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The sale of London AIM-listed Scirocco Energy’s 25% interest in the Ruvuma production-sharing agreement (PSA) to Ara Petroleum Tanzania (APT) is set to go ahead after the country’s Fair Competition Commission (FCC) approved the transaction.

Tanzania
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Perenco’s activities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been the focus of fresh criticism. A report issued in early November by Investigate Europe, EIF and Disclose alleged that Perenco was  responsible for 167 pollution incidents and huge methane emissions.

DR Congo
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Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is aiming to take advantage of the improved operating environment since President Hakainde Hichilema took office in August 2021 to meet growing power demand from mining sector.

Zambia
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Five more memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed in Rabat on 5 December, bringing more partners into the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.

Gambia | Ghana | Sierra Leone | Nigeria | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Morocco
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Driven by a political imperative to fix the more than decade-long electric power crisis, General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol) has pushed through a massive round of maintenance at eight of its gas-fired power plants to prepare them for expected increases in demand during the winter.

Libya
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The Zambian government has set up working group led by the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Energy to speed up exploration efforts in areas close to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Zambia
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Nigerian independent Green Energy International (Geil) says it could invest up to $750m over the next three years to boost output at the Otakikpo field to 25,000 b/d. Geil is also due to commission a 6MW gas-to-power (GTP) plant and a 12m cf/d modular liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) extraction plant.

Nigeria
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Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo is looking to arrest the decline in its maturing crude oil acreage, which threatens Republic of Congo’s main source of income, but the national oil company’s biggest priority is to build up its natural gas resources, managing director Maixent Raoul Ominga told James Gavin.

Congo Brazzaville
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Cairo has got much of what it wanted from the COP27 climate-fest in Sharm El Sheikh, with $85bn of green hydrogen and renewable power mega-deals that have focused attention and foreign investment on a centrepiece of President Sisi’s economic strategy, Egypt’s energy hub concept. African Energy has analysed proposals from nine investment partners to calculate how much wind and solar generation capacity will be needed to produce green ammonia equivalent to 10% of current global production, which Egypt says it is ‘harvesting’, writes John Hamilton.

Egypt
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The unveiling of a number of major initiatives to help mitigate climate change, start moving towards offering ‘loss and damage’ support and stimulating carbon markets and other financing mechanisms was a feature of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El Sheikh. African Energy takes a closer look at The Bridgetown Initiative, Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa, African Carbon Markets Initiative and The Transforma Platform.

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It was supposed to be all about implementation and Africa, but the COP27 climate summit ended on 20 November amid disharmony and a failure to agree more cuts in fossil fuel use. However, a series of initiatives were launched that might not have gained as much media attention but which could help African countries match their development needs with clean energy ambitions, writes John Hamilton, recently in Sharm El Sheikh.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s first gigawatt-scale green hydrogen (GH2) facility is expected to enter a new phase soon African Energy's AIX: Power and Renewables 2022 meeting was told. South Africa's 900,000 t/yr Coega green ammonia plant, being developed by the UK’s Hive Energy and Germany’s Linde, is expected to sign a 20-year offtake agreement imminently with a major anchor client.

South Africa
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After years of futile exploration, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the discovery of oil in Bauchi and Gombe states in north-eastern Nigeria, just as his administration enters its final period in office. However, there is considerable scepticism about an announcement that could allow fragile northern states to tap into additional federal funding, writes Adaora Elemide in Abuja.

Nigeria
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Belgium’s International Montage Maintenance Group has won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to develop a 22MW power plant at Gerald Group’s Marampa iron ore mine in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone
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The Zambian authorities appear to have backed down in a long-running dispute with the country’s major mining companies over electricity tariffs, by agreeing to reverse a 2014 hike in charges. Since coming into power in August 2021, President Hakainde Hichilema has signalled a desire to end the dispute and allow the sector to reassert its role as the main contributor to the economy.