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Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

Production up at Shukheir Bay


Citadel Capital’s upstream oil and gas arm, National Petroleum Company (NPC), has increased production from the Shukheir Bay field, 125km north of Hurghada on the western coast of the Red Sea, by 1,700 b/d

Issue 179 - 22 January 2010

Technip wins Aseng contract


France’s Technip has been awarded a lump-sum contract by Noble Energy to develop the Aseng field, located in Block I offshore Equatorial Guinea, at a water depth of approximately 1,000 metres. Technip, which is listed on Paris’ Euronext market, will carry out engineering, supply, installation and pre-commissioning of the 30km flexible pipe system, including risers, flowlines and jumpers.

Equatorial Guinea

Controversial South African businessman Moto Mabanga has failed in his bid to win more money from Ophir Energy for helping the company to secure acreage offshore Tanzania

DR Congo | Tanzania

African Petroleum says it is preparing to launch a formal arbitration process in its dispute with the government over blocks A1 and A4. Government officials say the licences expired in September 2016 and have not been renewed, but African Petroleum says the formal termination procedure has not been followed. In April, the Oslo-listed company said it had agreed heads of terms for an unnamed company to take a 70% stake in the Gambian blocks and its Senegal licence, but in July it said it had allowed the exclusivity agreement to lapse “to provide flexibility in government discussions” over the Gambia blocks, and to enable it to talk to other potential suitors for Senegal.


Fighting has continued to threaten oilfield security in South Sudan’s main oil producing states of Unity and Upper Nile in recent weeks, but production has remained more or less steady at about 165,000 b/d, according to oil industry sources. Government oil sales, meanwhile, have increased by 1m barrels a month. The government closed a tender on 7 May for the sale of 3.8m barrels of Dar Blend crude from Upper Nile. Four contracts were awarded: one of 600,000 barrels and three of 1m barrels. The 600,000-barrel contract was won by Glencore.

South Sudan

The World Bank’s decision not to provide guarantees to the high-profile scheme as currently configured has led to recriminations from developers and the Kenyan establishment, but the project may survive in amended form

Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

Eni takes six licences


Still in expansion mode despite the global downturn, Italy’s Eni has returned to Gabon, acquiring six new exploration licences covering more than 8,000km2 offshore and onshore.

Issue 300 - 15 May 2015

Senegal: Cairn Energy plans


Cairn Energy has submitted a three-year evaluation work plan to the government of Senegal and selected the Ocean Rig Athena drillship for an initial programme of three firm and three optional exploration and appraisal wells, with drilling starting in Q4 2015.Cairn estimates that last year’s SNE-1 and FAN-1 oil discoveries and the currently identified prospects and leads have an estimated mean risked resource base of more than 1bn barrels. The Ocean Rig Athena is drilling the Vali-1 well for ConocoPhillips in Angola’s Kwanza Basin, which spudded in April.


Uganda Electricity Generation Company has awarded ILF Consulting Engineers a contract to provide design and consultancy services for the 44MW Muzizi hydroelectric power plant. The Munich and Innsbruck-based consultancy will review the feasibility study and optimise the design before drawing up tender documents and assisting with procurement. The company will later act as implementation engineer and supervise construction. Muzizi will be a run-of-river plant on the Muzizi River in western Uganda with a 450-metre head and 12m3/sec discharge. It is being financed by the Agence Française de Développement and German development agency KfW.


Zesco has drawn up plans to spend some $5bn over the next five years to expand its generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure and is now looking at ways to raise funds. But donor concerns are being raised about the sustainability of Zambia’s debt burden. Years of underinvestment in the power sector mean generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure has not kept pace with rising demand. State utility Zesco plans to spend an estimated $660m from its balance sheet this year to upgrade and expand power facilities, and a further 26.4bn kwacha ($4.7bn) over the next five years.


Pleas from United Nations secretary-general António Guterres for a cessation in hostilities to enable medical personnel in Libya to deal with the spread of coronavirus have been ignored. On 8 April, the UN Support Mission in Libya reported heavy shelling of a hospital in Tripoli. The perpetrators were not named but were most probably aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.


Load shedding caused by the 1 November collapse of a 40-metre-high coal silo at the 4,110MW-capacity Majuba generation plant has highlighted the vulnerability of South Africa’s national power supply (see AE View). Generation output was reduced from 3.6GW to 1.8GW, and fell to 600MW the next day. As a result, more than 2GW was shed from the grid. Staff had been evacuated after a crack was reported early in the afternoon, so there were no injuries. The silo, with storage capacity of 10,000 tonnes, had undergone a civil visual inspection by an external specialist in September 2013

South Africa

After years of political isolation, Libya has emerged from isolation by signing agreements with France, Russia, Ukraine and Canada to develop a civil nuclear energy programme.


Edinburgh-based Bowleven on 1 June announced the start of drilling on the Zingana exploration well on the onshore Bomono permit, the first of two wells planned for this year. Zingana is located 20km north-west of Douala, and will target a Paleocene-aged three-way dip closed-fault block that was partially penetrated by shallow wells drilled in the 1950s. The well will be drilled to a target depth of around 2,000 metres.

Issue 229 - 20 April 2012

Portugal sells dam stake


The Portuguese government has finally reached a deal to sell its remaining 15% stake in the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam on the Zambezi River