Conference debates potential of Ivory Coast

David Knott Senior Editor While the oil industry is in bad shape worldwide because of low oil prices, West Africa is still a bright star on the industry's horizon. This is the view Steve Thornton, director of international operations planning, Ocean Energy Inc., Houston, offered delegates to the Offshore West Africa conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Mar. 23. "West Africa is one of the fastest-growing exploration and production theaters in the world," said Thornton. "It has vast resources that have hardly been exploited yet." Mohamed Lamine Fadika, the Ivory Coast's energy minister, told delegates that his government sees the petroleum industry as a ...

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