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Executive director at Soma Oil & Gas resigns, accepts role as Somalia Prime Minister

Soma Oil & Gas has announced the resignation of Hassan Khaire, executive director for Africa, so he can accept the honor of serving his country of origin, Somalia, as its Prime Minister.

Fugro Discovery to commence frontier seeps survey offshore Kenya

Fugro has been awarded a contract by Shell/BG Kenya for the execution of a seabed survey to detect natural leakages of hydrocarbons. The seeps survey complements a seismic exploration program that was completed recently offshore Kenya.

Security boosted at oil fields to raise South Sudan output

South Sudan said it boosted security at oil installations and will source electricity from neighboring Sudan to resume output at two fields in efforts to restore production to levels achieved before the country descended into civil war.

Tullow makes new oil discovery in Kenya

Tullow Oil’s Erut-1 well in Block 13T, northern Kenya, has discovered a gross oil interval of 55 m with 25 m of net oil pay at a depth of 700 m.

Eni approves investment for Mozambique’s Coral FLNG development

Eni has authorized the investment for the first phase of the Coral South project. The Coral discovery lies offshore Mozambique in the deep waters of the Rovuma basin (Area 4).

Tullow, Total Uganda oil exports may delay on infrastructure

Output from Ugandan crude deposits being developed by companies including Tullow Oil and Total is unlikely to be exported as soon as the nation expects because of the scale of the infrastructure projects required to transport the fuel out of the country.

Upstream capex spend cut by $100 billion over the next five years in Sub-Saharan Africa: WoodMac

Capital investment in the oil and gas industry in Sub-Saharan Africa has been cut by $100 billion over the next five years, according to Wood Mackenzie's latest report on upstream activity in the region. Major oil companies are heavily invested in Sub-Saharan Africa and account for the bulk of cuts.

Shell kicks off drilling program offshore Tanzania

Shell and its joint venture (JV) partners, Pavilion Energy and Ophir Energy, have started their drilling program offshore Tanzania.

Sasol completes first-ever onshore 3D seismic campaign in Mozambique

Sasol recently announced the completion of the first-ever 3D onshore seismic program in Mozambique.

Oil companies seen investing $8 billion to start Uganda output

Uganda expects three oil companies to invest $8 billion in the East African nation before they start producing oil in 2020, Energy Minister Irene Muloni said.

Exxon said to join forces with Qatar for Mozambique gas assets

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum have teamed up to look at energy assets in Mozambique, home to some of the biggest natural gas discoveries in a generation.

Exxon said to eye gas deal that may ease Mozambique debt crisis

Exxon Mobil Corp. is considering buying stakes in natural gas discoveries off Mozambique made by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Eni SpA, potentially giving a tax windfall to the African nation grappling with a deepening debt crisis, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

CGG GeoConsulting de-risks East Africa with EARS BasinMap

CGG GeoConsulting’s NPA Satellite Mapping group has launched the multi-client EARS BasinMap for exploration de-risking across the vast region of East Africa, from regional-to-prospect or play scale.

Oil-infrastructure damage cuts output further in South Sudan

Oil output in South Sudan declined to as little as 120,000 bpd, because of damage caused by a 2 1/2-year civil war to production facilities, Petroleum Minister Dak Duop Bischok said.

Aminex reports first gas production from Kiliwani North in Tanzania

Aminex PLC, the Africa-focused oil and gas production and development company, has announced first gas production from its Kiliwani North gas field in Tanzania.

Eni's Coral FLNG development plan approved by Mozambique

Eni has announced the approval of the Plan of Development for the Coral discovery, offshore Mozambique. The approval has been granted by the Government of Mozambique’s Council of Ministers.

Land deal finalized in preparation for Tanzania LNG project

Tanzania said on Friday it had finalized a land acquisition for the site of a planned LNG plant, and was now working to compensate and resettle villagers to move forward on a long-delayed project.

AziNam completes 3D survey offshore Namibia

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- AziNam, the offshore Namibia focused exploration company, has completed a 3D seismic survey on PEL 34, the Guy Block, offshore Namibia.

Oil pipeline needed to catalyze East African production boom: GlobalData

With recoverable oil reserve estimates of approximately 750 MMbbl and 600 MMbbl in Uganda and Kenya, respectively, and with government share of the reserves expected to be about 30–50%, the potential impact on economic development in these countries could be great.

Tullow gains after successful well boosts oil potential in Kenya

Tullow Oil Plc gained after a successful well increased the potential size of oil resources the Africa- focused explorer has discovered in Kenya.