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Nigeria’s regulatory regime a source of concern for local companies

27 November 2019

Local business leaders are speaking out following the adoption of amendments to Nigeria’s deepwater contracts law.

Total touts its commitment to Nigeria’s master plan for natural gas

27 November 2019

Total is committed to abiding by the Nigerian government’s plan for optimising the use of domestic natural gas resources, a representative of the French major’s Nigerian affiliate has said.

NOC subsidiary restarts production at 40-year-old well

27 November 2019

A wholly owned subsidiary of Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corp. (NOC) has restarted production at a 40-year-old well drilled at the Messla field.

Springfield Energy completes drilling programme offshore Ghana

27 November 2019

Springfield Energy, an independent Ghanaian company, has reported that it has wrapped up its drilling programme at West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP Block 2), its licence area offshore Ghana.

Senegal discusses gas-to-power plans

26 November 2019

Senegal’s Petroleum and Energy Minister Mahamadou Makhtar Cisse said last week that his country was keen to use its offshore reserves of natural gas as fuel for electricity generation.

Sonatrach sees pipeline gas sales sinking, spot LNG sales rising

26 November 2019

Sonatrach, Algeria’s national oil company (NOC), anticipates a sharp drop in natural gas sales this year.

South Africa’s DNG preparing to start LNG bunkering

21 November 2019

South African infrastructure company DNG Energy has said it will start LNG bunkering operations in Algoa Bay in the second quarter of 2020.

African officials highlight continuing importance of oil and gas

20 November 2019

Despite climate concerns, African officials continue to view fossil fuels as an important driver of economic growth and development.

NNPC head comments on next bidding round, talks on amendments to contract law

20 November 2019

The head of NNPC says Nigeria's next bidding round will take place in mid-2020, after the conclusion of talks with investors about amendments to the contract law covering deepwater development.

ONHYM chief: Morocco remains committed to proposed Atlantic gas pipeline

20 November 2019

The head of Morocco's government says the country remains committed to the construction of the Atlantic pipeline, which will pump natural gas from Nigeria to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Springfield Energy reportedly makes big oil find offshore Ghana

19 November 2019

Springfield Energy, an independent Ghanaian company, has reportedly discovered reserves of crude oil at an offshore licence area known as West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP Block 2).

Second phase of development underway at Libya’s Faregh gas field

19 November 2019

A subsidiary of Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) has successfully launched the second phase of development work at the Faregh natural gas field.

Tunisia sees Nawara gas field coming online by year-end

19 November 2019

Slim Feriani, Tunisia’s Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, said last week that his country was on track to bring the Nawara natural gas field on stream by the end of the year.

Nigeria says it is complying with OPEC’s production policy

19 November 2019

A high-ranking representative of NNPC declared last week that Nigeria was in compliance with OPEC’s production quotas.

Uganda tests tertiary recovery methods for Lake Albert oilfields

13 November 2019

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has launched a pilot programme that involves using tertiary recovery methods to increase yields at crude oil deposits.

Equatorial Guinea approves plan to have Saipem build offshore gas line

13 November 2019

Equatorial Guinea has approved the award of a contract to Saipem for the construction of a pipeline that will connect Noble Energy's offshore gas field to the petrochemical complex that is being built at Punto Europa.

Total seen gearing up to sell 12.5% stake in OML 118

13 November 2019

France’s Total is reportedly looking to unload its minority stake in OML 118, a deepwater field located offshore Nigeria.

Total’s South African subsidiary reports on work at Brulpadda field

12 November 2019

Total’s South African subsidiary is making progress at Brulpadda, an offshore field within Block 11B/12B.

PetroSA, Rosgeologia continue talks on offshore Blocks 9 and 11A

12 November 2019

South Africa’s national oil company (NOC) PetroSA is reportedly still in talks with Rosgeologia, Russia’s state geological concern, on participation in the development of two offshore blocks.

Mozambique’s LNG players note progress

7 November 2019

Comments from this week’s Africa Oil Week conference highlight steps being taken by Mozambique’s LNG developers as the country’s nascent LNG industry takes shape.

Nigeria amends deepwater contract law

6 November 2019

Amid efforts to recover $62bn in purportedly lost revenues, Nigeria’s president has endorsed amendments to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act.

Aker changes approach to Pecan oil project in Ghana

6 November 2019

Norway’s Aker Energy said last week that it would have to revise its plans for the development of Pecan, an oilfield that lies within the DWT/CTP block, in light of a dispute with the government of Ghana.

Renergen signs two contracts for work on Virginia Gas Project

6 November 2019

South Africa’s Renergen is moving forward with work on the Virginia Gas Project, which will be the country’s first commercial LNG plant, as well as the first liquid helium plant in Africa.

Senegal launches first bidding round

6 November 2019

Senegal’s Oil Minister Mahamadou Makhtar Cisse launched the country’s first oil and gas bidding round on November 5.

Nigeria urged to expand use of gas

6 November 2019

The Nigerian government’s oil and gas regulatory agency has released a report urging the country to make better use of its natural gas reserves.

Edited by

Jennifer deLay


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