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BW Energy spuds exploration well offshore Gabon

20 August 2019

The Anglo-Norwegian company BW Energy and its partners have begun drilling a new vertical exploration well at Hibiscus Updip, a prospect within the Dussafu Marin contract area offshore Gabon.

Namibian official explains rejection of refinery proposals

20 August 2019

Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy confirmed last week that it was not yet ready to approve any of the proposals it has received for the construction of an oil refinery.

Nigerian government criticises SPDC’s attempt to retain OML 11 operatorship

20 August 2019

Nigeria’s federal government has signalled that it will continue to battle Royal Dutch Shell’s attempt to regain its position as operator of Oil Mining Lease 11 (OML 11).

Nigeria prepares for audit of downstream sector

20 August 2019

The government of Nigeria is gearing up to conduct a wide-ranging audit of the country’s downstream oil and gas infrastructure.

IHS Markit to host roadshow presentations for Angola’s next licensing round

19 August 2019

IHS Markit has agreed to assist Angola’s National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels, known as APNG, with its next licensing round, which is due to take place in September.

Kenyan government to endorse Qatar Petroleum’s farm-in deal for Lamu blocks

19 August 2019

Kenya’s government intends to endorse Qatar Petroleum’s plans to join an offshore oil exploration project in the Lamu Basin.

The NDDC caper

12 August 2019

Gas flexibility coming to Ghana

12 August 2019

Gas can now be moved both ways on a section of the WAGP in Ghana, allowing increased use of its domestic gas resources

Future threats to African LNG

6 August 2019

With hackers targeting African energy operators, LNG producers should look for ways to fend off cybersecurity threats.

Oriental Energy confirms oil discovery at offshore Nigerian field

6 August 2019

Oriental Energy Resources (OERL), a privately owned Nigerian operator, has confirmed reports of its oil discovery at the offshore Ebok field.

Kenya becomes an oil exporter

6 August 2019

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed last week that the country had become an exporter of crude oil.

Geo Associates to begin exploration drilling in Zimbabwe in H2-2020

6 August 2019

Geo Associates, an Australian-Zimbabwean venture that serves as operator of the oil-bearing Muzarabani block, is reportedly set to begin exploration drilling on schedule in the second half of next year.

Closure of valve leads to production stoppages at Libya’s El Sharara oilfield

6 August 2019

Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) said last week that it had suspended production at the El Sharara oilfield because of equipment problems.

NNPC, Eland achieve first oil at Gbetiokun offshore Nigeria

6 August 2019

Aberdeen-based Eland Oil & Gas and Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) have brought the Gbetiokun oilfield, located offshore Nigeria in the Northwest Niger River Delta, on stream.

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