An undated file image taken from video provided by the SITE Intel Group that purports to show terrorist leader Moktar Belmoktar. Within months of quitting al-Qaida, he claimed responsibility for two attacks so large they rivaled the biggest operations undertaken by al-Qaida's wing in Africa. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group, File)

Terrorist behind attack on BP Algeria plant quit al-Qaida

After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent a scathing final letter to their most difficult employee, describing how he failed to turn in his expense reports and carry out orders. Moktar Belmoktar responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit.
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Fuel tanker reportedly hijacked off Nigeria coast

Pirates hijacked a fuel tanker off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, taking Pakistani and Nigerian sailors hostage in the latest attack targeting the region, private security officials said Tuesday.
FILE--In this 2010 file photo, an oil well undergoes testing in the Lake Albertine region of western Uganda. Even before the first drops flow, Uganda's oil sector is beset by bribery allegations against officials, tax-related cases abroad that cost the government millions in legal fees, and the alleged interference of a president whose firm control of the sector worries transparency campaigners. (AP Photo/Monitor Publications Ltd, File)

Politics, bribery charges swirl around Uganda oil

Uganda, which has confirmed oil deposits of about 3.5 billion barrels, wants to extract at least 1.2 billion barrels over the next three decades. That figure could rise when more oil blocks are put up for exploration later this year, potentially making Uganda one of Africa’s top oil producers.
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The new Libyan flag flutters outside an oil refinery in Zawiya on September 23, 2011.  (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters close Libyan oil terminal, halt exports

A Libyan oil ministry official says protesters have forced the closure of an oil terminal in the east of the country for the second time in six months, disrupting exports.
Categories: Africa
Louis Bon, Vice President, Total E&P Operations (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Total touts its Pazflor offshore project in Angola

At an OTC luncheon, a vice president of Total detailed some of the complex technology in the French oil company’s offshore Pazflor project in Angola.
Categories: Africa, Offshore, OTC
Total's Pazflor Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel, or FPSO (Pascal Laurent)

Total’s Pazflor field wins OTC achievement award

Nearly two years into production, Total’s Pazflor field offshore Angola is exceeding expectations on all fronts.
Gamal Hassan, CEO of Houston-based consultant firm ADH International Group and chairman of the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference. (Offshore Technology Conference)

OTC will embrace broad perspective on innovation, chairman says

Gamal Hassan, chairman of the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference, says the mega-event will turn more attention to national oil companies than in previous years, with a broad focus on geography and technology.
The Deepwater Millennium drillship works on an Anadarko project off the coast of Mozam-bique, one of a dozen African countries Anadarko has interests in.

Anadarko discovers more offshore natural gas in Mozambique

Anadarko Petroleum has announced another gas discovery in offshore Mozambique.
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Parker drilling settles US bribery probes for $16 Million

Parker Drilling Co., a Houston- based oil services company, agreed to pay $15.9 million to settle U.S. allegations it tried to bribe a Nigerian government panel to reduce fines for violating the country’s customs laws.
People walk by a Shell fueling station in Jijiga, Ethiopia. (guuleed/Flickr)

Ethiopian oil plays could contain billions of barrels, but challenges abound

A study indicates that two new basins in Ethiopia could contain more than two billion barrels of oil. But getting at that oil wealth means overcoming colossal hurdles. Ethiopia has no pipelines and major investors are scarce.