Afren gained 0.8 percent to close at 86.45 pence. The shares are down 32 percent in the year.
First Hydrocarbon Nigeria, which is 45 percent-owned by Afren, said today it agreed to develop the OML 26 block in the Niger River Delta with Nigerian Petroleum Development Co.
The partners agreed to acquire the asset last year. The completion was delayed because of bureaucracy, Afren Chief Executive Officer Osman Shahenshah said earlier this month.
Afren advanced 15 percent on Nov. 11 after Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to explore fields in Kurdistan, where Afren also has interests.
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