Ethiopia inches towards first hydrocarbon production

Work is under way towards Ethiopia's first commercial hydrocarbon production. Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, Puyang, China, is mobilizing equipment from the port of Assab, Eritrea, to Calub gas/condensate field 1,200 km southeast of Addis Ababa near Shilabo in the Ogaden basin. The government let a $5.6 million contract to the Zhongyuan bureau last May to prepare eight of the field's 10 wells for production or injection.

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