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Tullow awarded four licences in Côte d’Ivoire

Tullow Oil has announced that it has acquired 90% stakes in four onshore blocks in Côte d’Ivoire.

Total reinforces its exploration in West Africa

Total and the National Office of Petroleum of Guinea (ONAP) signed a Technical Evaluation Agreement to study deep and ultra deep offshore areas located off the coast of Guinea Conakry, covering approximately 55,000 km2.

CH2M wins marine support contract on BP development offshore Senegal, Mauritania

CH2M has been awarded a new marine engineering support contract on BP's Tortue development offshore Mauritania and Senegal. The new energy development project involves subsea gas production, a floating gas treatment facility, a pipeline with domestic gas connection points and a nearshore hub facility where the gas is converted into liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Nigerian minister to query $24 billion in oil contracts

Nigeria’s oil minister sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari listing at least $24 billion of contracts involving the state oil company.

Sparrows Group, Hydra Group launch crane, lifting, inspection joint venture in Ghana

Sparrows Group has formed Sparrows Offshore Ghana Ltd, a joint venture with local partner Hydra Group Limited, to deliver crane, lifting and inspection services in Ghana.

Ophir awards upstream construction contracts for the Fortuna FLNG Project

Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, a 100% owned subsidiary of Ophir, has awarded the upstream construction contract for the Fortuna FLNG Project to Subsea Integration Alliance, which is a partnership between OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, and Subsea 7.

Sparrows Group secures three-year contract with Total in Angola

Sparrows Group has signed a three-year contract with Total to supply crane maintenance and engineering services at four of the operator’s assets in Angola.

OPEC's role in midst of shale strength

Bassam Fattouh, director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, argues that while U.S. shale poses a threat to OPEC, the idea that the organization has no role in the oil market is unrealistic. Fattouh was interviewed via email between Sept. 21-22. Comments have been edited and condensed.

Iran says OPEC must address rising Libya, Nigeria oil output

OPEC’s commitment to cutting production to clear a global glut is working, but the group needs to address rising output from Libya and Nigeria, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said.

Hyperdynamics seeks two-year appraisal period for offshore Guinea program

Hyperdynamics Corp. has announced that it has notified the government of the Republic of Guinea that it will be seeking a two-year appraisal period under its oil and gas production sharing contract.

Equatorial Guinea inks LNG sales, infrastructure agreement with Burkina Faso

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, representing the Government of Equatorial Guinea, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Burkina Faso to supply the West African country with LNG and build critical infrastructure to import, store and transport gas.

Xodus Group awarded two ESIA contracts offshore Senegal

Xodus Group has been awarded two Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) contracts for projects in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) blocks in Senegal, West Africa.

Saipem awarded E&C contracts worth $370 million

Eni Angola S.p.A. has awarded Saipem work orders in relation to the West Hub Development project as an addition to those previously assigned during 2016 and 2017.

Angola oil minister says nation needs crude to rebound to $60

Angola’s Petroleum Minister Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos said it’s essential for the southern African nation’s economy that oil prices rebound to $60/bbl this year.

N-Sea announces inaugural Cameroonian contract

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has begun work in the Cameroonian offshore market, via a contract win with Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company, Jumbo Offshore.

Kosmos Energy reports successful DST of Tortue-1 in Mauritania

Kosmos Energy has announced that it has successfully completed the drill stem test (DST) of the Tortue-1 well, demonstrating that Tortue field is a world-class resource and confirming key development parameters, including well deliverability, reservoir connectivity, and fluid composition.

Shell starts production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 in Nigeria

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd joint venture has started production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2, a key project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

Fortuna FLNG offtake awarded to Gunvor

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group (Gunvor) as their preferred LNG buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project.

Victoria Oil & Gas provides update on Logbaba drilling operations in Cameroon

As of Aug. 16, Well La-107 has been successfully drilled to its planned TD of the 6-in. hole section at 3,180 m MD (3,166 m TVD) where the base of the Logbaba formation was encountered.

KBR awarded pre-FEED contracts for BP’s Tortue project

KBR, Inc., has announced that it has been awarded pre-front end engineering design (FEED) and project support services contracts by BP for the development of the Tortue/Ahmeyim field offshore Mauritania and Senegal.