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Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Ghana: Tweneboa appraisal

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Tullow Oil has announced that the Tweneboa-3 appraisal well in the Deepwater Tano licence encountered gas condensate in high-quality sandstone reservoirs, confirming the Greater Tweneboa Area resource base potential.

Ghana
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Algeria: Petroceltic progress at AT-4

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Ireland’s Petroceltic International has announced that well AT-4 on its Isarene permit in the Illizi Basin confirmed the presence of a gas column

Algeria
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Namibia: UNX plans seismic

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Calgary-based UNX Energy has signed a 3D seismic contract with Petroleum Geo-Services

Namibia
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

OMV deals on eve of political crisis

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The street protests which were ultimately to bring down the regime of President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali had taken hold of the country - and were just ten days from their crisis - when Austria's OMV announced it had acquired the Tunisian exploration and production subsidiaries of the US' Pioneer Natural Resources.

Tunisia
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

DR Congo: Dry well for Soco

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Soco International has said its Bayingu-1 exploration well in the Nganzi Block was non-commercial.

DR Congo
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Dana well finds gas at deeper target

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Dana Petroleum’s Cormoran well has found gas at a lower depth than the Pelican discovery, potentially opening up a new play in northern Mauritania’s offshore.

Mauritania
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Tunisia: Drilling planned on Chorbane

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Australia’s ADX Energy has signed a letter of intent with Challenger Limited for the use of the Rig 37 onshore drilling unit to drill the planned Sidi Daher exploration well on the onshore Chorbane permit.

Tunisia
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 201 - 21 January 2011

Madagascar Oil debacle alarms companies

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The suspension of Madagascar Oil's shares two weeks after listing highlights the problems facing the transitional government, writes Paul Melly. Under the guise of a New Year courtesy call on mining and hydrocarbons minister Mamy Ratovomalala, a delegation of senior managers from oil companies active in Madagascar began to lay the ground for new development talks with the government. In mid-December 2010, Ratovomalala made operators and ..

Madagascar
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

Political crisis hits Petroci

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While Côte d'Ivoire has managed without donors for more than a decade, the European Union raised the stakes on 14 January by imposing an assets freeze. The EU extended the visa ban imposed on 22 December on outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo and his inner circle, slapping restrictions on more people and entities accused

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

Vale to exploit CBM

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Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique (ENH) and Brazilian steel giant Vale signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Maputo on 10 December which paves the way for coalbed methane exploration in the Moatize coal fields in Tete province

Mozambique
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With a long-running arbitration case over exploration Block A nearing its end in Washington, the government is gearing up to relicense the acreage, CAR’s energy minister told François Misser in Bangui

Central African Republic
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

Production up at Shukheir Bay

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Citadel Capital’s upstream oil and gas arm, National Petroleum Company (NPC), has increased production from the Shukheir Bay field, 125km north of Hurghada on the western coast of the Red Sea, by 1,700 b/d

Egypt
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

SacOil, EER farm into OPL 233

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South Africa’s SacOil Holdings has signed a farm-in agreement with Nigdel United Oil Company to acquire a 20% working interest in the OPL 233 licence off the coast of the central delta region and adjacent to the Apoi field

Nigeria
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

First oil, but no law yet

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President John Evans Atta Mills led a ceremony to start the flow of oil from the Jubilee field on 15 December, amid celebrations in Ghana and warnings from transparency campaigners that the country still has no oil law

Ghana