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Milestone moment for Aim-listed Wentworth

Oslo-listed, east Africa-focused oil and gas company Wentworth reports a "further significant shift" in its operational status, with independent reserves attributed to its Mnazi Bay gas fields for the first time. Production in Tanzania is now imminent as Wentworth has a gas sales agreement in place and the facilities required to produce these reserves are nearing completion.

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Map shows regions which pose most risk to oil and gas workers

A map of the world has been created to help keep oil and gas companies updated on regions that pose the most risks to their staff. International SOS has released its Health Risk Map 2015, which helps oil companies, non governmental organisations, educational institutions and governments understand health threats around the world. For Aberdeen-based oil companies in particular, it helps employers ensure that their staff are safe ahead of overseas assignments.

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Aggreko extends Ivory Coast project

Power and temperature rental service Aggreko has extended a project in Africa by three years. The Glasgow head-quartered firm confirmed a three year extension to its 200MV gas-fired power project with an option to carry on for a further two.

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Victoria Oil and Gas complete Cameroon pipelines

Victoria Oil and Gas said Gaz Du Cameroun (GDC) has completed laying pipeline to the boundaries of the ENEO Power Station at Bassa and Logbaba. The 20 MW Bassa Power Station is located a short distance from the company’s operating northern pipeline.

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Wentworth commences drilling in Mozambique

Wentworth said it has commenced drilling operations from its Kifaru-1 exploration well in the Rovuma onshore concession in Northern Mozambique. The company, which has an 11.59% net interest in the well, said it has a planned total depth of 4,050metres and will take 70 days to complete. It is being drilled with the Helmerich & Payne rig #243.

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Eni signs concession agreement for Egyptian block

Eni has signed a new concession agreement to operate in the South West Melehia block in the Western Desert of Egypt. It follows the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation’s (EGPC) 2013 international competitive bid round. The company said the new acquisition adds to the list of exploration successes achieved in the area over the past two years.

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SPDC agrees £55million settlement after pipeline spills

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has agreed a £55million settlement with the Bodo community. Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has made the payment in respect of two operational spills in 2008. The SPDC said the compensation will provide an individual payment for those affected who agree to the settlement payment totalling £35million.

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BG boosted by Egypt payment

Oil and gas exploration firm BG Group received a boost today as it revealed the Egyptian government had paid it £225 million as the state seeks to repay outstanding debts to the energy industry. The group also said it was “working with the government on resolving the outstanding receivable balance” of £592 million. It comes after a year in which Reading-based BG has been dragged down by problems in Egypt as well as the tumbling oil price, and been hit by controversy over pay plans for its new chief executive.

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Guard of Libyan oil ports calls in strikes on Islamist militias

Libyan oil production has fallen below 300,000 barrels a day after Islamist militants shifted attacks to energy facilities including the country’s largest oil export terminal, said Energy Aspects Ltd. Output is the lowest since May and down at least 65% from a recent high of 850,000 barrels a day in October following the assault on the Es Sider terminal, according to the Energy Aspects estimate. Libya holds Africa’s largest oil reserves. The fighting last week marked a turning point in the unrest that followed Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule, according to Energy Aspects and Eurasia Group consultants.

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Camac Energy contracts out Transocean drilling unit

The semi-submersible drilling unit, the Sedco Express, has arrived at the Oyo field in Nigeria. Camac Energy said it had contracted the Transocean Sedco Express to speed up the timing of production tie-in from the Oyo-7 and Oyo-8 development wells.

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Fires put out at three oil tanks at Libya’s Es Sider Port

Libya extinguished fires at three of five oil-storage tanks that started last week at its largest oil port, helping global crude prices to stabilize. Libya is still seeking international assistance because of possible environmental damage, said Ali al-Hasy, a spokesman for the Petroleum Facilities Guard, part of the internationally-recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni. Es Sider has tanks with a capacity of 6.2 million barrels of oil, compared with current Libyan output of 352,000 barrels, according to National Oil Corp.

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Oil rebounds as Libyan conflict offers relief from glut

Oil advanced for the first time in three days amid speculation that an escalating conflict in Libya will help ease a global supply surplus that’s driven crude into a bear market. Brent futures rose as much as 1.6% in London. Fires have been extinguished at three of five tanks at Es Sider, Libya’s largest oil port, which were set ablaze after an attack by militants, said Ali al-Hasy, a spokesman for the Petroleum Facilities Guard. Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi called on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output to boost prices.

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Chariot farm-out deal gets Moroccan approval

A farm-out agreement between Chariot Oil and Gas and Woodside has been approved by the Moroccan Authorities. The company made the deal earlier this year with Woodside who committed to pay 100% of the 3D seismic acquisition and processing costs incurred across the licence by Chariot. A spokesman said a substantial part of the funds had been received bringing its estimated cash balance to $52million.

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APR Energy continues suspension in Libya

APR Energy said the suspension of operations in Libya will have an effect on its financial performance for the year. The company decided in November to temporarily suspend on going work in the North African country while it awaited final parliamentary ratification of the contract addendum signed by the customer and Ministry of Electricity in July. It said revenues for the year are expected to be $490million, offset by $30million which has arisen from the planned disposal of two turbines in Uruguay.

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OPEC oil market defence eludes Libya as production drops

Fighting in Libya that’s pushed oil production below consumption in the holder of Africa’s largest reserves is a reminder that not all OPEC members are in a position to defend market share by maintaining output. As Iraq plans to boost supplies next year amid repeated pledges by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to keep pumping the same amount of crude, Libya’s National Oil Corp. said output has dropped to a “very low point.” Conflict between the government and Islamist militias has spread to the region of Mellitah, where the country’s fourth-largest oil port is located, after disrupting two other export terminals, according to the state-run company.

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Libya oil production drops as fighting spreads to port

Libya’s oil output fell below its own consumption as fighting spread to Mellitah, a region that hosts the country’s fourth largest oil port, the state petroleum company said. National Oil Corp. already this month declared force majeure at two export terminals, Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, after an attempt by Islamist militias to capture them. Force majeure is a legal status that protects a company from liability when it can’t fulfill a contract for reasons beyond its control.

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Oil producer Afren receives preliminary offer from Seplat

Oil producer Afren has seen a boost in its shares following a preliminary offer from Seplat Petroleum Development. The company’s shares rose 10.5% on the London Stock Exchange to 50.82pence. The company’s shares rose 10.5% on the London Stock Exchange to 50.82pence.

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South Sudan hires former Blackwater chief to restore war-hit oil

The former head of US security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies to and perform maintenance on the production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

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Algeria’s Sonatrach says low oil won’t deter investments

Algeria will press ahead with its $90 billion investment plan in the North African country’s oil and gas industry even with crude prices trading near five-year lows, said the head of state-run energy producer Sonatrach. Sonatrach will invest $22 billion in natural-gas field development as part of the $90 billion program for 2015-19, said Sahnoun, the company’s interim chief executive officer, said at the North Africa Oil & Gas Summit conference in Algiers yesterday. Oil prices have declined about 40% from a June peak amid overproduction and slower demand growth. Brent crude ended last week at $69.07 a barrel.

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Heirs Holdings partner to expand African footprint

General Electric (GE) and Heirs Holdings (HH) have agreed to expand their business relationship and pursue opportunities in Nigeria's oil and gas sector. The pair have identified an opening in the country's upstream sector and domestic demand for oil and gas in the country. The firms' collaboration was initially focused on the Nigerian power sector and the expansion of Transcorp Ughelli, Nigeria's biggest power station.

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Nigeria looks to rake in $1billion in gas flare fines

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, is now using a satellite tracking system in a bid to raise more than $1billion in fines annually for illegal gas flaring. The major oil producer struggles to support the country’s energy needs and fails to even keep the lights on for more than three hours a day in some parts of the country. However, it’s hoped by tracking illegal flaring the country has a better chance of harnessing its gas potential which can eventually feed into supporting Nigeria’s flagging energy security.