Licensing Rounds
Exploration round two for Timor Leste
22 September 2011
Timor Leste is preparing another licensing round for next year
US hikes costs for first post-Macondo lease sale
23 August 2011
The US is planning the first lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo spill
Philippines bid round may add fuel to South China Sea row
17 August 2011
Despite worsening territorial feuds with China, the Philippines is pushing plans to license oil and gas exploration acreage in the disputed South China Sea, risking further confrontation with its powerful neighbour
Nigeria: Decision-time for Shell asset bidders
31 March 2011
SHELL's largest-yet sale of onshore Nigerian assets is moving towards decision-time, with preferred bidders for the upstream holdings soon to be selected – and asked to pay 10% of their bids into escrow accounts.
Tax row hangs over Uganda upstream
24 February 2011
With a new exploration licensing round planned, Tullow Oil's tax row with the government may dampen upstream investors' appetite for Uganda, writes Ian Lewis
Angola takes pre-salt plunge with licensing offer
24 February 2011
Angola is to award 11 deep-water areas, all said to have potential for pre-salt oil, in the country's first large licensing offer since 2005
Angola’s exploration-licence interests
28 January 2011
A block-by-block breakdown of licence holders in Angola
New oil minister touts fresh Iraqi licensing round
27 January 2011
Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi, Iraq's new oil minister, has settled in quickly to the hot seat, announcing within a couple of weeks of his appointment plans to launch a new oil and gas licensing round for this year – the country's fourth hydrocarbons auction since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime
Strong interest in UK's 26th licensing round
14 December 2010
53 companies won operatorships in the round
NOCs on top in Iraqi gas licensing
28 October 2010
IRAQ has awarded three gasfield development projects to consortia of national oil companies (NOC), including Kuwait Energy and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGaz EP (KMG EP)
Peruvian oil production set to double
1 July 2010
Rapid growth in oil and gas production and a competitive fiscal regime should make Peru's forthcoming licensing round a success, says Perupetro. Miles Lang reports
Khelil: things will be different from now on
1 June 2007
Sonatrach has money, technology, reserves and markets, says Algerian energy minister Chakib Khelil. What, he asks, can private-sector oil companies do for Algiers? Interview by Tom Nicholls
Asia's Africa scramble continues
1 February 2007
Asian companies are expected to bid hard in Nigeria's forthcoming licensing round. But that will be just one more sign of their increasing influence over African oil. Tom Nicholls writes
Acid test looms for new law
1 August 2006
In promulgating its new Hydrocarbons Law last year, Algeria had two key objectives: to make itself more attractive to potential investors; and to make Sonatrach a competitive oil and gas player – at home and abroad. But is Algeria losing its nerve just as the first big test of these policies approaches, asks Alex Forbes?