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The commercial use of thermolysis or pyrolysis to convert organic waste into biofuels, syngas or pure hydrogen is still experimental in Africa, although the underlying technology is relatively well-established elsewhere. Most of the 22 operating biogas power plants recorded in African Energy Live Data use other methods. Early adopters of the technology include the Ford Silverton plant in Pretoria, H2-Industries and Oak Group Holdings in Egypt, Ghana’s Kumasi Technical University and the British Nigerian Pyrogenesys-led consortium. Success for any one of them will open wide new commercial opportunities, while also helping to address pressing environmental concerns.

Ghana | Egypt | Sierra Leone | Nigeria | Ethiopia | Liberia | South Africa
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There is a middle way that majors will be looking to tread in navigating the energy transition. According to law firm White and Case, huge gas reserves will be a key element in buffering Nigeria from the potential negative effects of the energy transition. Given the increased interest in gas development, there is now more appetite for gas commercialisation projects from industry players and commercial banks.

Nigeria
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Oil Production Licence (OPL) 245 is the focus of a $1.7bn claim brought by the Nigerian government against JP Morgan Chase Bank North America in London’s High Court.  What is the asset and why has it created such expensive controversy? African Energy explains.

Nigeria
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At the heart of the Nigerian government’s $1.7bn case against JP Morgan Chase Bank North America in London’s High is the claim that JPM breached Quincecare duties when it transferred $875.7m in a pair of transfers to Nigerian bank accounts controlled by Malabu Oil and Gas in relation to the OPL 245 oil block.  African Energy explains what these duties are and what questions the court will need to answer to decide the claim.

Nigeria
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The saga of OPL 245 is set to continue in London’s High Court in February, where the Nigerian government will claim JP Morgan Chase failed to meet regulatory requirements when it transferred $875m to a company allegedly controlled by a corrupt former oil minister. This follows a case in Milan last year that exonerated Eni and Royal Dutch Shell of wrongdoing during the purchase of rights for OPL 245 in 2011. Other cases are still active, including the prosecution of eight defendants in Abuja and a Washington arbitration between Eni and the Nigerian government in which the Italian major is claiming damages for delays to the development of OPL 245, writes Marc Howard

Nigeria
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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Daybreak Power Solutions, a subsidiary of Nigeria’s Daystar Power Group, for a feasibility study into new solar PV and storage mini-grids for business offtakers.

Nigeria
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Ossiomo Power has added 40MW to its 55MW Ossiomo power plant in Benin City, bringing the total capacity to 95MW at the unit, which provides electricity to the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park, the local Ologbo and Obayantor communities, Edo State Secretariat Complex and the State High Court’s new wing

Nigeria
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Soon after Sinohydro Corporation announced that the 700MW Zungeru hydroelectric power (HEP) plant in Niger State would be commissioned by end-2022, the region’s chronic security crisis impacted on the priority scheme, as three Chinese workers were kidnapped from the dam site after a shoot-out that killed workers and police.

Nigeria
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The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has signed an agreement with Morocco’s economy and finance minister Nadia Fettah and state-owned Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) general director Amina Benkhadra to provide $15.45m to help finance a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.

Nigeria | Morocco
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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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Five transmission towers on the 330kV Ikeja-West Akangba line supplying Lagos collapsed in December, according to a statement from the state-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which blamed “massive damage” from a fire caused by a vandalised pipeline nearby.

Nigeria
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Nigerian ambitions for the downstream sector remains in limbo, with uncertainty afflicting key projects aimed at ending the ruinously expensive habit of the continent’s major crude producer being a net importer of oil products, writes James Gavin.

Nigeria
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The local Mainstream Energy Solutions has signed an agreement with PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation (PCHE) for rehabilitation and installation works that will add 300MW of capacity to the 760MW Kainji hydroelectric power (HEP) plant.

Nigeria
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Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said on 6 December it was in the final stages of upgrading the Kaduna-Jos 330kV line from 500MW to 1,500MW of wheeling capacity.

Nigeria
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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is making slow progress on rehabilitation schemes at its key refineries. Some $1.5bn is to be invested in its Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) complex to restore it to 90% of its nameplate capacity.

Nigeria