Category: Africa

Libyan oil production expected to ramp up faster

Oil production in Libya should ramp up faster than previously forecast, the International Energy Agency said today, but the North African country still won’t be at full capacity at the end of next year.  More »

At least 75 Kenyans dead after pipeline explosion

A local official says at least 75 bodies have been recovered after an explosion of a gasoline pipeline running through a slum in Kenya’s capital.  More »

Shell opens Nigeria gas plant 2 days after closure

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has reopened a natural gas plant after isolating the leakage point of a damaged pipeline in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »

Anadarko announces successful appraisal well offshore Ghana

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the second-largest U.S. independent oil and natural-gas company, said its appraisal well in the West Cape Three Points Block offshore Ghana has encountered crude in underground rock similar to that in the country’s largest oil field.  More »

Shell issues production warning in Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is warning it can’t meet production goals in Nigeria after several pipeline spills in the oil-rich southern delta.  More »

Oil firms unsure when they’ll return to Libya

Oil companies with activities in Libya said Monday it is too early to predict how quickly they can return to work in the war-torn nation following the invasion of Tripoli and apparent overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi by rebel forces over the weekend.  More »

Shell: 6 oil spills ‘sabotage’ in Nigeria delta

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says six recent oil spills in Nigeria’s southern delta were a result of “sabotage” on one of their pipelines, and that a seventh spill on a nearby line is showing similar damage.  More »

Group say Chukchi drilling review still flawed

The federal agency overseeing offshore petroleum drilling said it has corrected flaws a federal judge cited in environmental work ahead of a 2008 lease sale off Alaska’s northwest coast.  More »

Shell responds to UN report on YouTube

Shell Managing Director Mutiu Sunmonu took to YouTube yesterday to respond to a United Nations report that claims widespread ecological damaged from spilled oil is seeping into drinking water, destroying plants and remaining in the ground.  More »

UN: widespread oil damage found in Nigeria delta

A region of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta suffers widespread ecological damage as spilled oil seeps into its drinking water, destroys plants and remains in the ground for decades at a time, said a United Nations report released today.  More »

Chevron Nigeria gas-to-liquids plant to start output in 2013

Chevron Corp., the world’s fourth- largest energy company, said its Nigerian Escravos gas-to-liquids plant is more than 70 percent complete and on course to start production in 2013.  More »

Does the Arab Spring Spell the End for North African Solar?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. As Algeria tenders its 150-MW solar plant this week, investors should ask themselves: with the Arab Spring making its way into an “Arab Summer,” is the winter of large-scale solar at hand? Over the last few years, North Africa has […]  More »

Oil companies fail to bolster peace in Nigeria, Presidential adviser says

Peace in Nigeria’s main oil- producing area is threatened by the failure of companies to invest in improving residents’ living standards, a special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan said.  More »

Nigeria protesters besiege Shell’s Kolo Creek logistics base

Protesters have tampered with installations at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Kolo Creek logistics base.  More »

Transocean rig off Africa taking on water *updated*

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said that the rig called Marianas began to take on water near Ghana today as it was preparing to move. The rig, currently under contract to Italian oil company Eni, was not drilling at the time.  More »
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