Category: Africa

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 »

Ebola outbreak threatens oil-producing Nigeria

So far the ebola virus outbreak in Africa isn’t much affecting energy operations there, but that could change with reports that the disease has reached Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation and a major oil producer.  More »

Cobalt falls after SEC Angola case moves forward

The company said it’s cooperating with the SEC and believes its activities in Angola have complied with all laws.  More »
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