Abulgasem Shengher, NOC CEO Mustafa Sanalla's right-hand man
In the last few years, upstream manager Abulgasem Shengher has become as indispensable as his boss Mustafa Sanalla and one of the faces of NOC around the world.
After losing two ICC arbitrations against Libya's NOC, Trasta is talking of a bilateral investment deal to take on the Triopli government. It is a politically-charged conflict given Abu Dahbi's open support for General Khalifa Haftar.
Much appreciated by Algiers during the era of former president Bouteflika, it's time for French ambassador Xavier Driencourt to move on. As he readies to leave in the next few months, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has gone on the offensive against Paris in a calculated populist move.
Although Sonatrach had exercised its right of pre-emption over the Algerian assets of Anadarko - acquired by Oxy and for which Total had made an offer - the boss of the state-owned oil company has had to face up to reality:
The policy to normalise relations with oil & gas majors Sonatrach boss Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour launched after taking up his duties in 2017 is now at full tilt. Africa Energy Intelligence investigates this era in which French giant Total seems