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Proactive Investors was at the very heart of the Oil Council World Assembly a pop-up studio at this prestigious event. Presenter Jeremy Naylor got the scoop from more than 30 of the industry’s movers and shakers, which can be viewed below as well as on our dedicated Stocktube channel, Reuters and YouTube. “The Oil Council World Assembly was the event for the industry and we were very much part of the buzz,” said Proactive’s Managing Director Craig Ribton.
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    Hurricane Energy’s Trice: Well result will attract big players

    Dr Robert Trice, the chief executive of Hurricane Energy (LON:HUR), says the flow rate achieved from the Lancaster well off the Shetland Isles will catch the eyes of potential partners.

    Trice says the plan has always been to attract a development partner. The 9,800 barrels a day from the newly drilled horizontal well will go some way to achieving that end game, he adds.

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    Waltersmith Petroman Oil outlines its Nigeria-centric strategy

    Abdulrazaq Isa, founder and chief executive of Waltersmith Petroman Oil, says the Nigerian oil and gas producer's strategy is focused on delivering oil solely to the 170 million people of Nigeria.

    By not exporting production Isa says this strategy is aligned with government policy aimed at adding value to the overall growth and expansion of the country's middle class.


    he company forecasts that with a combination of its own and foreign capital one billion dollars of oil revenue will be generated over the next five years.

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    Sea Dragon Energy CEO walks investors through catalysts for stock

    Paul Welch, chief executive of Toronto-listed Sea Dragon Energy (CVE:SDX), gives investors a step-by-step guide to what to look out for in terms of newsflow in the coming months.

    Welch answers questions on the operating environment in Egypt, as well as on the possibility of expanding the portfolio outside of the country.

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    Azonto Petroleum boss says Ghana partnership talks up and running again

    Azonto Petroleum (LON:AZO, ASX:APY) is again seeing interest from partners in its block offshore Ghana after last year’s disappointing well result.

    That’s according to chief executive Rob Shepherd, who says the prospects the company has mapped are large enough to have pricked the ears of some “very large companies”.

    The dry well, operated by Ophir Energy, triggered a slump from Azonto’s share price at the time and partners exited the block.

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    Cogent Global Energy keen on near-term production

    Olusegun Paul Andrew of Cogent Global Energy says his African energy asset management firm is focused on near-term production - opportunities where cash can be returned more quickly.

    He sees Nigeria, Angola and – despite the troubled backdrop – even Libya as potential investment hotspots.

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    Halliburton looking to tap into Africa’s shale resources

    Ramin Lakani, regional general manager at US oilfield services giant Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), sees plenty of potential for an unconventional oil boom in Africa.

    Lakani would like to take Halliburton’s expertise to Africa, where he admits “things take a little bit longer”.


    The challenge for Halliburton will be to work with the national oil companies and investors to turn that potential into production.

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    Ophir Energy ‘stronger than ever’ despite share price fall

    Nick Cooper, the chief executive of Ophir Energy (LON:OPHR), expresses his frustration at the company’s struggling share price, which he attributes to the market’s negative take on exploration.

    Cooper says that despite the stock’s decline, the company feels “stronger than ever”, with $1.6bn of cash in the bank and over 800mln barrels of resources.

    He also explains the rationale behind cutting the group’s interest in Tanzania as the asset moves towards production.

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    Herbert Smith Freehills expects increased M&A in African oil industry

    Simon Tysoe from law firm Herbert Smith Freehills sees a ‘buoyant’ M&A market in the not-too-distant future – but says the timing of the upturn is hard to predict.

    Tysoe reckons there are plenty of undervalued investment opportunities in Africa, especially after changes to tax regimes in certain countries.  

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