Category: Africa

Report: Cos. paid bribes to secure oil in Liberia *update*

International firms and local officials are paying bribes to secure future contracts in Liberia, a report by a London-based watchdog said today, even though Oil is yet to be discovered in the country.  More »

Princeton student creates low cost, more efficient solar panel

Princeton University student Eden Full, 19, was awarded more than $380,000 to help spur development of her solar panels that track the sun without the use of electricity.  More »

Fuel truck explosion kills 4 in Kenya, injures 35

A medical official says four people died when a fuel tanker truck exploded in western Kenya.  More »

Nigeria expects oil to settle to $75 per barrel

Nigeria’s government is planning for a 2012 budget that will see oil production in Africa’s most populous nation at 2.48 million barrels a day.  More »

Kenya gov’t warned about pipe explosion danger

The Kenyan government was repeatedly warned about the dangers of people living on top of a gasoline pipeline that leaked fuel and exploded days ago, killing 95 people, experts said today.  More »

IEA cuts forecast for crude oil demand

The International Energy Agency cut global oil demand forecasts for this year and next as the economic recovery falters.  More »

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 »
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