Equatorial Guinea rebuilding bridges
Relations between Malabo and international oil companies seem to be warming up again
Boosting its plan to revive flagging oil output, Equatorial Guinea has announced a new production-sharing contract (PSC) with ExxonMobil and awarded several blocks to others. It might end a period of tension with international oil companies (IOCs).
The West African country has struggled amid falling oil prices, which have stunted investment interest, as well as a decline in production. Even before prices slumped, in 2014, output had declined to 281,000 barrels a day. It bumped up to 289,000 b/d the following year but that was still well beneath the 358,000 b/d output reached in 2005.
Gabriel Obiang Lima, Equatorial Guinea's energy minister, told the Africa Oil and Power conference in Cape
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