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The Department of Energy’s release on 22 November of the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan opens the way for further debate about South Africa’s energy future. The plans give prominence to renewables and gas, and may further build confidence by pushing back timetables for a nuclear new-build, rather than committing huge and controversial spending in the coming two decades. The announcement comes at a tumultuous time for Eskom, which is leaderless following chief executive Brian Molefe’s departure, while tensions between the state utility, government, and private sector interests remain unresolved.

South Africa
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Operator BG Group has begun drilling the Sunbird-1 deep-water exploration well on Block L10A offshore Mombasa. The well is being drilled by the Deepsea Metro 1 drillship to a target depth of 3,000 metres below sea level in water depths of 721 metres, with an option to extend to 3,700 metres. Partner Pancontinental Oil & Gas said Sunbird-1 was the first test of a Miocene Pinnacle Reef offshore East Africa

Kenya
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The government is planning a new law that will separate parts of its regulations governing oil and gas from legislation governing the mining industry. “The plan involves separating from the mineral regulatory framework those elements that relate to the petroleum value chain,” energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told parliament in a budget speech on 11 May. Proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act had been criticised by the oil and gas industry for attempting to treat mining and hydrocarbons exploration in the same way.

South Africa
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Despite Egypt’s continued political instability, a consortium of Italy’s Maire Tecnimont and the Netherlands’ Archirodon Group has signed a contract worth up to $1.95bn with Carbon Holdings for utilities and offsite facilities as part of the Tahrir petrochemical complex in Ain Sokhna. Carbon Holdings, founded by Basil El-Baz, is a privately owned Egyptian company which develops and operates downstream oil and gas projects. On completion, the Tahrir complex is expected to boost Egypt’s annual exports by more than 25%. The contract is for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning activities worth between $1.7bn and $1.9bn.

Egypt
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Claiming the challenges that had stalled the sale of three national integrated power projects (NIPPs) had been overcome, the Abuja government approved the privatisation of the Calabar, Geregu and Omotosho thermal plants last October. But there are still significant barriers to the government’s aspiration to add 5GW of capacity with the moribund NIPPs’ revival, according to sources canvassed by African Energy.Against a difficult macroeconomic background and still dysfunctional electricity supply industry, the privatisation of the NIPP plants has struggled.

Nigeria
Issue 426 - 05 November 2020

Gambia: RfQ for dual-fuel plant

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National Water and Electricity Company Limited (Nawec), with support from the African Legal Support Facility, has issued a request for qualification from IPPs for a 30MW dual fuel (HFO/gas) power plant at Kotu.

Gambia
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TotalEnergies chief executive Patrick Pouyanné reaffirmed the French major’s commitment to oil and gas, saying they “will continue to be a significant source of cash”, during his Q1 2022 earnings call. Pouyanné also used the occasion to temper some of the recent Namibia upstream hype, stressed there would be no return to Mozambique LNG this year and outlined a divestment plan for some of Total’s Nigerian oil licences, while holding on to gas assets

Namibia
Issue 322 - 29 April 2016

Cameroon: Bomono licence extension

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Edinburgh-based Bowleven has been awarded a one-year extension to the Bomono exploration licence, pending the final award of an Exploitation Authorisation. The application was submitted to the Cameroon authorities in December before the exploration licence expired, to enable development activities to go ahead. Approval has yet to be granted, but the extension ensures that the AIM-listed company’s interest in the acreage is maintained.

Cameroon
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Afreximbank and the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) have agreed to jointly create the African Energy Transition Bank to fund gas and oil projects and other energy schemes around the continent, at a time when many traditional sources of funding are drying up. However, many details remain to be ironed out, including how it will be funded.

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Ghana’s Ministry of Finance announced in late September that Cenit Energy Ltd has agreed new terms for its 126MW dual fuel power plant. The government has been attempting to drive down the cost of power by renegotiating power purchase agreements (PPAs) with IPPs. After fact-finding consultations earlier in the year, talks with operating or near-operating IPPs have moved on to more substantive negotiations, and Cenit is the first to reach agreement.

Ghana
Issue 425 - 22 October 2020

Algeria: Naturgy settlement

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Sonatrach has settled its dispute with Spain’s Naturgy Energy Group by agreeing to revise their gas contracts while avoiding the arbitration proceedings threatened by Algeria. The Spanish utility initiated negotiations in May, and three separate contracts were renegotiated in a review of pricing, volume and duration provisions, the two companies said on 7 October. The contracts were signed by Naturgy executive chairman Francisco Reynes and Sonatrach president director- general Toufik Hakkar, during a visit to Algiers by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez.

Algeria
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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A new study by the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment predicts that fossil fuels will continue to dominate the energy mix as total electricity generation across the African continent doubles by 2030.

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The arrival of a floating regasification unit at Tema is the final piece in the jigsaw for sub-Saharan Africa’s first offshore LNG import project. Long-awaited LNG imports are intended to reduce the cost of gas while stabilising supply in the east of the country, writes Dan Marks 

Ghana
Issue 430 - 14 January 2021

Mozambique: Coral South work resumes

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While most work has been suspended at Total’s Mozambique LNG project site, drilling is set to resume at Eni’s offshore Coral South development in Area 4. The National Petroleum Institute (INP) announced the arrival of the Saipem 12000 drillship at Pemba on 5 January, ready to resume drilling and completion operations. Drilling started in September 2019 but was suspended in April 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.

Mozambique