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US power developer ContourGlobal aims to complete pre-commissioning of the 25MW first phase of its Lake Kivu methane plant by end-March, then tow the barge out into the lake for the commissioning phase. The innovative project aims to produce 100MW of power from methane dissolved in the lake’s waters, while also averting the risk of a potentially deadly release of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. With the 28MW Nyabarongo hydro plant inaugurated by President Paul Kagame on 5 March and the 15MW Gishoma peat plant due on stream in H2, Rwanda’s installed capacity should reach almost 200MW by year-end.

DR Congo | Rwanda
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The Logbaba power plant has begun delivering 30MW to the grid, fuelled by gas from Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) subsidiary Gaz du Cameroun. VOG said on 23 April it had begun gas supply to the plant following the installation of gas-fired electricity generators by Altaaqa Global. GDC’s gas is also supplying the 20MW Bassa plant, which started up in March, and the new supply triggers take or pay conditions in a contract with state utility Eneo Cameroun signed in December 2014, which fixes guaranteed minimum take or pay gas consumption at $9/mBtu over the two-year contract term.

Cameroon
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Golar LNG has agreed commercial terms and conditions with Perenco and state oil company Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures (SNH) for a floating liquefied natural gas export project. The Bermuda-registered company announced on 24 December that it had signed a heads of agreement with SNH and Perenco. Golar said the tolling agreement which defines the material commercial terms and conditions for the project is now subject to finalisation with SNH, and government approval. The midstream gas convention setting out the regulatory and fiscal regime governing FLNG operations in Cameroon is being progressed in parallel with the tolling agreement and is also now subject to finalisation with the government.

Cameroon
Issue 394 - 14 June 2019

BBC revives Senegal oil controversy

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BP has described as “inaccurate and exaggerated” claims that businessman Frank Timis is set to receive $9bn-$12bn in royalties from the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim gas project, but a BBC report has revived controversy over the role of Timis and presidential brother Aliou Sall in Senegal’s oil and gas industry.The BBC’s Panorama investigative programme based its 3 June report on a leaked hard drive containing documents relating to Timis’ businesses.

Senegal
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South Africa’s DNG Energy is developing a gas import scheme in Mozambique’s Maputo Bay to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the transport, mining and industrial sectors in the Southern African Development Community. An 8,000 tonne barge is under construction in Durban and is due for completion in early February. It will then be sailed to Maputo to be in place by mid-February, ready for commissioning in March. The barge will be moored alongside a floating gas storage unit, and will be able to fill 380 ISO containers simultaneously.

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Denham Capital-backed developer Neo Themis announced this month that it is the lead developer for the 550MW Kingline open-cycle gas project in Ondo State. The announcement is a boost for the Nigerian power generation sector, which has experienced a difficult few years as the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET) and distribution companies have struggled to achieve commercial sustainability. There has been some speculation that the ‘super ministry’ comprising housing, power and works could be broken up following the re-election of President Mohammadu Buhari.

Nigeria
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Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) has announced the resumption of gas sales to power utility Eneo Cameroon for the Logbaba power station, and government approval of its acquisition of the Matanda Block. The news has come as a significant boost for Aim-listed VOG, which was hard hit when Eneo failed to renew its supply contract a year ago, and for Douala consumers that have experienced power cuts. Eneo’s cash flow has suffered from the government’s unwillingness to pay its bills, but while VOG said it was confident the problem was temporary, the Eneo supply represented an estimated 53% of Logbaba gas sales revenues for 2017.

Cameroon
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The government signed an agreement on 1 February with Gasmeth Energy Ltd to extract and process methane gas from Lake Kivu for a compressed natural gas (CNG) project.Gasmeth plans to finance, construct and maintain a gas extraction, processing and compression project including a gas extraction plant on Lake Kivu. The company will extract and separate methane gas from the lake’s water and transport it to an onshore plant for processing.

Rwanda
Issue 390 - 19 April 2019

Chevron eyes Mozambique tax windfall

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Chevron’s proposed acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will have little immediate impact on development plans for Mozambique Area 1, where a final investment decision is now expected in early May. The deal is mainly focused on Anadarko’s position in US shale and the Gulf of Mexico but will also expand and diversify Chevron’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business and create a fourth supermajor alongside ExxonMobil, BP and Shell.

Mozambique
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Anadarko Petroleum has said an attack on 21 February in which a contractor was killed did not target its gas project and it would carry on preparing for a final investment decision (FID). “The evidence to date indicates both the convoy and a car belonging to a contractor encountered an existing event, which did not directly target our contract personnel, nor the LNG project, nor airstrip,” Anadarko said in a statement on 5 March. “The Mozambique government recognises security in the region requires additional attention and action.

Mozambique
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Tanzania’s draft gas bill is set to be put before parliament, which began its final session of the year on 4 November. The legislation will provide a regulatory framework for the downstream sector based on the natural gas policy passed late last year, and should provide companies such as BG Group and Statoil with the security and confidence to push ahead with a final investment decision (FID) on a two-train liquefaction facility to export the combined 47tcf of natural gas reserves they have discovered offshore in the Ruvuma Basin.

Tanzania
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South Africa is close to first gas from the Project Ikhwezi development on Block 9, which aims to add more gas to extend the life of the Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids refinery. State oil company PetroSA is developing the F-O field, 40km south-east of the F-A production platform off the south coast. PetroSA acting vice-president new ventures upstream Andrew Dippenaar told Global Pacific & Partners’ Africa Oil Week conference in Cape Town on 7 November the project involved drilling five long-reach horizontal wells into a high-temperature, high-pressure reservoir. “Once we have those fields on production, there is some potential opportunity for discovered fields” to the east, he said

South Africa
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Missouri American Energy (MEA), part of US-based Onwa Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government for a 250MW gas power plant in Rivers State, Onwa Group chief executive Henry Iwenofu has confirmed to African Energy. MEA will be the lead developer of the project and expects to negotiate a gas supply agreement with Shell. Iwenofu said the company was in discussions with partners to bring the project forward. Onwa Group is a management consulting firm established in 2012 with offices in St Louis, Missouri and Abuja.

Nigeria
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Several high-profile government figures have been dismissed over a new power sector corruption scandal set to overshadow the contest for the leadership of incumbent party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and ensure corruption remains top of the agenda in the run-up to October’s elections. The scandal centres on payments to Pan Africa Power Solutions Tanzania, owned by controversial businessman Harbinder Singh Sethi, from TSh200bn ($124m) held in an escrow account at the central bank. Sethi claimed to have purchased a 70% stake in Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL), a 100MW gas-fired power plant, from Malaysia’s Mechmar Corporation, which is now in administration.

Tanzania
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Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is to take over the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) to create a new gas subsidiary as part of its expansion plans, finance minister Seth Terkper told parliament on 19 November.The minister said the consolidation would reduce the financing conditions imposed by investors. He said the government planned to appoint a transaction adviser for the process and ask them to advise on integrating the Tema Oil Refinery and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company.

Ghana