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Published November 2014, this map provides an overview of the power generation and transmission infrastructure in Congo B, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea. Actual and planned transmission lines are marked ranging from 60kV to 330kV lines. Generation projects (existing and planned) include hydroelectric, thermal, and solar sites. The map is a pdf file. The images are made using eps graphics, which don't lose resolution as they are enlarged.

Equatorial Guinea | Congo Brazzaville | Gabon
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As demonstrated by its delayed financial results for H1 2017, Eskom has a long way to go before it is out of trouble. Liquid assets had fallen to R9bn ($757m) by the end of September, from R30bn the previous year, while the utility’s total debt was R360bn. Newly appointed chairman Jabu Mabuza said the debt-to-equity ratio of 72% was “unsustainable” and that Eskom needed to aim for closer to 50%.

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The market is potentially enormous, and with the long-delayed privatisation of generation and distribution assets finally gathering steam, prime morsels will be offered to investors. But Nigerias problems are so daunting that its electricity restructuring will prove a hard sell, write Martin Clark and Jon Marks.

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The pace of exploration in the Moroccan offshore has speeded up considerably, with geologists hoping for parallels with Nova Scotia, Brazil’s Santos Basin and offshore Angola. Its advocates argue that Morocco is underexplored – with a drilling density of only 0.04 wells/100km2 – and offers a range of oil and gas, conventional and non-conventional prospects. But after a string of widely anticipated wells have come up dry, state oil and mineral resources company Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (Onhym), its international oil company (IOC) partners – some 34 are now in the kingdom – and investors are awaiting the significant find that will prove Morocco’s potential as an emerging hydrocarbons frontier.

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The furore over allegations of attempted oil sales from the blockaded port of Es-Sider in eastern Libya intensified following an encounter on 5 January between a Libyan navy vessel and the Maltese-flagged crude tanker Baku, which it said was approaching the terminal. However, while the Baku’s intentions were well known in the international market, it never came close to being able to dock at the terminal, where the Libyan government declared force majeure in July

Issue 364 - 01 March 2018

Total back in favour in South Sudan

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The government of South Sudan has decided to allocate shares in two oil blocks to Total, Tullow Oil and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (Kufpec), petroleum minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth told African Energy on 22 February. The government is also in talks with Spain’s Holdcorp over a contract for a third block, he said. The petroleum ministry is targeting an increase in crude production to 200,000 b/d by end-2018 and 300,000 b/d a year later, said Lol Gatkuoth, up from estimated Q1 2018 output of 120,000 b/d. The economy also stands to benefit from the planned conclusion in May of payments to Sudan for transit fee arrears.

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Tunisia has a big new nuclear co-operation agreement with France, but its medium-term strategy still hinges on developing combined cycle plants that tap gas fields now under development. The Moroccan government is also pushing private investment, hoping potential gas finds will feed into power projects. Senior officials from both countries talked to African Energy about their shifting attitudes to investment.

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The long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill is no closer to becoming law as the various industry stakeholders expose the gulf in opinions over key areas such as tax rates and sanctity of contracts. And there are fears of further delays as the legislative process slows in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, writes David Slater in Abuja.

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National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla has intensified his conflict with Presidency Council head Fayez Al-Sarraj, alleging that German oil company Wintershall has formed an alliance with the UNbacked Government of National Accord (GNA) and succeeded in influencing the drafting of legislation for its commercial benefit.

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Drilling planned for this year could revive Mauritanias fortunes by testing deeper targets, writes Thalia Grifths

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Energy executives and their financiers are visiting Algiers to an unprecedented extent, tempted by new opportunities across the industry. The potential is great as Algeria liberalises after a decade of civil conflict, but the countrys poisoned politics may yet deter investors, write Jon Marks and Martin Clark.

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The official launch of the $850m Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project is now scheduled for October, once the overhaul of the Aboadze thermal plant is complete. The state Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) is overseeing development and implementation of the three main aspects of the project: a processing plant in Atuabo, an offshore pipeline from the Jubilee field to Atuabo, and an onshore pipeline to transport processed gas from Atuabo to Aboadze.

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Morocco, having set the pace for independent power projects in North Africa with the Jorf Lasfar scheme, is looking to mobilise relationships with European governments and utilities to build its latest thermal power plant for the cheapest possible cost. This will involve significantly modifying the lPP formula - and when a prequalification tender is issued, probably this month, for the international company to build and operate the new Tahaddart plant in northern Morocco, the shape of the project will look very different from Jorf Lasfar, the ground-breaking lPP led by ABB Energy Ventures and CMS Energy.

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Guinea has been almost left out of the West African exploration boom, but the arrival of Tullow Oil could change that, write Thalia Griffiths and Our Conakry Correspondent

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Flooding on a Biblical scale means that Mozambique is often pictured as being aid-dependent, but years of cultivating investors means that commercial funds now play a key role in developing infrastructure.