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Issue 194 - 25 September 2010

Wind schemes line up

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Wind power plans are making encouraging progress, with Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) commissioning its 5.1MW Ngong II wind farm ahead of schedule and the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) developers promising that their 300MW project will start up on time.

Kenya
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A cabinet meeting on 26 August agreed that the government would not pursue development of a proposed 360MW hydropower dam at Murchison Falls, a popular tourist destination within a national park.“Cabinet took a decision at its latest sitting that there will be no construction of the hydropower dam in Murchison Falls National Park,” tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu told Agence France-Presse. “Definitely we still need more electricity to power our expanding economy, but this project can go elsewhere, not in the park.”

Uganda
Issue 281 - 11 July 2014

Kenya: gas hopes

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Africa Oil Corporation (AOC) is optimistic about prospects for gas from Kenya’s Anza Basin following the Sala-1 gas discovery. AOC plans appraisal drilling at Sala and the Bogal structure, where former operator CNOOC drilled a well in 2010, and is talking of potential reserves of 1-3tcf, with significant potential for the domestic power market. The Bogal-1 well found non-commercial gas at 5,085 metres in the Lower Cretaceous and CNOOC pulled out of the block in 2011. AOC now puts Bogal’s prospective reserves at 1.8tcf.

Kenya
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As the dozens of leaders departed Brussels, the 2-3 April Fourth EU-Africa Summit, and Fifth Europe-Africa Business Forum (EABF) that preceded it, could be judged a success. It was by all accounts the biggest such event ever hosted in Brussels, despite the no-shows – who included South African President Jacob Zuma, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (whose sanctioned wife Grace was denied an invitation), Yoweri Museveni (expected to attend but avoided protest at Uganda’s anti-gay policies), Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, and Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Côte d’Ivoire’s Alassane Ouattara (both ailing).

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The World Bank has agreed a partial risk guarantee (PRG) worth $60m to support the planned expansion of the Block CI-27 gas field. The PRG will support Côte d’Ivoire’s guarantee obligations for the gas payments, a gas supply and purchase agreement between the government and the CI-27 joint venture partners, Foxtrot International, Bouygues subsidiary Seci, Suez subsidiary Enerci and state oil company Petroci. The project involves upgrading the Foxtrot platform to maintain the availability of clean natural gas for lower cost power generation.

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 195 - 08 October 2010

Taoudeni talk boosts Mauritania, Mali

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Industry sources say Total may have made a major gas find in the Taoudeni Basin, which stretches across Mauritania and Mali.

Mauritania | Mali
Issue 245 - 13 December 2012

Bid round planned for next year

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Afren has launched the first 3D seismic survey to be carried out in the Seychelles, where the government plans a licensing round for 2013. The 3D programme will consist of two surveys carried out by Polarcus, using the Polarcus Adira vessel, and follows 3,733km of 2D data acquired in 2011/12.

Seychelles
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Deals struck between the government and protesters at fields in the south-western Murzuq Basin and those controlling the pipeline network south of Tripoli could lead to a resumption of exports from the main western export terminals of Az-Zawiya and Mellitah. But while an agreement with Cyrenaican federalist rebels in early April has enabled exports to restart from two smaller terminals in the east, a definitive resolution of the ten-month long blockade of the main ports in the central Sirte Basin still faces daunting political barriers, not least because of doubts over the legitimacy of the newly appointed prime minister.

Libya
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The European Union on 19 January signed the financing agreement for a grant of €65m ($70m) for a project aiming to expand access to electricity to at least 63,000 people, and to social and public infrastructure and small enterprises. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a loan of €15m alongside the project, which forms part of the wider Lusaka Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation Plan financed by the EIB, the World Bank, and national utility Zesco.

Zambia
Issue 139 - 24 May 2008

New plants, development plans

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Sonatrach and Sonelgaz have signed a financing package with Banque Nationale d’Algérie (BNA) and Crédit Populaire d’Algérie (CPA) for the Terga and Koudiet Eddraouch power plants, which will add a total of 2,400MW to the national grid (AE 127/9).

Algeria
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With oil production well under way, Ghanaians are looking to see what benefits will reach them in terms of gas supply and local content. The need for gas infrastructure is increasingly pressing, but the government’s pledge to have a processing plant up and running by end-2012 looks unlikely, writes Thalia Griffiths in Accra

Ghana
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Now West Africa’s second biggest economy after Nigeria, Ghana is in a strong position to benefit from the region’s new oil boom. So far, Ghana has the advantage over its neighbours in terms of discoveries, with production from the Jubilee field, further finds in development, and more exploration under way. While the oil has been flowing for more than a year, gas development is lagging badly behind, but with elections due in December, opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo has a clear vision for the kind of economic development he wants from Ghana’s oil revenue. He sees potential to turn Ghana into a regional manufacturing hub.

Ghana
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South Africa’s Protection of State Information Bill, which was passed by a majority vote in parliament in late April and is now before President Jacob Zuma for signing, has been criticised by a number of bodies, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Right2Know campaign and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

South Africa
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a settlement with Japan’s Hitachi over its involvement with African National Congress front company Chancellor House and the 4,764MW Medupi coal power plant in South Africa. The settlement comprises an undisclosed payment to the AfDB, and conditional debarment of up to one year.

South Africa
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Dominion Petroleum has raised £32.7m ($50m) from institutional investors through a share placing, subject to shareholder approval.

Tanzania