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Issue 278 - 31 May 2014

Senegal: Elenilto plans 3D seismic

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Israeli miner Elenilto plans to acquire a 1,400km2 3D seismic survey over its Senegal Offshore Sud Shallow Block “within the next few months”. The company said an oil resource assessment, based on reprocessed 2D seismic and wells, suggested potential of more than 1.5bn barrels of oil. “About half of the resource is in first priority leads associated with shallow-water (12-26 metres) salt domes and deeper water (1,000-1,500 metres) shelf edge traps,” the company said. Elenilto said it had selected two target areas for further exploration.

Senegal
Issue 353 - 15 September 2017

DR Congo: Zongo II start-up

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The 150MW Zongo II dam in Kongo Central province has started supplying an initial 37MW to the grid. A formal inauguration is planned for December. The project was built by Sinohydro and financed by a $360m loan from the Export-Import Bank of China. Visiting the site on 2 September, energy and water resources minister Ingele Ifoto said the plant would significantly improve supply to Kinshasa and Kongo Central. According to a project engineer from Société Nationale d’Electricité (Snel), the dam, power house and return channel are almost 100% complete.

DR Congo
Issue 221 - 02 December 2011

BG orders ‘pirate-proof’ vessel

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BG Tanzania has given UAE-based Stanford Marine a time-charter contract for the Stanford Buzzard platform

Tanzania
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French developer Urbasolar Group launched construction of a 30MWp solar PV plant at Pâ in the Boucle du Mouhoun region in a ceremony on 1 February. The plant is being developed as a public-private partnership between the government, Urbasolar, and local partner PPS. The plant will cover an area of 35 hectares and is expected to produce 51.7GWh/yr, supplying the towns of Pâ, Wona, Houndé, Yaramoko and Boromo. Construction is expected to take ten months.

Burkina Faso
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Equatorial Guinea plans an Energy Year in 2019, promoting the sector while marking 50 years of independence from Spain. The government plans a series of events, starting with the biennial summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Malabo. Mines and hydrocarbons minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima said Malabo was also aiming to host ministerial meetings of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, as well as a ministerial meeting of the African Petroleum Producers Association along with a conference and exhibition.

Equatorial Guinea
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India’s Vikram Solar has partnered Johannesburg-based Powertech Africa to sell its solar PV modules to utility-scale projects and households in 14 African countries. Powertech Africa – which has established a network of offices providing electricity distribution products and is a subsidiary of Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd (Altron) – will be sales agent, selling 250Wp Eldora Ultima 60 cell modules. By May, the pair hope to have sold modules amounting to capacity of 1MW.

Issue 347 - 02 June 2017

Mozambique coal scheme stalled

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AIM-listed Ncondezi Energy has suspended talks with Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) on its 300MW coal-to-power scheme in Tete province, saying the Chinese company had not come up with funding for the project. The companies signed a joint development agreement in January 2016 for SEP to invest up to $25.5m for a 60% stake in the project. Ncondezi said it would now talk to other potential partners that had expressed interest.

Mozambique
Issue 185 - 01 May 2010

Solo Oil takes up Ruvuma option

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London-based Solo Oil has said it plans to take up its option for a 12.5% interest in the Ruvuma production-sharing contract (PSC) in south-east Tanzania from Aminex subsidiary Ndovu Resources (AE 176/17).

Tanzania
Issue 206 - 02 April 2011

USTDA funds grid study

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The US Trade and Development Agency signed an agreement on 24 March to provide a grant of $645,000 to the Ghana Grid Company to fund a feasibility study

Ghana
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Electricity minister Mohamed Shaker met President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 8 February to review the final details of the proposed contract with Rosatom to build a 4.8GW nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean coast at Dabaa, in Marsa Matrouh governorate. While both sides are issuing optimistic statements about an imminent agreement, two strict reporting bans have suggested that other facts about the development have yet to appear in the public domain.

Egypt
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The newly merged PetroNor E&P has agreed to buy Panoro Energy’s 12.19% equity stake in OML 113 in the Keta Basin offshore western Nigeria, which contains the Aje oil and gas field. Cyprus-registered PetroNor, which completed a merger with African Petroleum in August, plans to take a lead role in progressing the long-mooted development of the field’s gas reserves, eliminating flaring and supplying gas to replace diesel generation in Lagos.

Nigeria
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Impact Oil and Gas has extended its Orange Basin presence with a technical co-operation permit (TCP) for the Orange Basin Deep Block off South Africa’s west coast, and has begun acquiring 3D seismic in the Namibian part of the basin.Orange Deep covers 15,474km2 in water depths from 2,700 metres. Impact said the block currently has a limited amount of data but lies along the outer edge of the Orange Basin and could contain deep-water fans similar to those identified in its Namibian Block 2913B to the north.

South Africa
Issue 268 - 20 December 2013

Morocco: SK farms into Foum Assaka

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South Korea’s SK Innovation has farmed into Kosmos Energy’s Foum Assaka contract area in the Agadir Basin, buying a 12.5% stake from Fastnet Oil & Gas ahead of drilling next year. The deal includes a cost carry for a first exploration well on the Eagle prospect and an appraisal well or second exploration well, plus reimbursement of past costs. A well on the Eagle prospect is expected to spud in late Q1 2014. On completion, the equity split for the block will be Kosmos 39.9% and operator, BP 35.1%, Fastnet’s Pathfinder Hydrocarbon ventures subsidiary and SK 12.5% each, and the state Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines 25% carried interest.

Morocco
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Much remains to be done to improve levels of energy access and public services in many countries, but Southern Africa’s generation capacity is undoubtedly growing, according to African Energy Live Data. The new figures – extrapolated from Live Data’s 1,218 detailed entries for the region – show that on-grid generation capacity will have increased by 50% in the decade to 2020 if the potential of the project pipeline reported on the database is fulfilled.

Issue 255 - 31 May 2013

East Africa: Austrian support

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The World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation has announced an agreement with Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank (OeEB), the Austrian development bank, to increase sustainable energy investment in sub-Saharan Africa, starting with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. OeEB agreed to contribute €2m ($2.6m) to support project development, capacity building and assistance to financial institutions under the Africa Sustainable Energy Facility, a joint IFC and European Investment Bank (EIB) programme to increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Both institutions are contributing equally to the €60m financing facility, while OeEB, alongside EIB, is providing additional funds for a support unit that will identify and facilitate investments.

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