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SacOil remains focused and positive on Nigeria

SacOil Holdings Limited, the African independent upstream oil and gas company, announced the termination of its joint venture with Nigdel United Oil Company (Nigdel) of Nigeria, and consequently its participation in Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 233 on Thursday, 20 May. The 126 square kilometre, offshore oil block is located in the core shallow marine area of the Niger Delta region.

Anadarko Selects Contractor For Initial Onshore Mozambique LNG Development

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) on behalf of the co-venturers in Mozambique's Offshore Area 1, and after a competitive FEED (front-end engineering and design) process, today announced the selection of a consortium consisting of CB&I, Chiyoda Corporation and Saipem (CCS JV) for the initial development of the onshore LNG park in Mozambique.

Antonoil Wins New Technical Services Project in Ethiopia

Anton Oilfield Services Group ("Antonoil" or the "Group", HKEx stock code: 3337), the leading independent oilfield services provider in China, is pleased to announce that the Group has signed the contract today for providing technical services, including cementing and drilling fluid services, for a project of a Chinese non-SOE investor in Ethiopia at a contract value totaling approximately RMB200 million for an effective period of 2 years, among which RMB130 million of cementing services, and RMB70 million of drilling fluid services. The project is expected to commence operation in the second half of 2015, and shall be completed in two years.

Universal LNG Holding Inc. and Sembcorp Marine Form Solution Partnership for West Africa LNG Development

Universal LNG Holdings Inc. is proud to announce the formation and launch of the West Africa LNG Development, LLC, a ground-breaking solution partnership between Universal LNG Holdings, Inc., and Sembcorp Marine’s wholly owned subsidiary Jurong Shipyard that is poised to set a new, greener standard for global oil production and supply Africa with needed energy resources.

Ophir Energy Appoints Golar as Midstream Partner for Fortuna FLNG Project in Equatorial Guinea

Golar LNG ("Golar") announced today that it has signed a binding Heads of Terms with Ophir Energy Plc ("Ophir") for the provision of the GoFLNG vessel Gimi. The Heads of Terms has been approved by Ophir's Equatorial Guinea, Block-R upstream partner GEPetrol, and will be formally ratified by GEPetrol next week. The agreement will be structured as a 20-year tolling contract, commencing commercial operations in the first half of 2019. Block R's 2.5 tcf of high purity 2P gas resources, situated in an area of benign sea states, are ideally suited for the application of Golar's GoFLNG technology. 

BP confirms Start Up of Kizomba Satellite Fields Offshore Angola

“This is the first of BP’s planned start-ups for 2015 and is another successful project from this prolific block,” said Darryl Willis, BP’s regional president, Angola. “We expect to follow this up later in the year with the Greater Plutonio phase 3 project in neighbouring Block 18 which is operated by BP.”

Eni Starts Production of Cinguvu Offshore Field at West Hub Development in Angola

Eni started production two weeks ahead of schedule at the Cinguvu oil field, from the West Hub Development Project in Block 15/06 in the Angolan Deep Offshore, approximately 350 kilometres northwest of Luanda and 130 kilometres west of Soyo. The start-up follows the achievement of West Hub’s first oil through Sangos field start-up, during last November 2014.

South Africa Backdrop still Supportive for Shale Gas

Challenger Energy (CEL) is making progress towards the award of exploration permits with the submission of the updated environmental management programme (EMPr) in late February. If the legislative framework is in place by this northern hemisphere summer, CEL could potentially be awarded a licence and commence its work programme in Q315, with corehole drilling starting 12-18 months later. Meanwhile, the power crisis in South Africa is getting worse, highlighting the need for new energy sources including gas. CEL remains in farm-out discussions. A licence award and farm-out could lead to a near-term re-rating, with longer-term upside based on drilling success.

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