Nigeria: Seplat takes over blocks after court ruling

A ruling by Nigeria’s Supreme Court has paved the way for Seplat to take over operating stakes in OML 53 and OML 55 that the company acquired from Chevron Nigeria in February 2015. The court delivered a judgement in favour of Seplat and Chevron in a litigation brought against both parties by ...

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South Africa: Abengoa brings Africa’s first solar tower online

Troubled Spanish concentrated solar power (CSP) developer Abengoa on 5 February began commercial operations at the 50MW Khi Solar One power plant. The plant, which has two hours of storage capacity, is 51% owned by Abengoa, 29% by South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and 20% by the IDC-funded Khi Community Trust. Abengoa ...

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Kenya: China’s CMEC to build Kipeto wind farm

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has signed a deal worth $221m to become the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 102MW Kipeto wind farm, Kipeto Energy Ltd has confirmed to African Energy. Construction is expected to take 22 months and will begin once the project has reached financial close. Kipeto ...

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Egypt: Cairo and Moscow close to nuclear agreement

Electricity minister Mohamed Shaker met President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 8 February to review the final details of the proposed contract with Rosatom to build a 4.8GW nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean coast at Dabaa, in Marsa Matrouh governorate. While both sides are issuing optimistic statements about an imminent agreement, ...

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Benin: Sinohydro to start work on Adjarala

Sinohydro will start construction of the 147MW Adjarala storage hydropower project on the Mono River in March. The Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering group announced on 27 January that the project would take four years to build and would entail the construction of a 3,700 metre-long earth and rockfill dam, with an average ...

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Botswana: Morupule B to take three years to repair

Botswana’s minerals, energy and water resources minister Kitso Mokaila has told parliament that boilers at the 600MW Morupule B power plant are expected to take three years to repair. The Botswana Press Agency quoted Mokaila as saying that because of construction delays the 7.4bn pula ($650m) coal power plant ...

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Low oil price forces revision of transit costs for South Sudan

The governments of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to renegotiate the terms under which Juba exports its oil, according to officials from the two countries. Transit fees of almost $25/bbl, combined with the drop in the global oil price and the...

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Namibia: Arandis seeks review of Xaris contract

Arandis Power has applied to Namibia’s High Court for a review of a tender award to Xaris Energy for a power plant at Walvis Bay citing irregularities in the selection process. The project, for a short-term emergency power plant to be developed as...

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Zambia: Itezhi Tezhi start-up, Batoka Gorge plans

Zambia’s first power plant built under a public private partnership has entered into commercial operation. The synchronisation of both 60MW units of the 120MW Itezhi Tezhi hydropower project on the Kafue River was completed in January, India’s...

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Libyan traders test diplomatic efforts to preserve NOC unity

National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli has intensified its campaign to shut down attempts by the rival NOC management in Al-Bayda to sell oil on its own account. It is being assisted in this by the UK government in what has become a game of cat...

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Cameroon: Victoria Oil & Gas plans Douala gas expansion

Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) plans to lay 13km of new pipeline this year, connecting new customers to its Douala gas network, and to increase capacity at its gas processing plant in the first phase of a three-phase expansion.VOG director Ahmet Dik...

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Mozambique’s LNG bonanza moves closer, but difficult decisions remain

A lot hangs on the ability of President Filipe Nyusi’s government and its international oil company (IOC) partners to deliver a world-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry and substantial domestic and regional electricity supply during...

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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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