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Surging prices for wheat, oil and other commodities are placing strain on individuals, businesses and governments, with an increasing number of sub-Saharan countries now classed as ‘debt-stressed’. Defaults may be avoided this year, but ‘food riots’ could flare up. Yet commodity exporters may profit as the energy transition and geopolitical shifts present opportunities for everything from natural gas to transition minerals, writes Marc Howard, with African Energy staff.

DR Congo | Nigeria | Zambia | Tanzania | South Africa
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Sub-Saharan African countries flared 12.15bcm of natural gas in 2021, according to newly-released data from the World Bank Group’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), the equivalent of 32.4m tonnes of CO2 and $1.4bn worth of gas sales.

Ghana | Angola | Nigeria
Issue 460 - 15 May 2022

Data: Petrol prices across Nigeria

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Data from the Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics gives a picture of petrol prices across Nigeria. Sources at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told African Energy the major reason for regional pump price differences was “the lack of regulatory oversight”.

Nigeria
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Less than a year from elections, numerous candidates are eyeing up the prize of taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Nigeria
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The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) scheme has secured more funding for studies – this time from the Opec Fund for International Development – despite some scepticism about the mega-project’s potential to ever get off the ground. Consultants have been lining up, with Australia’s Worley contracted to provide engineering services.

Nigeria | Morocco
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Crippling foreign exchange shortages have led Starsight Energy to refinance its debt to two development finance institutions through local currency funding from Chapel Hill Denham’s Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund.

Nigeria
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Savannah subsidiary Accugas has signed an addendum to a gas sales agreement with First Independent Power (FIPL) which could see Accugas increase supplies by 30 mcf/d to 65 mcf/d.

Nigeria
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Transcorp Power plans to increase generation capacity by 243MW, in part from the return of some capacity at the Ughelli gas-fired power plant. 

Nigeria
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners are planning to create what they call the world’s largest mini-grid market in Nigeria, using the new Leveraging Energy Access Finance (Leaf) financing model to support the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)’s Nigeria Electrification Programme (NEP).

Kenya | Ghana | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Guinea
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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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European leaders are confronting the urgent need to diversify energy supplies away from Russia, while also somehow keeping to their commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, that they made – indeed pioneered – at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, just four months ago.  African Energy examines the options and projects under discussion including gas and electricity imports and hydrogen prospects.

Ghana | Mozambique | Mauritania | Nigeria | Algeria | Tanzania | Morocco | Senegal | Tunisia
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Seplat Energy was forced on 7 March to scotch rumours that its ambitious $1.6bn acquisition of ExxonMobil’s shallow-water assets in Nigeria had been terminated. This came after local media reported that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had exercised a right of pre-emption under the NNPC/Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU) joint operating agreement (JoA).

Nigeria
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The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has opened bids for the construction of up to 4GW of nuclear power. Nuclear power has been a long-held ambition for Nigeria; an enabling environment for procurement has been gradually put into place.

Nigeria