Nigerian projects progress amid turmoil

Amid the continuing furor over the Nigerian government's cancellation of exploration and production licenses, foreign operators are moving forward with projects.Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd. spudded the Kuzari-1 wildcat well in the Bauchi-Gombe area of northern Nigeria, where it holds three oil prospecting leases: OPLs 803, 806, and 809.The well is the second of three slated in the area by foreign operators and is expected to cost $18 million. In April, Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. Ltd. (Snepco) drilled a well in the Kolmani River area, while Chevron Nigeria Ltd. plans a well during January-March 2000.Snepco found noncommercial quantities of crude oil but a significant amou...

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