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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.

Ghana | Cameroon | Angola | Chad | Algeria
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Italy’s Eni seems gradually to be swallowing up BP’s African assets, with potential deals in Algeria and Angola building on a close relationship forged also in Egypt, Libya and Mozambique. These deals may be a sign of a deeper shake-out as European majors adapt to the demands of energy transition, writes James Gavin.

Mozambique | Egypt | Angola | Libya | Algeria
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 The Angolan government and General Electric have succeeded in having a court case against them dismissed by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, after a judge ruled the dispute should be heard in courts in Angola.

Angola
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Total announced on 6 May it had started production from the Zinnia Phase 2 short-cycle project in Block 17, connected to the existing Pazflor floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The project includes the drilling of nine wells; output is expected to reach 40,000 b/d by mid-2022.

Angola