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North and Northwest Africa
Oil exploration in Niger began in the early 1960s. The first discovery (non-commercial) was made in 1975 at the Tintouma field near Madama.
In 1980, Elf obtained a permit on the extensive Agadem block in the Agadem basin northeast of the country. In 1985 Esso and Elf formed a joint venture and between 1990 and 1994 four discoveries were made. Elf withdrew in 1998 and Esso was joined by Petronas in 2002. They abandoned the Agadem permit in 2006.
In 2008 a division of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNODC) acquired the block and carried out further exploration. The company drilled 76 wells and made a number of discoveries. In 2013, a second exploration permit was awarded to CNODC and since 2012 other PSCs have also been signed.
Oil production began in 2011 from fields in the Agadem block. Oil was transported by pipeline to the 20,000 bbl per day Soraz refinery in Zinder which produced around 6-7,000 bbls per day for domestic consumption, including gasoline, diesel and LPGs. The remaining production is exported to neighbouring countries.
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