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Nigeria can “easily” boost oil output next year, Kyari says

Nigeria can easily boost its oil production next year to at least 2.5 MMbpd, according to the newly appointed head of the state oil company.

Tax issues scuttle Tullow’s Uganda farm-down agreement

The termination of this transaction is a result of being unable to agree all aspects of the tax treatment of the transaction with the government of Uganda, which was a condition to completing the sale and purchase agreements.

Total strengthens its international partnership with Qatar Petroleum

Total and Qatar Petroleum have signed agreements under which Qatar Petroleum will farm into Total-held exploration acreage in Namibia, Guyana and Kenya.

Significant gas and condensates find onshore Niger Delta for Eni

The find amounts to about 1 Tcf gas and 60 MMbbl of associated condensate in the deep drilled sequences. The discovery has further potential that will be assessed with the next appraisal campaign.

Kosmos boss looks to 1990s playbook in Africa oil hunt

Tracey Henderson is returning to the corner of Africa where two decades ago she started to make her name in the oil world.

Nigerian court orders Shell oil lease to be renewed

A Nigerian high court ordered the government to renew Shell Petroleum Development Co.’s operating license for the Oil Mineral Lease 11 field, which was withdrawn earlier this year, Lagos-based Punch newspaper reported.

Total seeks to finalize Papua LNG talks this month

The Total SA-led liquefied natural gas joint venture in Papua New Guinea is seeking to finish a new round of negotiations with the government by the end of August, while insisting that the original agreement signed with the state in April is fair and equitable to both sides.

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.