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The oil companies' quiet retreat from the Gulf of Guinea
An ExxonMobil FPSO off the coast Nigeria. © ExxonMobil/DR

The oil companies' quiet retreat from the Gulf of Guinea

Long considered an oil Eldorado thanks to the presence within the region of Africa's two leading oil producers, Nigeria and Angola, the Gulf of Guinea is declining. The inexorable rundown in its output -few if any new discoveries have been made recently in Gabon, Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea - and the fall in oil prices brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have speeded up the retreat from the region in which the oil majors have been engaged for some years already.

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