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Nigerian oil company to deploy drones to fight oil theft

Nigeria’s state oil company is set to deploy drones to check the movements of ships in the country’s waters in a bid to free Africa’s largest crude producer from theft of the commodity within eight months.

ION awarded TPDC contract for seismic survey

ION Geophysical and the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced Tuesday that TPDC has awarded ION a contract to acquire 4,058 km of 2D seismic, gravity and magnetic data over offshore Blocks 4/1B and 4/1C in the Rovuma Delta region.

Anadarko awaits go-ahead for Mozambique gas project

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has clinched almost all the supply accords it needs to bring a natural-gas project in Mozambique to fruition and is awaiting state consent to export the fuel as U.S. competition gathers pace.

Cobalt sells interest in Angola blocks for $1.75 billion

Sonangol and Cobalt International Energy have announced the signing of a sale and purchase agreement for Sonangol to acquire all of Cobalt’s 40% participating interest in Blocks 21/09 and 20/11 offshore Angola for $1.75 billion.

First gas from Maurel & Prom’s Mnazi Bay gas field in Tanzania

Maurel & Prom has opened the first two wells of the Mnazi Bay gas field that will deliver gas to the Madimba processing center (operated by GASCO, a subsidiary of TPDC), the entry point of the gas pipeline linking Mtwara to Dar es Salaam.

Circle Oil wins permit extension for Mahdia license in Tunisia

Circle Oil has announced that the Tunisian Authority has approved the application to renew the exploration permit on its Mahdia block.

Aquatic awarded multi-million dollar Moho Nord subsea contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction, an Acteon company, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract on the $10-billion Moho Nord subsea project, off the coast of the Republic of Congo, West Africa.

Wood Group wins major Shell Gabon contract

Wood Group has received a letter of award for a new five year, multi-million dollar contract with Shell, to provide services to four onshore oil fields in Gabon.

Algeria calls for non-OPEC output cut to stop oil price slump

OPEC can do little to halt the oil price decline on its own and needs producers from outside the group to help in reducing global supplies, Algeria’s Energy Minister said.

Six workers killed returning from rig offshore Nigeria

Six workers have been confirmed dead following an accident involving a Bristow helicopter returning from a rig offshore Nigeria.

Amec Foster Wheeler wins Sonatrach gas field contract

Amec Foster Wheeler has won a contract from Sonatrach, the largest oil and gas company in Africa, to supply engineering services for the de-bottlenecking of Hassi R’Mel gas field, located approximately 550 km south of Algiers, Algeria.

Exploration takes seismic shift in Gabon to Somalia

Not all exploration has slowed for oil and gas in Africa. More nations not known for energy reserves on the continent are conducting seismic surveys during a drilling downturn.

New Libya oil chief considers resuming exports at eastern ports

The new head of the state oil company for eastern Libya is considering restarting exports from the region’s two largest ports and plans to boost crude output.

Ceona joins forces with Interoil Angola

Ceona has expanded its West African reach after entering into a strategic partnership with Interoil Angola Lda.

Khaled Kacem appointed president of BG Egypt

BG Egypt has announced the appointment of Khaled Kacem as the company’s new president.

Libya crude output drops as conflict cuts power at oil fields

Libya’s crude production dropped below 400,000 bpd as the conflict in the divided North African country cut electricity supply at oil fields, according to the state-run National Oil Corp.

Panoro Energy spuds Aje-5 well offshore Nigeria

Panoro Energy has commenced drilling on the Aje-5 production well on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria.

CGG awarded airborne gravity gradiometer survey in Tanzania

CGG has been awarded a contract by the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) to acquire high-resolution gravity gradiometry and aeromagnetic data over two onshore areas along the South-Eastern Tanzanian Coastal basin and the eastern arm of the East African Rift.

Total brings Angola's Dalia Phase 1A online

Total has started production from Dalia Phase 1 A, a new development on its deep offshore operated Block 17, located 135 km off the coast of Angola.

Eni reports 15-Bcm gas discovery in Egypt’s Nile Delta

Eni has reported a gas discovery in the Nooros exploration prospect, in the Abu Madi West license in the Nile Delta, 120 km northeast of Alexandria, Egypt.