Rolls-Royce to pay up

UK-based Rolls-Royce will pay £671 million ($825 million) to settle corruption cases, some involving oil and gas projects in Nigeria, Angola, Brazil, Thailand, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Ghanaian minister proposed

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has formally named his 2016 campaign advisor Boakye Agyarko as Minister-Designate for Energy, a newly merged portfolio comprising energy, petroleum and power.

Change for Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has appointed technocrat Thierry Tanoh as Minister of Petroleum & Energy, replacing Adama Toungara.

Arrest in Gabon

Gabon’s former oil minister Etienne Dieudonne Ngoubou has been arrested following investigations into alleged embezzlement of public funds, part of an anti-corruption drive implemented by President Ali Bongo.

Ayame West on the menu

London-based Ophir Energy and its Oslo-listed partner African Petroleum (AP) have pinpointed the Ayame West prospect as the target of their debut wildcat in Block CI-513 off Ivory Coast.