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In its latest annual medium-term gas market report, published in early June, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised downward its forecasts for global gas demand between 2014 and 2020. Planned supply, meanwhile, is abundant, with liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects competing not only against each other, and piped gas, but also against cheap coal and increasingly competitive renewable alternatives.Global gas demand is forecast to increase by an average 2%/yr to 2020, down from 2.3% over the past ten years, according to the IEA.


Symbion Power has announced that it has begun testing the turbines at the 120MW Ubungo power plant using gas supplied by a new pipeline from Mtwara. Ubungo, which has not been operating for more than a year due to gas shortages, used much more costly liquid fuels between 2012 and 2014. Gas from Mtwara is also expected to allow the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) to resume operations at some of its power plants.


The East Delta Electricity Production Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, has issued tenders for the supply of equipment for the conversion of the 1GW El Shabab power plant near Ismailia from open cycle to combined cycle gas turbine technology.

Issue 388 - 14 March 2019

Mauritania/Senegal: Tortue contracts


BP has given contracts to McDermott International and Baker Hughes (BHGE) for subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (Surf) and subsea production system equipment for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal. The companies are working together to realise efficiencies for the project, which reached a final investment decision in December.The initial subsea infrastructure will connect the first four of 12 wells consolidated through production pipelines leading to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Mauritania | Senegal

Norway’s BW Offshore has formalised an agreement to take a 56% stake in the Kudu licence and develop the project to a final investment decision (FID) expected in Q4 2017. Past operators, including Tullow Oil and Royal Dutch Shell, have failed to develop the gas field, but BW says falling development and contractor costs now make the project more feasible. However, questions remain over the size of the reserves, and the development’s ability to compete with low-cost US shale gas imports.

Issue 290 - 04 December 2014

Nigeria: Azura IPP nears financial close


With meetings and signings planned across London, several participants at the Africa Investment Exchange: Energy (AIX) meeting on 24-25 November had their eyes on the long-awaited financial close of the Azura-Edo independent power project (IPP). Azura’s success is crucial for the credibility of Nigeria’s efforts to bring private investment into the electricity supply industry. Azura is seen as a bellwether for the wider finance and developer communities, who are looking to a marked increase in privately financed IPPs and associated projects across the continent, including in the distribution sector, whose revenues are essential to underwrite the new generation companies.

Project context

The latest figures from African Energy Live Data suggest that Q1 2020 saw the lowest generation capacity additions in Africa for at least 20 years, with no new on-grid generation from February after coronavirus halted construction and commissioning

Issue 421 - 27 August 2020

Karpowership pushes on with LNG play


Karpowership is well advanced with the conversion of three LNG tankers to floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) designed specifically for the African market and is hoping to steal a march on rival LNG import schemes. The FSRUs are being built through a 50:50 joint venture with Mitsui Osaka Lines (MOL).

Issue 421 - 27 August 2020

Kenya: Gas conversion plans


The Ministry of Energy has lined up the Kipevu 3 and Rabai power plants for conversion to gas and is in talks with Finland’s Wärtsilä to carry out the work. Energy principal secretary Joseph Njoroge told African Energy that only plants on Kenya’s coast that are not nearing the end of their lifespans would be considered for conversion.

Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Kosmos steps back from Africa


As explorers cut back on Africa spending, Kosmos Energy has agreed with Royal Dutch Shell to sell its stakes in exploration blocks in São Tomé & Príncipe, Namibia, South Africa and Suriname for about $100m, plus future contingent payments of up to $100m.

Namibia | São Tomé & Príncipe | South Africa

Turkey’s Calik Energy and GE have signed contracts to build a 300MW CCGT plant at Cap des Biches. The plant will initially burn naphtha but is expected to run on local gas as soon as it becomes available from developments under way offshore, writes Dan Marks


The launch of two projects to import LNG will eventually save Libya money and end a debilitating period of rolling power cuts. While gas sales from the west of the country to Italy are likely to continue, the deterioration of one of Africa’s leading hydrocarbons exporters to this point provides more evidence of the shocking irresponsibility of domestic politicians and their various international supporters, writes John Hamilton


Better-than-expected results from the Luiperd well mean Total and its partners have dropped plans for further drilling and will move straight to development. Domestic gas will come as a shot in the arm for the South African economy but development will not be straightforward, writes Thalia Griffiths.

South Africa
Issue 427 - 19 November 2020

BP scales down Greater Tortue phase II


Kosmos Energy has dropped plans to sell down part of its stake in the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project following the adoption of plans for a scaled-down second phase. The smaller phase II aims to make more use of existing infrastructure, making it cheaper and more profitable, writes Thalia Griffiths.