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Issue 346 - 19 May 2017

Sierra Leone: Solar scheme


The Ministry of Energy has signed an implementing agreement with German renewables developer infinity-E for the engineering, procurement and construction of a 6MW solar photovoltaic power plant at Newton, in the Western Area, some 38km east of Freetown. The project site lies along the route of the power line from the Bumbuna dam, and power will be supplied to the capital, though there are also plans to supply the town, named after the 18th century British campaigner for abolition of the slave trade John Newton.

Sierra Leone

Azonto Petroleum announced on 18 December that its affiliate Vioco Petroleum had received an Exclusive Exploitation Authorisation (EEA) covering the Gazelle field in Block CI-202.The award of the EEA signed by President Alassane Ouattara follows approval of the field development plan for Gazelle by state oil company Petroci in October. Vioco is now working towards project sanction, which is expected in H1 2015, with first gas anticipated some 14 to 16 months later, in H2 2016.

Côte d'Ivoire

Oil trader Vitol is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with the government of South Sudan to build a new 10,000 b/d refinery on the Thar Jath field in Unity State, local sources told African Energy

South Sudan
Issue 249 - 28 February 2013

North Africa: Circle Oil expansion plans


Gas producer Circle Oil plans a six-well drilling programme for H1 2013 in Morocco’s onshore Sebou and Lalla Mimouna permits, targeting 40-45bcf of gross recoverable resources. Gas delivery during 2012 rose from 2.0-2.5mcf/d to 4.5mcf/d, and a third small offtaker was added in late December 2012. Offtake is expected to increase further in Q1 2013, with daily supplies rising to 6.5-7.5mcf/d.

Issue 221 - 02 December 2011

UGANDA: Ishasha mini hydro starts up


President Yoweri Museveni on 23 November formally inaugurated the 6.6MW

Issue 181 - 26 February 2010

Rovuma gas find for Anadarko


Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced a gas find with the deep-water Windjammer exploration well in the offshore Rovuma Basin (AE 180/18).

Issue 249 - 28 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Gairezi hydro study under way


Zimbabwean firm Associated Consultants in Africa (Ascon Africa) has confirmed to African Energy that it has signed a contract to conduct the environmental impact assessment for the 30MW Gairezi hydroelectric power project in Nyanga, Zimbabwe.


US President Barack Obama’s visit to Nairobi was gilded by the signing of some major renewables agreements. The biggest numbers – $2.2bn – were affixed to the signing at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit of an agreement to develop solar projects with combined capacity of 1GW between Canada-based SkyPower, which is majority owned by US-based urban real estate and infrastructure investment firm CIM Group, and the Kenyan Ministry of Energy. The deal is structured in four phases to be rolled out over the next five years.

Issue 372 - 29 June 2018

Angola: Eni discovery


Italy’s Eni has announced a new oil discovery on the Kalimba prospect in Block 15/06, estimated to contain 230m-300m barrels of light oil in place. The Kalimba-1 NFW well was drilled by the West Gemini drillship at a site 150km offshore and 50km south-east of the Armada Olombendo floating production, storage and offloading vessel on the block’s East Hub. Drilled in a water depth of 458 metres, the well reached a total depth of 1,901 metres and encountered 23 metres of 33° API oil pay in Upper Miocene sandstones.

Issue 403 - 07 November 2019

Mozambique: EoIs for solar studies


The French Development Agency seeks expressions of interest by 11 November for feasibility studies for two 40MWp solar PV projects in Nampula and Niassa provinces. The project sites are being selected and secured by Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), with technical assistance from the European-funded Project for Promotion of Auctions for Renewable Energies (Proler). Each site is between 120ha and 150ha and the sites are less than 6km from their respective substations.

Issue 233 - 14 June 2012

New PSC for Tullow


The government has approved a new exploration and production-sharing contract (PSC) for Block C18, signed with Tullow Oil on 17 May


TGS has announced completion of its Jaan 3D seismic survey collating over 28,000km2 of data in the MSGBC Basin offshore Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. Jaan (the Wolof word for snake) is a long strip of seismic coverage consisting of more than 12,000km2 of new data plus recently reprocessed surveys designed to map the Cretaceous Palaeo shelf-edge trend in an area that has seen a number of recent discoveries.

Gambia | Guinea-Bissau | Senegal
Issue 213 - 15 July 2011

Fuel strike


Some 70,000 fuel industry workers went on strike on 11 July, demanding a

South Africa

There is now hope for economic and military stability in both countries, but ongoing disputes over border issues and the status of Sudapet could still thwart co-operation, writes Hugh Boylan.

South Sudan | Sudan

The National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG) has announced the postponement of an information session for Angolan oil companies on the 2020 licensing round that was scheduled to take place on 25 March. The postponement is in line with government measures to control the spread of Covid-19, which discourage public gatherings of more than 200 people.