Licensing Rounds
Eastern Siberia heating up
1 May 2005
Exploration has been neglected in Russia for years. But that is set to change in 2005 with the launch of a major search for oil and gas in eastern Siberia and the far east of the country where a new production province will open up on the doorstep of Asia-Pacific's energy-hungry markets, reports Isabel Gorst
Nigeria: looking for explorers
1 May 2005
Nigeria's first licensing round for five years, for which initial applications must be submitted by 29 May, could provide a useful reality-check for the authorities. The offer comes at a time when the country's deep-water exploration is flagging and development projects are snagged – and when there are attractive opportunities elsewhere in the Gulf of Guinea, Martin Quinlan writes
Libya: Licence to drill
1 March 2005
January's upstream licensing round, which saw the allocation of all 15 areas on offer, signals the start of a dramatic turnaround in Libya's underachieving oil and gas sector. It also marks the return of US companies after a two-decade absence. Tom Nicholls reports
Low point for upstream
1 September 2003
Cool response to 18th round
1 September 2003
One day, maybe
1 August 2003
Petrobras plays strong home game in licensing round
1 August 2000
Bidding in the second licensing round was much more successful in terms of the foreign bidders attracted into the round, than the first round, although Petrobras still won the most attractive acreage.