Africa

Africa

Bowleven drills in Cameroon

Bowleven, the Africa-focused oil and gas exploration group, has confirmed the first of a two-well exploration programme in Cameroon, has been drilled to its planned total depth and logged.

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Families in wait for information on kidnapped workers in Libya

The son of a worker kidnapped in Libya has spoken of his shock at the incident. The man's father Fausto Piano was taken earlier this week along with his three colleagues Gino Pollicardo, Salvatore Failla and Filippo Calcagno. The men, who work for Bonatti construction company, were kidnapped near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah.

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Erin Energy starts Africa 3D seismic survey work

Erin Energy has begun shooting a 3D seismic survey off the coast of The Gambia. The work, through its subsidiary Camac Energy Gambia Limited, will be carried out using the Palarcus Alima vessel. The survey is expected to take 50 days to complete and will cover approximately 1,500 square kilometres on Erin Energy’s A2 and A5 blocks.

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Four workers kidnapped in Libya

Four Italian workers have been kidnapped in Libya. The incident happened near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah. The Italian Foreign Ministry said the employees had been kidnapped on Sunday.

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Ugandan police block politicians from presidential campaigns

Ugandan police blocked opposition leader Kizza Besigye from leaving his home and arrested former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi as they prepared to start their presidential election campaigns, their parties said. Besigye, who lost three previous elections to President Yoweri Museveni, was detained after attempting to leave his home to attend a rally to campaign as a candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, his driver Asuman Semakula said by phone. Besigye, 59, is competing against party President Mugisha Muntu to run in the 2016 poll.

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Bomb blast kills 25 in Nigeria

A bomb blast in Nigeria’s northern university town of Zaria has killed 25 people including a two-year-old, the Kaduna state governor reported. The incident is the latest in a string of deadly bombing and shooting attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.

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Penspen launches West African feasibility study

Engineering services firm Penspen is set to launch a feasibility study on extending a key pipeline in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). Penspen and Ecowas signed a contract in February 2015 to enable a formal start to the feasibility study examining the current West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system performance and its possible future network extension to other Ecowas states.

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Amplats offers to help investors set up fuel-cell manufacturing in South Africa

Anglo American Platinum Ltd. is offering to help investors set up South African production of hydrogen fuel cell-based products, which use the precious metal as a catalyst to generate electricity, as a way to encourage demand. Amplats, as the Johannesburg-based unit of Anglo American Plc is known, is among producers that see fuel cells consuming as many as 600,000 ounces of platinum a year by 2025. Fuel cells can be used to bring power to areas where supply is constrained. Platinum prices are down more than 40 percent since August 2011.