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Issue 355
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Washington lifts Sudan sanctions

The US has revoked economic sanctions on Sudan and its government, some of which have been in place for 20 years. Other sanctions remain in place, in particular those specifically relating to the conflict in the Darfur region, as does Sudan’s official designation by the US as...

Sudan
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Total on the acquisition trail

Total has added to its presence in Mauritania and Senegal with a technical evaluation agreement offshore Guinea covering 55,000km2 of deep and ultra-deep waters. In Namibia, the French major will acquire 70% of Impact Oil & Gas’s interests in Block 2913B, while in South...

Guinea, Namibia, South Africa
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Uganda/South Sudan: MoU for cross-border power supply

The governments of Uganda and South Sudan have signed a memorandum of understanding for Uganda to supply power to the South Sudan border towns of Kaya and Nimule.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on 2 October in Kampala, state minister for energy Simon D’ Ujanga, said the...

Uganda, South Africa
Issue 355
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Algeria: Officials confirm hydrocarbons law change, shale on agenda

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia confirmed that “it is time” for Algeria to revise its hydrocarbons law to attract investors and raise export revenues, speaking at the launch of two new gas carriers in Arzew on 1 October. While he gave no details about how the law would change,...

Algeria
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Ghana faces a capacity glut if all projects go ahead

Development of Ghana’s power sector after independence was based on the Akosombo dam on the Volta River, supplying Volta Aluminium Corporation (Valco) with cheap power to smelt the local bauxite into aluminium ingots. The Kpong dam added 160MW to generation capacity in 1982,...

Ghana
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Ethiopia aligns with donors to deliver renewables ambitions

Progress towards drilling for steam by Corbetti Geothermal Company, the launch of tenders for the 100MW Metehara solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project (IPP) and the World Bank Scaling Solar programme’s requests for developers to prequalify to install 250MW at two...

Ethiopia
Issue 355
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Mytilineos overcomes politics to sign Libyan EPC

Greek company Mytilineos signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol) for a new dual-fuel power plant in Tobruk to be built by its Metka unit. The agreement was signed in Tripoli on 27 September. One of...

Libya
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Solar access can help Niger to reverse a vicious cycle

The Niger Solar Electricity Access Project, agreed this summer by the World Bank Group, commits $45.55m in soft International Development Association credits for a programme costing nearly $50m. One of Africa’s poorest countries will receive support for stand-alone solar...

Niger
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Uganda: Oranto signs PSAs for Ngassa

Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum on 10 October signed two production-sharing agreements (PSAs) for the shallow and deep plays in the Ngassa Block on Lake Albert. The block has been stratigraphically delineated, with two licences issued vertically over the same area. The ministry...

Uganda

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