More foreign operators have acquired blocks in Nigeria, where the government is improving fiscal terms to beef up exploration and production. Du Pont Exploration & Production BV of Holland took a farmout on four blocks (OGJ, July 22, p. 39), while the new BP Exploration-Den norske stats oijeselskap AS combine acquired two deepwater blocks on the Niger Delta. The farmout of a 40% interest to Du Pont BV, an affiliate of Conoco Inc., covers three offshore blocks and one onshore block, all on the Niger Delta. There are Nigerian partners in each of the blocks. Conoco will provide technical assistance to Du Pont and its Niger...

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