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Africa’s natural gas exporters have been warned they need to do more to track their methane emissions, ahead of the adoption of the EU Methane Strategy and in light of the global methane pledge to cut emissions by at least 30% by 2030, which was signed by more than 100 countries at the COP26 Conference in November.

Nigeria
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Eni confirmed its ability to bring years of co-operation and strong government relations to bear with an agreement signed on 11 April for state giant Sonatrach to supply up to 9 bcm/yr more gas through the under-used Trans-Mediterranean Pipeline (TMP), which runs to Italy via Tunisia.

Algeria
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The Maputo government is trying to attract more majors to its offshore acreage, just as industry giants TotalEnergies and Eni ready themselves for further development of their rival liquified natural gas projects in the politically unstable north, writes James Gavin

Mozambique
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The cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) development is proceeding on schedule, according to BP. The UK major said first exports were expected in Q4 2023 – news that will be warmly welcomed by LNG buyers world-wide given surging demand and prices.

Mauritania | Senegal
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The 2.3m t/yr Tortue liquified natural gas (LNG) project – phase one of the cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) development – is 70% complete, with first gas expected “at the end of 2023”, Strategic Oil and Gas Committee deputy head Mamadou Fall Kane said following a meeting with BP at President Macky Sall’s office.

Mauritania | Senegal
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Afreximbank and the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) have agreed to jointly create the African Energy Transition Bank to fund gas and oil projects and other energy schemes around the continent, at a time when many traditional sources of funding are drying up. However, many details remain to be ironed out, including how it will be funded.

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There has been a significant move forward for Brazzaville’s plans to develop its natural gas resources with Italian major Eni’s announcement that it will launch its Fast LNG export scheme in Republic of Congo (RoC) in H1 2023.

Congo Brazzaville
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London-listed Chariot, Predator, SDX and Sound have all provided recent market updates on their operations in Morocco, where the need to secure new gas flows after the closure of the Europe-Maghreb Gas pipeline last year has given added urgency to the operators’ ambitions.

Morocco
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Algerian state giant Sonatrach and Gazprom EP International have finally announced plans for a new gas development at El Assel in the Berkine Basin.

Algeria
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South African giant Sasol has announced the completion of the sale of its stake in the 175MW Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia gas power plant in Mozambique.

Mozambique
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Abdelhamid Al-Dabaiba’s government has granted permission for the construction of two highly ambitious power generation projects. Cork-based AG Energy, with links to the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, is in line to build what could be Libya’s first private sector solar PV plant. Qatar-based Urbacon Trading and Construction (UCC) has been authorised to build a large gas-fired plant in Zliten. Neither company has built power plants in Libya until now, but UCC has teamed up with Germany’s Siemens Energy, Tripoli-based Acesco Consulting Engineering and Services and Philadelphia-based Hill International, who bring substantial experience in major construction projects in the country, while AG has been promoting projects in Libya and the wider region for a decade.

Libya
Issue 454 - 11 February 2022

Coral FLNG vessel arrives in Mozambique

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The 3.4m t/yr Coral-Sul floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) vessel has arrived offshore Mozambique, France’s Technip Energies announced on 2 February. The ship had left South Korea in November. The FLNG will be used by the Eni-led Coral LNG project in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin.

Mozambique
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After years of stalled plans, negotiations for a large liquified natural gas export plant at Lindi are ‘proceeding well’, as President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s reforming administration turns heads with investor-friendly pledges. Her government had reconvened talks with Shell, Equinor and ExxonMobil even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forced a reassessment of global gas supply options, write Jon Marks and African Energy staff.

Tanzania
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An agreement signed by German economy minister Robert Habeck and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani for the supply of gas to replace imports from Russia made substantial headlines in mid-March. But there are doubts over the ready availability of gas, even for the world’s largest LNG exporter, and a lack of liquefaction terminal infrastructure in Germany.

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Outspoken energy minister Gwede Mantashe has gone into bat for the oil and gas industry, in a bid to overcome challenges that have confronted explorers in the South African offshore, writes James Gavin.