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Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Puntland drilling this year

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Africa Oil Corporation has extended its production-sharing agreements (PSAs) with the unrecognised republic of Puntland for the Dharoor Valley Nugaal Valley exploration areas.

Somalia
Issue 246 - 17 January 2013

Angola: Oceaneering wins Esso contract

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Oceaneering International has secured a contract from Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited to supply umbilicals for the Kizomba Satellites Phase 2 development. The order is for 43km of electrohydraulic steel tube control umbilicals.

Angola
Issue 239 - 21 September 2012

Namibia: Second dry well for Chariot

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Operator Petrobras has failed to find hydrocarbons with the Kabeljou well on the Southern Block 2714A in the Orange Basin. The well, drilled by the Ocean Rig Poseidon drillship to a total depth of 3,150 metres, is the second of four to five wells planned offshore Namibia in 2012-13 by 25% stakeholder Chariot Oil & Gas.

Namibia
Issue 189 - 26 June 2010

Sun also rises for Delta interests

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A new and obscure player has emerged in the battle to secure choice sub-Saharan Africa oil and gas reserves, with a $4.8bn bid by Lagos-based Sunrise for ExxonMobil’s Nigeria assets

Nigeria
Issue 238 - 07 September 2012

Somalia: Puntland well fails

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Operator Horn Petroleum is plugging and abandoning its Shabeel North-1 well after a drill stem test of the Upper Cretaceous Jesomma sands produced only water.

Somalia
Issue 238 - 07 September 2012

Ghana: Eni signs gas development MoU

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Eni and Vitol have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for the development of gas discoveries in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Block in the Tano Basin.

Ghana
Issue 238 - 07 September 2012

IOCs get back to business in Libya

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Total and Repsol are among international oil companies gearing up to resume exploration and field development work in Libya, even before the new government is formally announced, as dust settles on the anti-Qadhafi revolution which led so many companies to declare force majeure or pull out.

Libya
Issue 238 - 07 September 2012

Cameroon: Kosmos seeks partners

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Kosmos Energy is seeking to farm out up to half its stake in the N’Dian River and Fako blocks in the onshore Douala Basin, where a well is planned on the Sipo structure in December.

Cameroon
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

East West farms into Burg El Arab

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Kuwait Energy Company has sold a 20% stake in the Burg El Arab concession in the Western Desert to East West Petroleum Corporation

Egypt
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National Oil Corporation (NOC) subsidiaries and the state company’s joint ventures with international oil companies have led the push to restart work on oil field developments that were planned (and in some cases started) before the revolution that removed former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.

Libya
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