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National Oil Corporation chairman Shukri Ghanem appears to have defected to the opposition, taking with him vital intelligence on the regime's fuel supplies, in a major blow to Muammar Qadhafi's hopes of clinging to power, writes John Hamilton

Tunisia
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The suicide bombing of a gendarmerie barracks in Ouargla and shock jihadist victories in Mali are fuelling unease about the future of the vast Sahara-Sahel region, adding to the uncertain political mood in Algiers, write Oualid Khelifi and Jon Marks

Algeria | Mali
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Geneva-based oil trading firm Vitol’s fuel supply deal to the National Transitional Council during its six-month uprising against Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s regime has attracted admiration, criticism and envy. 

Libya
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The unions don’t like it and neither do many northern politicians. But publicly, at least, a majority in government and business are behind the president’s efforts to remove subsidies on petrol, writes Leonard Lawal in Lagos

Nigeria
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The environmental disaster in Ogoniland could take up to 30 years and $1bn to repair, but Royal Dutch Shell says it remains committed to its Nigerian operations despite accepting liability for its part in oil spills, writes David Slater

Nigeria
Issue 230 - 04 May 2012

Egypt cancels Israel gas contract

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It was presented by Cairo as a purely business matter when Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) in late April cancelled their 20-year gas supply contract with Israel, claiming pipeline operator East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) had not paid Egas for four months.

Egypt
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The security of main hydrocarbons producing zones is increasingly being questioned, but the interim authorities have stuck to their insistence that no foreign security operators will be deployed at facilities, writes John Hamilton

Libya
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The Government of Southern Sudan will not compromise in negotiations with the north over the status of Abyei, and is prepared to take up arms again if the impasse continues

South Sudan | Sudan
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Nigerian energy officials have taken important steps to move forward key policy goals, despite reports of delays and in-fighting across the Yar’Adua administration.

Nigeria
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IOCs and consumer governments are indulging in intense speculation about Gazprom’s Nigerian love-in, with indications that Moscow might also revive co-operation with Algeria and invest big in several other African gas plays.

Nigeria | Algeria
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Plans are moving ahead for the most radical overhaul of Nigeria’s hydrocarbons industry in 40 years, according to the draft report seen by Our Gulf of Guinea Correspondent. Also in African Energy, Eleanor Gillespie in Abuja and Leonard Lawal in Lagos report on joint ventures and other aspects of the reform promised across the industry, which may not be to the taste of many IOCs but fulfill a need for real change in Nigeria.

Nigeria
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Algerian leaders have been enjoying the extent to which markets have shifted since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, allowing Sonatrach to deflect any downside from the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline (GME)’s closure as it redirects gas away from Spain to other more favoured European partners – all the while maintaining the regime’s traditionally strong strategic relationship with Russia. As widely predicted, Italy is the major initial beneficiary.

Algeria
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Upstream operator Total has signed a host government agreement (HGA) with Uganda for its proposed oil export pipeline project connecting Uganda’s oil fields to Tanzania’s Tanga port. “We have today reached major milestones which pave the way to the final investment decision [FID] in the coming months.

Uganda | Tanzania
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Among Russia’s portfolio of interests in Africa – which include a large military sales business and nuclear development ambitions – state-owned entities such as Gazprom, Gazpromneft and Rosneft have built up hydrocarbons industry interests in markets around the continent, from Algeria in the north to Nigeria, and Angola and Mozambique south of the Sahara.  African Energy examines Russia's investments in Africa's upstream sector and its possible strategic objectives.

Ghana | Mozambique | Egypt | Nigeria | Libya | Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Algeria | Senegal | South Africa
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The more optimistic mood emerging in the long under-performing electricity supply industry suggests Nigeria is on the right track in some areas of government-led reform. But persistent failures to develop hydrocarbons resources continue to depress output, raising the spectre of stranded assets despite the key role for gas in the domestic energy transition, while political tensions and conflict around the nation pose real doubts about the future, write African Energy staff and correspondents

Nigeria