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Issue 141 - 21 June 2008

Rebels protest CNPC deal

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Tuareg and Toubou rebels have denounced an agreement with a Chinese company to explore the Agadem block in eastern Niger and build a refinery and pipeline, and warned of reprisals if development goes ahead (AE 140/11).

Niger
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Former GNPC head jailed; Winfield wins approvals for refinery project; Abu Dhabi plans refinery; Chemical distribution deal; Petronas puts refinery on hold

Ghana | Sudan | Nigeria | Libya | Morocco
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Afren and its partner Amni International Petroleum Development Company have announced the start of production from the Okoro Setu project in OML 112. Initial production from the first of two wells drilled to date has commenced at a rate of more than 3,000 b/d of 27º API gravity oil. .

Nigeria
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Cabinda South find, Lukoil plans, Lotshi survey, RWE gas find in North El Amriya, Woodside find in Libya; Sweden’s PA Resources has spudded a second well on the Didon field; Eurogas drills on Sfax permit

Egypt | DR Congo | Angola | Libya | Ethiopia | Tunisia | Côte d'Ivoire
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National Oil Corporation has renewed Eni’s six exploration and production-sharing contracts for 25 years from January 2008. The new expiry dates set by the agreement are 2042 for production of oil and 2047 for gas. Eni, Libya’s main foreign operator, said it had signed six EPSA-4 contracts with NOC converting its original agreements to the new standard format.

Libya
Issue 141 - 21 June 2008

Mahogany appraisal results

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Jubilee field operator Tullow Oil has announced another success with the Mahogany-2 appraisal well on the West Cape Three Points licence, which flowed at a test rate of 5,200 b/d of 36-degree API gravity oil and 5.3m ft3/d of associated gas. The well was drilled to a total depth of 3,443 metres by the Songa Saturn drillship in water depths of 1,080 metres (AE 138/15).

Ghana
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Gabriel Nguema Lima speaks strongly against gas flaring and windfall profits at the two most important IOCs operating in Equatorial Guineas

Equatorial Guinea
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Australian minnow Range Resources and its Canadian joint venture partner Africa Oil have begun seismic operations in northern Puntland’s Dharoor valley. Range said the seismic equipment had arrived at Boosaaso port and some 2,600km of 2D vibroseis would be acquired.

Somalia
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CNPC has won the race for the Agadem block with a promise of $5bn of investment, apparently calculating that eastern Niger’s oil is worth the practical and security challenges of extracting it.

Nigeria
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A soaring oil price is propelling Angola’s post-war rehabilitation, making it a force to be reckoned with on international markets, though questions remain on how it can manage OPEC quotas.

Angola
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Woodside Energy’s partners in the Lamu basin have told the Australian company they are terminating its farm-in agreement (FIA) because it refused to drill a second well after the failure of the deep-water Pomboo well, Australia’s Global Petroleum said. “The termination notice has been given based on Woodside’s refusal to drill a second exploratory well in the project area in accordance with the FIA and its failure to take any steps to remedy this refusal, which the company considers to be a repudiation and breach of the FIA,”

Kenya
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Egypt eliminates oil and gas tax breaks

Egypt
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Sterling farmout; Lundin farms into CNOOC block

Kenya | Gabon
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BG GROUP: North African moves; Heerema completes Hasdrubal platform. BP: long-term agreements with Amec, KBR and Worley Parsons. EQUATOR: Better news boosts shares

Nigeria | Tunisia
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Gas project for Saipem; Bowleven drilling; Saqqara start-up; Sequoia contract for Saipem,; Sonatrach, Indians sign for 95/96

Cameroon | Egypt | Angola | Libya | Equatorial Guinea