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Sonatrach has given Amec Foster Wheeler a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for three new refineries located in Biskra, Tiaret and Hassi Messaoud. The three refineries will each have a capacity of 5m t/yr of Algerian crude oil and contain facilities for atmospheric distillation, liquefied petroleum gas separation, hydrocrackers, desulphurisation, bitumen production, utilities, blending, effluents treatment, control room and laboratories. The Biskra site will include lubrication oil facilities.

Algeria
Issue 330 - 16 September 2016

Egypt: Gas pipeline deal signed with Cyprus

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Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement on 31 August for the transport of natural gas between the two countries via a subsea pipeline. The agreement was signed in Nicosia by Cypriot energy, commerce, industry and tourism minister Georgios Lakkotrypis, and Egyptian petroleum and mineral resources minister Tarek El Molla. It covers the transport of natural gas via a direct subsea pipeline from the Cyprus exclusive economic zone to a landing point in Egypt, either for domestic consumption or re-export. The Cyprus energy ministry said it was one of a series of legal arrangements to support the sale of Cypriot gas to buyers in Egypt, provide certainty to investors and complement commercial discussions currently under way.

Egypt
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The government signed a partnership agreement on 4 October creating a consortium headed by France’s Total to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. “The arrival of LNG in Côte d’Ivoire opens a new era in the production of electricity,” energy minister Adama Toungara said at a signing ceremony in the commercial capital Abidjan. The project aims to develop, build and operate a floating storage and regasification unit with initial capacity of 100mcf that would gradually be brought up to 500mcf, according to an energy ministry statement. The ministry estimated the cost at $200m.

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 331 - 04 October 2016

Enagás-led study on EU gas supply

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East Africa could benefit from the results of a European Commission-funded study coordinated by Spain’s Enagás aimed at developing a safe and efficient, integrated logistics and supply chain for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the transport industry, particularly for maritime transport in the Iberian peninsula. The study is scheduled to be completed by end-2020 at a total cost of €33m, of which half comes from the European Commission. The study will make recommendations for the Spanish and Portuguese national policy frameworks for alternative fuel supply infrastructure, and will prepare plans for future commercial deployment along the Mediterranean and Atlantic corridors in the Iberian peninsula.

Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Burkina Faso: FasoBiogaz funding

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The Netherlands’ FMO has provided a €200,000 ($236,000) repayable grant to the FasoBiogaz biogas plant in Ouagadougou from the Access to Energy Fund. FMO’s funding will add to €1.5m from Fasobiogaz shareholders and a grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to complete two biodigesters.

Burkina Faso
Issue 424 - 08 October 2020

Nigeria: GE rehabilitates gas turbines

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GE has completed the rehabilitation of three 9E.03 gas turbines at the Calabar and Sapele open-cycle gas turbine power plants on behalf of the owner-operator, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC). The intervention has reduced the risk of unplanned downtime, enabling the plants to reliably supply up to 360MW to the national grid, GE announced on 28 September.

Nigeria
Issue 430 - 14 January 2021

Angola: ANPG sets new bid round date

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The National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) announced on 31 December that it would formally launch its postponed 2020 licensing round covering onshore blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins on 30 April. A formal launch had been planned for May 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Angola
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The 47MW first phase of the Kékéli Gas project, involving a open cycle gas turbine, is expected to come online in May, François Xavier of Siemens told African Energy. A second 18MW combined cycle gas turbine is expected online in December.

Togo
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Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has told parliament his department aims to procure 4.2GW of renewables by January, along with ambitious plans for coal and gas power. Controversial nuclear energy plans are also moving forward in an agenda which will raise hackles as well as presenting opportunities, writes Dan Marks South Africa is aiming to start procurement of more than 9.2GW of new generation capacity by January 2022, according to a statement by mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe to the National Council of Provinces (upper house of parliament).

South Africa
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A series of technical and commercial agreements have been signed for the Pande and Temane gas development.

Mozambique
Issue 331 - 04 October 2016

Eranove seeks contractor for new CCGT

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Paris-based private equity investor Eranove Group has moved quickly to issue a call for expressions of interest from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) specialists to develop a new 350MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant. Eranove’s project fits with government plans to double national generation capacity to 4GW by 2020. The Council of Ministers on 31 August approved a plan for Abidjan’s two established independent power producers, Eranove’s local generation subsidiary Compagnie Ivoirienne de Production d’Electricité (Ciprel) and Globeleq’s Azito Energie, to further expand in the next three years.

Côte d'Ivoire
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The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has invited expressions of interest from consultants to supply transaction advisory services to help it establish a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. The project is being financed from the World Bank’s Mining and Gas Technical Assistance Project. The consulting services include advice and guidance regarding the contractual and commercial aspects of the LNG value chain; developing an economic/financial model of the LNG value chain; modelling the impact of the technical, commercial and contractual negotiation variables during the negotiation; advice and guidance to the government’s LNG negotiating team on economic and financial modelling during the negotiations.

Mozambique
Issue 336 - 08 December 2016

Sudan: Siemens to supply gas turbines

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The state-owned Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company signed an agreement with Germany’s Siemens on 1 December to supply five 172MW SGT5-2000E gas turbines. The units will be operational by the end of 2017.Siemens will also supply associated SGen5-100A generators and SPPA-T3000 control systems. Three of the units will be installed at the Garri III power station north of the capital, Khartoum, while the other two will be installed at Port Sudan on the country’s Red Sea coast.

Sudan
Issue 321 - 15 April 2016

Ghana: Eni takes new block

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Parliament has ratified the award of the new Cape Three Points Block 4 exploration licence in the Tano Basin to Eni. The new block partially surrounds Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Block, where the Sankofa and Gye Nyame gas and oil discoveries are under development, and if a commercial discovery is made, the block will benefit from the OCTP infrastructure. The OCTP project will consist of subsea wells tied back to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel which will be connected to shore via a gas transport line.

Ghana
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Kosmos has raised its reserves estimate for the Greater Tortue Complex to more than 20tcf from 17tcf following the successful Ahmeyim-2 appraisal well. The rig will now move to drill the oil-focused Teranga-1 exploration well in the Cayar Offshore Profond Block in Senegalese waters. Ahmeyim-2 was drilled to a total depth of 5,200 metres offshore Mauritania and penetrated the gas-water contacts in the Lower Cenomanian and Albian, defining the field limit and extending the productive field area from approximately 50km2 to 90km2.

Mauritania | Senegal