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The landmark Petroleum Industry Bill signed by President Buhari in mid-August is designed to reinvigorate Nigeria’s hydrocarbons sector, but Royal Dutch/Shell’s decision to pull back from its joint venture highlights the deeper challenge for IOCs as the industry grapples with the energy transition, writes James Gavin.

Nigeria
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Amandi Energy announced on 8 September that its 200MW gas plant reached commercial operations on 30 July. Construction on the dual fuel combined cycle plant, named Twin City Energy Power, began in December 2016.

Ghana
Issue 445 - 11 September 2021

Cairo swaps gas power for wind with Acwa

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The cancellation of the only confirmed gas-fired generation scheme in Egypt’s project pipeline and its replacement with a large wind farm provides final confirmation that the future expansion of power capacity will be dominated by renewables and underlines the already established commercial terms that developers must be ready to accept.

Egypt
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Officials are working to persuade oil majors that Algeria is still worth investing in, with a new hydrocarbons law that may be sufficient to halt the trend towards company departures and falling output, writes Jon Marks.

Algeria
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There have been further twists in the long-running $10bn arbitration case between the federal government of Nigeria and the British Virgin Islands-registered Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) over a 2010 gas supply and processing agreement (GSPA). There are signs the government may appeal against a US court ruling on sovereign immunity and a trial has now been scheduled at the High Court in London for January 2023.

Nigeria
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Algeria’s announcements that it was severing diplomatic ties with Rabat and won’t renew the GME gas supply agreement puts into question energy flows into Morocco and southern Europe, while posing questions about stability in the region. Even by the standards of decades of antipathy between the Maghreb’s major powers, recent developments should give all parties cause for concern, writes Jon Marks

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Politics in Algiers and Rabat are driving hugely ambitious – and arguably less than necessary – schemes to pipe gas from West Africa, supplying northern Nigeria and Niger in Algeria’s project and an array of potential markets along the proposed Moroccan route.

Nigeria | Algeria | Morocco
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Decarbonisation programmes being drawn up at Eskom and Sasol have the potential to drastically alter the energy landscape in South Africa and Mozambique, potentially catalysing investment in gas infrastructure and offering new opportunities in renewable energy, green hydrogen, and sustainable aviation fuel.

South Africa
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President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s unexpected leadership in Tanzania has given rise to optimism about prospective big projects involving international investors and regional partners. Her first, widely-observed foreign visit, on 11 April, was to the signing in Entebbe of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop)’s shareholders, tariff and transportation agreements, with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni also present.

Tanzania
Issue 425 - 22 October 2020

Ghana: LPG plant planned at Axim

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Ghana Gas held a ground-breaking ceremony on 7 October for a new LPG bottling plant at the coastal town of Axim in the Western Region.

Ghana
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The improvement in global LNG markets has allowed Eni, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) and Spain’s Naturgy to revive agreements related to the Segas liquefaction plant in Damietta, which will now resume operations in Q1 2021. On 1 December, Eni announced that it has concluded agreements with its partners and amicably settled Naturgy’s claims against the Egyptian government in line with terms originally agreed in February.

Egypt
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Republic of Congo is building a framework to promote investment to monetise its gas. A decade ago, Bi-Dia-Ayo Ibata wrote a doctorate at the UK University of Dundee entitled The natural gas market in the Republic of Congo: to develop or not to develop? Now she is head of associations at the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and responsible for drawing up a new gas masterplan.Speaking during the 4th Congo International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (CIEHC4) in Brazzaville, Ibata told African Energy the masterplan should be published by September and certainly by year-end.

Congo Brazzaville
Issue 409 - 14 February 2020

Tunisia’s Nawara gas starts up

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The Nawara gas field in southern Tunisia started production on 5 February. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said it was the country’s largest project with an investment value of 3.5bn dinars ($1.2bn).He said the 2.7mcm/d scheme represented a 50% increase in national gas production, which would reduce Tunisia’s energy deficit by 20% and cut the trade deficit by 7%. “Personally, it was one of the biggest challenges that we have worked on in the last three years,” he said.

Tunisia
Issue 407 - 16 January 2020

Nigeria: FID for NLNG Train 7

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Eni and its partners in Nigeria LNG announced a final investment decision (FID) on 27 December for the long-mooted Train 7 expansion of the plant. The development will increase NLNG’s production capacity to more than 30m t/yr from the current 22.5m t/yr when it starts up in 2024. NLNG also produces 5m t/yr of liquefied petroleum gas and condensate from its total 3.5bcf/d of natural gas intake. Gas is supplied via six main dedicated gas transmission systems, with four of them onshore.

Nigeria
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Saipem has announced a contract with Noble Energy for the offshore installation of a 70km gas pipeline connecting the Alen platform to Punta Europa to supply gas from the Alen field to the Alba liquefied petroleum gas processing plant and the EGLNG facility. Project start-up is planned for H1 2021. The Alen development is the first step in plans for an offshore natural gas hub in Equatorial Guinea, opening the potential for future monetisation of additional discovered resources through existing infrastructure.

Equatorial Guinea