Issue 502 PDF: Tanzania LNG delays highlight risk of Africa missing out on gas export boom

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Issue 502 - 18 Mar 2024

The issue leads with a focus on African gas, with slow progress at some of sub-Saharan Africa’s most high-profile LNG developments coming as exporters from other parts of the world race to sign new long-term deals with buyers from Asia and Europe.

African Energy's coverage includes a new map of African gas projects and a closer look at the fortunes of North Africa's gas producers.

African Energy also focuses on Niger where crude is now flowing through the Niger-Benin Export Pipeline, amid signs that Niamey is emerging from post-coup isolation and has mended ties with Ecowas and the US.

Power coverage leads with Tanzania, where the first unit of the Julius Nyerere hydroelectric power project has been commissioned but grid questions linger.

African Energy examines a new scheme in Zimbabwe to offer  bankability support to IPPs and looks at how drought has forced Zambian state-owned power utility Zesco to start rationing electricity  to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

African Energy also takes a closer look at Djibouti, which is waking up to the domestic generation potential of geothermal and wind power, while also eyeing up the P2X possibilities of green hydrogen production. Analysis of projects tracked by African Energy Live Data raises questions about how the government’s net zero ambitions can be achieved.

Oil and gas coverage includes an examination of how wealthy Gulf national oil companies are actively seeking potentially highly lucrative lower-carbon expansion opportunities across Africa.

Transition minerals coverage leads with Zimbabwe, which is aiming to consolidate its position as a leading lithium producer. President Emerson Mnangagwa’s administration is pushing miners to invest in local processing and has threatened to levy export duties on those who fail to add value. Critics, meanwhile, are calling for more transparency in how the industry is run.

African Energy also looks at Mauritania, where Chariot and TotalEnergies have completed a 10GW green hydrogen feasibility study.

The African Energy View focuses on African leaders' plans for major changes to the global financial and political architecture.

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