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Turkish concessionaire Aksa Enerji has formally returned the 50MW Djéno gas-powered plant to service. Aksa has a 30-year concession to operate the plant and expand it to 100MW over the concession period.

Congo Brazzaville
Issue 338 - 19 January 2017

Starenergie signs new Songon agreement

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Ivorian power developer Starenergie 2073 has signed an agreement valued at CFA28bn ($46m) with Vinci Energies Côte d’Ivoire and Cegelec Maroc for associated infrastructure for the 372MW Songon thermal power plant. The Ivorian firm signed an agreement in August 2016 with China Energy Engineering Corporation to build the gas-fired plant. Starenergie says US developer Endeavor Energy, which signed a joint development agreement (JDA) for the scheme in 2015, is no longer a partner on the project. Endeavor said in October 2016 that it had invested several million dollars in the project’s development and was committed to enforcing its rights under the JDA.

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 321 - 15 April 2016

Cameroon: Dana Bakassi well finds gas

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Dana Petroleum’s Manatee-1 exploration well on the Bakassi West Block failed to find oil but the partners are assessing a gas-bearing section. SDX Energy said the shallow water well in the Niger Delta Basin was drilled to a total depth of 1,447 metres and intersected 26 metres of gas-bearing section of varying quality. “Whilst we are disappointed not to have made an oil discovery, we recognised the risks associated with exploration wells of this kind. The secondary objective was to see whether we could make a commercially viable gas discovery.

Cameroon
Issue 333 - 29 October 2016

Mauritania-Senegal prospects

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The Mauritanian and Senegalese governments see the deep-water Senegal River Basin’s reserves as offering potential feedstock for future gas-to-power schemes, as well as supplying the floating liquefaction plant planned by Kosmos and other international oil companies (IOCs) to export gas. This would provide an economic boost that officials have told African Energy outweighs any political tensions between the two countries. Moves to implement an inter-governmental co-operation agreement (IGCA), which would allow the two countries to commercialise their gas, are being “driven from the top” by Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdelaziz and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Mauritania | Senegal
Issue 319 - 10 March 2016

Nigeria: NNPC to be broken up

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Minister of state for petroleum resources and group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ibe Kachikwu has said that NNPC is to be unbundled into 30 companies in the weeks ahead as part of efforts to reform the national oil company. “For the first time, we are unbundling the subset of the NNPC to 30 independent companies with their own managing directors. Titles like group executive directors are going to disappear and in their place you are going to have chief executive officers and they are going to take responsibilities for their titles.

Nigeria
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A financial crisis is undermining the Nigerian electricity supply industry (ESI), but just as important is the lack of natural gas to generate power, as potential suppliers have ducked calls for much-increased supply to the domestic industry while purchase prices remain low and cost-reflective tariffs are elusive. Lack of gas is compromising efforts to increase generated electricity output, shown in African Energy’s analysis of available data and forecasts based on research for the African Energy Database.

Nigeria
Issue 324 - 27 May 2016

Egypt: EGPC licensing round blocks

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The North Umbarka Block lies on the Mediterranean coast just north of the Umbarka and Khalda fields operated by Apache Oil Corporation through its Khalda joint venture with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC). Five concessionaires have previously held parts of the block and between them drilled 34 wells between 1967 and 2014, all of which were temporarily or permanently abandoned. A total of nine wells produced gas or oil shows or were deemed worthy of further study. The concessionaires also carried out five 2D and 3D seismic surveys over the past 23 years. These include Vegas (1993), IEOC (1998) Shell (1998), Apache (2007) and Hellenic (2008).

Egypt
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Wentworth Resources is to take over as operator of the Rovuma Onshore concession and carry out appraisal of the Tembo-1 gas discovery. The company said it had applied to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals for approval of a proposed appraisal programme for Tembo-1, and to increase its holding in Rovuma Onshore from 11.59% to 85%.Current operator Anadarko, Maurel & Prom and Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production have all notified the National Petroleum Institute (INP) of the relinquishment of their interests in the block with effect from 31 August 2015.

Mozambique
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Advances in plans to boost output from the country’s two largest oil and gas fields, together with indications of important changes to exploration licensing, suggest that Algeria may finally be shifting to a more realistic approach to oil and gas sector development. But the direction of policy remains difficult to read, not least because the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has not been seen in public for two years, meaning there is great doubt about the authority behind strategic decision-making over national resources.

Algeria
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A year after initial awards were first announced, minister of petroleum and mineral resources Tarek El-Molla has signed oil and gas exploration agreements with six major IOCs and their Egyptian partner Tharwa Petroleum. Seven of the agreements involving Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) are for offshore areas in the Mediterranean, while two are with South Valley Egyptian Petroleum Holding Company (Ganope) covering areas in the Red Sea. The ministry has said it expects to sign three more agreements soon.

Egypt
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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
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Project sources have told African Energy that the 2023 date to deliver first gas from the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) field is “back on track”,

Senegal
Issue 437 - 29 April 2021

Capterio launches FlareIntel

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UK-based gas flaring specialist Capterio has launched its FlareIntel tool, aimed at providing free-to-access information on global gas flaring. Using satellite imagery, FlareIntel can identify flare sites, estimate flared volumes and CO2 emissions.

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The government will officially launch a new oil and gas licensing round, known as EG Ronda 2016, at the Africa Oil & Power conference on 6-7 June at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town. The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy said in October 2015 that it planned a bid round this year, offering all remaining deep and ultra-deepwater blocks. The last bid round in 2014 offered all the country’s open acreage, with four blocks next to existing discoveries offered for direct negotiation and the others for competitive bidding.

Equatorial Guinea