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Nigerian midstream supplier Accugas has signed a new interruptible gas sales agreement with Sahara Group affiliate First Independent Power Ltd (FIPL) to provide gas to the Afam power plant. Savannah Petroleum completed the acquisition of Accugas and stakes in the Uquo and Stubb Creek fields in November, alongside African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). The complex transaction, first announced in July 2017, involved the acquisition by Savannah of Seven Energy’s assets and the restructuring of Seven Energy’s debt.

Issue 353 - 15 September 2017

Gabon: GOC partners Zarubezhneft


Gabon Oil Company (GOC) has signed an agreement with Russia’s Zarubezhneft for the development of the Mboumba field. Deputy director-general Jean Koumbi Guiyedi said GOC’s financial problems meant it lacked the resources to operate the field on its own. “Our country also needs to monetise its gas and our partnership also goes in this direction. And we will see how to extend this partnership to other fields that also have gas,” Guiyedi said.

Issue 350 - 14 July 2017

Sound Energy upbeat on Morocco


Sound Energy has announced a successful re-entry and test of the Koba-1 well on the Sidi Moktar licence. The well was drilled by Longreach Oil and Gas in 2013 but not tested. Sound said on 5 July it had successfully re-entered, completed, perforated and flared gas at surface from the Argovian reservoir, where a five-metre interval was perforated at a depth of 1,406 metres. Sound has now temporarily suspended the well in preparation for a rigless extended well test, then hopes to move rapidly to production.


GE and Songas have completed upgrades to GE’s gas turbines at the Songas Ubungo power plant in Dar es Salaam. The upgrade of three LM6000PA and one LM6000PC aero-derivative gas turbines aims to increase the plant’s efficiency and reliability. Upgrades to the gas turbines were carried out under a multi-year agreement signed with Songas in 2017.


US power developer ContourGlobal aims to complete pre-commissioning of the 25MW first phase of its Lake Kivu methane plant by end-March, then tow the barge out into the lake for the commissioning phase. The innovative project aims to produce 100MW of power from methane dissolved in the lake’s waters, while also averting the risk of a potentially deadly release of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. With the 28MW Nyabarongo hydro plant inaugurated by President Paul Kagame on 5 March and the 15MW Gishoma peat plant due on stream in H2, Rwanda’s installed capacity should reach almost 200MW by year-end.

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Sonatrach director-general Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour regularly tours the hydrocarbons giant’s sprawling empire, rallying workers and telling journalists about Algeria’s return to producing oil and gas on a global scale, after years of corruption scandals and management inertia. On his 8 February visit to Hassi R’Mel, he announced that Sonatrach would invest $56bn in 2018-22. In an interview, he referred to discussions with Total on an unspecified $5bn project. After a long period of tensions with the French major, this is likely to be a major new petrochemicals project, giving further substance to claims Algeria is back as a force in the industry.


Eni has announced a gas discovery with the first exploration well on the North El Hammad licence in the Nile Delta, extending the prolific Great Nooros area to the west. The Bashrush discovery is located in 22 metres of water, 11km from the coast, 12km north-west of the Nooros field and about 1km west of the Baltim South West field, both of which are in production.


The government has included anti-bribery provisions in four out of six petroleum agreements (PAs) currently before parliament for approval. “We are encouraged that PAs for the first time in Ghana’s history contain provisions that shun corruption especially through bribery or any inducement of public officials, politicians and political parties,” the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (Acep) think tank said in a statement. A new clause requires companies to certify compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and the anti-bribery convention of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Issue 357 - 09 November 2017

Namibia: Kudu set for FID


A final investment decision (FID) on development of the Kudu gas project is expected late this year or in Q1 2018, with the start of commercial operations targeted for end-2021. Namcor managing director Immanuel Mulunga told Africa Upstream the partners were expecting financial close in mid-2018. He told reporters Namcor planned to farm down some of its 44% stake in the upstream element of the project and was considering various debt and equity options.

Issue 344 - 21 April 2017

Libya: New discovery for Eni


Eni has made a new gas and condensate discovery in the Gamma prospect in the Tripoli-Sabratah Basin. The discovery in Contract Area D, 140km offshore from Tripoli, was made with the B1 16/3 well at a site 15km south-west of the Bouri field and 5km north of the Bahr Essalam field. The drilling of the Gamma prospect is part of Eni’s near field exploration strategy, targeting opportunities close to existing infrastructure, reducing the time to market and providing additional gas for the local market and for export, the company said.


Diversions of gas to the domestic market forced BG Group on 27 January to issue force majeure notices under its liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreements. In a statement ahead of its 2013 Q4 and full-year results on 4 February, BG said the revised pooling arrangements put in place for 2013 had not been honoured and domestic diversions were at around capacity, close to 1bcf/d. “As a result, BG Group has been unable to meet in full its obligations to deliver gas to Egyptian LNG and, given the current levels of domestic diversions and the continued uncertainty around the level of future diversions, BG Group has served force majeure notices under its LNG agreements to buyers and lenders.

Issue 421 - 27 August 2020

Nigeria: USTDA grant for LNG study


The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Nigerian gas supplier Green Liquified Natural Gas Ltd (GLNG). The grant will fund a contract for the US’ Novi Energy LLC to study the viability of an LNG liquefaction and distribution facility as well as associated regasification and distribution stations in south-western Nigeria.

Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Mauritania: Total plans 3D seismic


Total has given Shearwater GeoServices a contract for a large towed streamer 3D acquisition and fast-track processing project covering 6,000km2 in blocks C-15 and C-31.The two blocks lie in deeper water outboard from BP and Kosmos Energy’s acreage which includes the Marsouin and Orca gas discoveries that could potentially be developed as a third LNG hub, in addition to Greater Tortue Ahmeyim on the border with Senegal and Yakaar, within Senegalese waters.

Issue 423 - 24 September 2020

East Med Gas Forum v Turkey


The official founding of the Cairo-based East Mediterranean Gas Forum pits its six members and several national and multilateral observers against Turkey’s aggressive Mari Vatan (Blue Homeland) doctrine for establishing maritime economic hegemony. At a 22 September ceremony, Egypt’s petroleum minister Tarek El-Molla said other countries were welcome “as long as they are in line with the forum’s goals to achieve the welfare of the region’s countries and their people and… reject acts of violence hindering regional prosperity”.

Issue 424 - 08 October 2020

Tanzania: Aminex farmout deadline looms


London-listed Aminex has announced a ninth extension to the long stop date for a proposed farmout of the Ruvuma licence to ARA Petroleum Tanzania Limited (APT), saying that if government approval is not received by 15 October, it will not be extended again. Aminex announced the farmout in 2018. APT is an affiliate of Omani-owned Eclipse Investments, Aminex’s largest shareholder.