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