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British oil firm to prospect oil in Ethiopia


January 6, 2010 (LONDON) — The London based Tullow Oil, is expected to prospect oil in Ethiopia after a deal signed with the US SouthWest Energy which holds acreage in the Horn of Africa country.

According to the HIS International Oil Letter, a weekly news letter on oil industry, Tullow will explore oil in Ogaden basin in blocks 9a, 9, and 13. SouthWest Energy’s blocks cover a total area of approximately 29,000 sq. km in the north-east part of the Ogaden Basin.

The Ethiopian government believes that the Ogaden basin, which covers 350,000 sq km (135,100 sq miles), contains gas reserves of some 4 trillion cubic feet. Officials point to neighboring countries such as Sudan and Yemen as evidence there could be major oil deposits under Ethiopia’s deserts.

The Ethiopian government downplays threats by an active rebel group in the region and stresses there would be five basins out of the troubled region.

The rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) attacked an oil field in April 2007 where the separatist group killed 74 people, including nine Chinese employees of Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, part of Sinopec, China’s biggest refiner and petrochemicals producer.


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  • 7 January 2010 02:39, by Time1

    British companies have to stop giving weapons and fundings to re bel groups around africa. As a company you are not allowed to involve in illegal activities of giving arms to rebels to kill people, do not bring what you have been doing with LRA and Congolese rebels in Uganda to Ethiopia.

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    • 7 January 2010 09:23, by kynan

      British oil firm should not be invested in Wayane Controlled Ethiopia and Ogaden,they must be careful about this and stop it, if they want to deal with the Criminals led by Males Zenawe, the Most Dictatorial Regime In Africa, they should be facing war crimes and crimes against Humanity,

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      • 7 January 2010 21:49, by Time1

        They already got a contract in Ethiopia, but i want to warn Ethiopians, this Tullow company has dark secrets in Africa, it is behind most of the conflicts in African, they secretly fund rebel groups and insurgence to cause killings and tribal wars, let them work and do their business but keep an eye on them to avoid regrets later.

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        • 12 January 2010 19:36, by zenu

          the ONLF should stand firm and tough to stop or block oil production in the aera untill responsibel,accuntable and transparent governing system stablished in the somali region and in fedral government.
          look what happen to the guji oromo people in south ethiopia Mr shek alahmudin came som 11 years ago and bigan to exploit the resource hardly by using very compex mationary and by importing highly trend manpowr from sweedn,denmark south africa,philipen australia and USA the first phase of gold finished from the reserve which is stimated by the campaniy morethan 20 tons.during gold production the companiy uses chemichals like sanayid and very toxic and complex chemichals in cluding intencive deforestetion. After this all or 11 years the campany rexpolred around sacaro and found the gold depositwhich istimeted 18 tons now the campany garanted from the govern ment to produce agold from the same kebele of the gujii zone.here waht i want to say is the natural owners of that resource are victemed by the byproduct the water bodys and the air it self poluted by the dedly dust mixiture of chemichals.The forest cover also cleard and weather condition of that palce is changed any body knowing shakissos fores bfor 10years my not bileve his eys.As i think government have the responsiblites to make sure that the siteze use and sher the resoures fairly but what was done to the guji oromo people is the rivers the regional and the federal govenment are encoreging the investor in the name of investment.In 11 yers the hole guji zone do not know waht the development is we see on televisio the rod from the hawassa\awassa town to shakisso is very bad broken hevely by the company cargo very heavy by mationary.the proble in the gujii zone is many I ’cant finsh in this box.But waht i sujest is we need compensetion we need insurance we need rehalitetionof ouer forest and environment,ther fore befor the production of any natural resource we the government and the conserned investor look to benefit primary oweners of the resoursce I strongly blive that any natural resoource must be utilized fairly not even equally.The somali peoples must lern from the oromo guji they must work hard to diffend the violent resource exploitetion in the name of development I blive the ONLF can do this Becuse they are better than OLF

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