Licensing Rounds
Asia's Africa scramble continues
1 February 2007
Asian companies are expected to bid hard in Nigeria's forthcoming licensing round. But that will be just one more sign of their increasing influence over African oil. Tom Nicholls writes
Acid test looms for new law
1 August 2006
In promulgating its new Hydrocarbons Law last year, Algeria had two key objectives: to make itself more attractive to potential investors; and to make Sonatrach a competitive oil and gas player – at home and abroad. But is Algeria losing its nerve just as the first big test of these policies approaches, asks Alex Forbes?
Nigeria: looking for explorers
1 May 2005
Nigeria's first licensing round for five years, for which initial applications must be submitted by 29 May, could provide a useful reality-check for the authorities. The offer comes at a time when the country's deep-water exploration is flagging and development projects are snagged – and when there are attractive opportunities elsewhere in the Gulf of Guinea, Martin Quinlan writes
Eastern Siberia heating up
1 May 2005
Exploration has been neglected in Russia for years. But that is set to change in 2005 with the launch of a major search for oil and gas in eastern Siberia and the far east of the country where a new production province will open up on the doorstep of Asia-Pacific's energy-hungry markets, reports Isabel Gorst
Libya: Licence to drill
1 March 2005
January's upstream licensing round, which saw the allocation of all 15 areas on offer, signals the start of a dramatic turnaround in Libya's underachieving oil and gas sector. It also marks the return of US companies after a two-decade absence. Tom Nicholls reports