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A draft of the updated integrated resource plan (IRP) 2010-2030 has been released by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) for public comment. The document revises downwards the 2030 electricity demand forecast from 454TWh in the 2010 IRP to 345-416TWh, with significant implications for nuclear power strategy. This means that peak generation will be 61,200MW rather than 67,800MW, at the upper end of the demand forecast. The reduced demand forecast means that a decision on nuclear power can be delayed until the costs and alternatives are better understood.

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Sonatrach’s ability to supply enough gas to meet its international contracts continues to be the subject of speculation in the international markets. Sales to southern Europe have fallen sharply in recent years, mainly as a result of mutually agreed reductions in offtake. So the extent to which production bottlenecks may create greater problems for Algeria’s clients in Italy, Spain and elsewhere in Europe continues to be a matter of conjecture. However, what is certain is that pipeline exports are relatively far down Algeria’s list of priorities for gas usage. The current focus for concern over supplies is Spain. A financial source warned African Energy in early June that “infrastructure issues and local demand” might “start to impact gas exports from Algeria into Spain quite meaningfully”.

Algeria
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London’s Commercial Court has upheld a $536m award in favour of Norway’s Statoil and against Algeria’s Sonatrach in a dispute over the non-delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ruling is a further embarrassment to Sonatrach after a year in which it has lost a series of arbitrations with gas offtakers, mostly related to pricing. At first sight, the ruling appears to confirm concerns about Algeria’s ability to meet its international gas supply commitments. However, a closer analysis shows that the dispute is also the result of dysfunctional management at the most senior level in both Sonatrach and the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Algeria
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Kosmos Energy has appointed Andrew Inglis as board chairman and chief executive with effect from 1 March, enabling current chief executive Brian Maxted to focus on his exploration role. Maxted, a founding partner of Kosmos, will serve as chief exploration officer and remain on the board, while current board chairman John Kemp will retire. Inglis joined Petrofac in January 2011 after 30 years with BP, most recently as chief executive of its exploration and production business.

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The partners on Block CI-27 have pre-empted Gasol’s planned purchase of Energie de Côte d’Ivoire and its 12% stake in the block (AE 269/15). The AIM-listed company said the seller, GDF Suez E&P International, had informed it that the existing partners had exercised their pre-emption rights and the acquisition could not proceed. The CI-27 fields produce about 137mcf/d of gas and 1,000 b/d of liquids. The gas is piped to Abidjan for sale to power producers under long-term contracts, and production from CI-27 accounted for more than 65% of Côte d’Ivoire’s gas production in 2012.

Côte d'Ivoire
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South Africa’s Sasol has announced a joint prefeasibility study for a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, based on gas from the Rovuma Basin. The study, which is being conducted in conjunction with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos and Area 4 operator Eni, will assess the viability and benefits of such a plant to the region.

Mozambique | South Africa
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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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Total has signed an agreement with the government to set up a joint task force to ensure security for the Mozambique LNG project. The news comes after insurgents seized the port of Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province, just south of the Afungi Peninsula where the LNG project is under construction.

Mozambique
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While western partners focus on renewable energy, Eskom chief executive André De Ruyter and general manager for just energy transition Mandy Rambharos has restated the utility’s commitment to developing new gas capacity.

South Africa
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The first units of the three gas-fired power plants under construction in Tripoli, Misrata and Tobruk will shortly be commissioned, according to statements from General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol).

Libya
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The completion by Norway’s PetroNor E&P of the acquisition of Panoro’s minority stake in Offshore Mining Lease (OML) 113 in offshore Nigeria in mid-July has paved the way for the commercialisation of a gas field that is estimated to have reserves of 1.1tcf.

Nigeria
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Panoro Energy has secured government approval to sell its interest in offshore block OML 113 – which contains the Aje field – to Africa-focused independent PetroNor. The deal will end Panoro’s presence in Nigeria’s upstream sector. It also paves the way for increasing oil and gas production from the current 1,900 b/d towards a target of 9,000 b/d under a three-phase field development programme.

Nigeria
Issue 463 - 28 June 2022

New deals for Equatorial Guinea

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With gas prices rising, times are changing for Sociedad Nacional de Gas (Sonagas GE). Speaking to African Energy at the recent Africa Energy Forum in Brussels, director-general Juan Antonio Ndong Ondo said Sonagas GE is looking to develop renewables to help free up gas for export.

Equatorial Guinea
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Italian major Eni and state company Sonatrach has announced a “significant” oil and associated gas discovery in the Zemlet El Arbi concession in the Berkine North Basin. The discovery is estimated to contain 140m bbls of oil in place.

Algeria
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The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) scheme has secured more funding for studies – this time from the Opec Fund for International Development – despite some scepticism about the mega-project’s potential to ever get off the ground. Consultants have been lining up, with Australia’s Worley contracted to provide engineering services.

Nigeria | Morocco