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Protesters storm Shell crude flow station in Niger Delta

August 15, 2017 | Nigeria, Politics & Social Unrest

Port Harcourt, Nigeria  | – Hundreds of Nigerian protesters stormed a crude oil flow station and gas plant owned by Shell in the restive Niger Delta oil hub yesterday, demanding jobs and infrastructure development, a Reuters witness said. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC),  a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said in a statement that it had already shut down the facilities due to security threats before they were stormed. The protesters complained that they were not benefiting from oil production in their …

Standard Bank seeks to raise $3 billion for Ugandan oil pipeline

August 15, 2017 | East Africa, Pipelines, Uganda

Stanbic appointed joint financial adviser with Sumitomo Mitsui Pipeline financing not seen causing weakness in local currency Standard Bank Group Ltd.’s Ugandan unit plans to raise $3 billion for a crude pipeline by the second half of next year as the East African country prepares to start oil production by 2020. Stanbic Bank Uganda was appointed alongside Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. as joint financial adviser for the 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) pipeline, Patrick Mweheire, the chief executive officer of the Kampala, Uganda-based business, said in an …

OPEC’s long-sought success spoiled by 2018 oil supply worry

August 15, 2017 | Commodities & Oilprice, OPEC

London, UK | – Oil investors are already worrying over the potential fallout when OPEC’s deal to cut output expires, marring emerging signs that the accord to shrink a glut is finally succeeding. Uncertainty about how supplies curbed by OPEC and its allies will be returned to the market in 2018 is clouding the outlook for crude, according to BMI Research. Prices remain vulnerable even though demand is strong, production gains are largely exhausted in Libya and Nigeria, and U.S. shale output is slowing, the …

Transocean to buy Norwegian rig firm Songa Offshore for $1.1 billion

August 15, 2017 | Deepwater, Mergers, Acquisitions & JVs, Rigs & Vessels

London, UK | – Transocean Ltd, one of the world’s biggest drilling rig operators, has agreed to a deal to buy Norwegian competitor Songa Offshore SE for 9.1 billion Norwegian crowns (US$1.1 billion), the two companies said Aug. 15. The deal, which would be mostly paid for in shares and convertible bonds, would strengthen Transocean’s position in offshore drilling as Songa is Norwegian oil major Statoil ASA’s largest drilling service provider. The offer values Songa shares at 47.50 Norwegian crowns each, a 39.7% premium over …

Geologists, Insurgency, and the Way Forward

August 15, 2017 | Roundtable Discussion

By Fatima Ibrahim Maikore | – The recent abduction and murder of some geologists and engineers of the University of Maiduguri have again highlighted the perils facing professionals who work quietly in the background but whose occupational outcome is part of what is responsible for the prosperity of our nation. On the fateful day of Tuesday, July 25, 2017 the NNPC/University of Maiduguri Exploration team and a detachment of Nigerian Army and Civilian JTFs were attacked by some insurgents, while in the line of duty. …

Nigeria’s Non-Oil Exports and the Quest for Federalism

August 03, 2017 | Latest Featured Articles

By Ugochukwu Joseph Amasike | – Devolution of powers to the states would serve as a catalyst for the development of non-oil exports, restart Nigeria’s industrialisation-drive, create jobs and strengthen the economy as a whole. The need to diversify Nigeria’s revenue base has continued to gain traction by the day, especially in light of recent economic challenges that were largely occasioned by over-dependence on oil and gas revenue. The drastic fall in oil prices in 2015 and the consequential foreign exchange crisis it triggered, reverberated …

Nigeria to continue Lake Chad Basin oil exploration despite deaths

August 03, 2017 | Civil Wars & Terrorism, Exploration / Discoveries, Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria | – Nigerian scientists will continue to search for oil in the restive Lake Chad Basin region despite a kidnapping of some researchers by suspected Boko Haram members, a university and state oil firm NNPC said July 31. Members of an oil prospecting team were kidnapped in the northeast’s restive Lake Chad Basin region on July 25, prompting a rescue bid that left at least 37 dead including members of the team, rescuers from the military and vigilantes, officials say. Three kidnapped members …

Ambush on Nigeria oil team may hamper Buhari’s recovery plan

August 03, 2017 | Civil Wars & Terrorism, Exploration / Discoveries, Government & Regulations, Nigeria

Boko Haram Islamists’ attack shows ‘new level of boldness’ Government has vowed to continue oil exploration in northeast London, UK | – An attack by Islamist militants on an oil exploration team in Nigeria’s northeast has hurt the government’s ambition to find new crude reserves and quashed hopes of a quick recovery of the West African nation’s least developed region. Militants of the Boko Haram Islamist group on July 25 staged an ambush on geologists, staff of the state-run oil company and soldiers in a …