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The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with successful bidders from its 2019 licensing round during the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.

Equatorial Guinea
Issue 335 - 24 November 2016

Mauritania/Senegal: More drilling in 2017


Kosmos Energy plans a new drilling campaign next year exploring basin floor fans in deeper water outboard from its previous exploration in the hope of finding oil. “We are currently acquiring seismic data in southern Mauritania and northern Mauritania, and this seismic data has imaged giant to supergiant leads and prospects in a basin floor setting. We plan on drilling out a three-well programme at a minimum, starting in 2017, that will test a gross unrisked mean resource of 29bn boe,” Kosmos vice-president exploration Tracey Henderson told Global Pacific & Partners’ Africa Upstream conference on 1 November.

Mauritania | Senegal

Greek power contractor Metka has signed an agreement worth $350m to provide fast-track engineering, procurement and construction services and operations and maintenance support for a 250MW gas power plant. The deal was struck with the Ghanaian government in partnership with Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group (Ameri Energy) – the investment vehicle of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmook Al-Maktoum, a member of Dubai’s ruling family – who is the concessionaire for the project. It will be developed under a five-year build, own, operate and transfer arrangement.


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.

Issue 425 - 22 October 2020

Tanzania: Ruvuma farmout approved


The government has approved the farmout of a 50% interest in the Ruvuma production-sharing agreement after Aminex warned that the buyer was set to walk away. Aminex, which first announced the farmout to ARA Petroleum Tanzania Limited in 2018, said on 30 September that, if government approval was not received by 15 October, the deadline would not be extended again.

Issue 426 - 05 November 2020

Gambia: RfQ for dual-fuel plant


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.

Issue 427 - 19 November 2020

Kenya: KenGen to study LNG imports


Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 30 November for a feasibility study for LNG imports. The study would cover the development and operation of infrastructure for importation, storage and regasification of LNG for power generation, conversion of existing HFO plants to run on natural gas, and development of a new gas power plant.


The World Bank Group (WBG) has invited expressions of interest from consultants to provide an analysis of the implications of retiring the Camden, Hendrina, Grootvlei and Komati coal power plants. The consultant will look at the technical, environmental, socioeconomic and financial implications of decommissioning the plants to help inform the WBG’s future engagement with South Africa.

South Africa

Reuters reported on 26 January that the South African government planned to launch multiple procurement rounds for solar, wind, gas, coal and battery power over the next year. The news agency cited a report made at a three-day meeting of African National Congress officials which set out plans to launch a 2.6GW solar and wind procurement round this month or next, followed by a further 2.6GW procurement in August and a third round in January or February 2021 for 1.6GW. Alongside the renewable procurement rounds, tenders would be launched for 500MW of energy storage in September and for 1.5GW of coal and 3GW of gas in December.

South Africa
Issue 432 - 11 February 2021

South Africa: Renergen awards contracts


Renergen has contracted three companies to carry out engineering studies for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project in Free State. Saipem will carry out FEED studies for the development of the downstream liquid natural gas and liquid helium processing facilities, while EPCM Holdings, which is currently constructing Renergen’s Phase 1 gas gathering pipeline, has been awarded the FEED contract for the development of the Phase 2 gas gathering pipeline.

South Africa
Issue 433 - 25 February 2021

South Africa: Gazania to spud by year end


With interest in South Africa’s oil and gas potential growing, Africa Energy Corporation (AEC) plans to spud the Gazania well on Block 2B in the Orange Basin by year-end following farm-ins by Azinam and Panoro Energy. AEC chief executive Garret Soden told an online conference organised by Norway’s SpareBank 1 Markets that the well would test two targets with prospective resources of over 300m bbls.

South Africa