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London-listed Chariot, Predator, SDX and Sound have all provided recent market updates on their operations in Morocco, where the need to secure new gas flows after the closure of the Europe-Maghreb Gas pipeline last year has given added urgency to the operators’ ambitions.

Morocco
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Algerian state giant Sonatrach and Gazprom EP International have finally announced plans for a new gas development at El Assel in the Berkine Basin.

Algeria
Issue 454 - 11 February 2022

Coral FLNG vessel arrives in Mozambique

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The 3.4m t/yr Coral-Sul floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) vessel has arrived offshore Mozambique, France’s Technip Energies announced on 2 February. The ship had left South Korea in November. The FLNG will be used by the Eni-led Coral LNG project in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin.

Mozambique
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Outspoken energy minister Gwede Mantashe has gone into bat for the oil and gas industry, in a bid to overcome challenges that have confronted explorers in the South African offshore, writes James Gavin.

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For over two decades, onshore natural gas production at Gadiaga has quietly continued building its Senegalese domestic supply business, while more recent attention has focused on major offshores discoveries and the Macky Sall government’s gas-to-power ambitions. Operator Fortesa is seeking funding for expansion eastwards onto the Thiombane Dome, claiming a possible new 1tcf-plus in gas reserves, but is hampered by western reluctance to invest in hydrocarbon exploration, writes Marc Howard.

Senegal
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The government’s National Petroleum Institute (INP) launched a sixth licensing round on 25 November, covering 16 new oil and gas blocs. Results are expected to be announced in October 2022.

Mozambique
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Two exploration groups have announced progress with seismic data acquisition campaigns in the Rovuma and Rukwa basins, ahead of potential natural gas and helium drilling campaigns in 2022.

Tanzania
Issue 451 - 03 December 2021

Central Africa: Cemac energy forum opens

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The Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (Central African Economic and Monetary Community – Cemac) opened the Cemac Business Energy Forum (CBEF) on 30 November in Brazzaville, bringing together political and corporate leaders to give impetus to attracting new energy investment to the region.

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Invictus Energy is proceeding on its 80%-owned and -operated Cabora Bassa gas condensate project without a farm-in partner, the Australian independent announced on 9 July. It had been unable to complete the required due diligence on a proposed counterparty.

Zimbabwe
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London Stock Exchange-listed Predator Oil & Gas Holdings has appointed veteran petroleum engineer Lonny Baumgardner as chief operating officer. Since 2015, Baumgardner has been country manager and director-general of SDX Energy – another independent with a Morocco focus.

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After years of delay, the Petroleum Industry Bill has finally been approved by Nigeria’s parliament – albeit in different versions by the National Assembly’s two chambers. It promises substantial benefits for gas and other under-performing hydrocarbons-based industries and reforms to areas of government in profound need of overhaul. The critical question remains whether the bill is enough to galvanise the economy and industry when implementation could take many years, write Jon Marks and Ajay Ubhi

Nigeria
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Output from the Touat gas field remains far below expected levels, according to Groupement Touat Gaz (GTG) partner Neptune Energy, as outages that have dogged the 450 mcf/d (4.5 bcm/yr) capacity scheme since its Q3 2019 start-up continue.

Algeria
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Predator Oil and Gas Holdings reported “good gas shows” from drilling of MOU-1 in the onshore Guercif licence area in northern Morocco, adjacent to the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline. The Jersey-based company said on 6 July the results supported the pre-drill geological interpretation of a deep gas ‘kitchen’ connected to shallower reservoirs.

Morocco
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The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with successful bidders from its 2019 licensing round during the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.

Equatorial Guinea
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Eni has announced a gas discovery with the first exploration well on the North El Hammad licence in the Nile Delta, extending the prolific Great Nooros area to the west. The Bashrush discovery is located in 22 metres of water, 11km from the coast, 12km north-west of the Nooros field and about 1km west of the Baltim South West field, both of which are in production.

Egypt