South Africa: Energy minister outlines gas IPP timetable

Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has set out a timetable for the gas independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme as well as plans for legislative changes to bring gas midstream fully under the purview of the Department of Energy (DoE). The programme has generated considerable interest from upstream, midstream and IPP ...

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Gabon: Government to end SEEG monopoly

The government has presented a bill to parliament that would remove the monopoly of power and water utility Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG) and open up both sectors to private investment.France’s Veolia, which owns 51% of SEEG, signed a 20-year concession contract in 1997 with ...

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Niger’s Sonidep loses monopoly

Following months of tension between the Chinese owners of the loss-making Société de Raffinage de Zinder (Soraz) refinery and state distributor Société Nigérienne des Produits Pétroliers (Sonidep), the government has agreed to end Sonidep’s monopoly, paving the way for production to increase. In future, Soraz ...

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Nigeria: SFO investigates Rolls-Royce’s deals with PSL

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has begun investigations into Rolls-Royce’s operations in Nigeria, following accusations that the London Stock Exchange-listed engineering group filtered payments through intermediaries such as Unaoil to win deals in Indonesia, China, India and Brazil. As with previous investigations, the deals under scrutiny were ...

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AEEP reports mixed progress on targets

Two reports published at the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)’s Second Stakeholder Meeting, held in Milan on 17-18 May, showed key sectors of the continent’s energy industries in a period of transition. The AEEP’s Status Report Update 2016 records some achievements, but also several worrying shortfalls in performance. This ...

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Nigeria: Protests over fuel price rise

A two-thirds increase in fuel prices has sparked protests, but the government says it can no longer afford to subsidise fuel amid a deepening economic crisis as the slump in world oil prices slashes national income. Tankers bringing in fuel have been stranded offshore, unwilling to dock and unload as ...

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Egypt: Cairo looks ahead with new licensing round despite payment arrears burden

Senior officials and some notable international investors are optimistic that Egypt’s upstream sector is back on track, but this does not mean that some casualties have not been left by the wayside. The announcement of a new licensing round and the...

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South Africa: Eskom renewables comments leave industry bewildered

Disparaging comments about renewable technology by Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe at the quarterly State of the System briefing in Cape Town on 12 May have drawn widespread criticism from the industry. The comments come at a time when Eskom’s...

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Namibia: Enertronica purchases second solar power project

Italy’s Enertronica Group has acquired a second 6MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Okatope, and is reported to have begun construction on its first 6MW project at Trekkopje, a former uranium mine in Erongo region. The plants are among the first...

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Ethiopia: Salini signs €2.5bn deal to build 2,200MW Koysha dam

On 24 May, Italy’s Salini Impregilo announced that it had signed a €2.5bn contract with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) to build the 2,200MW Koysha dam on the Omo River. The project comprises a 170-metre-high roller-compacted concrete dam with a...

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Endeavor lines up schemes to fill West African demand gaps

Backed by the US Power Africa initiative, Endeavor Energy has four projects close to sanction in West Africa aiming to fill short to medium-term demand gaps with a mix of imported and domestic gas and heavy fuel oil. Two of the projects are in Ghana,...

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Libya: Marsa al-Harigah blockade lifted but conflict continues

The resolution of a blockade at the Marsa al-Harigah terminal in mid-May averted what many expected to be a highly damaging financial and political crisis. However, it leaves unresolved the main grievances that provoked leaders in Cyrenaica to shut...

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Kenya’s Kinangop wind farm highlights land issues

Work at the $150m 60MW Kinangop wind farm remains on hold amid continuing tensions with the local community, with project sponsors accusing local political leaders of reneging on agreements. Despite the lifting of a court injunction halting the project, the project owners – Norway’s Norfund and South Africa’s African Infrastructure Investment Fund II, part of Old Mutual – say work ...

Issue 312 - 19 November 2015

Financiers back sustainable projects, but mega-schemes remain problematic

The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) reports that out of the four sectors it analyses – energy, transport, water, and information and communications technology (ICT) – transport operations attracted the most financial commitments ($34.5bn) of any sector in 2014, taking all sources of finance into account. This was largely due to $17.6bn in national government budget allocations and the $8.4bn of investment certificates ...

Issue 312 - 19 November 2015

Zambia: Prequalification begins for 600MW solar power

The state Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is requesting submissions from companies looking to prequalify for a programme to bring online at least 600MW of solar power in the country. The IDC is aiming to rapidly develop two 50MW solar photovoltaic projects as 25-year independent power projects, and plans to take a minority stake. Both projects are expected to be developed ...

Issue 310 - 6 November 2015

MCC agrees infrastructure grants totalling $676m

The US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has approved five-year compact agreements with Benin and Liberia, worth $375m and $257m respectively, and a $44.4m threshold agreement with Sierra Leone. The grant packages are intended to develop infrastructure in the three countries, with a focus on electricity in line with the MCC’s intention to invest $2bn in support of the Power ...

Issue 311 - 5 November 2015

Kosmos returns to Gulf of Guinea

Kosmos Energy has licensed blocks 6 and 11 in the São Tomé & Príncipe (STP) Exclusive Economic Zone and is waiting on the award of blocks LB-6 and LB-7 in Liberia, as it seeks low-cost new opportunities offshore West Africa. Block 11 was acquired from ERHC Energy, the others were unlicensed. Kosmos said the STP acquisition marked a strategic re-entry into the ...

Issue 311 - 5 November 2015

Libyan oil and gas investment plans frustrated by politics

The past four years have been a period of intense frustration for National Oil Corporation (NOC) and its international partners as persistent violence and political mayhem have cut oil production to one-quarter of the 1.6m b/d maximum and made it impossible to implement exploration and development plans. NOC’s inability to make progress on a practical level has not ...

Issue 310 - 22 October 2015

Nigeria: Former minister arrested in London

Former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested and bailed in London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money-laundering offences. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said its recently formed International Corruption Unit had arrested five people across London on 2 October. “All five people arrested were released on conditional police bail later that evening, pending further investigation ...

Issue 309 - 8 October 2015

AfDB approves €121.5m for OMVG project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved €121.5m ($137m) of financing for the €937.5m Gambia River Basin Organisation (OMVG) energy project. This aims to increase access to power to 20% (from 12% currently) in Guinea, 42% (35%) in Gambia, 65% (19%) in Guinea-Bissau and 75% (60%) in Senegal by 2020. The project consists of construction of the 128MW Sambangalou hydropower plant, and an interconnection network comprising 1,677km of 225kV ...

Issue 309 - 8 October 2015

DR Congo: New hydrocarbons law published

The government has published its long-awaited hydrocarbons law N° 15/012, setting out a simpler legal framework for the upstream oil and gas sector. No new licences have been awarded since 2010 while the new law was being drafted, and the process has been held up by disagreement between the national assembly and the senate. Under the new law, published on 1 August, exploration ...

Issue 308 - 24 September 2015

Nigeria: NNPC secures $1.2bn financing for Chevron JV

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has secured a $1.2bn multi-year financing package for 36 offshore and onshore oil wells to be drilled by the under the NNPC/Chevron joint venture. The package, financed by a consortium of Nigerian and international lenders led by Standard Chartered Bank and United Bank for Africa, will fund the development of 23 onshore and 13 offshore wells on ...

Issue 308 - 24 September 2015

Kenya: PPAs signed for 76MW of new generation

Kenya Power has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two locally owned companies, Akiira Geothermal and Kleen Energy. Akiira will develop the 70MW Kajiado geothermal power plant and sell power to the utility at a price of 9.2c/kWh. The project is sited in the greater Olkaria geothermal area, 12km south of the existing Olkaria complex on a 120km2 prospect. ...

Issue 307 - 10 September 2015

Morocco: ONEE loses last vestige of power monopoly

The government has taken the final legislative step necessary for the dismantling of the monopoly on the sale of electric power formerly held by Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE). On 27 August, the cabinet approved amendments to the renewable energy law which originally entered into force in March 2010. Once it has been approved by parliament ...

Issue 307 - 10 September 2015

Egypt: Power sector reforms encourage hopes of future IPPs

The Egyptian government implemented encouraging energy sector reforms over the summer months including a further round of tariff increases and an electricity law setting out the first steps in the unbundling of the sector. Egypt’s reliance on gas-fired power generation as a short-term way of closing the gap between supply and demand looked foolhardy and expensive in June when ...

Issue 307 - 10 September 2015

World Bank seeks to jump start Nigeria’s power sector

The World Bank signed partial risk guarantee (PRG) agreements on 24 August for the ground-breaking 450MW Azura-Edo scheme, whose successful close is expected to pave the way for further independent power projects (IPPs). Financial close is expected in the next few months.“This is a very important project for us, not as a deal but as a demonstration of how the ...

Issue 307 - 10 September 2015

South Africa: Mainstream’s Noupoort wind farm breaks ground

Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power has announced that ground-breaking has taken place at its 80MW Noupoort wind farm in the Northern Cape. The project, in Umsobomvu municipality, is scheduled to begin commercial operation by mid-2016. Noupoort is expected to produce around 305,000MWh/yr of power. Turbines are being supplied by Siemens Wind Power and the 99-metre-high towers will be the ...

Issue 306 - 7 August 2015

Masen launches next generation of Moroccan solar IPPs

Having reported that construction of its first solar unit at Ouarzazate, Noor I, developed by a group headed by Riyadh-based Acwa Power, has been brought in 30% under budget, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) is looking at a range of other projects and investments, including a major industrial development investment with France’s Alcen group.As well as expecting to ...

Issue 306 - 7 August 2015

Addis summit raises development hopes

The 13-16 July third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa was a critical step towards ending poverty and achieving universal food security, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said, while European Investment Bank president Werner Hoyer said it contributed toward a renewed architecture for sustainable development.FfD3 committed to a social compact to protect vulnerable populations, with national ...

Issue 305 - 23 July 2015

Cameroon: Golar and Perenco agree terms for floating LNG scheme

Golar LNG has agreed commercial terms and conditions with Perenco and state oil company Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures (SNH) for a floating liquefied natural gas export project. The Bermuda-registered company announced on 24 December that it had signed a heads of agreement with SNH and Perenco. Golar said the tolling agreement which defines the material commercial terms and conditions for ...

Issue 304 - 9 July 2015

Namibia: NamPower fast-tracks renewable IPPs

Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has finalised bid documents and framework power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the installation of a target 70MW of biomass, wind and solar photovoltaic power, to be installed under the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Programme (ReFit). It plans to tender soon for another 30MW of renewable generation capacity.The ReFit programme is promoted by the Ministry of ...

Issue 303 - 25 June 2015

South Africa: PetroSA suspensions

Two executives at state oil company PetroSA are resisting efforts to send them on enforced leave while the board of directors investigates their performance. Acting vice-president of upstream operations Andrew Dippenaar has stepped aside, but chief executive Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo and chief financial officer Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro have refused and threatened legal action.The board said the forced leave related to their ...

Issue 302 - 11 June 2015

$1trn a year needed to meet SE4All’s ambitious electricity access targets

The second Sustainable Energy for All forum (SE4All) in New York on 18-21 May heard that rapid global population growth threatens to outstrip increases in energy access and will require much more investment if ambitious plans to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to all by 2030 are to be met. A reassessment by SE4All has determined that $1-2...

Issue 301 - 28 May 2015

World Bank approves $200m loan for OMVG interconnection

A major piece in the West African Power Pool (WAPP) jigsaw came closer to fruition on 29 April when the World Bank board approved a $200m International Development Agency (IDA) credit facility for the Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG) interconnection project. The World Bank sees the $711m project as the ‘missing link’ in creating a transmission backbone for the WAPP. ...

Issue 300 - 14 May 2015

Cameroon: Logbaba power plant starts up

The Logbaba power plant has begun delivering 30MW to the grid, fuelled by gas from Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) subsidiary Gaz du Cameroun. VOG said on 23 April it had begun gas supply to the plant following the installation of gas-fired electricity generators by Altaaqa Global. GDC’s gas is also supplying the 20MW Bassa plant, which started up in March, ...

Issue 299 - 30 April 2015

Equatorial Guinea: ExxonMobil signs for Block EG-06

The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy and GEPetrol have signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) with ExxonMobil for Block EG-06, offshore Bioko Island, after lengthy negotiations. Block EG-06 lies immediately to the north of Ophir Energy’s Block R and adjacent to the border with Nigeria. It comprises the area formerly covered by blocks D-8, D-9, C-9, C-10 (part), C-11 (...

Issue 298 - 17 April 2015

Nigeria votes for change but Buhari faces tough times ahead

The close presidential election anticipated as Nigerians went to the polls on 28 March ended in victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, retired major-general Muhammadu Buhari, in a process many observers praised as free and fair. As African Energy went to press, it seemed likely that APC gubernatorial candidates would emerge largely triumphant from the 11 April elections to control ...

Issue 298 - 16 April 2015

Oil traders unmoved by Libyan bid to set up eastern NOC

A renewed attempt by the democratically legitimate Tobruk-based government led by Abdullah Al-Thinni to claim control over National Oil Corporation (NOC) operations and international marketing of crude exports has had little effect. Despite Thinni’s official decree on 17 March informing all contracted parties that the eastern headquarters of NOC set up under chairman Mabrouk Bouseif is “the only legitimate channel ...

Issue 297 - 27 March 2015

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