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Rainforest reserve may be opened in Congo oil search

The Democratic Republic of Congo is considering whether to open up swathes of two world-famous national parks to oil exploration.

Result of Arbitration between Tullow Oil and Kosmos Energy

Tullow Oil plc has announced that a panel of arbitrators has delivered an award in favor of Kosmos Energy Ghana HC (Kosmos) in relation to its dispute with Tullow Ghana Limited (Tullow).

Seadrill provides update on West Leo early termination litigation

Seadrill Partners LLC has announced that Tullow Ghana Limited will not be appealing the English High Court ruling in favor of Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited.

Tullow's Kenya oil operations threatened as impasse endures

Tullow Oil Plc may shut down operations in northern Kenya in two weeks unless persistent issues with local residents, which threaten progress of the project, are resolved.

Eni announces submission of Rovuma LNG Phase 1 development plan

Mozambique Rovuma Venture has submitted the development plan to the government for the first phase of the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy and market natural gas from the Mamba fields located in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique.

Eni starts gas production from OCTP Project, deep offshore Ghana

Eni has started gas production from Sankofa field in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Integrated Oil and Gas Project, in Ghana, on schedule during the past weekend.

Anglo African Oil & Gas develops the Republic of the Congo

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas developer, is pleased to announce the results of further work on the TLP-102 well on the Tilapia license in the Republic of the Congo.

Eco granted extension on Tamar Block, offshore Namibia

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. has announced that it has been granted a one-year extension to March 20, 2019, for the First Renewal Period of the PEL50 license, covering its offshore Tamar Block.

TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for Total's Zinia 2 field, offshore Angola

TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract by Total E&P Angola for the Zinia Phase 2 field development, located offshore Angola at a water depth between 800 and 1,000 m.

As crude tests begin, Ethiopia touts nascent oil, gas industry

Ethiopia’s nascent energy industry is gathering pace, with a unit of China Poly Group Corp. starting test output of crude oil in a volatile border region and the government estimating initial annual income of $1.2 billion when gas exports begin from the area.

South Africa halts oil exploration permits to revamp licensing

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources has issued a moratorium on new applications for petroleum exploration and development in order to change its licensing process.

Marketing efforts underway for Mozambique's Rovuma LNG project

Eni and ExxonMobil said today that marketing efforts are underway for the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy and sell natural gas from the gas fields of the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique.

Oranto Petroleum farms into Zambian oil blocks

Pan-African explorer Oranto Petroleum is farming into two exploration blocks located onshore Zambia. Blocks 17 and 27 represent Oranto’s first investment in the country.

Eni reports discovery at Kalimba prospect, offshore Angola

Eni announces a new oil discovery in Block 15/06, in the Kalimba exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep offshore. The new discovery is estimated to contain between 230 and 300 MMbbl of light oil in place.

OPEC's newest member may boost output as much as 65% this year

The Republic of Congo expects to raise oil production by as much 65% this year as two new projects come on stream, Hydrocarbons Minister Jean-Marc Thystere-Tchicaya said.

Angola in talks with majors to boost oil output by 2020

Angola is targeting an increase of about 250,000 bpd in oil output by 2020 and is already in discussions with oil majors ExxonMobil Corp. and Equinor ASA to achieve this, said Sonangol’s Chairman of the Board Carlos Saturnino.

Libya oil exports to resume at key ports as OPEC meets on supply

Libya’s state oil company plans to start exporting again “soon” from two of the country’s biggest oil ports after eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar retook control of the terminals following clashes with a rival military force.

Mozambique says Exxon, Eni exploration contracts nearly ready

Mozambique’s oil and gas regulator said exploration contracts for the nation’s fifth licensing round in 2015, which awarded blocks to companies including ExxonMobil Corp. and Eni SpA, are close to being finalized.

Republic of Congo announces promotion of License Round Phase 2

The Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Congo has announced the promotion of the Congo-Brazzaville License Round Phase 2 2018/19 at Africa Oil Week, Nov. 5-9, 2018.

CGG completes multi-client survey in Zambezi Delta basin, Mozambique

CGG has completed acquisition of 15,400 km2 of 3D marine seismic data in the outer Zambezi Delta basin, west of the Beira High. The survey area covers blocks Z5-C and Z5-D and surrounding non-held acreage.