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Shell starts production from Bonga Phase 3 project offshore Nigeria

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has started production from the Bonga Phase 3 project.

Noble’s Cheetah well disappoints offshore Cameroon

Noble Energy’s Cheetah exploration well, in the Tilapia license offshore Cameroon, reached the targeted Cretaceous interval and is being plugged and abandoned. The well encountered both crude oil and natural gas shows in multiple non-commercial reservoir sands.

Eni awards Technip umbilical contract for Angola project

Technip’s wholly owned subsidiaries Technip Umbilicals Ltd. and Angoflex Ltda. have been awarded a contract by Eni to supply umbilicals to the Block 15/06 East Hub Development offshore Angola.

Harkand appoints general manager for Africa

Harkand, a global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company, has united its African presence with the appointment of Doug Fieldgate as the general manager for Africa.

TGS, APPA announce Africa stratigraphic harmonization project

TGS and the African Petroleum Producers’ Association (APPA) have signed a Letter of Intent to harmonize the stratigraphic nomenclature of the sedimentary basins of 13 countries in Africa.

Nexans to deliver umbilicals for BP’s West Nile Delta Taurus Libra project

Nexans has been awarded a contract to deliver 48 km of static umbilicals to BP, and partner DEA, for the West Nile Delta Taurus Libra project in Egypt.

VAALCO Energy starts production from North Tchibala field

VAALCO Energy reports that the North Tchibala 1-H well, the first development well drilled by VAALCO in North Tchibala field, was brought online at a rate slightly in excess of 3,000 bopd (gross).

Crude below $50 raises doubt in East Africa's oil projects

Kenya and Uganda ended months of debate in August to sign an agreement on an oil pipeline costing almost $4 billion. Finding the money to build it and companies to start pumping crude may be a harder task.

Exxon Mobil starts production at Erha North Phase 2 project

Exxon Mobil announced Wednesday that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has started oil production ahead of schedule at the Erha North Phase 2 project offshore Nigeria.

East Libya to punish oil companies working with rival government

Libya’s internationally recognized government plans to boost oil production five-fold and will punish companies working with a rival cabinet striving to control the divided North African nation’s crude deposits.

Tower Resources inks Thali PSC offshore Cameroon

Tower Resources, the Africa-focused oil and gas exploration company, has signed the shallow water Thali (formerly known as “Dissoni”) Production Sharing Contract (PSC), offshore Cameroon.

Harkand wins Technip contract for Tullow’s TEN project

A new joint venture between Harkand and Consolidated Shipping Agencies has resulted in its first contract win in Ghana, West Africa.

Aker Solutions names new regional president for UK, Africa

Aker Solutions has appointed David Clark as regional president for the UK and Africa. He will oversee an expansion and support operations in these key markets.

A new look at vintage data reinvigorates Cote d’Ivoire’s exploration potential

Matthew Tyrrell, Patrick Coole, Christine Roche, PGS Reservoir Limited

Newly reprocessed vintage seismic data, covering an area rich with discoveries, offers operators the chance to capitalize on an under-explored area offshore West Africa.

Gas exports from Iran, Egypt seen threatening U.S. ambitions

A potential boost in natural gas supply from Iran and Egypt may exacerbate a worldwide glut, reshape the global market and threaten U.S. export ambitions, according to Citigroup Inc.

ION Geophysical bags 2D seismic contract for Somalia Puntland offshore margin

Puntland Petroleum Minerals Agency (PPMA) has awarded ION Geophysical Corporation a contract to acquire 8,000 km of seismic data covering the entire Somalia Puntland offshore margin.

Nigerian oil company to deploy drones to fight oil theft

Nigeria’s state oil company is set to deploy drones to check the movements of ships in the country’s waters in a bid to free Africa’s largest crude producer from theft of the commodity within eight months.

ION awarded TPDC contract for seismic survey

ION Geophysical and the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced Tuesday that TPDC has awarded ION a contract to acquire 4,058 km of 2D seismic, gravity and magnetic data over offshore Blocks 4/1B and 4/1C in the Rovuma Delta region.

Anadarko awaits go-ahead for Mozambique gas project

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has clinched almost all the supply accords it needs to bring a natural-gas project in Mozambique to fruition and is awaiting state consent to export the fuel as U.S. competition gathers pace.

Cobalt sells interest in Angola blocks for $1.75 billion

Sonangol and Cobalt International Energy have announced the signing of a sale and purchase agreement for Sonangol to acquire all of Cobalt’s 40% participating interest in Blocks 21/09 and 20/11 offshore Angola for $1.75 billion.