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As Kosmos charges ahead, Total pledges allegiance to Aziz

Patrick Pouyanne is the first Total CEO ever to make the trip to Mauritania.
Patrick Pouyanne is the first Total CEO ever to make the trip to Mauritania. ©Remy Steinegger/CC CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

While Total has a share in four blocks and has been active in Mauritania since 2005, no company chairman had ever been to the country until Patrick Pouyanne's surprise visit in early April. Africa Energy Intelligence examines the powers at [...]

Oil

Sahara Energy about to edge out Trafigura

On the lookout for ways to diversify the country's oil partners for months, South Sudan president Salva Kiir has asked [...]

Minister of defence wades into Addax crisis

Employees of Sinopec's Gabonese arm are waging a string of strikes demanding to know the details of their company's sale. [...]

Total's year-long holiday on block III

After lengthy talks with the Congolese government, the French major has managed to postpone drilling this year. [...]

Former Halliburton director heads out alone

Sector professionals are gearing up to seize the opportunities for the taking in the offshore zone between Ghana and the [...]

Amanuel Misghinna working for Nigerians in Maputo

The recent oil and gas developments in Mozambique have been drawing oil & gas services firms into the country. In [...]

How Yaatra muscled its way into GE's refinery

Yaatra Ventures may not be the most well-known member of the consortium building an oil product refinery in Kabaale Township, [...]

Under Lekoil's orders, Fidelis Oditah pressures Abuja over OPL 310

Exasperated by the Nigerian government's slow pace in signing off the shareholding structure of offshore block OPL 310, Lekoil has [...]

Lourenco to trim local content rules, bowing to majors' demands

Angolan president Joao Lourenco has decided to listen to oil firms active in the country and give them what they want. His latest move has been to pass a decree to lighten the stringent local content laws. [...]

Cayman Islands on hunt for $1 billion void in CAMAC's books

American-Nigerian oil man Kase Lawal's legal woes seem to be only just beginning. The liquidation of the Cayman Islands-registered company [...]

Why Bernardin Mve Assoumou was given tenure at the DGH

Gabonese president Ali Bongo and his powerful chief of staff [...]

George Weah lines up team to investigate Exxon

In mid-April, under pressure from Global Witness to refer to [...]

Magufuli unable to stem ebbing tide of oil & gas firms

After the discovery of large natural gas deposits saw a [...]

African Energy Corp wants to open throttle on block 2B

Active in Namibia and South Africa, African Energy Corp (AEC) [...]

AFRICA

Numis Securities bulks up position with juniors on the continent

To help raise the funds it needs for the 3D [...]

Local lawyers eager for contracts with Total, Cnooc and Tullow

The annual Uganda Law Society seminar, held in Kampala in [...]

Gas

Fortuna: Chinese financiers rock Ophir's boat

The junior has been pushing back and pushing back its final investment decision on Fortuna. Here's why. [...]

ExxonMobil renegotiates unitisation of Mamba

The US major has to go back to square one on ENI and Anadarko's giant Mamba field terms. [...]

Electricity

LS Energia up against former ENE boss Barros Gonga

The Panamanian company claiming $52 million from the Angolan State is refusing to settle the dispute through arbitration. [...]

Masen and Steg hanker after export market to EU

The European Union's target of reaching between 27% and 35% of renewable energy in the EU by 2030 has caught [...]

Endeavor Energy and E2M scramble ahead in Conakry

Although it has been struggling to expand its activities outside of the Ivory Coast where it develops the 1,200 MW [...]

Idriss Deby shakes up national electricity company

President Idriss Deby's sacking of Mahamat Adoum Ismael, the managing [...]

IFC's Bujagali largesse helps Museveni

Weighed down by debts of nearly $500 million, Bujagali Energy, [...]

Corridors of power

After taking over from Total, Sonatrach stalls on Ahnet

In charge of developing the Ahnet gas deposits following Total's [...]

Vitol accepts trims to save Gazelle project

Trader Vitol is about to close a deal with the [...]

Business circles

Court grants Bourbon a breather

The oil services firm's court case over "the corruption of foreign public officials" in Nigeria has been postponed for an indefinite period. [...]

SNPC lends to itself through Sino-Congolese bank

This new Sino-Congolese establishment has lent FCAF 10 billion to SNPC, itself a shareholder of the bank. [...]

Addax Energy counting on IFC to keep foothold in Nouakchott

The International Finance Corp (private arm of the World Bank), [...]

Olaniwun Ajayi helps Seplat finance its activities

Lagos-based law firm Olaniwun Ajayi, highly active in Nigeria's oil [...]

Interpose Holdings banks everything on Cabora Bassa gas

Zimbabwe's recent leadership changes has convinced Australian junior Interpose Holdings [...]

AFRICA

Eversheds brings in John Kemkers to bulk up oil practice

French lawyer Boris Martor is no longer alone at the [...]

Former legal advisor to Angola LNG and Schlumberger to fly solo

For the past several months, Angolan jurist Ibrahim de Carvalho [...]

Power brokers

Mamy Ratovomalala keeps tight grip of oil sector

Even now that his close friend, Bonaventure Rosoanaivo, stepped down as the head of Office of National Mining and Strategic [...]

Bryan Cave partner A. Sarac underemployed after AP arbitration

After being hired by the Gambian government in late 2017 to promote new offshore permits, as of the past few [...]

Genel Energy's Mike Adams makes a gesture for drill

As Africa Energy Intelligence understands, Genel Enegy's exploration director, Mike Adams, met with Somaliland's new mines minister Jama Mohamoud Egal. [...]

Political savvy Serigne Mboup sends Oumar Diop packing from SAR

A year out from the country's general elections, Senegal's highly political national asset Societe Africaine de Raffinage (SAR), is being [...]

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