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Ghana is preparing to offer new oil and gas exploration blocks in its eastern and western offshore basins, according to deputy energy minister Mohammed Amin Adam. The details of the blocks have not been revealed, but they will be awarded to operators through direct negotiations, rather than offered in an open bid round.

Ghana
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In a further sign of the renewed momentum in the oil and gas sector, another Tanzania-focused independent has announced increased output. 

Tanzania
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Savannah subsidiary Accugas has signed an addendum to a gas sales agreement with First Independent Power (FIPL) which could see Accugas increase supplies by 30 mcf/d to 65 mcf/d.

Nigeria
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AIM-listed Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas announced in early March that Norway’s Island Drilling Company had been awarded a contract to drill the Gazania-1 well in Block 2B in the Orange Basin, offshore South Africa.

South Africa
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Nigeria’s pledge of achieving net-zero by 2060, driven by the increased use of its gas resource and the assent of a new climate bill, is likely to require huge amounts of financing. But as developed nations turn their back on fossil fuels the plan could face a funding impasse.

Nigeria
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BW Energy’s upstream development and independent power investment proposal to develop the elusive offshore Kudu gas field is gaining traction in Windhoek, where IOC activity is gaining pace ahead of much-anticipated wells planned by Shell and TotalEnergies, write James Gavin and a Special Correspondent.

Namibia
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The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (Nupeng) suspended a planned nationwide strike by oil tanker drivers on 10 October to allow for discussions with the government. The drivers had been planning to start their industrial action the following day over poor road conditions and other issues.

Nigeria
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State giant Sonangol’s gas and renewable energy business unit chair Manuel Barros said construction was due to start in Q3 2022 on a butane gas storage facility in Malanje, 380km inland from the capital Luanda. “The purpose of the facility is to increase the storage and delivery volume of the product in Malanje and neighbouring provinces,” he said

Angola
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African delegations are meeting in a massive and not yet fully prepared conference venue several days before COP26 officially opens, writes John Hamilton in Glasgow. The pre-sessional meeting of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) is attempting once again to get the continent’s priority issues onto the global agenda, a few days before G20 leaders gather in Rome for what, in part, will be a pre-COP 26 assembly of developed nations and leading emerging markets.

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Egypt is continuing to work on its plan to sell natural gas to Lebanon, but has tacitly acknowledged any deal to help out cash-strapped Beirut will not maximise revenue from its resources. Nevertheless, the proposal is not just an expression of regional altruism and Arab solidarity. It is also intended to further Egypt’s long-term geopolitical and economic interests.

Egypt
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London Stock Exchange-listed Predator Oil and Gas said the fast-track development of compressed natural gas (CNG) from the MOU-1 well in the Guercif licence was possible, subject to partner approval and final results from well testing. A 15 December operational update said a pilot development of 2-5 mcf/d of CNG was economic.

Morocco
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After three years of slow growth in adding generation infrastructure to the continent’s grids, capacity additions reached new lows in Q2 2021, with only 751MW of net on-grid capacity added – the lowest figure since at least 2013, according to African Energy Live Data. This was in part due to Covid-19, but other factors are at play too which suggest recovery will not be immediate

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Despite fierce resistance from many resource-rich, infrastructure-poor African governments, 34 countries and five development banks committed to ending external funding for fossil fuel projects at the Cop26 summit. Dan Marks and African Energy staff ask whether the writing really is on the wall for natural gas projects

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Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) executive secretary Simbi Wabote said the 10,000 b/d Duport modular refinery is on track to be completed before the end of December.

Nigeria
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Plans for the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project have edged forward, with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) announcing a call for expressions of interest for two consultancy contracts on the grandiose scheme.

Nigeria | Morocco