The general manager of ExxonMobil's local office and Chad's oil and energy minister were able to meet on 24 September. That encounter may spell progress in the debate over the fiscal terms of the US major's withdrawal from the country.
Despite the government lifting Covid-19 regulations, employees at the Djermaya refinery still have to adhere to drastic quarantine and lockdown conditions. They are discussing a strike that could lead to a fuel shortage, as the country only has one refinery.
N'Djamena needs cash and is looking for any way to pressure oil companies pulling out of Chad to pay up.
The oil major ExxonMobil, which is withdrawing from Chad on 1 July, has still not managed to agree on the terms of its departure with the transitional leaders.
The British junior, newly arrived in Chad, intends to do everything in its power to gain the approval of the country's authorities. It is preparing to develop huge electrification projects in its production area of Doba and near N'Djamena.
The acquisition of ExxonMobil and Petronas assets by the junior Savannah Energy is expected to be effective in June, however, Andrew Knott's group has already begun positioning executives in Chad.
The status of Chadian employees of the Chinese state-owned major, the country's leading oil operator, compared to expatriates has attracted the attention of a Chadian MP, Mahamat Mouhsine Adam, who will question the prime minister and oil minister.
The British junior continues to enjoy the support of Azerbaijani funds when acquiring blocks in Africa. After Niger, Savannah is now interested in Chad.
By deciding on a share sale to Perenco rather than an asset sale, Glencore will not have to pay any compensation to its employees, whose employment rights will likely remain unchanged.
The investment bank Jefferies is doing all it can to speed up the Malaysian major's withdrawal from the region.
The political void created by the death of the president and patriarch Idriss Déby has enabled new players to take in hand the most lucrative sector of the local economy.
ExxonMobil is locked in a dispute with its employees over the details of their move to Savannah Energy. The crisis has reached such proportions that the US oil company has been forced to close one of its sites in Chad.
Though they have now been in N'Djamena for nearly a month, executives from the British junior Savannah Energy have still not been able to visit ExxonMobil's sites.
Unhappy that their transfer terms haven't yet been negotiated, the US supermajor's employees in Chad prevented the Savannah executives from landing at Komé airport.
While work-leave rotation patterns have returned to normal for the company's Chinese staff, its locally-employed employees are an entirely different boat.
Swiss trading giant Glencore, which has been trying to extricate itself from the country for nearly two years, is still hopeful that it can find a buyer for its Mangara and Badila fields.
Workers at the major's Chadian sites have downed tools since 25 June over a pay dispute. So the country's authorities were not best pleased when the managing director left the country on leave.
Savannah has hired British recruitment firm Aldelia to handle its absorption of Exxon's Doba employees and to recruit new staff as the US giant prepares to pull out of Chad.
Paul McDade needs to secure a first asset on the double so that he can launch his new company in style.
Savannah now has just a few weeks in which to analyse the ExxonMobil data and make a firm offer on its Doba assets. The junior has been on a shopping spree for new assets of late, taking advantage of the withdrawal of the Western majors and the lack of interest in mature deposits.
The Chadian government, which is mired in debt and badly affected by the Covid-19 crisis, wants to speed up the sale of part of its shares in the COTCO oil pipeline to Cameroonian state-owned oil company SNH.
Despite getting off to a such a good start, things soon went from bad to worse for the junior oil firm Delonex Energy. Under Rahul Dhir, who left in July to take over the helm of Tullow Oil, it gradually wound down.