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The unrecognised Republic of Somaliland has slowly been gathering momentum behind its claim for independence from Somalia, while seeking to attract investors – as underlined by Genel Energy’s plans to drill an exploration well there in 2023. Most participants in a debate in the House of Commons on 18 January argued UK recognition of Somaliland would be appropriate given the autonomous territory’s stability and governance record and federal Somalia’s disarray.

Somalia
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The big beast of global oil has learned to sing a different tune, with a focus on high-return, low cost-of-supply and lower emissions intensity projects. ExxonMobil Corporation is allocating $15bn to lower-emissions investments over the next six years to cut emissions across its operations and accelerate the growth of its low carbon business.

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The final investment decision on TotalEnergies’ Lake Albert development – combining the  Tilenga-Kingfisher upstream oil project in Uganda and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop) taking oil for export from Tanzania comes as a major boost for East Africa’s energy ambitions and ends a long wait for the host governments eager to capture substantial new revenue inflows

Uganda | Tanzania
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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
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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Mozambique’s hopes for attracting interest to its sixth licensing round need to be set against the increasingly pressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals set by international oil companies (IOCs).

Mozambique
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The Maputo government is trying to attract more majors to its offshore acreage, just as industry giants TotalEnergies and Eni ready themselves for further development of their rival liquified natural gas projects in the politically unstable north, writes James Gavin

Mozambique
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Houston-based Vaalco Energy has announced the completion of the Etame 8H-ST development well targeting the Gamba reservoir, offshore Gabon.

Gabon
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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
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The 2.3m t/yr Tortue liquified natural gas (LNG) project – phase one of the cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) development – is 70% complete, with first gas expected “at the end of 2023”, Strategic Oil and Gas Committee deputy head Mamadou Fall Kane said following a meeting with BP at President Macky Sall’s office.

Mauritania | Senegal
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Canada’s ReconAfrica has identified several prospects following the completion of a 2D seismic programme in the Kavango sedimentary basin in northeast Namibia. A spokesperson for the company told African Energy that data from the campaign had led to “the identification of multiple drilling prospects targeting commercial accumulations of oil and natural gas in conventional reservoirs.”

Namibia
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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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Coming just two weeks after Eni formally launched its Azule Energy joint venture to operate with BP in Angola, the Italian major reported that its Ndungu field in deep offshore Block 15/06 contains about three times more barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in place than initially thought, giving further impetus to the majors’ Angolan alliance.

Angola
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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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Output has been rising in Gabon, helped by the final two wells of the Tortue phase 2 field coming on stream in late 2021. More increments are expected, but industry executives say there is still a need to revive capital investment programmes that were put on hold during the pandemic, writes James Gavin.

Gabon