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Senegal: Donors pledge $7.8bn for development

Donors meeting in Paris on 24 February pledged CFA3.73trn ($7.8bn) for a development plan aimed at doubling economic growth over the next decade. President Macky Sall, who was elected in 2012 to replace Abdoulaye Wade, has sought to stamp out corruption, create jobs and diversify the economy, but growth is hampered by a lack of indigenous energy resources.The government, which presented its ten-year, $21bn “Emerging Senegal” plan to private and public sector institutions in Paris, had sought CFA2.97trn to fund its plans for the next four years, but managed to raise significantly more.

Issue 272, 4 March, 2014

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Senegal: World Bank funds new HFO plant

The World Bank has approved a loan and partial risk guarantee (PRG) for the Taiba Ndiaye private power project being developed by a subsidiary of Lebanon’s Matelec Group (AE 221/6). The $166m project involves the construction and operation of a greenfield thermal power plant with installed capacity of 96MW and guaranteed capacity of 70MW, to be developed by Tobene Power, a special purpose vehicle incorporated in December 2011. It will be owned 90% by Matelec subsidiary Melec PowerGen Services and 10% by the International Finance Corporation’s IFC InfraVentures. The plant is due on line in mid-2015, to replace existing temporary thermal power.

Issue 269, 16 January, 2014

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Infrastructure: PIDA financing summit postponed

The Nepad Agency, the planning and coordinating body of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, announced on 3 December that the Dakar Financing Summit on Africa’s Infrastructure, which was to take place in Senegal on 13-14 December, had been “postponed to a later date”. This was “due to the many engagements of heads of state at this period of the year”. The conference was expected to gather African leaders and leading donors to add to the momentum being built behind the African Union/African Development Bank initiative and especially the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), intended to develop some of the continent’s biggest energy, transport, information and communication technologies, and trans- boundary water resources projects.

Issue 267, 5 December, 2013

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Senegal/Cameroon: EITI update

Senegal’s application for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) candidate status was approved at the 17 October annual meeting in Abidjan. Senegal is now required to publish its first EITI report by 17 October 2015. At the same meeting, Cameroon was designated EITI compliant. EITI chair Clare Short said: “I congratulate Cameroon on fulfilling all the transparency requirements of the EITI movement. I hope that this will lead to a process of reform that brings real benefits to the people of Cameroon.” 


Issue 263, 11 October, 2013

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Senegal: EITI application

Senegal has submitted a candidature application to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The application will be considered by the EITI board at its next meeting in October. “As part of the EITI process, Senegal will publish all mining contracts, as well as revenue to be derived from these contracts,” said President Macky Sall. Senegal’s mining industry accounts for some 20% of export earnings and 20% of GDP. The country has a small amount of onshore gas production, but exploration is under way offshore, where Tullow Oil hopes to replicate the success of its West African Cretaceous play, and ConocoPhillips and Cairn Energy farmed into three blocks held by Australia’s FAR earlier this year.

Issue 262, 1 October, 2013

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Mauritania-Senegal: Agreement on supply from Banda gas plant

Mauritania has agreed to supply electricity to Senegal from the planned Banda gas-to-power plant. A joint statement issued on 11 September at the end of a visit to Dakar by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said the two state power companies had reached agreement on a power supply deal. “Mauritania will supply and Senegal will offtake 80MW from March 2015 at cost price in the first phase of the project. This could be increased to 120MW if the technical conditions for transmission of the power permit it. In the second phase of the project, Mauritania will supply up to 250MW to Senegal at cost price.

Issue 262, 1 October, 2013

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Senegal: Cabinet reshuffle following Touré’s appointment


New prime minister Aminata Touré has named a cabinet, including Maîmouna Ndoye Seck, head of the electricity regulator, as energy minister. The appointment of veteran human rights advocate Sidiki Kaba as justice minister suggests the crackdown on high-profile corruption is set to remain a priority.

Issue 261, 13 September, 2013

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Mozambique-Senegal: APR Energy signs new deals


APR Energy has announced new contracts to provide 40MW of power to Mozambique and 32MW to Senegal. The Mozambique award is a multi-year contract for a fast-track power plant comprising gas power modules. The plant will run solely on natural gas and will be APR Energy’s second project in the country. APR’s 32MW contract for diesel power modules in Senegal will supplement the 66MW of power the company is already providing. The new capacity will be installed at APR’s Kounoune site just outside Dakar.

Issue 261, 13 September, 2013

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Senegal: ConocoPhillips farm-in

ConocoPhillips has farmed into offshore acreage held by Australia’s FAR, agreeing to fund an exploration well. Following a farm-in from Cairn Energy agreed in March, FAR is now fully funded for two exploration wells with an investment of $190m, and an exploration drilling programme is expected to start in H1 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to government approval, ConocoPhillips will take a stake in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep blocks.

Issue 260, 8 August, 2013

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Mali/Senegal: APR contract

APR Energy on 1 July announced it had signed a contract to supply 40MW to Mali from a power plant it will establish in Senegal. The agreement is the first cross-border deal the US company has signed but follows two contracts signed by Aggreko that use the Southern African Power Pool network to facilitate cross-border power transmission. In this case, the APR power plant will feed into the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS) grid connecting Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.

Issue 258, 11 July, 2013

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Senegal: DP World

Dubai’s DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem met President Macky Sall on 6 June to discuss the company’s Dakar port project. A DP World statement said that Sall had assured the chairman that DP World’s investment was “welcomed and protected”. DP World Dakar obtained a 25-year concession in 2010 to operate container terminals at Dakar port and invest in their modernisation.

Issue 256, 13 June, 2013

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Morocco-Senegal: Rig for Cairn drilling programme

Cairn Energy has announced a long-term contract with Transocean for the Cajun Express semisubmersible drilling unit. The rig, which is on an initial one-year contract, will start work in Morocco on the Foum Draa Block, where a well is planned in H2 launching a two to four well programme on the company’s six blocks in 2013/14 . Cairn said it would also be used in Senegal, where a well is planned in early 2014, and potentially other areas.

Issue 252, 18 April, 2013

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Cairn Energy in Senegal farm-in

Following a difficult year, Cairn Energy has signed a farm-in agreement with Australia’s FAR to explore three blocks offshore Senegal. A well is planned for early 2014, and Cairn will cover 100% of drilling and testing costs in return for a 65% stake in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep blocks in the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau Basin. The investment will have a cap of $80m and Cairn will pay FAR $9.8m for retroactive costs.

Issue 251, 21 March, 2013

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Elenilto in West African push

Israeli miner Elenilto has expanded its presence in West Africa, winning the operatorship of Senegal’s Offshore Sud Shallow Block and being shortlisted for a phosphate mining licence in Togo.

Issue 247, 31 January, 2013

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Prosolia to develop Senegal solar facilities

Energie Solaire Prosolia announced on 12 November that it had signed an agreement with the country’s Ministry of Energy to develop three solar parks with combined generation capacity of 13MW. The company, a Senegal-based subsidiary of Spain’s Prosolia Energy, will now begin negotiations with state utility Société National d’Electricité du Sénégal over a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Issue 244, 29 November, 2012

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New World Bank support for Senelec

The World Bank has approved an $85m support package to improve performance at the Société National d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) and the reliability of electricity services in greater Dakar. The $93.5m Electricity Sector Support Project will finance the upgrading of transmission and distribution lines and substations, installation of prepayment meters, and a new customer management system at the utility.

Issue 237, 9 August, 2012

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APR Energy waits on share price upturn

Shares in temporary power solutions company APR Energy continue to trade at more than 25% below their March peak, although the London Stock Exchange (LSE)-listed firm has released some positive figures and deal flow data.

Issue 233, 14 June, 2012

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Touba seeks salvation in solar

Senegal’s holy city of Touba is a place apart, run by the powerful Mouride religious brotherhood, who venerate it as the burial place of their founder, Sheikh Aamadu Bàmba Mbàkke.

Issue 231, 17 May, 2012

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Political and social instability undermine the Sahel’s weak economies

Dramatic events across the Sahel have heightened concerns about instability and security threats across the region, where criminal networks and jihadist cells – including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) splinter groups – have been increasingly active from southern Algeria to northern Nigeria

Issue 229, 19 April, 2012

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Big demands on Sall and Ndiaye

Ngouye Ali Ndiaye has been appointed energy and mines minister in the government led by former banker Abdoul Mbaye (whose former employers include Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank, a growing player in francophone Africa)

Issue 229, 19 April, 2012

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS

The government has announced funding from the African Development Fund and Japanese Agency for International Co-operation (Jica) to finance its electricity transmission and distribution grid; Andritz on 19 March announced that its Andritz Hydro unit had received an estimated E45m ($59m) order to rebuild and rehabilitate two more 178MW units at the Inga II hydropower plant; Companies have until 30 April to bid for a number of lots of African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded equipment; Companies have until 23 April to prequalify for an African Development Fund grant-financed rural electrification project; The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a $666,619 grant to Société Nationale des Transports et de la Logistique for a feasibility study on a 1.5MW solar PV rooftop pilot project in Mohammedia; There have been reports from Zimbabwe that Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) in mid-March halted exports to troubled state utility Zesa Holdings; Agence Sénégalaise de l’Electrification Rurale (ASER) is looking to draw up a shortlist of six consultants to oversee the conception and implementation of a project to offer the Louga-Kébémer-Linguère region as a concession

Issue 228, 29 March, 2012

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Kepco to supply 250MW coal-fired plant

Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) has signed an agreement with Senelec for the construction of a 250MW coal-fired power plant at Sendou.

Issue 224, 2 February, 2012

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Ophir won’t pursue FAR option

FAR Ltd’s long search for farm-in partners has suffered another blow with the news that Ophir Energy will not exercise its option to acquire a 25% interest in FAR’s Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep licences.

Issue 223, 19 January, 2012

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DP World opens container port extension

Dakar port has opened a new container terminal, described by Dubai-based developer DP World as West Africa’s largest and most modern. Following a concession agreement signed in 2007,

Issue 222, 16 December, 2011

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New term at Sonangol for Vicente

The cabinet has appointed Manuel Vicente to a new three-year term as head of Sonangol, apparently putting an end to speculation that he could be about to succeed President José Eduardo dos Santos.

Issue 222, 16 December, 2011

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Emergency solutions remain default option for hard-pressed sub-Saharan African consumers

Industry optimists may argue that investment commitments are rising, along with the number of opportunities to buy into long-term generation, transmission and distribution schemes. But much of the running in supplying power to fast-growing sub-Saharan economies – and their electricity-poor populations – is still being made by providers of temporary solutions. Below, African Energy provides an indicative listing of recent emergency, standby and distributed projects in a variety of sub-Saharan economies

Issue 222, 16 December, 2011

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SENEGAL: New HFO plant

Lebanese power developer Matelec is close to finalising a contract for a new 70MW power plant.

Issue 221, 2 December, 2011

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Timis moves into Senegal

African Petroleum Corporation has snapped up two Senegalese blocks lying either side of its Gambia acreage, increasing its footprint in a region otherwise dominated by bigger players.

Issue 221, 2 December, 2011

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HELIOS ENERGIE: ‘100MW of PV schemes in the pipeline’

Hélios Energie chief executive Karim Megherbi told a mid-November workshop in Brussels that the French solar company had lined up a pipeline of 100MW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in sub-Saharan

Issue 221, 2 December, 2011

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African politics should not be left to the politicians

News that Grammy award-winning Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour is formally entering politics may come as a blow to his many fans but seems like good news for Senegal’s political scene. While N’Dour has not said he will run for president next February, he is keen to step up the challenge to the status quo. President Abdoulaye Wade, officially 85 but possibly older

Issue 221, 2 December, 2011

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Wärtsilä to expand Bel Air, Kahone power plants

Under pressure to tackle crippling power shortages, Senelec has given Finland’s Wärtsilä Corporation turnkey contracts worth nearly E60m ($79m) to expand its two existing power plants at Bel Air and Kahone.

Issue 217, 7 October, 2011

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125MW wind farm tender

Project company Parc Eolien Taiba Ndiaye SA is seeking bids for the supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and construction management of 50 wind turbines for a planned 125MW wind farm, and a contract to provide long-term on-site operations and maintenance. 

Issue 215, 9 September, 2011

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Dry well for Ophir

Ophir Energy is to plug and abandon the Kora-1 well in the AGC Profond production-sharing contract (PSC) after failing to find hydrocarbons

Issue 214, 29 July, 2011

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BOAD approves more Senegalese power financing

The board of the Lomé-based Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD) has approved more financing for troubled Senegalese utility Senelec and the government’s emergency power sector recovery plan ‘Takkal’ (AE 210/1).

Issue 213, 15 July, 2011

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Wade seeks wider Senegal funding base

International co-operation, air transport, infrastructure and energy minister Karim Wade was in Lisbon during the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meeting to talk to donors, bankers and potential investors

Issue 212, 1 July, 2011

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AfDB looks to replicate ‘Senegal model’ to accelerate infrastructure finance flows

Private financing initiatives are one notable element of the African Development Bank’s more assertive role in promoting projects across the continent under Donald Kaberuka’s presidency

Issue 212, 1 July, 2011

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Senegal lines up emergency and longer-term projects as past failures haunt Senelec

Persistent blackouts, rising tensions in poorer neighbourhoods and disillusionment among the professional classes are adding to political pressures on President Wade and his family. A speedy breakthrough in installing new generation capacity and improved T&D would considerably ease tensions, writes Jon Marks in Dakar

Issue 210, 3 June, 2011

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APR Energy in emergency deal

US temporary power provider APR Energy has been contracted to provide 150MW of power in two phases to alleviate Senelec’s supply problems. Under the contract signed with state development agency Agence pour la Promotion de l’Investissement et des Grands Travaux (Apix) and Senelec,

Issue 205, 18 March, 2011

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Wade’s son focuses on Senelec crisis, fuel supplies

Faced with soaring debt and fuel procurement problems at state power company Senelec, presidential son Karim Wade’s super-ministry has drawn up another recovery plan for the troubled utility. Losses of around CFAF60bn ($121m)/yr mean that Senelec is now saddled with CFAF286bn of debt. At current world oil prices,

Issue 203, 18 February, 2011

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Sonangol unveils pre-salt players

Sonangol has awarded 11 blocks in a restricted bid round for pre-salt blocks in the Kwanza Basin. The round was never publicly announced and 13 companies were invited to bid. Sonangol will have an average 35% stake in each block, while the China

Issue 203, 18 February, 2011

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Chinese loan for Dakar grid

China has agreed a loan of 513m yuan ($78m) to Senegal to finance the rehabilitation and expansion of the power distribution grid in the Dakar region

Issue 201, 21 January, 2011

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Bergen Oilfield Services: New 2D survey for north-west

Amid growing interest in West Africa’s untapped potential, Bergen Oilfield Services (BOS) is to acquire a big multi-client 2D seismic survey extending from Senegal to Guinea.

Issue 201, 21 January, 2011

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Wade gives energy portfolio to his son

President Abdoulaye Wade has sacked energy minister Samuel Sarr and given the job to his son Karim after street protests over the latest wave of load shedding.

Issue 195, 8 October, 2010

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: TGS, FAR, Jenein Centre, OMV

GAMBIA: TGS acquires 3D; SENEGAL: FAR to extend permit, still seeking partners; TUNISIA: Jenein Centre well suspended; TUNISIA: OMV makes two gas-condensate finds

Issue 195, 8 October, 2010

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Boad, MRS, Martifer, General Cable, Comasel, Larsen & Toubro, USTDA, Bizerte, COMPANIES AND PEOPLE: Desertec, ONE, Transgreen

BURKINA FASO: Boad funding for diesel plant; CAMEROON: Nigeria’s MRS in tidal power study; CAPE VERDE: Martifer Solar opens new plant; EGYPT: General Cable buys BICC; SENEGAL: Moroccan contractor seeks PV units; SOUTH AFRICA: Larsen & Toubro sets up JV; SOUTH AFRICA: USTDA funds smart meters; TUNISIA: Decision still awaited on Bizerte IPP; DESERTEC: Algiers remains non-committal; ONE: Transformers wanted; TRANSGREEN: Moroccans sign up to interconnection

Issue 195, 8 October, 2010

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: CTB, Gedap, EIB, Juwi, Senelec, IDA, Gesat, Transnet

DR CONGO: Kisangani grid tender; GABON: World Bank seeks power sector review; GHANA: Renewables tariff consultancy; MOZAMBIQUE: EIB funding for energy development; SENEGAL: Juwi installs PV plants; SENEGAL: Senelec seeks equipment, consultants; SOUTH AFRICA: World Bank support for IPP programme; SOUTH AFRICA: GE to supply Transnet

Issue 191, 23 July, 2010

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Ophir contracts rig for AGC drilling

Ophir Energy plans to drill a deep-water well in the shared zone between Senegal and Guinea Bissau and has secured a rig from AP Moller-Maersk.

Issue 191, 23 July, 2010

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SENEGAL: GTI plant back in service

Senelec has announced the return to service of the 52MW GTI Dakar power plant, which had been out of service since June 2008.

Issue 185, 30 April, 2010

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Mbini, Tema, Samir, Société Africaine de Raffinage

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Mbini refinery plans; GHANA: TOR closure; MOROCCO: Turkish contract for Samir; SENEGAL: Saudis bid for refinery stake

Issue 184, 16 April, 2010

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Government buys Gti Dakar plant

The government has agreed to purchase the troubled Gti Dakar power plant from its US owners.

Issue 182, 12 March, 2010

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ENERGIE DU MALI: Meter reading upgrade

One of the first African utilities to use a computer-based system for reading meters and logging customer usage, EDM is upgrading the handheld units used by its meter readers with the purchase of some 250 of DAP Technologies’ CE3240B rugged handheld computers.

Issue 181, 26 February, 2010

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AfDB leads lending for Sendou coal plant

The African Development Bank (AfDB) was lead arranger for the financing of a 125MW coal-fired power plant in Sendou, 35km south-east of Dakar (AE 155/7).

Issue 176, 11 December, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: First Subsea, Polaruc, Vaalco, Hess, Anadarko, Chariot, FAR, Sasol, Statoil, Chesapeake, CNPC, AuDAX, PGS

ANGOLA: First Subsea contract for PSVM; CAMEROON: Polarcus in seismic survey for Noble/Petronas; GABON: Vaalco extends Etame permit; LIBYA: Hess tests offshore well; MOZAMBIQUE: Anadarko drilling; NAMIBIA: Chariot starts second 3D survey; SENEGAL: FAR extension; SOUTH AFRICA: Companies to explore for shale gas; SUDAN: Three new agreements for CNPC; TUNISIA: PGS to shoot seismic for AuDAX

Issue 176, 11 December, 2009

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FAR receives CSEM survey

Having decided against farming in to the acreage, Royal Dutch Shell has given First Australian Resources (FAR) a summary of the results of its controlled source electro-magnetic (CSEM) data acquisition and geophysical evaluation programme over part of the Sangomar Offshore, Rufisque Offshore and Sangomar Deep blocks (AE 169/18).

Issue 171, 2 October, 2009

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DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: IMF, World Bank, IFC, AfDB

MAURITANIA: IMF, World Bank to resume lending; IFC: Kuwait Energy Company wins funding; WEST AFRICA: AfDB funds fibre-optic cable

Issue 171, 2 October, 2009

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ONE: PV units sought for Senegal

Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité invites bids by 15 September for 5,719 solar photovoltaic units to be installed as part of Senegal’s rural electrification programme.

Issue 169, 4 September, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Illizi Basin, BP, Murphy, SOCO, Marine IX, Dana, Eni, ExxonMobil, Afren, KNOC, Addax, Shell, Ogat, licence round

ALGERIA: New Illizi Basin gas find; ANGOLA: Subsea 7 wins BP contract; REPUBLIC OF CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Murphy begins oil production, makes discovery; REPUBLIC OF CONGO: SOCO spuds first Marine XI well; REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Dry well on Marine IX; EGYPT: Dana gas finds; EGYPT: Eni starts subsea gas production at North Bardawil; LIBYA: ExxonMobil drills first deep-water well; NIGERIA: Afren takes 28% stake in Okwok; NIGERIA: KNOC wins lawsuit against government; NIGERIA/SAO TOME: Addax starts JDZ drilling; SENEGAL: Shell pulls out of deal; TANZANIA: Upstream players create trade association; ZAMBIA: Government extends licensing round deadline

Issue 169, 4 September, 2009

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Big clients asked to switch to generators

Société National d’Electricité du Senegal (Senelec) has asked 50 big industrial clients to switch from mains supply to generators during periods of power cuts in order to reduce demand.

Issue 167, 17 July, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Orascom, Groupement Berkine, Petroceltic, Hyundai, Nexans, Vangold, FAR, Shell,

ALGERIA: Orascom contracts for El Merk CPF; ALGERIA: Petroceltic drilling; NIGERIA: Usan order for Nexans; RWANDA: Vangold granted 90-day extension; SENEGAL: Shell-funded CSEM programme under way

Issue 163, 22 May, 2009

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FMO maintains financing flow

Despite the global downturn, the Dutch DFI retains a strong line-up of diverse energy projects, writes Kevin Godier. Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) is maintaining its role as one of the most active and flexible debt and equity providers as the global credit crisis has cut back commercial finance, with a string of new financing packages for African power generation schemes awaiting approval

Issue 163, 22 May, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: TGS-Nopec, Seme, Dana, Universal Power, Namcor, Shell, EMGS, Winstar

BENIN: TGS Nopec starts multi-client 2D; EGYPT: Dana Gas starts production from Al Basant; NAMIBIA: Universal Power in MoU with Namcor; SENEGAL: EMGS to carry out Shell survey; TUNISIA: Winstar starts up gas pipeline

Issue 161, 24 April, 2009

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Shell assesses ex-Hunt blocks

Always keen to snap up opportunities in a downturn, Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to fund an exploration programme over three former Hunt Oil blocks offshore northern Senegal with an option to take a 70% stake.

Issue 160, 3 April, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: FMC, Sapetro, Songa, FAR, Mihambia

FMC contract; Oil hopes from Sapetro drilling; Songa Saturn to transfer; FAR takes over; Mihambia well spuds

Issue 156, 6 February, 2009

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola, Ene, China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corporation, Emergency Recovery and Community Support Project, Purac, Volta River Authority, BPL Global, European Union

ANGOLA: China to work on urban grids; REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Pointe-Noire grid study tender; GHANA: Smart grid deal for VRA; MOROCCO: EU financing; SENEGAL: Generator hire for Casamance

Issue 155, 23 January, 2009

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Senelec struggles to make ends meet

The parastatal’s financing troubles are causing serious problems for Senegal’s power supply as Senelec runs short of funds to buy fuel for its generators and keep the turbines running, writes Our Dakar Correspondent.

Issue 155, 23 January, 2009

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ECP buys into utilities holding

Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has announced a $30m investment in Finagestion, a holding company owned by France’s Bouygues that operates water and power production and distribution contracts in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

Issue 152, 12 December, 2008

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: Wärtsilä, Empresa de Distribuição de Electricidade de Luanda, Edel, Snel, Sinohydro Corporation, ONE

ANGOLA: Wärtsilä to power cement works; ANGOLA: New capacity; DR CONGO: Snel seeks study of Nzilo 2 HEP; MADAGASCAR: Sinohydro contrac; MOROCCO: Bidders for Safi IPP coal plant named; RWANDA: Bhel to build Nyabarongo; SENEGAL: Nuclear talks with Sarko; SOUTH AFRICA: Voith Siemens to equip Ingula

Issue 145, 5 September, 2008

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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS: CBM, EEPCo Nuclear, Transatlantic, ASER, Gariep, AfDB

CBM pilot drilling; EEPCo seeks Gilgel Gibe 3 links;Accra looks to nuclear power; Gurara Falls HEP scheme; Rural electrification tenders; Gariep hydro rehab; AfDB financing

Issue 141, 20 June, 2008

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S&P affirms rating, negative outlook

Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its B+ long-term and B short-term sovereign credit ratings, with a negative outlook, placing Senegal’s country risk on a similar level to Ghana, Cape Verde and Kenya.

Issue 139, 23 May, 2008

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High costs slow exploration pace in small Gulf of Guinea states, but newcomers are optimistic

The high global cost of oil and gas exploration has slowed the pace of work on some of the Gulf of Guinea’s smaller plays, and several blocks secured at the height of industry excitement about the region are now changing hands as the original licensees review their positions. Many of the newcomers are Australians, originally tempted into Africa’s east coast and now looking west. For a number of players,

Issue 137, 25 April, 2008

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Power pointers: Escom, LEC, Aïn Beni Mathar, ASER, Isimba,

Portugal’s Escom to build Luapasso; Norway sends gensets to Liberia; Work starts on Aïn Beni Mathar; Senegalese rural electrification; India to finance Isimba project

Issue 136, 11 April, 2008

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WAPP helps weaker states with regional approach

A meeting of West African leaders in Ouagadougou on 18 January has adopted an Emergency Power Supply Security Plan which moves beyond developing national power infrastructure for the West African Power Pool, to building joint, regional assets on a larger scale.

Issue 133, 22 February, 2008

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Sweden’s Nykomb to build coal-fired power plant

Swedish independent power plant developer Nykomb Synergetics has signed a contract with Société Nationale d'Éléctricité du Sénégal (Senelec) for the construction of a 125 MWe coal-fired power plant in the village of Sendou, 35km south-east of Dakar.

Issue 132, 8 February, 2008

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Kounoune IPP inaugurated

President Abdoulaye Wade has inaugurated a 67.5MW oil-fired unit on the outskirts of Dakar, built by Lebanon’s Matelec Group and Japan’s MHI Equipment Europe (AE 101/12).

Issue 131, 25 January, 2008

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ONE finalises northern Senegal rural electrification deal

Office National d’Electricité (ONE) is close to finalising a management contract for rural electrification in northern Senegal.

Issue 130, 14 January, 2008

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Ethiopia Infrastructure, Power & Energy Investment Summit, Addis Ababa

8-9 May

Powering Africa: Mozambique, Maputo

13-14 May

African Utility Week, Cape Town

13-14 May

Clean Power Africa, Cape Town

19-21 May

11th Maghreb, Mediterranean, MidEast Upstream, Cyprus

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