. Commercial director James Burgess has also left.