Watching Government: Equatorial interests

The Middle East's political pain may be West Africa's gain. Emboldened by geology and technology, multinationals and independents are showing increased interest in West African deepwater plays this year.Some US policy-makers are hoping to encourage this trend; a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders scheduled a Capitol Hill briefing May 23 to highlight the region's importance as a reliable energy supplier to the US. Sao Tome and Principe roleSignaling their commitment to West Africa, ExxonMobil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co., and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.-under the auspices of the Corporate Council on Africa-hosted a high-profile Washington, DC, luncheon reception for Fradiq...

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