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Gabon extends bid round deadline

Gabon’s Direction Générale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) has insisted “everything is back to normal” following a coup attempt on 7 January. DGH deputy general manager Edgard Mbina-Kombila told a roadshow event in London on 17 January that the closing date for the country’s 12th licensing round had been put back to 30 September following industry feedback suggesting the previous closing date of 22 April was too soon. But the revised petroleum code governing the bid round has not yet been signed into law and bid evaluation criteria are still being worked out.

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