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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A Boost for Africa’s P&A Market

Jul 18, 2019

Despite Africa not being a top contender in the global decommissioning market, the region holds huge potential for growth as more offshore old and gas fields mature while some of the newly drilled ones turn dry.The region’s top oil and gas producers such as Angola…

With New Boss, It's Time NNPC Walked the Talk

Jul 11, 2019

Nigeria has a new face at the helm of the country’s petroleum industry regulator, and already he has announced ambitious targets for the next five years. Achieving these goals will have to rely partly on how much investment can be attracted…

A Boost for South Africa Offshore

Jul 04, 2019

South Africa’s offshore space is getting busier ahead of the finalization of the country’s oil and gas regulatory framework as more well-endowed exploration firms position themselves for a long-drawn exploration of the country’s under-explored offshore hydrocarbon reserves…

Tullow Encounters Delays Offshore Ghana

Jun 27, 2019

UK-based oil & gas company Tullow Oil Plc’s subsidiary Tullow Oil Ghana, has announced the pushing back completion of drilling of the Enyenra-14 production well in Deepwater Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field development following revision of 2019 projection figures for this offshore project…

Study Findings Boost Chariot’s Morocco Plan

Jun 20, 2019

Guernsey-based oil and gas explorer Chariot Oil & Gas has announced the completion of the development feasibility study and gas market assessment for one of its gas fields in Morocco as the company inches closer to a full-blown hydrocarbon development…

West Africa Offshore Outlook

Jun 17, 2019

The outlook for West Africa’s offshore oil and gas market remains positive despite some hiccups hinged on delay by some countries in the region to align their hydrocarbon regulations to prevailing market trends and the intensifying global competition…

Ivory Coast to Conclude Talks on New Contracts

Jun 14, 2019

Ivory Coast is expected to finalize the licensing procedures for six oil blocks this month with the outcome likely to boost the West African country’s drive to attract increased investment in its upstream activities and enable it double output by 2020 in line with the National Development Plan…

Angola Could Reap from New Policy Regime

Jun 06, 2019

Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest oil producer after Nigeria, is optimistic the new fiscal and regulatory regime now in place would translate into a reversal of the country’s declining oil output and attract more private investment…

South Africa Approves Azinam Offshore Farm-in

May 30, 2019

South Africa continues to make progress in its endeavor to woo increased investment in the country’s highly under-developed offshore oil and gas market as the government’s slow and delayed plan to make cuts on crude oil imports begins to take shape…

Sierra Leone Restarts 4th Licensing Round

May 23, 2019

Sierra Leone has put on a brave face and announced a rehashed package for bidders interested in taking part in its fourth hydrocarbons licensing round that was suddenly put on the ice in September 2018 after a new administration took charge…

Lekoil Withdraws Suit Against Nigerian Petroleum Minister

May 16, 2019

Nigeria’s upstream regulatory hiccups continue to take toll on planned offshore exploration and production schedules as some private investors are stuck with their work programs for lack of clarity on key upstream mergers and acquisition procedures…

Kosmos Realigns Senegal/Mauritania Interests

May 09, 2019

American upstream oil and gas company Kosmos Energy has commenced the process of scaling down its stake in the lucrative Greater Tortue Anheyim gas project on the Senegal/Mauritania maritime border as the Dallas-based firm seeks to entrench…

African Petroleum Stands on Slippery Ground

May 02, 2019

UK-based exploration and production company African Petroleum continues to lay claim to offshore Block 1A in The Gambia even after the government of this tiny West African country reportedly signed an agreement with oil major BP for the likely lucrative asset…

Political Risks Mar Africa's Offshore Grand March

Apr 25, 2019

Political instability, insecurity and marine boundary disputes pose some of the major challenges constraining progress of Africa's upstream offshore oil and gas exploration ambitions at a time when the continent expected to ramp up production from its deep and ultra deepwater investments…

Sudan Coup Puts Oil Plans in Disarray

Apr 18, 2019

The collapse of the regime of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is likely to jolt the country's oil sector and could leave in disarray earlier approved plans to open up the country's offshore blocks in the Red Sea basin for exploration…

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