Senegal is officially launching its licence round on January 31, with applications required to be in by July 31.
Somalia is taking steps to attract foreign investment to its energy sector but challenges remain, most notably in how the federal government can integrate its policies with those of the state governments.
Liberia has set out plans for a licensing round in 2020, via the Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA).
Senegal has launched its licence round the Africa Oil Week conference in South Africa, although it faces criticism from one company for offering a disputed block.
Gabon has signed a number of new exploration licences, while also extending production licences.
Equatorial Guinea is pioneering developments in gas trading around West Africa with plans for a first regasification facility and political initiatives.
TGS and Schlumberger’s WesternGeco are close to finishing 3D seismic reimaging on Egypt’s Red Sea, as a licence round comes to a close in the area. The two companies said the work would cover data from three seismic surveys, covering 3,600 square km, which were acquired between 1999 and 2008.