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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.

Tullow gas exports from Jubilee field halted by glitch

Tullow Oil announced Monday that gas export from Jubilee field to the Ghana Gas plant at Atuabo has been suspended since July 3, due to technical issues with gas compression systems on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, and is expected to resume by mid-August.

Polarcus starts 3D survey offshore The Gambia

Polarcus has started a new 3D broadband multi-client project across the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau basin (MSGB), offshore northwest Africa.

Maersk Discoverer finishes BP well 62 days ahead of time

At the start of May, the crew on the Maersk Discoverer semisubmersible reached a major milestone when they finished their latest well two months ahead of time. The well was another East Nile Delta success for BP, discovering 50 m of gas pay in high-quality Oligocene sandstones.

12 workers killed at Nigeria pipeline repair site, Eni says

A fatal explosion at a pipeline repair site in Nigeria claimed the lives of 12 workers on Thursday, Italy's Eni said in a statement.

Ophir awards FEED contract for Fortuna FLNG project

Ophir Energy has awarded Upstream Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) contracts for the Fortuna FLNG Project in Block R, Equatorial Guinea, to two contractor consortia. The first consortia is comprised of McDermott Marine Construction Ltd. and GE Oil & Gas UK Ltd., and the second consists of Subsea 7 and Aker Solutions.

Conflict continues to stifle South Sudan’s oil sector, GlobalData analyst says

Continuing armed fighting, trade disputes and low oil prices are having a considerable negative impact on South Sudan’s oil industry, with existing asset holders reducing investments and potential investors being deterred by instability in the region, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Regional report: Northwest Africa

Laura White, Todd Jensen, Wood Mackenzie

The northwest frontier region has seen a boost in exploration efforts, rewarded by some key discoveries that define the region as an up-and-coming E&P province.

G&G integration enhances acquisition of multi-client studies offshore Gabon

Gregor Duval, Jo Firth, CGG

Integrated geoscience project to shine light on Gabon South basin.

Expro secures $100 million Tullow Oil contract win

Expro has been awarded new contracts from Tullow Oil, Africa’s leading independent oil company.

Workstrings International announces global expansion

Workstrings International announced the completion of global expansion projects in Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. These expansion projects, aimed at enhancing Workstrings’ commitment to customer service, workplace safety and environmental protection, include relocation and expansion of its Takoradi, Ghana, facility; expansion of inspection amenities at its global headquarters in Broussard, Louisiana; and opening of a purpose-built inspection facility within its Aberdeen, UK, campus.

Erin Energy starts production from Oyo-7 well offshore Nigeria

Erin Energy has commenced production from the Oyo-7 well, in OML 120, offshore Nigeria. Erin Energy is the operator of Oyo field and has a 100% interest in the block.

Tanzania seeks up to 85% profit share from oil, gas output

Tanzania will seek as much as an 85% share of profit from oil and gas produced in the East African nation, according to a draft law being debated in parliament.

Oil falls a third day as U.S., OPEC output seen extending glut

Oil fell for a third day as rising Libyan output added to speculation that unyielding OPEC production will prolong a global glut.

Nigeria could boost oil output with changed funding, Seplat says

Nigeria can boost its oil and gas production by changing the way capital investments are funded in its joint ventures with energy companies, according to Seplat Petroleum Development Co.