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Issue 228 - 30 March 2012

Kenya permit has convoluted history


Tullow Oil and Africa Oil Corporation are in the enviable position of having no other partners in the 12,638km2 Block 10BB, where oil was found in March

Issue 311 - 06 November 2015

Mozambique: Five awards in bid round


The National Petroleum Institute (INP) has awarded five blocks from the fifth licensing round, with ExxonMobil taking a commanding position in partnership with Russia’s Rosneft. INP resource assessment director José Branquinho told Africa Upstream the round had attracted total spending commitments of $691m and pledges of eight deep-water wells and two onshore wells. He said the INP was now planning a sixth round for 2017, and was working with service companies to acquire data. Agreement had been reached with Schlumberger for a multi-client 3D survey in the Angoche area, and other multi-client proposals were under evaluation.

Issue 247 - 31 January 2013

Madagascar Oil: Share placing


Madagascar Oil has carried out a share placing and open offer through London-based natural resources investment bank GMP Securities Europe to raise £49.5m ($78.4m) at 18p/share. The offering is fully underwritten by existing shareholders.

Issue 181 - 26 February 2010

Rovuma gas find for Anadarko


Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced a gas find with the deep-water Windjammer exploration well in the offshore Rovuma Basin (AE 180/18).


Kenya has selected Wood Plc to carry out design work for an oil export pipeline from the South Lokichar Basin. Reuters quoted Andrew Kamau, principal secretary at the Petroleum and Mining Ministry, as saying the work would take eight months. The government invited engineering design bids in January for the $2bn pipeline project.

Issue 240 - 05 October 2012

Gas-rich Mozambique also hopes for oil


As Mozambique chalks up ever greater gas reserves, hopes are rising that the southern Rovuma Basin may also contain oil. Total has taken 40% in Petronas’ Areas 3 and 6, after Tullow Oil took 25% in Statoil’s Areas 2 and 5, specifically to look for oil.

Issue 134 - 07 March 2008

Total gets Usan go-ahead


The government has given Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL) the go-ahead to develop the Usan field on the former OPL 222.

Issue 317 - 11 February 2016

Seychelles: Ophir withdrawal


Australia’s WHL Energy has said that Ophir Energy has relinquished its Seychelles blocks. “Under the terms of the Petroleum Agreement, the blocks revert back to the Seychelles government,” WHL said. It said national oil company PetroSeychelles had formally notified the original licence holder PetroQuest International that the petroleum agreement dated 14 April 2014 relating to Blocks 5B/1, 5B/2 and 5B/3 was terminated. WHL acquired the blocks from PetroQuest in 2010 and farmed out 75% to Ophir in 2014. “WHL Energy continues to work closely with the Seychelles government in assessing the forward strategy for this prospect,” the company said.

Issue 139 - 24 May 2008

Fifth discovery for RWE


Germany’s RWE Dea has announced a fifth discovery in the Sirte Basin, where it has three concessions awarded in 2003.


Anadarko Petroleum has said the Paon-5A horizontal well drilled to appraise the 2012 Paon discovery on Block CI-103 encountered nearly 100 feet of pay. The well, drilled by the Dolphin Drilling drillship Bollette Dolphin, was Anadarko’s first horizontal deep-water well. In its Q1 2016 report on 2 May, the company said it was drilling the Paon-3A horizontal sidetrack to be followed by drillstem and interference testing.

Côte d'Ivoire

President Jakwaya Kikwete has brought a new dynamism to Tanzania’s reform efforts, but governance worries persist. In early May, Norway’s Norconsult said it has decided to pull out of the country following internal and external reviews of the activities of its partly owned subsidiary NTZ.


AFRICA OIL: Newcomer plans IPO on newcomer Plus market; CANDAX: Non-exec chairman; GEOGLOBAL: Egyptian block rights handed over in India play

Egypt | Madagascar | Tunisia
Issue 369 - 18 May 2018

Cameroon: Etinde rig arrives


Bowleven on 11 May announced the arrival of the Topaz Driller rig in Cameroonian waters from Singapore for a two-well appraisal drilling campaign on the Etinde licence for operator New Age (African Global Energy). The IM-6 well is expected to spud at the end of May to test the potential of the Intra Isongo play opened by the IM-5 well in 2012. The Topaz Driller has been contracted for 150 days.

Issue 246 - 17 January 2013

Equatorial Guinea awards new PSCs


The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy signed eight new production-sharing contracts (PSCs) at a ceremony in Malabo on 15 December. Several of the blocks went to companies already active in the region, but there were also a number of new players, several of them based in Hong Kong. Block W offshore Rio Muni went to Murphy Equatorial Guinea Oil Company as operator, with Vanco Energy Company’s successor Pan Atlantic Oil and Gas Ltd and state oil company GEPetrol as partners.

Equatorial Guinea

London-based Soco International has begun a 2D marine seismic survey over Lake Edward on Block V in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Acquisition began on 26 April, using an environmentally sensitive technique of placing seismic recorders on the lake bed. The lake forms part of Block V, which also includes an area of the Virunga National Park, whose director Emmanuel de Mérode was shot and injured on 15 April after delivering a report on alleged violations of park rules by Soco to the prosecutor’s office in Goma.

DR Congo