Category: Africa

What OPEC’s Thanksgiving meeting means for U.S. producers

The group will decide Thursday whether to maintain its current production quota of 30 million barrels of oil per day or reduce that figure in an effort to boost crude oil prices.  More »

Shell Nigeria denies it lied to Dutch court

The multinational company, half owned by Nigeria’s government and with significant Dutch shareholding, says sabotage, not negligence, caused spills in 2004 along the Trans-Niger pipeline that destroyed several hectares of mangrove forests and the livelihoods of residents of Goi village.  More »

Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my […]  More »

ConocoPhillips announces second oil discovery in Senegal

Cairn Energy said initial analysis shows the well has “excellent reservoir sands” with as much as 118 feet of net oil pay.  More »

Libya’s biggest oilfield to resume output soon, official says

Sharara was shut as a precaution after gunmen stormed the on-site production compound.  More »

Layne Christensen to pay SEC $5.13M over bribery allegations

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged the Woodlands-based company had spent nearly $800,000 to pay off foreign government officials in Mali, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  More »

Shell makes deepwater gas discovery in Gabon

Royal Dutch Shell today announced a discover off the coast of Gabon but says it will need to conduct further analysis to determine just go much gas is present.  More »

Trinidad refinery swaps crude sources on Ebola scare

The decision follows the refusal of workers from Petrotrin, which operates Trinidad’s sole refinery, to assist with the berthing of a tanker that arrived in Trinidad waters.  More »

Statoil announces Tanzania gas discovery

The Norwegian energy company has had a presence in Tanzania since 2007.  More »

ConocoPhillips strikes oil off Senegal

The company said further evaluation would be needed to determine whether or not the well had reached enough oil to make producing it commercially viable.  More »

Oil companies cast wary eye to African Ebola crisis

Exxon Mobil delayed drilling an offshore exploratory will in Liberia as it and other oil companies keep a close watch on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  More »

Cartographic Capers

              This visual voyage through some cartographic capers plots a course across US energy consumption, global emissions, and the second largest continent on earth. So grab your coat, and let’s start charting… First up we are mapping US energy consumption, and specifically, what is wasted. An awesome burrito reader pondered […]  More »

Q&A: Accenture’s shale expert Melissa Stark on unconventional plays worldwide

Melissa Stark, managing director of Accenture’s New Energy Business, is the consulting firm’s expert on shale development. The firm recently published an update on the outlook for unconventional plays in nine countries. Stark, who’s worked in the United Kingdom for 20 years, spoke with the Chronicle recently about what’s on the horizon for shale and tight oil and gas worldwide.  More »

Nine countries that could hold the next Eagle Ford

The U.S. economy has enjoyed an energy renaissance thanks to technology like fracking and horizontal drilling that unlocked previously inaccessible geological formations. Some of that same technology is now poised to be used around the world.  More »

Marathon, Noble announce exploration contracts in offshore Gabon

Houston-based oil and gas independents Marathon Oil and Noble Energy announced separate deals with the government of Gabon to explore in deep water off the coast of the West African nation.  More »
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