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Tlou Energy announced on 28 June that drilling of production wells is set to begin in Q3 following the arrival of a core drilling rig at the company’s Lesedi and Mamba coal bed methane (CBM) projects. The new production wells will be dual lateral wells intersecting a vertical well and located near the proposed central processing facility. Tlou is working with geological and drilling consultants to optimise production well design to enhance flow rates for the wells, which could provide sufficient gas for 2MW of power generation.

Botswana
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Total on 10 November announced project sanction for Clov Phase 2 and Dalia phase 3 at a ceremony formally inaugurating the Kaombo project. Kaombo, on Block 32, is Angola’s biggest offshore development. The first floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, Kaombo Norte, came on stream in July, with a production capacity of 115,000 b/d. The start-up of the second FPSO, Kaombo Sul, is expected in 2019. Overall production will reach an estimated 230,000 b/d at peak and the associated gas will be exported to the Angola LNG plant.

Angola
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South Africa is hoping for new exploration impetus to find significant domestic gas reserves to help it meet power demand while replacing polluting coal. Controversial amendments to the Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) have been withdrawn from parliament and President Cyril Ramaphosa and mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe have both said they intend to separate oil and gas legislation from the mining and minerals framework.

South Africa
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Turkey has embarked on a ‘beggar thy neighbour’ policy in the eastern Mediterranean involving diplomatic and military pressure, as its long-term political and economic interests are threatened by quicker-than-expected advances towards the establishment of a regional gas hub centred on Egypt and involving Cyprus, Israel and possibly even Lebanon. Italy’s Eni, the leading exploration company in the region, is in the firing line. In early February, the Turkish government picked fights over hydrocarbons exploration rights with Cyprus and – more surprisingly considering they are divided by the entire width of the eastern Mediterranean and share no borders – with Egypt.

Egypt
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Golar LNG Limited has announced a preliminary agreement and heads of terms with BP for front-end engineering design work on a floating liquefied natural gas vessel to support the development of Phase 1A of the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim field. The agreement follows contracts with TechnipFMC for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel, and with McDermott International and Baker Hughes for the subsea element.

Mauritania | Senegal
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Rabat has released little information about the impact of gas finds in eastern Morocco, in line with its cautious management of information on the hydrocarbons industry. But reserves in the Sound Energy-operated Tendrara gas field are now deemed sufficient for the government to stop taking gas through the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline (GME) when its contract with Algeria expires in 2020-21. This means Morocco will not need to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) until much later in the next decade, when new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants are built, officials in Rabat have told African Energy.

Morocco
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Italy’s Eni has launched an “ambitious exploration and development programme” in the Berkine Basin, which it said would “lead to the production of new gas reserves through the use and optimisation of existing infrastructures”. Chief executive Claudio Descalzi and his Sonatrach counterpart Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour signed this and other agreements in Algiers on 17 April during an event organised by the Algerian state oil and gas company to promote technical and scientific innovation in the area of energy transition.

Algeria
Issue 367 - 20 April 2018

Nigeria: AKK pipeline contracts

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has awarded two of the three contracts for the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline, part of the Trans-Nigeria pipeline project which aims to extend gas supply across the country. The contracts cover engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and financing of the $2.89bn AKK scheme.Lot 1, for a 200km stretch of 40-inch pipeline from Ajaokuta to Abuja Terminal Gas Station (TGS), was awarded to a consortium of Nigeria’s OilServ and Oando, with a contract value of about $855m.

Nigeria
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The World Bank approved on 16 March a $20m International Development Association grant to Mauritania to enhance the country’s capacity to negotiate investment agreements for developing the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim gas resource straddling the maritime boundary between Mauritania and Senegal.The bank said the grant would help Mauritania mobilise international expertise to strengthen the institutions involved in managing the field and its development. It will also strengthen the government’s capacity to engage effectively with stakeholders.

Mauritania
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Cameroon’s second floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project has taken a step forward with the signing of a gas convention agreement between New Age LNG and the government establishing the fiscal terms for its project to produce gas from the Etinde permit. Project company CMLNG, a subsidiary of New Age LNG, will use a newbuild FLNG production vessel to process gas from Etinde. The FLNG project will be developed in conjunction with the upstream Etinde development, operated by parent company New Age (African Global Energy).

Cameroon
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Golar LNG Ltd announced on 12 March that first production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has successfully started from the Hilli Episeyo floating LNG vessel. The vessel arrived offshore Kribi in November for operator Perenco, and Golar said in February that final commissioning was expected in mid-April. Gazprom has contracted to lift all the LNG on a free on board basis.

Cameroon
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Sonatrach director-general Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour on 8 February inaugurated the long-awaited GR5 gas pipeline, which links several major south-western gas fields to the export network. The pipeline will provide capacity to evacuate 8.8bcm/yr of natural gas from the Repsol-operated Reggane Nord, Total-Cepsa-Sonatrach Touat and Engie-operated Timimoun fields. After a period when Algeria’s ability to maintain supplies to European partners – especially Italy – was questioned, Ould Kaddour told journalists: “For now, we can respond to our foreign partners’ needs.”

Algeria
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Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd has awarded the upstream construction contract for the Fortuna floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project to Subsea Integration Alliance, a partnership between Schlumberger’s OneSubsea and Subsea 7. The contract is structured as an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract for the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines, and for the subsea production systems scope of work.

Equatorial Guinea
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The Petrobel joint venture has given Baker Hughes a contract for phase 2 of the Zohr gas field development. The contract covers project management, engineering procurement, fabrication, construction, testing and transportation of a subsea production system, including seven manifolds, tie-in systems, long offset subsea and topside control systems, SemStar5 high-integrity pressure protection systems, workover systems and tools, and will support the installation, commissioning and start-up operations.

Egypt
Issue 355 - 12 October 2017

South Africa: PetroSA loss widens

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State oil company PetroSA on 4 October announced a loss of R1.4bn ($103m) for 2016-17, compared to a R449m loss in the previous financial year and a record loss of R14.6bn for 2014-15. The company said a shortage of domestic gas feedstock and operating problems at the Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant had resulted in revenue falling 34% since 2015-16. The GTL plant and purchased product sales were 16% and 46% below forecast, while the Ghana subsidiary’s performance was hit by lower-than-average crude prices, as well as problems with the Jubilee production vessel.

South Africa