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The 4.8bcm/yr Tinrhert phase one expansion project in the Illizi Basin is expected to be producing by year-end, Le Quotidien d’Oran reported. The daily said energy minister Abdelmadjid Attar had visited the region on 10 October. Phase one work by Petrofac to bring 29 new wells into operation will raise natural gas output in the Ohanet field to around 11bcm.

Algeria
Issue 425 - 22 October 2020

Cameroon: New Sanaga platform

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Perenco has taken delivery of a new platform for the Sanaga Sud gas field. Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures said the Sanaga 2 platform, which incorporates gas compression equipment for the development of the field, had arrived offshore Cameroon in June 2020 from the Netherlands and was undergoing commissioning testing.

Cameroon
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Saipem’s Castorone pipe-laying vessel has arrived offshore Equatorial Guinea to carry out installation work for a 70km gas pipeline to connect Noble Energy’s Alen field with gas processing facilities at Punta Europa. The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons said on 8 November the vessel’s arrival from the Spanish port of Escombreras marked the start of the backfilling project to replace declining production from the Alba field.

Equatorial Guinea
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The World Bank Group (WBG) is inviting expressions of interest from consultants to assess the implications of retiring the Camden, Hendrina, Grootvlei, and Komati coal power plants in South Africa.

South Africa
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Globeleq announced on 10 December that Spain’s TSK has been selected to build the 450MW Temane combined-cycle gas power plant in Inhambane province. The award followed a competitive procurement process. Temane will use Siemens turbines, which TSK has used in similarly sized projects elsewhere.

Mozambique
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United Kingdom-based developer Globeleq announced on 11 January that will acquire a 74% stake in Nigeria commercial and industrial (C&I) power company CPGNL.

Nigeria
Issue 430 - 14 January 2021

Angola: ANPG sets new bid round date

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The National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) announced on 31 December that it would formally launch its postponed 2020 licensing round covering onshore blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins on 30 April. A formal launch had been planned for May 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Angola
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Domestic consumption has reached a new record of 550MW – with most demand in the main cities of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire – compared to national generation capacity of only around 400MW from Republic of Congo’s main power stations, state Société Energie Electrique du Congo (E2C) distribution director Jules Saturnin Souka told African Energy. Solutions include installing a third gas turbine at Eni’s gas-fired plant in Pointe-Noire – expected later this year – and strengthening the national transmission and urban distribution network, for which funding has been sought.

Congo Brazzaville
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GE has been contracted to supply equipment for the 300MW Cap des Biches power plant. GE will supply two 9E.03 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two heat recovery steam generators and additional balance of plant equipment. The combined-cycle gas turbine power plant is being developed by Senegal’s West African Energy and will be built by Turkish EPC contractor Calik Enerji, which signed a contract in September.

Senegal
Issue 434 - 11 March 2021

Egypt: Licensing round details

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As well as the three western Mediterranean blocks offered by Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas), its part of the round includes six eastern Mediterranean blocks, including northern parts of the North West Satis, North West Atoll, West Zohr and West el-Arish offshore blocks, part of the Shorouk block relinquished by Eni after the Zohr development, and parts of Edison’s unsuccessful North Port Fouad and North Thekah Offshore blocks.

Egypt
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With the government broadcasting the potential for local content opportunities, President Macky Sall is banking on the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) field, shared with Mauritania, to drive growth following a grim period for the economy.

Senegal
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Karpowership’s 235MW Aysegül Sultan powership will start its switch to LNG in May or June, Asli Sürek of Karpowership told African Energy on 8 April. The ship has produced some 15% of Senegal’s electricity using heavy fuel oil (HFO) since it began operations in October 2019. The Aysegül Sultan will be sub-Saharan Africa’s first LNG-fuelled power plant. Sürek said Karpowership intends eventually to switch its entire fleet to LNG.

Senegal
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The 47MW first phase of the Kékéli Gas project, involving a open cycle gas turbine, is expected to come online in May, François Xavier of Siemens told African Energy. A second 18MW combined cycle gas turbine is expected online in December.

Togo
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The newly merged PetroNor E&P has agreed to buy Panoro Energy’s 12.19% equity stake in OML 113 in the Keta Basin offshore western Nigeria, which contains the Aje oil and gas field. Cyprus-registered PetroNor, which completed a merger with African Petroleum in August, plans to take a lead role in progressing the long-mooted development of the field’s gas reserves, eliminating flaring and supplying gas to replace diesel generation in Lagos.

Nigeria
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The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has begun investigations into Rolls-Royce’s operations in Nigeria, following accusations that the London Stock Exchange-listed engineering group filtered payments through intermediaries such as Unaoil to win deals in Indonesia, China, India and Brazil. As with previous investigations, the deals under scrutiny were transacted by Rolls-Royce’s previous management, headed by Sir John Rose. The Times newspaper reported on 20 May that the Nigerian deals involved Rolls-Royce’s alleged use of an intermediary company, PSL Engineering and Control, to influence the sale of gas turbines.

Nigeria