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VAALCO Energy Announces Continued Success with First Production from Etame 12-H

VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) today announced first production from Etame 12-H, a development well drilled from the Etame platform offshore Gabon.  Etame 12-H was drilled to a measured depth of approximately 3,450 meters targeting the recently discovered, untapped lower lobe of the Gamba reservoir.  Following completion operations, the well was brought online at the rate of approximately 2,000 BOPD on a gross basis (approximately 500 BOPD net to VAALCO) with no indication of hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  

Sahara Group Upstream Optimistic over Prospects from OPL 274

Sahara Group's Upstream affiliate Enageed Resource Ltd said it is making good progress with activities in OPL 274 where Sahara operates with a 100% working interest, even as the company continues to press towards optimizing opportunities in the block where last year it hit "first oil". Enageed doubled its certified 2P reserves in Oki-Oziengbe South field in Edo State, while also making a new commercial discovery with the Oluegi-1 exploration well.

SPDC completes sale of oil mining lease 18 in Nigeria

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), has completed the assignment of its 30% interest in oil mining lease (OML) 18 and related facilities in the Eastern Niger Delta. Its interests in OML18 were assigned to Eroton Exploration & Production Company Limited. Total cash proceeds for Shell amount to $737 million.

Variation of Nyuni Area PSA Work Programme

Aminex is pleased to notify shareholders that the Tanzanian authorities have agreed to the deferral of a two well drilling commitment on the Nyuni Area PSA, which was due to be completed by the end of October 2015, into the four-year First Extension which expires October 2019. The deferral is conditional on an Environmental Impact Assessment, which has already commenced, and the eventual acquisition of 3D in the deep water which will be subject to completion of a tendering process.

Eni signs a framework agreement for the development of Egypt's oil and gas resources

The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Sherif Ismail, signed today with Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, a Head of Agreement aimed at the development of the oil and gas resources of the Country while preserving the return of Eni’s investments.

2D seismic acquisition programme completed offshore Namibia

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company announces that it has completed its 2D seismic survey in its Central Blocks 2312 & 2412A offshore Namibia, in conjunction with its partners AziNam (20%), NAMCOR (10%, carried interest) and Ignitus (5%, carried interest).

Mozambique's Recently Merged Energy and Resource Ministries Present New Opportunities for Investors

With Mozambique's Ministry of Resources and Energy now merged, the country has taken another major step towards its 2025 vision for gas and power development. As the former Deputy Finance Minister, His Excellency Dr. Pedro Couto will clearly have a plan to promote sustainable partnerships for trade with a focus on the country's balance sheet; however, will there be extra emphasis on regional gas sharing and power sector investment?  

Relinquishment Offshore Accra Block, Ghana

Azonto announces that, as a result of a continued strategic review of its operations and prolonged discussions with the government of Ghana and potential partners with regard to ongoing participation in the offshore Accra Block, the Company has decided not to continue with its deepwater exploration acreage in the Offshore Accra Block, Ghana (“the Licence”).

BP Makes Second Gas Discovery - Egypt Offshore

BP Egypt announced today another important gas discovery in the North Damietta Offshore Concession in the East Nile Delta. The “Atoll-1” deepwater exploration well, currently being drilled using the 6th generation semi-submersible rig “Maersk Discoverer,” has reached 6,400 metres depth and penetrated approximately 50 metres of gas pay in high quality Oligocene sandstones. Expected to be the deepest well ever drilled in Egypt, the Atoll well still has another 1 kilometre to drill to test the same reservoir section found to be gas bearing in BP’s significant 2013 Salamat discovery, 15 kilometres to the south.

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