Senegal - Archive

Senegal/Guinea Bissau: Oryx, Svenska drilling plans

Oryx Petroleum Corporation plans to drill next year in the joint Senegal/Guinea Bissau development zone Agence de Gestion et Cooperation (AGC). Drilling on the AGC Shallow licence will target the Dome Iris prospect, a Maastrichtian formation in the Cretaceous reservoir. Oryx head of corporate finance Scott Lewis told African Energy: “we very much like both the AGC Shallow and AGC Central licences. The play type – carbonate edge play – in AGC Central is similar to Cairn’s most recent discovery” offshore Senegal.

Issue 291, 18 December, 2014

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Gas Development and Commerce

Published as part of the 2014 African energy atlas. This pan-Africa map provides details of the gas trade on the African continent. the map shows the locations of major pipelines (planned and existing), as well as the location of tanker terminals. The map is a pdf file and is made using eps graphics, which do not lose resolution as they are enlarged.

, 18 December, 2014

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African Energy Atlas 2014/2015

The African Energy Atlas has become an indispensable resource for all energy industry professionals, policy makers and academics with an interest in the continent. Illustrating actual and planned projects across the upstream, downstream, and power sectors, the Atlas also features supporting analysis articles and sections on economic and financial trends. All the maps in the 84-page 2014/2015 edition have been revised and updated. In the power sector our east and west SAPP region maps have been split into new individual country maps for Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Oil and gas maps include a new oil map of Niger, Chad and Central African Republic and a whole page dedicated to Cameroon.

, 20 November, 2014

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Senegal/Guinea Bissau: Oryx takes AGC Central block

Oryx Petroleum Corporation has acquired an 85% interest in the AGC Central licence in the joint development offshore area between Senegal and Guinea Bissau. The remaining 15% is held by L’Entreprise AGC. Oryx already has 85% in the adjacent AGC Shallow Block, where a well is planned for H1 2015. The new block covers 3,150km2 in water depths ranging from 100 metres to 1,500 metres in an area previously included in the AGC Profond licence area, where past operators have focused on the deep water.

Issue 287, 27 October, 2014

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Senegal: Cairn discovery

Cairn Energy has announced an oil discovery with the FAN-1 well on the Sangomar Deep block. The well was drilled to 4,927 metres in 1,427 metres water depth and found 29 metres of oil bearing reservoir (AE 284/18). Once operations are completed on the FAN-1 well, the rig will move to complete the second well, SNE-1 where the top hole has been drilled pending re-entry. The FAN-1 well was drilled using the semi-submersible drilling unit Cajun Express. It is the third well in Cairn’s North West Africa programme and first in Senegal.

Issue 287, 27 October, 2014

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Mauritania/Senegal: Interconnection tender

The governments of Mauritania and Senegal are seeking expressions of interest for the construction of a 225kV transmission line between Nouakchott and Tobène, upgrading the connection between the two countries’ power grids. There are plans for Mauritania to export 125MW to Senegal from 2017. The line will be capable of carrying up to 250MW, to allow for future expansion. According to the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Senelec charges the highest tariffs in the West African Economic and Monetary Union, and relies on significant government subsidies, of E180m ($240m) in 2012 and E120m in 2013.

Issue 286, 9 October, 2014

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Ebola: Growth stalled as ‘unknown enemy’ descends on region

Minerals and other commodities sales have driven economic growth and inward investment in the Mano River Union (MRU) countries, as post-conflict Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (and newer MRU member Côte d’Ivoire) have enjoyed the dividends of stability. Improved politics have raised the prospects for ‘transformational’ electricity interconnections across a long-underdeveloped region, and for offshore oil finds as investors move into polities too long submerged in militia conflicts and warlord economics. Basic services remain far from adequate but, as a work in progress, the MRU countries have delivered a generally positive story of Africa re-emergent.

Issue 286, 9 October, 2014

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Senegal: World Bank to fund Tobene IPP

The World Bank Group signed agreements on 6 August for the 96MW Tobene independent power project in Taiba Ndiaye, 90km north-east of Dakar. These included a E93.4m ($124.5m) financing agreement arranged by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a $40m equivalent partial risk guarantee from the International Development Association. The project will be developed on a build, own and operate basis by Melec PowerGen, an affiliate of Lebanon’s Matelec Group, which will own at least 90% of the plant. The early stage development of the E123m plant was led by IFC InfraVentures, IFC’s infrastructure project development fund, and IFC will retain a 10% stake on completion of a proposed equity investment.

Issue 284, 11 September, 2014

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Kosmos partners Timis offshore Senegal

Kosmos Energy has farmed in to two blocks offshore northern Senegal adjacent to its Mauritania acreage. The Dallas-based company will operate the St Louis Profond and Cayar Profond blocks with a 60% stake, while a 10% stake is held by state oil company Petrosen and 30% by Timis Corporation via Petro-Tim Senegal, a company founded by controversial entrepreneur Frank Timis and President Macky Sall’s brother Aliou Sall. Dolphin Geophysical has already started work on a 7,000km2 3D survey over the blocks, which were awarded to Petro-Tim in 2012.

Issue 284, 11 September, 2014

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Senegal: Oil samples recovered from Fan-1 well

Operator Cairn Energy has recovered oil samples in the Fan-1 exploration well. Partner FAR said elevated gas and fluorescence had been encountered in a shallow secondary target and the presence of oil was confirmed by an intermediate logging programme. Oil samples from a thin sand were collected for further analysis. On 27 August, the well had reached a depth of 4,402 metres, and was drilling ahead to planned total depth of 5,000 metres. Cairn expects to complete the well by the end of September, then move the rig to the SNE-1 well location, the second well of a two-well programme offshore Senegal.

Issue 284, 11 September, 2014

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Senegal: Yingli Solar to build 2MW solar plant

China’s Yingli Green Energy Holding Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Yingli Green Energy Spain has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Senelec to build a 2MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Dakar. The facility will supply power to the new Diamniadio international conference centre, which will host the 15th Francophonie summit in November. Yingli will supply the PV modules for the project, which is expected to produce 3.7MWh/yr.

Issue 282, 25 July, 2014

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West Africa power update: Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Senegal

This four-page update takes a project-by-project look at the generation transmission and distribution industries in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. Project entry details include a status report, generation capacity, fuel type, developers, contracts, finance and equity. The report includes a full-page map. Actual and planned generation projects (including hydroelectric, thermal, solar, wind and waste-to-power/biofuels sites) are shown on the map alongside transmission lines ranging from 90kV to330kV.

Issue 281, 10 July, 2014

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Scientists cast doubt on profitability of jatropha biodiesel

The optimism that prevailed ten years ago about jatropha curcas as a biodiesel crop has evaporated in the face of market realities. One of the latest victims, Belgian biotech firm Quinvita, closed in January, with Filip Lesaffer of Quinvita shareholders Think2act telling the Belgian economic daily De Tijd that the company had lost too much money and the pipeline of projects had completely dried up. Studies funded by Belgian development aid and carried out by researchers from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, part of the University of Liège, in collaboration with local farmers in the Dialocoto area of Senegal, concluded that planting jatropha as a monoculture and using external labour on large areas was not a profitable model.

Issue 280, 27 June, 2014

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Senegal: Elenilto plans 3D seismic

Israeli miner Elenilto plans to acquire a 1,400km2 3D seismic survey over its Senegal Offshore Sud Shallow Block “within the next few months”. The company said an oil resource assessment, based on reprocessed 2D seismic and wells, suggested potential of more than 1.5bn barrels of oil. “About half of the resource is in first priority leads associated with shallow-water (12-26 metres) salt domes and deeper water (1,000-1,500 metres) shelf edge traps,” the company said. Elenilto said it had selected two target areas for further exploration.

Issue 278, 30 May, 2014

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Senegal: Karim Wade to face trial

Karim Wade, son of former president Abdoulaye Wade, is to go on trial in June on charges of corruption. Karim, a former minister for international co-operation, infrastructure, air transport and energy, was accused in 2013 of amassing a personal fortune of some $1.4bn, accumulated while his father was in office between 2000 and 2012. He has been in prison on remand for over a year. Abdoulaye Wade, who went into self-imposed exile after his 2012 election defeat, arrived in Senegal on 25 April after two years in Versailles, to show support for his son, and to campaign in upcoming local elections on behalf of his Parti Démocratique Sénégalais.

Issue 276, 2 May, 2014

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Senegal: Cairn Energy spuds first of two wells

Operator Cairn Energy has begun drilling the deep-water Fan-1 well, using the Cajun Express semisubmersible rig. Partner Far said the well would test a stacked fan structure with potential to contain 900m barrels of oil. The well, on the North Fan prospect in 1,500 metres of water, will be immediately followed by a second well targeting a shelf edge prospect in 1,100 metres of water.

Issue 276, 1 May, 2014

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Senegal's power sector infrastructure

Published in March 2014, this map shows actual and planned power generation and transmission projects in Senegal. Generation types including thermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind, are shown. An inset shows Senegal's renewables potential and ASER rural electrification concession areas

, 31 March, 2014

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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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Downstream update - West Africa: Nigeria hopes refinery work can end fuel woes, but gas schemes await clarity

Work is finally getting under way on badly needed turnaround maintenance for Nigeria’s state-owned refineries, ahead of government plans to offer them for privatisation. But plans to expand the role of natural gas in the country’s downstream and power sectors remain hampered by a lack of policy clarity, with the Petroleum Industry Bill now likely to be postponed until after the 2015 election. This project-by-project update covers Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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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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: 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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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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West Africa hydrocarbons overview

Published in April 2012 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2012, this map provides an overview of licensed an open acreage in West Africa. Block names and operators are shown for Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Benin, Togo and Mali. The map was originally published alongside another map showing detail of Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana.

African Energy Atlas 2012, 5 April, 2012

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West Africa Power Pool region (west)

Published in April 2012 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2012, this map provides an overview of power generation and transmission projects in the west of the WAPP region. The map highlights the region's hydroelectric power potential and the considerable requirements for future cross-border interconnections.

African Energy Atlas 2012, 5 April, 2012

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African connections: Road & rail; United Nations presence in Africa

Published in April 2012 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2012, this map provides an overview of the continent's major road and railway connections. Detail includes summary descriptions of selected major road and rail infrastructure projects and trade routes. A smaller inset map shows the location of UN peacekeeping operations and political and peacebuiliding missions.

African Energy Atlas 2012, 5 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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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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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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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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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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Francophone West Africa power update: cross-border interconnections hold the key

Francophone states are looking to diversify their energy mix and secure long-term, as well as emergency, power supplies. Cross-border interconnections will play a key role, with officials across the region taking heart from signs that the West Africa Power Pool is gaining momentum. This project by project update includes a full page WAPP region map and a smaller map showing WAPP projects implementation.

Issue 210, 3 June, 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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West Africa power: National grids and WAPP interconnections

Revised in June 2011, this map provides an overview of generation and transmission projects in the West Africa Power Pool region. Detail includes an inset map of WAPP regional programmes. The region's significant hydroelectric power potential is illustrated

Issue 210, 1 June, 2011

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Senegal's existing and planned electricity infrastructure

Published in June 2011, this map shows actual and planned transmission and generation projects in Senegal. Detail includes ASERR rural electrification concession areas, and a small data table on Senegal's renewables potential.

Issue 210, 1 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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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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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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African producers’ international LNG and other natural gas links

Published in January 2011 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2011, this map shows major gas exports from Africa. Detail includes the location of major gas downstream infrastructure projects in North and West Africa, plus a chart showing gas exports and potential growth.

Atlas 2011, 1 January, 2011

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Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal upstream activity

Published in January 2011 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2011, this map provides a snapshot of upstream activity in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal. Open and licensed acreage is show along with block names and operators. Detail includes the position of major oil and gas fields in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, plus the route of the West African Gas pipelines and possibly extension. The map was originally published alongside a regional West Africa overview map: West Africa’s exploration and production frontiers

Atlas 2011, 1 January, 2011

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West Africa’s exploration and production frontiers

Published in January 2011 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2011, this map provides a regional overview of oil exploration in West Africa. Block names and operators are shown. The map was published to be viewed alongside a separate full page map showing Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal upstream activity.

Atlas 2011, 1 January, 2011

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African connections: trade routes and other transport links

Published in January 2011 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2011, this map provides an overview of the continent's major road and railway connections. Detail includes summary descriptions of selected major road and rail infrastructure projects and trade routes.

Atlas 2011, 1 January, 2011

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Indicative larger renewables projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Published in January 2011 as part of the African Energy Atlas 2011, the map provides an overview of larger renewables projects in sub-Saharan Africa, including wind power, solar power, wave power, geothermal power, waste to power / biofuels projects and methane to power schemes.

Atlas 2011, 1 January, 2011

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West Africa – Nigerian ambitions hit by delays

Any ambitious Nigerian state governor has a refinery project, but not all of them will be built. African Energy’s latest Downstream update focuses on projects in Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Issue 196, 22 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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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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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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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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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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West coast upstream update: Unfashionable Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Senegal

A range of political and economic circumstances have combined to hinder energy development in Senegal, Guinea and their immediate neighbours, but bold players who have stayed the course remain optimistic. This project by project update includes an article and two small oil maps.

Issue 183, 26 March, 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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