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Nigeria and Angola are responsible for the vast majority of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) supply shortfall that is helping to sustain high global oil prices. Above-ground issues including theft and sabotage continue to contribute to a large deficit from the two sub-Saharan oil giants.

Angola | Nigeria | Libya | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Gabon | Algeria
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Italian major Eni has signed a letter of intent with the Republic of Congo (RoC) government to increase gas production and exports. 

Congo Brazzaville
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With its redomiciling from Australia to Norway completed at end-February, PetroNor is now looking to increase production from its African assets. However, the investigation into former chief executive Knut Søvold continues, following his arrest in December over projects in Africa.

Nigeria | Guinea-Bissau | Congo Brazzaville
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Oil output in Algeria remains below the amount allowed under the Opec+ arrangement – something which is also the case for several other big African producers, as shown by the cartel’s Monthly Oil Market Report for March. According to their official filings, almost all African producers are producing below their agreed quota.

Angola | Nigeria | Libya | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Gabon | Algeria
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Among Russia’s portfolio of interests in Africa – which include a large military sales business and nuclear development ambitions – state-owned entities such as Gazprom, Gazpromneft and Rosneft have built up hydrocarbons industry interests in markets around the continent, from Algeria in the north to Nigeria, and Angola and Mozambique south of the Sahara.  African Energy examines Russia's investments in Africa's upstream sector and its possible strategic objectives.

Ghana | Mozambique | Egypt | Nigeria | Libya | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Algeria | Senegal | South Africa
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There has been a significant move forward for Brazzaville’s plans to develop its natural gas resources with Italian major Eni’s announcement that it will launch its Fast LNG export scheme in Republic of Congo (RoC) in H1 2023.

Congo Brazzaville
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West and central Africa-focused independent PetroNor E&P’s chief executive Knut Søvold remains under investigation by the Norwegian economic crime agency, Økokrim, after being detained in a pre-Christmas swoop related to an ongoing case concerning corruption in African projects.

Gambia | Nigeria | Guinea-Bissau | Congo Brazzaville | Senegal
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Republic of Congo (RoC) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to move ahead with an ambitious ‘energy friendship loop’, which aims to connect the Eni-operated Centrale Electrique du Congo (CEC) gas-fired power plant in Pointe-Noire with the Inga hydroelectric dam and the two capitals of Kinshasa and Brazzaville.

DR Congo | Congo Brazzaville
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Controversy continues to dog financing from China, the world’s largest bilateral lender by a distance. Its debt provision has transformed the African funding landscape over the past two decades: according to African Energy Live Data, $38bn of Chinese investment was committed to power projects across the continent between 2014 and 2019 alone.

Botswana | DR Congo | Uganda | Guinea | Zambia | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville
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Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) state company Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (SNPC) was “in good health”, hydrocarbons minister Jean-Richard Bruno Itoua told an African Energy correspondent.

Congo Brazzaville
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Once again, Brazzaville has been suffering from a lack of petrol, with some drivers queueing for hours to fill up in the last month. As usual, African Energy’s Brazzaville correspondent reports, there was no official announcement to tell consumers.

Congo Brazzaville
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In an out-of-court settlement to avoid a further public biens mal acquis (ill-gotten goods) scandal, a dispute has been concluded over the penthouse apartment in Biscayne Bay, Miami purchased in the name of the wife of presidential son and international co-operation and public/private partnerships minister Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso (widely known as Kiki).

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The government has forecast an upturn in average production in 2021 to 344,000 b/d. This would be higher than the record 339,000 b/d produced in 2019 and would mark a recovery from 2020 when only 300,000 b/d was produced due to output declines in mature fields and the low level of investment.

Congo Brazzaville
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Finance, budget and public portfolio minister Rigobert Roger Andely has told local press that RoC’s debt to China stands at FCFA1,325bn ($2.4bn), of which FCFA 1,100bn is bilateral debt and FCFA225bn is owed to Chinese commercial creditors.

Congo Brazzaville
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The planned Atlantique Pétrochimie refinery at Fouta, 30km from Pointe-Noire, promised by the Beijing Fortune Dingheng Investment company, is proceeding according to timetable, the Chinese investor’s local director-general Shao Sen told special economic zones and economic diversification minister Émile Ouosso in June.

Congo Brazzaville