Technology Africa Exclusives

Sonatrach, Algeria oil and gas, digital, technology, Abdelmoumene Ould Kaddour

The company is intensifying efforts to deploy technologies at brownfields and greenfields in an effort to raise stagnant oil and gas production, according to its CEO.

 Pascal Houangni Ambouroue, Gabon energy minister, Gabon hydrocarbon law, Gabon oil and gas

Pascal Houangni Ambouroue, the Gabonese minister of petroleum, spoke to Hart Energy about the country’s focus on encouraging investment in Gabon’s unexplored offshore reserves.

The ship is scheduled for integration of its six topsides at Tarkwa Bay in Lagos, Nigeria. Failing to reach an agreement with the NPA would reduce Nigerian content in the project and erode confidence about its viability.

Africa, BP, oil, exploration, Jasper Peijs

Jasper Peijs, vice president of exploration in Africa for BP, shared insight on the company’s operations across the continent.

Sonatrach, Algeria, strategy, oil and gas, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour

The CEO of the state-owned company says he wants to change the way the company does business and set clear objectives and implementation plans.

Contracts Africa

TechnipFMC (NYSE: FTI) has been awarded a FEED contract by BP (NYSE: BP) for the FPSO unit for the Tortue/Ahmeyim field development, the company said on April 16.

Subsea 7 SA said April 10 it has been awarded a contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the Production Uplift Pipeline Projects in shallow water, offshore Nigeria.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) said on Feb. 20 that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd. has entered into a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement with Électricité de France SA (EDF).

Aberdeen-based Enpro Subsea has been awarded a frame agreement contract to support Tullow Oil as part of the operator’s strategic activities in Ghana, the company said on Feb. 9.

Bowleven Plc said Feb. 1 it has hit a key milestone in the appraisal drilling campaign of its Etinde asset, in which the company holds a 25% offshore interest.

Equipment Africa

Atwood said one of its subsidiaries agreed to a one-well contract with Kosmos for operations offshore Northwest Africa. The day rate was not disclosed.

The Pacific Bora, a sixth-generational double-hulled drillship, is currently in Nigeria. It should be mobilized to the Oyo Field and on site in June, and can be used for drilling and well completion, the press release said.

VAALCO Energy, Inc. announced that it has executed an agreement with Transocean Ltd. regarding the remaining contract term associated with the Constellation II rig.

Kaombo is a development at Block 32 about 260 km offshore Angola; there are six fields that will be tied back to two converted FPSOs in water up to 2,000 m.

The 340-m long production vessel, named after late Ghanaian president Prof John Evans Atta Mills, was converted in Singapore from a very large crude carrier (VLCC) super-tanker and is expected to set sail this weekend to Ghana, where it is scheduled to gradually ramp up production from the TEN deepwater oilfield from July/August this year, the company’s COO Paul McDade said on Jan. 21.

Operations Africa

The Italian government, which controls Eni, is keen to turn Italy into a Southern European gas hub capable of moving African supplies from Algeria and Libya and future flows from Azerbaijan into Europe.

Some workers returned to the field on March 7, but on March 8 others were still absent and the field’s operations had yet to resume, an engineer at the field said.

The oil field was shut and evacuated after PFG withdrew from El Feel to push demands over pay and other benefits.

Pumping at Libya’s El Sharara oil field resumed on March 5, an oil engineer and Libyan oil source said, a day after output had been halted after a landowner closed a valve on a pipeline crossing his land.

South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country’s last working oil fields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush and have threatened to shut down production.

People Africa

PENGASSAN, whose members are mostly managers in the upstream oil industry, began industrial action Dec. 18 over layoffs made by a Nigerian oil and gas company.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sacked four ministers, including those with the foreign affairs and energy portfolios, his office said on Dec. 12, without giving a reason.

A Nigerian militant group, whose attacks on energy facilities in the Niger Delta in 2016 helped push Africa’s biggest economy into recession, said on Nov. 3 it had ended its ceasefire.

An engineer at the field and a statement from protesters had said Nov. 1 that protesters had shut down 40,000 barrels per day from the fields.

The NOC gave no reason for the protest in Zawiya, which began on Aug. 6, forcing oil workers to gradually reduce production from Sharara which is located in Libya's south west.

Regulations Africa

Dutch prosecutors confirmed they had received the complaint against Peter Robinson, a former vice president for sub-Saharan Africa.

Algeria plans to offer tax incentives in a planned new energy law to attract more investment and is in discussion with foreign energy firms including BP (NYSE: BP) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) to exploit its shale gas reserves, officials said on March 25.

Under the current legal framework, the Gabonese state holds a minimum 20% stake in oil projects. The state oil company has the right to a stake of up to 15%.

The U.S. placed sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil-linked operators it said were substantial sources of revenues for the government, aimed at choking off war funds.

The U.S. has issued a new round of sanctions targeting oil smugglers in Libya aimed at blocking exploitation of natural resources that is driving instability, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Feb. 26.