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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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Two new offshore projects have started production within days of each other in Angola, giving a fillip to the government’s hopes of turning around a decline in its crude output.

Angola
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State giant Sonangol’s gas and renewable energy business unit chair Manuel Barros said construction was due to start in Q3 2022 on a butane gas storage facility in Malanje, 380km inland from the capital Luanda. “The purpose of the facility is to increase the storage and delivery volume of the product in Malanje and neighbouring provinces,” he said

Angola
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Angola received 37 proposals from 11 individual or group bidders in a farm-out round covering eight Sonangol offshore fields. The acreage included blocks 3/05, 4/05, 5/6, 15/06, 18, 23, 27 and 31. Eni is the operator on block 15/06, while BP is operator on blocks 18 and 31. Nine companies grouped themselves together into four bidding groups, while a further seven companies applied as individual entities. 

Angola
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Sonangol opened bids on 15 October for the contract to design, build, own and operate an oil refinery at Lobito in Benguela province, with a capacity to process up to 200,000 b/d. Proposals were received from five groups: Lanpec Technology (China) with International Business Development Group (US); Gemcorp Holding with Omatapalo Engenharia & Construção; HBMP General Trade and Provision of Services with Avic International Beijing and China Huanquiu Contracting & Engineering; Layher Company; and GazMin International.

Angola
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Turkey’s Aksa Enerji Üretim has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Energy and Water to develop electricity and generation projects.

Angola
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The nine blocks snapped up in Angola’s onshore licensing round that ended in late September saw a mix of lesser-known foreign and well-placed domestic players secure acreage. This counts as a success story for Luanda in a year when post-Dos Santos Angola has sought to reverse the gloomy narrative that has surrounded Africa’s second biggest oil producer, writes James Gavin.

Angola
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African Energy issue 123 of 5 October 2007 reported on the emergence of a new class of small but ambitious indigenous players in the Angolan oil industry, after the 2005/06 licensing round “saw the entry on to the domestic energy scene of six mostly unknown companies: Prodoil, Force Petroleum, Angola Consulting Resources (ACR), Falcon Oil, Initial Oil and Gas and Grupo Gema.

Angola
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The African Development Bank is inviting expressions of interest (EoIs) from consultants to carry out an economic and financial analysis on the 612MW Baynes hydropower plant on the border of Angola and Namibia.

Angola | Namibia
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Luanda is gearing up for an active autumn, with international majors and domestic players honing in on one of the continent’s more vibrant exploration and production plays, writes James Gavin

Angola
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Bidding is due to open in mid-October for partners to work with state Sonangol to design, build, own and operate an oil refinery at Lobito, in Benguela province, with a capacity to process up to 200,000 b/d to be installed in one or more phases. The winning partner to sign a memorandum of understanding in early November, followed by a partnership agreement by 1 February 2022.

Angola
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Local companies dominated bid submissions in the onshore oil exploration round, which was delayed from 2020. State oil and gas agency Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels – ANPG) said on 12 July that 16 firms, 13 of them Angolan, had presented investment proposals for oil exploration in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins.

Angola
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The Economic Community of Central African States (Communauté Economique des États de l’Afrique Centrale or Ceeac) has drawn up a regional renewable energy strategy and plans to put in place a new structure to promote renewables and energy efficiency

Angola
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The national oil company’s strategy of selling non-core assets will provide Sonangol with funds to reinvest in the domestic oil and gas sector. This could bolster production, but it may not be enough to outweigh the decline in mature fields, writes James Gavin.

Angola
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Former Tullow Oil chief executive Paul McDade has fashioned a new company to take advantage of the changing landscape in the continent’s oil and gas sector, he tells James Gavin.

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