Licensing Rounds
New oil minister touts fresh Iraqi licensing round
27 January 2011
Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi, Iraq's new oil minister, has settled in quickly to the hot seat, announcing within a couple of weeks of his appointment plans to launch a new oil and gas licensing round for this year – the country's fourth hydrocarbons auction since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime
Strong interest in UK's 26th licensing round
14 December 2010
53 companies won operatorships in the round
NOCs on top in Iraqi gas licensing
28 October 2010
IRAQ has awarded three gasfield development projects to consortia of national oil companies (NOC), including Kuwait Energy and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGaz EP (KMG EP)
Peruvian oil production set to double
1 July 2010
Rapid growth in oil and gas production and a competitive fiscal regime should make Peru's forthcoming licensing round a success, says Perupetro. Miles Lang reports
Sub-salt gains new converts
1 July 2007
Petrobras continues to produce exciting results from exploration beneath the thick layers of salt under established offshore heavy-oil plays. IOCs are hoping to follow suit. Robert Cauclanis reports
Khelil: things will be different from now on
1 June 2007
Sonatrach has money, technology, reserves and markets, says Algerian energy minister Chakib Khelil. What, he asks, can private-sector oil companies do for Algiers? Interview by Tom Nicholls
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?