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Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (Steg) has commissioned a new gas-fired combined-cycle power station at Radès to complement the three existing plants at the site. Yokohama-based Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corporation will build the plant – probably to be known as Radès C – which will be financed with a Japanese government loan.MHPS and Sumitomo signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Steg to build the 450MW plant on 20 June.

Tunisia
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SDX Energy has won an extension of the Lalla Mimouna Nord and Sud permits in the Rharb Basin to March 2018, with two exploration wells planned for H2 2017. At Sebou, various extensions for four producing concessions and for the Sebou exploration permit have been granted over the next eight years, with five wells planned this year that are close to pipeline infrastructure and can be put on production quickly if successful.

Morocco
Issue 352 - 11 August 2017

Tanzania: More gas from Songo Songo

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After a process lasting more than two years, upstream operator Orca Exploration Group has received government approval for the Second Additional Gas Plan (AGP-2), more than doubling the available volume of Additional Gas for sale from the Songo Songo field.Under the production-sharing agreement for the Songo Songo gas field, production is divided into Protected Gas and Additional Gas.

Tanzania
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Following management changes and an upturn in its financing, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) was “redefined” as a more commercial and efficient organisation in 2016, the state utility’s chairman and chief executive Mateus Magala told the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) on 7 June. EDM has added 350MW generation capacity in the last two years, according to board member Carlos Youm – and expects to add 950MW in the next five years, providing the government approves further reforms, including cost-reflective tariffs. With the utility on a firmer footing, it will take “two years to establish the new normal”, Magala said.

Mozambique
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Mineral resources and energy minister Leticia da Silva Klemens and Royal Dutch Shell executive vice-president, integrated gas ventures development Clare Harris have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Maputo on the allocation of gas from the Rovuma Basin for domestic use. Eni, Anadarko and their partners in the Rovuma Basin licences have agreed to make available a quantity of gas for the development of industrial projects in the Mozambique domestic market, and the MoU follows the results of a public tender for domestic gas development projects announced on 27 January.

Mozambique
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Ghana has signed a heads of agreement with Equatorial Guinea for the supply of 150-200mcf/d of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part of measures being put in place by the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo to guarantee the country’s energy security.The agreement was signed by Ghana’s energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, and Equatorial Guinea’s minister of mines, industry, and energy, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, during a visit to Malabo by Akufo-Addo.

Ghana | Equatorial Guinea
Issue 344 - 21 April 2017

Ghana: Sankofa FPSO arrives

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The John Agyekum Kufuor floating production, storage and offloading vessel to be used for Eni’s Sankofa oil and gas development has arrived offshore Ghana, according to the Graphic Online news website. The FPSO is undergoing mooring operations at the Offshore Cape Three Points Block in the Tano Basin. The vessel will handle oil production from the Sankofa and Gye Nyame fields 60km off the coast.

Ghana
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Sonatrach and Total on 10 April signed a comprehensive agreement strengthening their existing partnership in Algeria. Total said the agreement enables the two companies to expand their partnership by progressing new upstream projects, notably with a new contractual framework for the Timimoun gas project, continued joint operations for the Tin Fouye Tabancourt (TFT) gas field under a new agreement, and joint development of a new project, as well as what a Total statement described as “the amicable settlement of outstanding differences between the two companies”.

Algeria
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Mozambican officials remain bullish about the potential for gas-to-power schemes to meet their ambitious forecast of representing 42% of the energy mix by 2020. New gas-fired capacity came online in December at Ressano Garcia, while an emergency open-cycle unit operating in Maputo since early 2015 is supplying 100MW. Speaking in Johannesburg on 15 March, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) director of market operations Aderito Manso de Sousa said he expected the 100MW Central Térmica Maputo plant to be converted to combined-cycle operation by October 2018. Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and IHI Corporation in February signed a contract with EDM for a 100MW-110MW CCGT unit.

Mozambique
Issue 323 - 13 May 2016

Morocco plans more gas imports

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The much-anticipated national LNG development plan is going ahead with a strengthened advisory team and revised targets, working to new bid deadlines, which take account of the ambitious integrated project’s scale and follow officials’ analysis of input from potential investors. Some of the heads of state who have lobbied King Mohammed VI, and among the 100-plus potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers who have lined up to see Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment senior adviser Abdellaziz El Gamah, may find it worth the wait: the long-term quantity of gas required at the new Jorf Lasfar terminal is now expected to be 10bcm/yr, double the original forecast.

Morocco
Issue 305 - 24 July 2015

Egypt: Nile Delta gas find for Eni

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Eni on 20 July announced a gas discovery on the Nooros exploration prospect in the Abu Madi West licence in the Nile Delta. The Italian company said the Nidoco NW2 Dir NFW well was drilled to a total depth of 3,600 metres and encountered a 60-metre gas-bearing sandstone interval of Messianian age. The discovery is estimated to contain 15bcm of gas in place, with associated condensates. The new discovery will be put into production in two months’ time through a tie-in to the Abu Madi gas treatment plant, 25km to the south-east.

Egypt
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Nigerian joint venture West African Gas Ltd has given Golar LNG Ltd a firm contract for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for an LNG import scheme at Tema port. WAGL is jointly owned by subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation with 60% and Sahara Group subsidiary Sahara Energy Resource Ltd with 40%. Golar said the FSRU would be moored inside the port at a new jetty being built by WAGL. Start-up is planned for Q2 2016, and the contract will be for an initial period of five years, with the option for WAGL to extend for a further five years.

Ghana
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Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd on 8 December signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with state utility Rwanda Energy Group for a 50MW methane gas-to-power project on Lake Kivu. A detailed feasibility study and front-end engineering design have been completed for the project, which will now proceed to detailed design, procurement and permiting.The agreement comes as the KivuWatt project, developed by the US’ ContourGlobal, has begun tests for commissioning of its first 25MW after being connected to the grid.

Rwanda
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Finance minister Calle Schlettwein is caught between debt concerns and political pressures as he argues the case against developing the Kudu gas field in a debate that has pitted the ruling Swapo party’s patronage networks against financial prudence.Following mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze’s decision in June to cancel the Xaris standby power plant as a result of a doubling in the price tag, President Hage Geingob tasked Schlettwein to find a solution to a projected 250MW shortfall in electricity supply in 2016.

Namibia
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National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) is confident that the Kudu gas-to-power project will go ahead, despite doubts about the cost expressed by finance minister Calle Schlettwein. Namcor managing director Immanuel Mulunga told Global Pacific & Partners’ Africa Upstream conference the partners were aiming for upstream and downstream financial close in Q1 2016. Norway’s BW Offshore has been selected as upstream technical partner, taking over Tullow Oil’s 31% stake, while Italy’s Saipem has been selected for the subsea and pipelines element. Mulunga said discussions were progressing well, and Namcor expected to finalise contracts before the end of March 2016.

Namibia