An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. production site in Algeria. (Source: Anadarko Petroleum Corp.)

Algeria announces major oil discovery

Algeria’s energy minister said the state oil company, Sonatrach, will rely on unconventional techniques to extract 50 percent of the reserves, including hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
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South Africa to issue shale-gas permits in early 2014

The country published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on Oct. 15, a year after lifting a ban on the drilling process known as fracking, as it seeks to tap as much as 485 trillion cubic feet of resources in the semi-arid Karoo region.

South Africa will face legal battle over fracking rules, environmentalists warn

South Africa’s plans to exploit shale-gas reserves are “indefensible” and will lead to a legal battle, an environmental group said after the government published draft regulations on drilling in the Karoo region.
A 15K Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree also EVDT at the FMC Technologies booth at OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

FMC Technologies inks $340 million contract for Ghana project

The Houston energy services company has been operating in Ghana since 2008 and recently completed the assembly and testing of the first Ghanaian-built subsea trees at its support base in Takoradi.
Technip CEO Thierry Pilenko speaks to journalists in October 2013. (Gary Fountain/for the Houston Chronicle)

Technip CEO: Sub-Saharan Africa ripe with hydrocarbons promise

The French engineering company Technip is developing specialized equipment for tapping complex plays in sub-Saharan Africa, as political instability makes it more difficult to work in the historically lucrative regions of North Africa and the Middle East.
A worker abseils down the 180-foot drilling derrick on the Jack Ryan drillship offshore Angola. (Photo: BP)

Angola to impose new tax on oil companies

Angola, Africa’s largest oil producer after Nigeria, is imposing a consumption tax on petroleum companies that will raise some costs by as much as 10 percent, according to government documents.
Categories: Africa, Crude oil, Offshore
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Shell: New leaks close major Nigerian oil pipeline

Shell Nigeria says new leaks have forced it to close the Trans-Niger Pipeline that carries 150,000 barrels of crude daily, 10 days after the pipeline was reopened following repairs for leaks.
Categories: Africa, Pipelines

Apache exits Kenya to focus on energy exploration elsewhere

Apache CEO Steve Farris in March said the company began to streamline operations.
Categories: Africa
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North Africa is world’s next big shale prospect, Repsol says

North Africa may be “the next big opportunity” after North America for oil and gas production from shale, if drilling costs can be reduced, said Repsol (REP) SA Geological Studies Director Eduardo Negri.
Categories: Africa, Shale
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Stolen Nigerian oil threatens legitimate global trade

Crude oil stolen from Nigeria is reaching global markets, threatening the integrity of the financial system and legitimate oil trade, according to a report by Chatham House.
Categories: Africa, Crude oil