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BOOTS & COOTS: North African contracts; CIRCLE OIL: Moroccan gas production brings first revenues

Algeria | Morocco
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ATWOOD OCEANICS: Rig for RWE; CIRCLE OIL: Libya Oil Holding man appointed to board; DANA GAS: Appointments; TRANSOCEAN: Rigs stacked

Egypt | Libya | Gabon
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Anadarko Petroleum has promoted chief operating officer Al Walker to chief executive. Australia’s Jacka Resources announced a share placing. Madagascar Oil raised $26.5m through a placing.

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OANDO: Nigerian player plans major expansion; PETROBRAS: Brazilian major meets missions from Nigeria and Sierra Leone; RAYTEC/AFRICA OIL: Kenya, Puntland farm-ins

Kenya | Somalia | Sierra Leone | Nigeria
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The entire board of Western Australia (WA)-based Sundance Resources were killed in a plane crash in Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) on 19 June.

Congo Brazzaville
Issue 314 - 17 December 2015

Congo Republic: Moho Phase 1b on stream

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Total said on 11 December it had brought on stream the Moho Phase 1b project, with a production capacity of 40,000 boe/d. “Moho Phase 1b is our ninth start-up since the beginning of the year and will contribute to our strong production growth in the years to come,” said president exploration and production Arnaud Breuillac. “It follows the start-up of Dalia Phase 1A on Angola’s Block 17 in July this year and, more recently, the Lianzi field which straddles the deep offshore of Congo and Angola.”

Issue 241 - 19 October 2012

ERHC Energy: Fundraising

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ERHC Energy shareholders have approved company plans to raise up to $45m through share offers to fund its exploration programmes in Chad and Kenya

Kenya | Chad
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Minnow Cove Energy is at the centre of a bidding war after Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed $1.6bn bid was followed by a counter-offer from Thailand’s PTT. As new finds push up reserves figures for Tanzania and Mozambique, more majors are expected to snap up the small players who pioneered East African exploration, writes Thalia Griffiths

Mozambique | Tanzania
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The oil terminal blockaders who exported crude from As Sidrah port on 12 March are bracing for possible armed conflict while also lining up further autonomous sales, according to Political Bureau of Cyrenaica (PBC) spokesman Osama Buera. Speaking by telephone from the border between east and west Libya, he told African Energy that Cyrenaican forces had erected a barrier at Wadi Al-Ahmar, west of As Sidrah, and had secured the ports against the advance of militias from Misratah who entered Sirte the previous day. “We will not initiate a war, but this is happening and we will have to defend ourselves,” he said.

Libya
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Spectrum Geo has launched a 2D seismic survey offshore Mozambique on behalf of the Institute of National Petroleum (INP) in anticipation of future licence rounds. The programme of up to 19,000km, first announced in October 2016 will be undertaken using a 10,000-metre offset with continuous recording. Gravity and magnetic data will be acquired in conjunction with the seismic.

Mozambique
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The Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig is on its way from Norway to South Africa for a drilling programme on Block 11B/12B, starting with the Luiperd-1 well. The closely watched well is due to spud “by September”, according to block partner Africa Energy Corporation. The Deepsea Stavanger drilled the basin-opening Brulpadda oil and gas discovery on Block 11B/12B in February 2019. “Luiperd is the largest prospect in the Paddavissie Fairway and has been de-risked by the nearby Brulpadda discovery and subsequent 3D seismic work,” said Africa Energy chief executive Garrett Soden.

South Africa
Issue 324 - 27 May 2016

Senegal: Cairn completes drilling

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Cairn Energy has successfully completed the SNE-4 appraisal well in the Sangomar Offshore Block and released the Ocean Rig Athena drillship. The well is being plugged and abandoned following drilling, coring and logging. The SNE-4 well was drilled to appraise the eastern extent of the SNE field discovered in 2014 and to confirm the nature of the upper reservoirs in the oil zone. Cairn said the well confirmed the extension of reservoirs in the eastern extent of the SNE field, more than 5km to the east and downdip of SNE-3, and confirmed oil-bearing Upper Reservoir sands of similar quality to those encountered as gas-bearing elsewhere in the field.

Senegal
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CNR International has given FMC Technologies an order for subsea equipment for its planned development of the Baobab oil field on Block CI-40.

Côte d'Ivoire
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The latest political settlement looks promising but Guinea is still not plain sailing for Hyperdynamics, which has yet to finalise its farm-in deal with Repsol

Uganda | Libya | Guinea
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The Shimela-1 well on the South Omo Block has proved another disappointment for operator Tullow Oil, finding only water-bearing reservoirs. Shimela-1 was drilled to a final depth of 1,940 metres to test a prospect in a north-western sub-basin of the Chew Bahir Basin. The Exalo 205 rig will now move to drill the Gardim-1 wildcat exploration well in a separate sub-basin in the south-eastern corner of the Chew Bahir Basin. “Although the Shimela well only found traces of thermogenic gas, it has provided key data to continue to build our understanding of the north-western part of the Chew Bahir Basin,” said Tullow exploration director Angus McCoss.

Ethiopia