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Despite early hopes that Africa might escape the worst of the global financial crisis, sharp falls in oil and metals prices will hit many countries hard.

DR Congo | Angola | Nigeria | Zambia
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

IDA grant heralds utility reform

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The World Bank Group has approved a $190m International Development Association grant for an urban water supply project, paving the way for major reforms at water utility Regideso, which from H2 09 could be operated by a private contractor under a management contract.

DR Congo
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Political battles and allegations of malfeasance over contract awards, coupled with shortfalls in financing from the World Bank Group (WBG) and other donors, mean critical infrastructure work is moving painfully slowly

DR Congo
Issue 152 - 12 December 2008

Moho Nord success for Total

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Total has announced positive results for the Moho Nord Marine-3 well in the northern part of the Moho-Bilondo licence

DR Congo
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DR Congo infrastructure mission; CAMCE to build Betsiboka hydropower plant: Zapatero government to finance PV installation; Sokoto State plans IPP

DR Congo | Nigeria | Madagascar | Morocco
Issue 151 - 28 November 2008

Upstream Pointers: Musveni, H Oil

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Ugandan President seeks Nigerian oil expertise; Bahraini link up for Africa plays

DR Congo | Angola | Sudan | Uganda
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SOCO plans drilling; Sea Dragon to drill; Vitol seeks farm-in partners; Circle Oil makes gas find; Total farms into deep water

Ghana | Egypt | DR Congo | Nigeria | Congo Brazzaville | Morocco
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Reshuffle has brought some new faces onto the energy scene, but old guard remain in key posts

DR Congo
Issue 149 - 31 October 2008

Carbon sink project takes off

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Since early October, workers have been planting 5,000 to 10,000 trees a day of 35 different species including fast-growing ones such as acacia, eucalyptus and pine at Ibi, on a 4,500 hectare area in the Bateke highlands, some 150km from Kinshasa, between the Ufimi and Duale rivers.

DR Congo
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DR CONGO: Oil Ministry to meter production; EQUATORIAL GUINEA: CNOOC rig contract; ETHIOPIA: Aero survey plans; LIBYA: More RWE discoveries; LIBYA: Hellenic sells up; LIBYA: Punj Lloyd rig contract; NAMIBIA: Seismicl plans; SIERRA LEONE: Elixir hits snag on SL-4; TUNISIA: Ashtart upgrade contract

DR Congo | Namibia | Sierra Leone | Libya | Ethiopia | Equatorial Guinea | Tunisia
Issue 147 - 05 October 2008

Mobayi-Mbongo dam rehab

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Energy Minister Salomon Banamuhere Baliene and Société Nationale d’Electricité (Snel) chief executive Daniel Yengo Massampu have attended a ceremony marking the start of rehabilitation work on the Mobayi-Mbongo hydropower dam on the Ubangi River in Equator province.

DR Congo
Issue 146 - 20 September 2008

Libya ‘to build oil pipeline’

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Libya Oil Holding (LOH) has announced plans to build and operate a 140km oil pipeline between Muanda on the Atlantic coast and the Congo River port of Matadi. The pipeline will connect Matadi to a floating terminal near Muanda, allowing supertankers to offload their cargo and minimising disruptions in the supply of petroleum products to Kinshasa.

DR Congo | Libya
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ANGOLA: Wärtsilä to power cement works; ANGOLA: New capacity; DR CONGO: Snel seeks study of Nzilo 2 HEP; MADAGASCAR: Sinohydro contrac; MOROCCO: Bidders for Safi IPP coal plant named; RWANDA: Bhel to build Nyabarongo; SENEGAL: Nuclear talks with Sarko; SOUTH AFRICA: Voith Siemens to equip Ingula

DR Congo | Angola | Madagascar | Rwanda | Morocco | Senegal | South Africa
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WBG post-conflict funding; IFC microfinance programme; EADB Chinese credit; World Bank loan for ONE

DR Congo | Morocco | Côte d'Ivoire
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Cabinda South find, Lukoil plans, Lotshi survey, RWE gas find in North El Amriya, Woodside find in Libya; Sweden’s PA Resources has spudded a second well on the Didon field; Eurogas drills on Sfax permit

Egypt | DR Congo | Angola | Libya | Ethiopia | Tunisia | Côte d'Ivoire