Author: Ian Lewis
Explorers mull Côte d’Ivoire campaigns
20 February 2019
Tullow, BP and CNR are among IOCs with drilling plans
South Africa's offshore sector finally makes some waves
11 February 2019
Total plans drilling campaign to establish scale of reserves
Ukraine opens arms to upstream investors
6 February 2019
The country has large untapped gas reserves and wants foreign partners to help unlock them
Political risk threatens Nigeria's oil sector recovery
28 January 2019
In Nigeria’s oil sector, debts are being settled—albeit gradually—and financial backing for new projects is being put in place, but investors remain cautious.
Ghana starts to think big
25 January 2019
Big international energy firms’ interest in Ghanaian upstream acreage bolsters hopes for the future
Tremors run through UK fracking industry
24 January 2019
Cuadrilla’s UK fracking resumption has been a stop-start affair
Norway licensing round confirms lure of the mature
18 January 2019
A record number of licenses were awarded, in keeping with a rise in exploration activity across the North Sea, though firm work commitments fell
Maersk Drilling eyes African prizes
17 January 2019
An uptick in west African activity holds promise for hard-pressed drillers
Ophir’s Fortuna FLNG finally bites the dust
11 January 2019
Ophir Energy’s long-running efforts to fund the Equatorial Guinea project fail, as the company engages in takeover talks
Tanzania ups the pace on LNG project
17 December 2018
Equinor, ExxonMobil and Shell are among the interested parties
South Sudan's oil suitors still skeptical over security
11 December 2018
Major investments in the civil-war ravaged country are likely to depend on the success of a recently signed peace deal
Madagascar unveils new offshore acreage
11 December 2018
The island nation hopes it can emulate hydrocarbons finds in neighbouring Mozambique
Offshore oil miss fails to dent Gambian optimism
4 December 2018
The West African country’s most recent effort to find offshore oil came up short, but explorers hope to drill more wells in 2019
Tullow’s revival still faces production challenges
4 December 2018
Tullow Oil is to pay a dividend once more. But can it find the barrels to sustain its improving balance sheet?
Gabon’s new oil regime threatened by power vacuum
22 November 2018
The west African Opec member has moved fast to revise offshore licencing terms as it makes more blocks available
Lagos eyes LNG imports to launch private power plan
7 November 2018
Nigeria’s most economically successful state wants to go it alone, improving gas feedstock supply in a bid to woo private power project investors
Senegal’s energy hub ambitions gather pace
2 November 2018
Two big hydrocarbons projects are heading for FID with Woodside stepping up to take operatorship of the SNE development
Norway's offshore sector boosted by wave of mergers
29 October 2018
Strategic tie-ups are providing some badly needed lifeblood for the Norwegian offshore sector
IEA: Oil recovery lulls producer nations into economic stupor
26 October 2018
Hydrocarbons-dependent nations need to diversify their economies fast to make up for future revenue shortfalls
UK resumes fracking after seven-year hiatus
23 October 2018
Fracking is underway again in northern England, but don’t expect a US-style shale boom any time soon
Big guns boost UK North Sea commitments
12 October 2018
Shell and Equinor have bolstered their offshore presence in the UK, while Total has made a sizeable discovery
Africa is back on the deep-water agenda
4 October 2018
Drillers are starting to renew interest in African projects deemed too costly and risky
EV market accelerates on cost parity
19 September 2018
Not everyone is a friend of electric vehicles, but the sector is on a roll that will be hard to stop
Nigeria's oil sector reforms on hold again
14 September 2018
President Buhari’s decision to delay passage of a petroleum industry bill won’t help investment sentiment, but shouldn’t affect offshore activity in the near term
Transocean deal a sign of rising confidence
6 September 2018
Betting on better times ahead, the rig supplier is building a stronger fleet
FLNG enters new age
31 August 2018
Floating LNG developers are seeking to build on the momentum created by successful deployments