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EGPC: Personnel shake-up; ORCA: Van Straten named as COO; PANCONTINENTAL: Share placing to raise $50m

Kenya | Egypt | Tanzania
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The Central Electricity Board (CEB) has requested expressions of interest for the installation of renewable energy technologies as a key part of the government’s strategy to reduce the island’s dependency on fossil fuels while “ensuring energy security at an affordable price”. The CEB is giving eligible promoters until 29 July to indicate their interest in the installation of grid-connected wind, solar photovoltaic, sustainable biomass, hydroelectric power, ocean and waste-to-power.CEB is also looking for baseload, according to senior Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities (MEPU) official Nirmala Nababsing.

Mauritius
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Chinese companies accounted for almost 80% of the oil sold by the government of South Sudan in 2015, while the government’s share of oil revenues fell from 60% at the beginning of the year to barely a quarter in November, according to data from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining seen by African Energy. Overall crude production has fallen by close to 10% during the year. Government oil revenues have dropped to less than $20m/month, compared to more than $50m/month in Q1 2015 and more than $200m/month before the start of the civil war in December 2013, according to African Energy calculations.

South Sudan
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Eni has raised its reserves estimate for the Agogo field on Block 15/06 to 1bn barrels of oil in place following the drilling of the Agogo-3 appraisal well. Earlier estimates had put reserves at around 650m barrels. Eni said further upside remained to be tested in the northern sector of the field.Agogo-3 was drilled by the Libongos drillship 1.5km north-west of the Agogo-2 appraisal well and 4.5km north-west of the Agogo-1 discovery well. The field, which started up in January, producing to the N’Goma FPSO on the block’s West Hub production centre, is about 180km from the coast.

Angola
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Sonatrach and Spain’s Grupo Villar Mir have signed two agreements resolving longstanding disputes over the Fertial joint venture, which has operated plants at Annaba and Arzew producing about 1m t/yr of fertiliser since 2005. The first agreement introduces revisions to the joint venture which is 66% owned by Villar Mir and 33% by Sonatrach’s Asmidal subsidiary. The aim of the revisions – which are not specified – is to “rebalance the economic and operational interests of the two parties”. This appears to be the result of lengthy and sometimes fractious negotiations between the two companies, which mirror other difficult and long-winded discussions between Sonatrach and its other partners in petrochemicals developments over the past several years.

Algeria
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Donors meeting in Paris on 24 February pledged CFA3.73trn ($7.8bn) for a development plan aimed at doubling economic growth over the next decade. President Macky Sall, who was elected in 2012 to replace Abdoulaye Wade, has sought to stamp out corruption, create jobs and diversify the economy, but growth is hampered by a lack of indigenous energy resources.The government, which presented its ten-year, $21bn “Emerging Senegal” plan to private and public sector institutions in Paris, had sought CFA2.97trn to fund its plans for the next four years, but managed to raise significantly more.

Senegal
Issue 216 - 24 September 2011

Orascom plans methane plant

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Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries has announced plans for a 50MW methane power plant at Lake Kivu. “It’s very early to talk in accurate numbers, but we think investing in the first 50MW will be in the range of between

Egypt
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President Macky Sall on 23 June inaugurated the 30MW Santhiou Mékhé solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme. The project has been developed by French investment firm Meridiam through its Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund, along with Engie subsidiary Solairedirect and Schneider Electric. The developers signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Senelec in 2014.The solar scheme, described as the largest in West Africa, is located near Méouane, in the Thiès region.

Senegal
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