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Petronas may invest in South Sudan oil blocks, presidency says

Malaysian state energy company Petroliam Nasional Bhd. is interested in developing oil blocks in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir’s office said.

Aminex moves forward with drilling operations in Tanzania

Aminex has provided the following update on its operations in Tanzania.

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.

Total acquires Engie’s LNG business, becomes world’s second largest LNG player

Total acquired Engie’s LNG assets for $1.5 billion.

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.

Ethnic tensions menace Mozambique natural gas boom

Islamist fighters have attacked the village of Mitumbate in northern Mozambique, near a gas-rich area 1,800 km northeast of the capital, Maputo.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beheadings signal threat to Mozambique's $30 billion in investment

When a group of suspected Islamist militants beheaded 10 villagers in Mozambique’s gas-rich north late last month, it ratcheted up concerns that spreading attacks in the remote region could threaten a potential $30 billion in investment.

Wentworth Resources granted extension of Rovuma asset in Mozambique

Wentworth, the independent, East Africa-focused oil & gas company, announced an update to the Company’s onshore Rovuma asset in Mozambique (Appraisal License).

China's CNOOC sees likely start of Uganda oil field in 2021

CNOOC Ltd., the Chinese oil company developing Uganda’s crude finds with Total SA and Tullow Oil Plc, said production at its Kingfisher field will probably start in 2021.

Uganda brings forward pipeline FID to 2018

Uganda has brought forward its final investment decision for a planned 1,445-km (900-mi) crude-export pipeline to the end of 2018 from June 2019, according to its Energy Ministry.

Anadarko lines up enough LNG buyers for Mozambique project

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said that “in principle” it has enough customers to proceed with its liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique, eight years after making a major deepwater discovery there.

Libya pipeline attack cuts oil output amid fragile recovery

An attack on an oil pipeline supplying Libya’s biggest export terminal has reduced the North African country’s production by at least 80,000 bpd and would take several days to repair, the National Oil Corp. said Sunday.

Libya says it's yet to approve Total's deal for Marathon assets

French oil giant Total SA said last month it had acquired Marathon Oil Corp.’s assets in Libya in a $450-million deal.

Uganda says UK, Swiss firms building airport for oil basin

Uganda said the UK’s Colas Ltd. and SBI International Holdings AG of Switzerland are jointly developing an airport in the oil-rich Albertine Graben.

Shadow cast over peace talks as fighting flares, oil declines in South Sudan

Clashes flared between Sudan Sudanese troops and rebels, complicating talks to end the civil war that has cut oil production, two days after a regional bloc called for the insurgents’ leader to be freed from house arrest in South Africa.