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A milestone for energy governance as South Africa joins IEA family

HE Minister Jeff Radebe, minister of energy of the Republic of South Africa, and Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, jointly announced South Africa’s decision to join the IEA as an association country.

Global oil and gas leaders discuss evolving energy landscape

Twenty-six of the world’s leading oil and gas sector leaders gathered in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, for a high-level industry forum focused on the evolving dynamics of the energy landscape, and the opportunities for hydrocarbon-produced energy to support global growth, today, and in the future.

Total inaugurates the Kaombo project and reiterates its commitment to Angola

The Angolan State Minister for Economic and Social Development, Manuel Nunes Junior, the Chairman and CEO of Total, Patrick Pouyanné, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol, Carlos Saturnino, inaugurated the Kaombo project

Senegal targets bigger royalties, stakes in new oil code

Senegal is considering raising royalties and taking a bigger stake in oil and natural gas projects as part of the West African nation’s overhaul of its oil code, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg.

South Sudan oil outlook hinges on shaky peace deal, WoodMac says

South Sudan’s optimism about restoring oil output to 350,000 bpd depends on the success of a recent peace deal and both are unlikely, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

South Africa joins IEA as association country

South Africa today joined the International Energy Agency as an Association country, bringing one of the most dynamic countries on the African continent into the IEA family, and giving a major boost to global energy governance.

Africa enjoys oil boom as drilling spreads across the continent

Africa is finally seeing the benefits from the recovery in crude prices as companies ramp up drilling from Algeria to Namibia.

Polarcus awarded 3D project in West Africa

Polarcus Limited has received an award for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.

Eni strengthens its presence in Algeria's North Berkine basin

The Chairman and Director General of Algeria’s state oil company Sonatrach, Abdelmoumem Ould Kaddour, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, signed an agreement today that will see Eni take a 49% stake in three oil concessions in the onshore North Berkine basin, located in the Algerian desert.

Nigeria heads out to sea in search of safer future for oil development

When it comes to the future of its oil industry, Nigeria is looking miles out to sea.

Breakaway Somaliland offers Ethiopia a surrogate energy pipeline

A self-declared republic in Somalia asked Ethiopia to reroute its nascent oil and gas exports via a proposed new pipeline, challenging Djibouti’s long-held plans for a conduit.

FAR Limited spuds Samo-1 exploration well, offshore The Gambia

FAR Limited advises that drilling has commenced on the Samo-1 exploration well in block A2, offshore The Gambia. The Stena Drillmax arrived on site on Sunday, Oct. 21, and after standard pre-drill operations, the well was successfully spudded.

Development plan submitted for SNE field, offshore Senegal

FAR Limited announces that the Development and Exploitation Plan for the SNE oil field offshore Senegal has been submitted to the Government of Senegal by the Joint Venture.

Total says oil output in Congo exceeds expectations

Oil production at Total SA’s subsidiary in the Republic of Congo has exceeded expectations, a company official said.

Libya's oil supremo sees output reaching Qaddafi-era levels

Libya, one of the most volatile and politically fragmented oil producers, expects to pump as much crude by the end of next year as it did before the 2011 revolt against former strongman Moammar Al Qaddafi.

Service companies chase international boom as U.S. shale drilling moderates

The biggest providers of oilfield services are surfing a wave of international spending on the back of higher prices, but the good news is tempered by an activity slowdown in their own back yard.

UTEC extends surveying capabilities with new autonomous underwater vehicle launch and recovery system

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, successfully commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.

Shell, Equinor commit to Tanzania LNG as they await host accord

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA said they’re committed to a project that will allow the export of natural gas from Tanzania.

Chariot Oil & Gas announces Prospect S well result, offshore Namibia

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, has announced the result of the well on the Central Blocks license, offshore Namibia.

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