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Aminex has announced a one-year extension of the Mtwara licence in the Ruvuma production-sharing agreement, which was due to expire in December 2016. Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has also agreed for the company to transfer drilling obligations in the norther Lindi licence to the southern Mtwara licence, which contains the Ntorya discovery. Aminex intends to drill the Ntorya-2 appraisal well and, if it is successful, to apply for a 25-year development licence.

Tanzania
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Eni on 26 April announced the start-up of the second production unit at the Zohr gas project, which will double installed capacity to 800mcf/d. Eni said the production ramp-up was planned to continue to reach 1.2bcf/d in May 2018, 2bcf/d by end-2018 and the production plateau of 2.7bcf/d in 2019. Zohr was discovered in August 2015 in the Shorouk Block in the Mediterranean Sea and started production in December 2017.

Egypt
Issue 318 - 25 February 2016

Egypt: Zohr development approval

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The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has given its approval for the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company to grant Eni the Zohr Development Lease, which allows for the development of the Zohr gas field in the offshore Shorouk Concession. Eni’s ambitious development plan envisages the start of production by the end of 2017, just two years after the discovery, with a progressive ramp-up to reach a volume of about 75mcf/d by 2019. “The quick realisation of such a large project will be possible through cooperation with Petrojet, Enppi and Saipem contractors, who have always contributed to the success of Eni’s development activities in Egypt,” Eni said.

Egypt
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A deal that was expected to allow the restart of the Segas LNG plant at Damietta has fallen through, though Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) says it is ready to start a new round of negotiations. Agreements signed in February by Eni, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), Egas and Spain’s Naturgy were expected to pave the way for the plant to restart by June 2020.

Egypt
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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.

Libya
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The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to GreenCape Sector Development Agency to procure a US company to undertake a feasibility study into an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and gas-to-power scheme in the Western Cape. The study will assess market demand, socioeconomic impact and key risks for the project, as well as providing a preferred model for the importation of LNG. The study comes as the government’s LNG-to-power procurement programme has stalled in the face of the political crisis in South Africa.

South Africa
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Total and Kosmos Energy have both signed a Joint Declaration of Principles with the Moroccan government setting out commitments regarding exploration and any eventual development in the disputed Western Sahara. Kosmos said the declaration signed on 19 December 2013 outlined commitments on exploration activities and the key principles under which development would proceed if commercially viable hydrocarbon deposits were discovered. It stated that any such development would be undertaken in accordance with international standards, including those in the United Nations Charter and in the 2002 UN legal opinion on resource development in the territory.

Morocco
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London-based Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) has found more gas in the La-107 well on its Logbaba concession in Douala. The company said drilling had taken longer than expected due to a technical problem with the previous La-108 well, but completion, flow testing and network supply input was scheduled for Q3 2017. La-107, which is a twin of the Serepca La-104 well drilled in 1957, has so far encountered 35 metres of high permeability, high porosity gas-bearing sands in the Upper Logbaba formation, slightly more than expected based on the logs for La-104.

Cameroon
Issue 427 - 19 November 2020

Kenya: KenGen to study LNG imports

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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.

Kenya
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As African Energy editor Thalia Griffiths leaves to explore new opportunities, colleagues asked for her take on developments after 23 years leading the publication. For all the tragedies like the current Ethiopian conflict, she sees real hope for a better future on a continent where, in many places, governance has improved and previously marginalised populations are becoming empowered to enact positive change.

Ghana | Mozambique | South Sudan | Angola | Nigeria | Uganda
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South Africa’s long-awaited Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill is due to be tabled in parliament in June, writes James Gavin South Africa’s upstream oil and gas sector could do with a boost, with production having fallen by over half since 2010 due to a lack of exploration aggravated by lower prices. Total’s offshore Luiperd natural gas discovery in 2020 – Africa’s largest find that year – has reinforced hopes for a full recovery, but the need to create fresh terms for the oil and gas sector has forced the government’s hand.

South Africa
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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.

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 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
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Kosmos Energy signed a 20-year sale and purchase agreement (SPA) on 11 February with BP Gas Marketing for the entire 2.45m t/yr of LNG to be produced from Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project. BP operates the project, which reached a final investment decision in December 2018, with Kosmos, Petrosen and Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier (SMHPM). The partnership is evaluating potential expansion up to 10m t/yr in subsequent phases.

Senegal
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The row over South African construction company Group Five’s disastrous contract with Cenpower Generation Company Ltd to build the 340MW Kpone combined-cycle gas power plant in Tema has escalated after Cenpower attempted to terminate it. Cenpower issued written notification of the termination on 30 November following numerous delays. However, Group Five said the notice of termination was wrongful as it claimed recent delays were the result of the contamination of fuel supplied by Cenpower.

Ghana