Oirere, Shem

Oirere, Shem

Shem Oirere is a business journalist specializing on Africa. He has been freelancing since 2008 after many years working for national newspapers in Kenya where he covered all facets of the country's economy as a correspondent, reporter and business editor. He has written extensively on Africa's chemical, construction, energy, water, maritime, agriculture, oil and gas industries,
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Africa’s Boundary Rows Delay Offshore Projects

Oct 31, 2019

The International Court of Justice has delayed to early November the hearing of the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia and hence delaying further the earlier approved offshore oil and gas exploration activities by both countries…

BW Offshore Proposes New Plan Offshore Gabon

Oct 30, 2019

Global owner and operator of floating production storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) BW Offshore, through its affiliate BW Energy, has announced a re-adjusted operational plan for its offshore Gabon operations after an outcome of drilling…

Ongoing Reform Lifts Egypt Offshore

Oct 25, 2019

The bounce back of Egypt’s upstream operations continues to gain momentum, attracting additional offshore-focused investments and transactions with latest reports indicating Dubai-based oil and gas company Dragon Oil has received the nod to…

S. Africa Legislation Could Spur Offshore Investment

Oct 17, 2019

South Africa is committed to fast-tracking the finalization of the proposal to split the pending Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill to have a separate legislation and specific regulatory framework for the oil and natural gas sector…

Which Way for Gabon's Offshore Sector?

Oct 10, 2019

Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa’s eighth largest oil producer, last week participated in the last of its earlier scheduled nine events held in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, to popularize the 12th shallow and deep water licensing round with only three months before the bidding process is closed…

Chariot Still Evaluating Drilling Failure in Namibia

Sep 26, 2019

After a disappointing well-drilling venture offshore Namibia in the fourth quarter of 2018, Guernsey-registered hydrocarbons exploration and production company Chariot Oil & Gas has no immediate plans for additional exploration wells in this driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Europa Lands High Impact Venture Offshore Morocco

Sep 19, 2019

The Ireland and UK focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company Europa Oil & Gas Plc said it has landed a high impact new venture offshore Morocco, boosting the country’s drive to launch viable upstream projects that would…

New Age Sells Stake in Marine XII

Sep 12, 2019

Privately held oil and gas exploration and production company New Age (African Global Energy) Limited has announced the completion of the US$800 million sale of its 25% non-operated interest in the offshore Marine XII permit in Congo (Brazzaville) to LUKOIL Upstream Congo SAU…

LEKOIL Makes Progress Offshore Nigeria

Sep 05, 2019

Africa-focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company LEKOIL announced progress in one of its Nigerian projects months after a temporary setback in its asset acquisition spree in the West African country.The company said…

New Find Opens Doors for Equatorial Guinea

Aug 30, 2019

The new discovery offshore Equatorial Guinea’s Block 1 by US-based exploration and production company Noble Energy puts the West African country on the road to reversing declining oil and gas output should the project be turned into a viable commercial venture…

FPSO Market Growth Props BW Offshore’s Africa Plan

Aug 22, 2019

Global floating production services provider BW Offshore has confirmed a one-year extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Petroleo Nautipa on the Etame field offshore Gabon for VAALCO Energy.BW Offshore, which owns a fleet of 15 floating production…

A Gleam of Hope for Kenya’s Offshore

Aug 15, 2019

Kenya’s offshore oil and gas sector has remained underexplored even as the country remains optimistic of making a breakthrough in the search for more hydrocarbons based on recent growth of its upstream operations.The agreement signed last July…

Sirius Stuck with Ororo Development Plan

Aug 08, 2019

Nigeria-focused oil and gas development and production company Sirius Petroleum now says its license for the shallow water Ororo field in Nigeria hangs in the balance after the firm failed to launch its next phase of the field work program on…

Tower’s Financial Reprieve in Cameroon

Aug 01, 2019

London-based, independent oil and gas company Tower Resources Plc has sighed with relief after the repayment of its $750,000 short term loan facility was extended to August 31 this year to enable the company finalize arrangements for the drilling…

Tullow Enters Comoros Offshore

Jul 25, 2019

Multinational oil and gas exploration company Tullow Oil plc will in the next two months launch a bid to acquire 3,000 square kilometers 3D seismic survey after the firm successfully completed its entry into the Africa’s east coast volcanic archipelago of Comoros…

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