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Angola to offer 10 frontier offshore blocks in new license round

ANPG, the national concessionaire for Angola, holds mineral rights for the exploration, development and production of liquid and gas hydrocarbons. The blocks, which are all considered frontier, currently have no hydrocarbon production.

Halliburton wins Senegal deepwater drilling, completion and testing services contracts

Woodside Energy Senegal awarded Halliburton nine conditional contracts for drilling and completion services for SNE Field Development Phase 1 offshore Senegal.

Tullow makes significant oil discovery offshore Guyana

Tullow Oil has made its first discovery in its Orinduik license offshore Guyana, exceeding pre-drill forecasts and paving the way for more exploration wells in the near future.

Petronas signs Gabon’s first exploration permits in five years

Malaysia’s state-owned oil company has signed an agreement with Gabon for two exploration permits after the African country enacted a new oil law last month, the government said in a statement citing Noel Mboumba, Gabon’s petroleum minister.

Guyana, Bakken bets are paying off for Hess

Focusing on offshore Guyana and Bakken shale opportunities is paying off for Hess, who foresee significant production expansion in the coming years.

MDL wins pipelay work offshore Equatorial Guinea

Maritime Developments will supply a complete pipelay spread and personnel for a flexible installation offshore Equatorial Guinea, with a work scope to cover the launch of a number of new wells in an existing network of drill centers in the West African basin.

Senegal rules out changing gas contracts amid corruption claims

Senegal won’t change already-awarded natural gas contracts despite calls from the country’s political opposition to rework deals in the wake of corruption allegations, according to a government adviser.

U.S. firms want Nigeria oil and gas sector reforms before investing

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, could attract more U.S. investment if the oil and gas sector becomes less opaque and a fuel-price peg is removed, according to a U.S. official.

Eni confirms significant Agogo find offshore Angola

The first appraisal well results confirm 650 MMboe in place at the Agogo field, and indicate further upside in its northern sector that will be assessed with new appraisal wells.

Total’s PNG gas plan faces test as new PM drives changes

Papua New Guinea’s petroleum minister said he'll recommend changes to a recent natural gas agreement with Total, a potential new hurdle for the delayed $13-billion effort to double the nation’s exports of the fuel.

Total to provide regasified LNG to Benin in 15-year agreement

Total will develop and operate the regasification infrastructure that will comprise a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) located offshore Benin and an offshore pipeline connection to existing and planned power plants in Maria Gléta.

Tullow reduces oil production outlook again on Ghana faults

Tullow Oil reduced its 2019 production forecast for the second time in three months as technical glitches in Ghana continued to cast a shadow.

Tenaris tapped for Noble’s Alen gas project in Equitorial Guinea

Tenaris was awarded the offshore export pipeline for the Alen Gas Monetization Project in Equatorial Guinea, a key component of Noble Energy’s growth strategy in West Africa.

AFC invests $100 million in Aker Energy's DWTCTP, offshore Ghana

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) announces today it has financed Aker Energy A.S., a subsidiary of Aker ASA. AFC's support is through investing in $100 million of convertible bond notes with an intention to participate in follow on fund raising activities for the development of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block (DWTCTP), offshore Ghana.

Expro awarded subsea contract by Pacific Santa Ana, offshore Mauritania

International oilfield services company Expro has been awarded a contract by Pacific Drilling LLC’s subsidiary, Pacific Santa Ana, Ltd., for the provision of an Intervention Riser System (IRS) for Petronas’ Chinguetti Field Phase II plug and abandonment (P&A) contract, offshore Mauritania.

Total E&P Congo successfully deploys world’s first cementless completion

Welltec has announced the first deployment of a truly cementless completion in the Republic of Congo during the second quarter of 2019.

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Emily Querubin, World Oil

Talos Energy has completed its appraisal program for the Zama discovery on Block 7, in the offshore portion of Mexico’s prolific Sureste basin.

Vandalism of Nigerian oil pipeline results in tragedy

Two people died after a gasoline pipeline owned by Nigeria’s state oil company exploded in an area of Lagos, the commercial capital, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Eni awarded new E&P license in the prolific Tano basin, offshore Ghana

Eni (70%) and its partner Vitol (30%) have been awarded rights to Block WB03, located in the medium deep waters of the prolific Tano basin, offshore Ghana.

Maritime Developments wins follow-up flexible, umbilical installation job offshore West Africa

Maritime Developments (MDL) has been awarded a follow-up flexible and umbilical installation job offshore West Africa.