Angola’s oil exploration evaporates as COVID-19 overshadows historic reforms

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LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) РThe coronavirus pandemic has done in a handful of months what even a 27-year civil war did not: it has brought oil drilling to a halt in Angola, Africa’s second-largest oil producer.

FILE PHOTO: Kaombo Norte floating oil platform is seen at night off the coast of Angola, November 8, 2018. Picture taken November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer/File Photo

The consequences could be grave for a poor country that relies heavily on oil revenues and is saddled with debts that exceed its economic output.

The halt in oil exploration, which has not been previously reported, could represent

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