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Issue 382
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Botswana: Strata-X to drill in January

Denver, Colorado-based Strata-X Energy has received official approval for its environmental management plan (EMP) for a planned coalbed methane (CBM) drilling programme of up to 20 wells. With approval of the EMP, the company said it could now move forward with a planned two-...

Botswana
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Botswana: Solar tender

Botswana Power Corporation has issued a request for proposals relating to the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of 12 solar photovoltaic power projects. The tender notice offered no details, but tender documents are available from Botswana Power...

Botswana
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Algeria: Investment at home and abroad

Sonatrach and Turkey’s Ronesans Holding have announced they are to invest $1.2bn-$1.3bn to build a polypropylene plant in Ceyhan industrial zone in southern Turkey. Ronesans chairman Erman Ilicak said the plant would produce 450,000 t/yr of polypropylene, with propane gas to...

Algeria
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Algeria: Gas developments

Sonatrach subsidiary Entreprise Nationale de Génie Civile et Bâtiment signed two contracts totalling $700m with UK services company Petrofac on 27 November for work to increase the production capacity of the Tinhert gas fields in the Illizi region. The first contract, valued...

Algeria
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Algeria: Desalination contract breaks down as state exercises control

One of Algeria’s few privately financed infrastructure projects has formally broken down after years of problems, with state energy giant Sonatrach and water company L’Algérienne des Eaux telling a group led by Malaysia’s Malakoff Corporation they are terminating their water...

Algeria
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Algeria: Bir Rebaa solar inaugurated

Sonatrach and Eni on 25 November inaugurated a 10MW solar plant at the Bir Rebaa North (BRN) oilfield. At the ceremony, led by Sonatrach chairman Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour and Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi, Eni and Sonatrach signed an agreement to build a research and...

Algeria
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Funds for Niger’s strategic Kandadji dam

A donors’ conference in Abidjan on 30 November pledged $436m of financing for the resettlement element of Niger’s flagship Kandadji dam scheme. Nearly 50,000 people in 24 villages will be affected by the development, which aims to irrigate more than 45,000ha of land to...

Niger
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Steady oil production stabilises Libya

Libya is producing about 1.2m b/d, close to its post-2011 revolution maximum. In September it produced an average of more than 1m b/d and in August 950,000 b/d. The most serious threat to output is currently bad weather in the Mediterranean, which at the end of November...

Libya
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Revitalised Tullow squares up to Kenya development challenges

Tullow Oil says it has emerged from the industry downturn as a “balanced, self-funded E&P company” and plans to pay a dividend next year for the first time since 2014. The company is focused on reaching a final investment decision (FID) for the South Lokichar project in...

Kenya

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