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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 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 341 - 02 March 2017

South Africa gas power RfQ expected


The request for qualification (RfQ) for South Africa’s mooted liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power programme is expected at mid-year, IPP Office adviser John Smelcer and director of upstream and midstream oil and gas at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Kishan Pillay told the African Gas Forum in Johannesburg on 20 February. The RfQ was expected in November but has been delayed following the release of the draft integrated resource plan (IRP) and integrated energy plan (IEP) (AE 335/1).

South Africa
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.


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

Zimbabwe is highly unlikely to eradicate the crony capitalist structures that have favoured the Mugabe clan and other Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) grandees any time soon. But the president’s departure could favour a measured transition, building on initiatives to normalise the economy undertaken by regime officials such as Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) managing director Noah Fari Gwariro. Even at 92 years old, it seems imprudent to write off President Robert Mugabe, whose ruthless political cunning has seen off international sanctions and domestic challenges.


The resolution of a blockade at the Marsa al-Harigah terminal in mid-May averted what many expected to be a highly damaging financial and political crisis. However, it leaves unresolved the main grievances that provoked leaders in Cyrenaica to shut the port and deprive Tripoli of revenues earned from the sale of crude produced in the east of the country. The continued political disagreements and the expected delivery by a Russian company of LYD4bn worth of bank notes to the Benghazi-based administration will provide fertile ground for further disputes over both money and oil.


We all agree: the future is necessarily based on renewable energy and storage solutions, as economies, corporations and communities work to tackle the climate crisis by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Africa understands the need for this better than most, as vulnerable populations in regions like the Sahel suffer the consequences of global warming on their daily lives and resource distribution.

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 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 enthusiasm of majors towards the kingdom has waned as their global priorities have shifted, but several smaller companies are looking to sell gas to local power and industrial clients. But even with the government’s ambitious LNG import scheme apparently shelved, electricity capacity seems comfortable and industrial demand is uncertain, meaning commercialising gas reserves is far from easy for ambitious minnows, writes Jon Marks.

Issue 433 - 25 February 2021

Attar out in Algerian reshuffle


Abdelmadjid Attar has been sacked just eight months after being appointed energy minister, in a 21 February government reshuffle ordered by President Abdelmajid Tebboune. Attar has been outspoken in criticising Sonatrach’s performance and management, and delays to implementing the new hydrocarbons law.


 In the wake of a diplomatic crisis involving migrant flows and the disputed Western Sahara, a recent report from Madrid suggested Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had called an end to negotiations on the extension of gas supply contracts via the 11.5 bcm/yr capacity Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline (GME).

Algeria | Morocco

In addition to its Senegal project, Karpowership has two other floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessels destined for other African markets. A 125,470m3 capacity FSRU has been built for the Karpowership/Mitsui OSK Lines Karmol joint venture by Sembcorp Marine. It will be deployed to Karpowership’s 126MW Mehmet Bey powership in Nacala, Mozambique.