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The Eni and ExxonMobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture has submitted a development plan to the government for the first phase of the Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Afungi, which will produce, liquefy and market natural gas from the Mamba fields in Area 4.The plan details the proposed design and construction of two LNG trains which will each produce 7.6m t/yr of LNG.

Mozambique
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Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons plans to announce the appointment of a strategic partner for its Gas Megahub project by October. Mines and hydrocarbons minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima told African Energy that the strategic partner would start work on the project by year-end or early in 2019. He said the ministry had been working with Marathon Oil Corporation and Noble Energy on arrangements to backfill gas for the EGLNG liquefied natural gas plant as the first phase of the project to replace declining production from the Alba field.

Equatorial Guinea
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Emerging Capital Partners-backed Eranove and the Ministry of Mines and Energy on 23 October signed a concession agreement for the 65MW Kékéli combined-cycle gas turbine plant, to be located in Lomé port. The concession agreement is for the design, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the plant.The government launched a request for proposals in January, with Eranove, Turkey’s Aksa Enerji Uretim and Italian company Ascot all involved.

Togo
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Helios Investments’ Tema LNG Terminal Company Limited signed an agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) on 2 September for the construction of a $350m liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Tema. CHEC, which is involved in the current Tema port expansion project, is constructing the marine facilities, while China’s Jiangnan Shipyard will construct the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). The CHEC deal follows a 12-year gas supply agreement signed by Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and Rosneft in May for supply of 1.7m t/yr.

Ghana
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Eni’s planned exploration campaign in the East Nile Delta Basin has provoked speculation about the likelihood of a massive gas find similar to the deep offshore Zohr field whose discovery in 2015 dramatically changed the outlook for the Egyptian upstream. On 14 August, the Italian company announced it had signed the Nour exploration licence and expected to drill an exploration well later this year. The 739km2 area is located approximately 50km offshore in relatively shallow water depths of 50-400 metres.

Egypt
Issue 375 - 31 August 2018

Angola: Kaombo start-up

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Total has started production from the Kaombo development on Block 32, 260km off the coast of Luanda. Kaombo Norte, the first floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit on the development, will produce an estimated 115,000 b/d of oil, while Kaombo Sul is expected to start up in 2019. Production will reach an estimated 230,000 b/d of oil at peak and the associated gas will be exported to the Angola LNG plant, in which Total holds a 13.6% stake.

Angola
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An electricity interconnection allowing Ghana to supply Burkina Faso with an initial 50MW, ramping up to 100MW, is poised to come into service, according to Ghanaian officials. The 208km (37km in Ghana and 171km in Burkina Faso) 225kV simple-circuit transmission line from Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou is designed to export lower-cost hydropower and gas-fired thermal energy generated in Ghana to landlocked Burkina Faso. The project reflects Ghana’s shift from being a net importer to exporter of power.

Ghana
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Mozambique and Equatorial Guinea signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 5 March to enhance bilateral relations in the energy and mining sectors. The MoU was signed in Maputo by Equatorial Guinea’s mines and hydrocarbons minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima and Mozambique’s mineral resources and energy minister Ernesto Max Elias Tonela. This agreement is the latest in a series of bilateral energy cooperation MoUs signed by Equatorial Guinea with African countries.

Mozambique | Equatorial Guinea
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Sonatrach chief executive Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour launched Sonatrach’s long-planned SH2030 transformation strategy in Algiers on 30 April. His headline ambition for the company he joined in March 2017 is to turn it into one of the five largest national oil companies in the world. To achieve this, its total production will have to increase to more than 3m boe/d, rivalling the output of National Iranian Oil Company, China National Petroleum Corporation or Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Algeria
Issue 366 - 06 April 2018

Cameroon: Etinde, Bomono plans

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Operator NewAge (African Global Energy) plans to spud the first of two appraisal wells on the Etinde permit in late Q2 targeting an additional 1-2tcf of gas. The first well, IM-6, will target the southern boundary of the Intra-Isongo Marine gas condensate field discovered by Bowleven’s IM-5 well in 2015. The main aim is to firm up the volume of petroleum resources in the field. Announcing its H1 results on 29 March, Bowleven said the gross contingent resources on a P50 (2C) basis of the various fields had been determined at 0.9tcf of gas with 95m barrels of condensate.

Cameroon
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The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons and GEPetrol signed an agreement on 9 May with Noble Energy to provide additional gas as backfill for Marathon’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant as the first phase of the government’s planned Gas Megahub project. The proposed Gas Megahub will consist of interlinked production, aggregation and processing facilities offshore and onshore, supplying gas to the Punta Europa gas complex, which includes the Malabo power station, Atlantic Methanol Production Company plant and Equatorial Guinea LNG plant.

Equatorial Guinea
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A Special Parliamentary Committee on the Gas Sub-Sector delivered a summary of its report in Tanzania’s parliament on 2 June. The committee was tasked in November 2017 with deciding whether contracts in the gas sector contained “unconscionable terms” which could be revised under the infamous Natural Wealth and Resources Contracts (Review and Renegotiation of Unconscionable Terms) Act of 2017, as well as identifying flaws in gas laws and policies, and recommending better ways to manage and regulate the sector and to select and negotiate with private partners.

Tanzania
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Moroccan officials say an ambitious plan to build a pipeline from Nigeria to Morocco is making progress, despite the daunting challenges involved in providing a ‘gas highway’ serving countries along its near 5,000km route. The projects fits into King Mohammed VI’s pivot toward Africa, focusing Moroccan investment and political energy on building greater south-south cooperation

Morocco
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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) on 29 January announced it has acquired a minority stake in the 192MW Amandi thermal power project. The investment is being made through its African Infrastructure Investment Fund 3 (AIIF3), which has purchased the entire shareholding of the Rontom Trust, one of the companies controlled by the project’s original founders.

Ghana
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President João Lourenço has signed decrees setting out specific terms to regulate the exploration and production of natural gas and halving tax rates for the development of marginal fields as the new government seeks to maximise earnings from hydrocarbons. The decrees were published in the Official Gazette on 18 May. The gas decree replaces the general principles that previously governed natural gas, under which associated gas had to be made available to Sonangol while non-associated gas could be developed on terms to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Angola