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New Lixus licence operator Energean expects the gas play’s speedy monetisation, with appraisal drilling slated for later this year at the 18bcm Anchois field, whose developers point to considerable existing gas-to-power and industrial demand, while the nearby GME pipeline could allow for some modest export sales to Europe.

Morocco
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London AIM-listed indie Chariot is planning an initial two-well exploration drilling campaign, but has approval for 17 other candidate well locations and re-entry of an existing gas discovery.

Morocco
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The ten largest renewable energy additions to African grids in 2024 fall into four distinct groups: Ethiopian hydro, other sub-Saharan African hydro, and wind and solar projects in North Africa and South Africa. African Energy has assessed the projects and whether or not they will be built in time.

Cameroon | Egypt | Ethiopia | Guinea | Morocco | South Africa
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Energean’s farm-in to Chariot’s Moroccan licences gives a boost to development prospects for the offshore Anchois gas field, while handing LSE-listed Energean a valuable foothold in Atlantic coast acreage.

Morocco
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Organisers made big claims about investment flows at the AfDB-backed Africa Investment Forum 2023 Market Days event in Morocco, James Gavin reports from Marrakech.

Morocco
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UK-headquartered independents are leading the way in developing Morocco’s onshore and offshore gas resources, as the government seeks to boost domestic supplies and reduce its reliance on expensive imports via Spain. Among recent activity, Chariot has secured environmental approval for its 1.5tcf offshore Anchois development, writes James Gavin.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) will soon launch a tender for a 3GW, 1,600km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line to take power from renewable energy plants in Dakhla, in the disputed Sahara region, up to Kenitra and Tangier in the north.

Morocco
Issue 493 - 23 October 2023

Egypt-UK links stretches credibility

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The idea that electricity generated by wind and solar plants in Egypt could eventually be transported across the European continent to supply the UK’s national grid is far-fetched, but on the agenda.

Egypt | Morocco
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The International Monetary Fund has agreed to extend $1.3bn to Rabat under its resilience and sustainability facility, to support renewables and energy efficiency schemes, and to strengthen Morocco’s resilience against natural disasters. It comes just ahead of the IMF and World Bank Group annual meetings, which are going ahead as scheduled in Marrakech on 9-15 October.

Morocco
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Disasters in Morocco and then Libya in the first half of September – the first a natural disaster, the second largely the product of human mismanagement – have put renewed pressure on the authorities in both countries.

Libya | Morocco
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The agreement for Senegal to become only the second African economy to secure a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) has the potential to salvage the climate financing framework’s credibility, which appeared to be flatlining.

Senegal | Egypt | Nigeria | Morocco
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Guangzhou-headquartered Tinci Materials will invest up to $280m to build a Moroccan lithium-ion battery input plant. Transition minerals developments are proceeding at pace in Morocco, which is Africa’s largest car producer and is looking to make inroads in electric vehicle production. Mineral processing is a key plank in the value chain. African Energy outlines the other significant transition minerals projects, which are in the works in Morocco.

Morocco
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Sound Energy’s deal to bring Yemeni-owned Calvalley Petroleum into the Tendrara gas field could help it to deliver a project that should answer some of state utility Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (Onee)’s feedstock problems, following the end of Algerian supplies through the Europe-Maghreb Gasline (GME) in 2021 . African Energy takes a closer look at Morocco's gas supply options.

Morocco
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London AIM-listed Sound Energy has secured a provisional deal for Calvalley Petroleum to take a 40% stake and provide funding for its two-phase onshore Tendrara gas project. Sound has also lined up a debt financing package for Tendrara phase 2, led by Casablanca-based Attijariwafa bank.

Morocco
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Moroccan utility the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (Onee) has requested expressions of interest (EoI) for the design, supply of equipment, installation and commissioning of the 300-400MW M’Dez El Menzel pumped-storage hydroelectric power (HEP) plant.

Morocco