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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Cairn Confident of Securing Sangomar Funding

Mar 11, 2020

London-listed oil and gas company Cairn Energy has provided an update of its operations including the progressing of the Sangomar Field Development offshore Senegal despite the having yet to attract the necessary funding for its share of the costs…

New Civil Conflict in Somalia Could Hurt Offshore Projects

Mar 04, 2020

Civil strife has been one of Africa's biggest hurdles to the exploration and production of oil and gas on the continent's waters. Despite a reduction in the conflicts, violence has flared up again in East Africa, as forces loyal to Somalia clashed…

Aminex's Wait for Tanzania Approvals Continues

Feb 26, 2020

Uncertainty and unpredictability continue to grip Tanzania's offshore sector as the government keeps international oil and gas exploration and production firms guessing on the outcome of their applications for approval to progress their previously approved projects…

Tower Resources: Farm-out Talks Progressing Well

Feb 19, 2020

Tower Resources Cameroon SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Africa-focused Tower Resources Plc, has hinted at good progress on the ongoing discussions with potential farm-in parties into the Thali PSC offshore Cameroon.The progress in the negotiations…

Election Dispute Could Impact Lake Malawi O&G Exploration Efforts

Feb 13, 2020

Malawi’s 2019 Presidential election was annulled early this year by the Constitutional Court with directions to Malawi Electoral Commission asked to hold a fresh poll in five months. The question in the minds of many in the oil and gas exploration…

Egypt: BP to Bring Raven Project Online by 2020 End

Feb 05, 2020

BP's phase three of the $12 billion West Nile Delta project offshore Egypt will come online by the end of this year, nearly 12 months behind the earlier scheduled deadline, the company said in a conference call this week.The third phase includes the development of the Raven field…

Why Senegal's Offshore Licensing Round is Significant

Jan 29, 2020

The long awaited first ever offshore licensing by Senegal has finally been launched as the West Africa country inches closer to achieving its national medium- and long-term hydrocarbon sector investment plan and drive to transform the upstream resource into a source of clean electricity generation…

Panoro, Vaalco Make Progress Offshore Gabon

Jan 22, 2020

Gabon looks to be on its way to achieving the projected 50% increase in crude oil production in the next one year if the positive result from offshore wells development, by two of the leading international oil companies operating in the country…

Major Offshore Project in Senegal Reaches FID

Jan 15, 2020

Senegal could as well be on the way to joining the league of top African oil and gas producers in the next three years after developers of one of the most profound offshore discoveries announced reaching a final investment decision (FID).The Rufisque Offshore…

Gambia Offshore Data Acquisition Gets a Boost

Jan 08, 2020

Gambia’s petroleum sector objective in the National Development Plan (NDP) of 2018-2021 is shaping up even before the year 2020 gains momentum after Australian firm FAR Ltd announced a key offshore data acquisition project in the West African country…

Africa Looks Forward to More Productive 2020

Jan 02, 2020

As the New Year kicks off this week, some of Africa’s oil and gas producers are looking forward to fast-tracking approved offshore exploration plans to counter falling production volumes and meet the increasing demand especially for natural…

Seabed Study Precedes Planned Licensing Round in Nigeria

Dec 25, 2019

As Nigeria looks ahead to a possible oil licensing round in mid-2020, the plan has received a major boost with the launch of the West Africa country’s first ever regional multi-client Multibeam and Seafloor Sampling Study (MB&SS).The data gathering…

Congo Offshore to Reap from New Data Model

Dec 18, 2019

In Africa, as the count of offshore oil and gas blocks that are getting depleted continues to rise, some producing countries are opting to invest in seismic data to enable identification and demarcation of new blocks while at the same deploying more high end technology…

Shelf Drilling Eyes Nigerian Prospects

Dec 11, 2019

Shallow water drilling services provider Shelf Drilling has announced a one-year extension on its 1982-built BMC 300-1C Trident XIV jack-up rig in continuation of its current assignment offshore Nigeria.The rig was contracted to ExxonMobil for…

Bowleven Pushes Ahead With Etinde Despite Losses

Dec 04, 2019

Africa-focused oil and gas explorer Bowleven Plc has vowed to soldier on with its planned monetization of the offshore Etinde field in Cameroon despite the company posting further losses in the last financial year.Bowleven said last week it…

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