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The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (Nupeng) suspended a planned nationwide strike by oil tanker drivers on 10 October to allow for discussions with the government. The drivers had been planning to start their industrial action the following day over poor road conditions and other issues.

Nigeria
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Demand for commercial and industrial (C&I) power projects is surging, particularly in eastern and southern Africa. In key markets such as South Africa and Kenya, customers have opted for C&I solutions that not only offer cheaper tariffs but also greater reliability than the grid. These imperatives have also prompted a shift to C&I in the West African market, where the sector has seen considerable activity this year although market players still deem it to be ‘early days’.

Nigeria | Burkina Faso | Senegal | Mali
Issue 446 - 26 September 2021

Buhari appoints new NNPC board

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In another step towards the promised overhaul of Nigeria’s hydrocarbons industry, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the board and management of the soon-to-be incorporated Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC).

Nigeria
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A row has broken out after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (Nerc) said generation companies (gencos) should stop selling power to large consumers through agreements signed under the controversial eligible customer regime (ECR), but which it had not approved.

Nigeria
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Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has criticised the impetus from rich countries to divest from fossil fuels in a strongly-worded article for New York-based Foreign Affairs magazine, In The divestment delusion: Why banning fossil fuel investments would crush Africa, published on 31 August.

Nigeria
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The Kaduna State government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria to supply gas to the state, which does not have a gas supply.

Nigeria
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Politics in Algiers and Rabat are driving hugely ambitious – and arguably less than necessary – schemes to pipe gas from West Africa, supplying northern Nigeria and Niger in Algeria’s project and an array of potential markets along the proposed Moroccan route.

Nigeria | Algeria | Morocco
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At the 1 September meeting of the Federal Executive Council, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari fired power minister Saleh Mamman along with agriculture and rural development minister Mohammed Nanono. Mamman was replaced by Abubakar Aliyu, formerly works and housing minister.

Nigeria
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There have been further twists in the long-running $10bn arbitration case between the federal government of Nigeria and the British Virgin Islands-registered Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) over a 2010 gas supply and processing agreement (GSPA). There are signs the government may appeal against a US court ruling on sovereign immunity and a trial has now been scheduled at the High Court in London for January 2023.

Nigeria
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Amid concerns that billionaire Aliko Dangote could emerge with a monopoly position in the local products market,  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has won government approval to acquire a 20% stake in the oil refinery being developed by Dangote Group in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos.

Nigeria
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Fresh from a name change that has seen it morph from Seplat Petroleum to Seplat Energy – a reflection of the company’s efforts to diversify – the Lagos- and London-listed independent is doubling down on natural gas as it looks for growth over the next five years.

Nigeria
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Kenya-based PowerGen has secured funding to develop 28 solar PV and battery-powered mini-grids in west and south-west regions of Nigeria, in a two-stage financing process.

Nigeria
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The landmark Petroleum Industry Bill signed by President Buhari in mid-August is designed to reinvigorate Nigeria’s hydrocarbons sector, but Royal Dutch/Shell’s decision to pull back from its joint venture highlights the deeper challenge for IOCs as the industry grapples with the energy transition, writes James Gavin.

Nigeria
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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on 17 August signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with China Machinery Engineering Company and General Electric for the Maiduguri Emergency Power Project

Nigeria
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The challenges confronting the Nigerian electricity supply industry (ESI) are highlighted by research carried out for African Energy’s new Nigeria Power Report 2021/22, drawing on analysis of African Energy Live Data’s detailed projects pipeline. This presents a medium-term generation forecast that suggests installed capacity will reach 18.3GW in 2025, which will still be far below expected peak demand.

Nigeria