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Eni has given a major fillip to the Algerian upstream industry by signing a production-sharing contract (PSC) to develop the estimated $1.4bn Southern Berkine Project (SBP) on a fast-track basis.

Algeria
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London Stock Exchange-listed Predator Oil and Gas said the fast-track development of compressed natural gas (CNG) from the MOU-1 well in the Guercif licence was possible, subject to partner approval and final results from well testing. A 15 December operational update said a pilot development of 2-5 mcf/d of CNG was economic.

Morocco
Issue 455 - 28 February 2022

Morocco: CID gets LNG terminal study

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The contract to carry out a technical study for the liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at Mohammedia port has been awarded by the National Ports Agency (ANP) to a consortium of the local Conseil Ingénierie Développement (CID) and French companies Artelia and Principia.

Morocco
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South Africa’s Gigajoule expects its $550m Matola LNG import terminal to reach financial close by end-2022, with construction starting soon after.

Mozambique | South Africa
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Italian major Eni and state company Sonatrach has announced a “significant” oil and associated gas discovery in the Zemlet El Arbi concession in the Berkine North Basin. The discovery is estimated to contain 140m bbls of oil in place.

Algeria
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AIM-listed Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas announced in early March that Norway’s Island Drilling Company had been awarded a contract to drill the Gazania-1 well in Block 2B in the Orange Basin, offshore South Africa.

South Africa
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Chinese giants, sanctioned Russians, established operators and veterans from Cove Energy, the Irish independent which originated Mozambique's  historic gas play are amongst those competing for the highly prospective Rovuma basin blocks in the current licensing round. The range of players is a strong indicator of the high expectations for the next phase of upstream development. 

Mozambique
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In a further sign of the renewed momentum in the oil and gas sector, another Tanzania-focused independent has announced increased output. 

Tanzania
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BW Energy’s upstream development and independent power investment proposal to develop the elusive offshore Kudu gas field is gaining traction in Windhoek, where IOC activity is gaining pace ahead of much-anticipated wells planned by Shell and TotalEnergies, write James Gavin and a Special Correspondent.

Namibia
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Despite fierce resistance from many resource-rich, infrastructure-poor African governments, 34 countries and five development banks committed to ending external funding for fossil fuel projects at the Cop26 summit. Dan Marks and African Energy staff ask whether the writing really is on the wall for natural gas projects

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A four-year emergency contract awarded to Turkey’s Karpowership highlights some of the challenges that face the Ivorian electricity industry, as supply in traditionally one of the continent’s best performing power sectors threatens to become unbalanced. Dan Marks looks into CdI’s supply-side options.

Côte d'Ivoire
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Sub-Saharan Africa has been worst hit as the Covid-19 pandemic emergency contributed to a major slowdown in new generation capacity, but analysis of projects recorded by African Energy Live Data suggests that long-running issues around financing and the slow pace of reforms have played their part in the downturn.

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has concurred with a decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to procure up to 11,813MW of new capacity. Concurrence from the regulator is necessary for the government to gazette the procurement and allow the process to formally begin. The decision follows another concurrence in June for 2GW to be procured through the risk mitigation IPP procurement programme (RMPPP).

South Africa
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National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla has unveiled a $60bn five-year investment plan to increase crude oil production from 1.25m b/d now to 2.1m b/d by 2024 and gas output to 3.5 bcf/d. Speaking at the Libyan British Business Council in Tunis on 26 November, he said that LYD15bn ($10.5bn) would come from state budgets and the remaining 80% from strategic investors.The first step is to spend a relatively modest $1.2bn to raise production to 1.5m b/d in 2020.

Libya