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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
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Tullow Oil and its partner Itochu Corporation are pulling out of the Kudu gas field development, transferring their stake back to the government, which looks set to bring in Chinese partners in their place. Industry sources said Tullow had lost patience with the slow progress on the project, where the government had been supposed to find a new upstream partner to take a portion of the 54% stake held by National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), and to provide guarantees to underwrite the project.

Namibia
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The Eni and ExxonMobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture has submitted a development plan to the government for the first phase of the Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Afungi, which will produce, liquefy and market natural gas from the Mamba fields in Area 4.The plan details the proposed design and construction of two LNG trains which will each produce 7.6m t/yr of LNG.

Mozambique
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Vitol and Helios Investment Partners have completed phase three of their acquisition of Shell’s downstream assets, taking over majority shareholdings in its Namibia and Botswana businesses Comprising 34 Shell-branded retail stations, 42 other retail units, 12 Shell Select stores and 130 employees, the businesses have been incorporated into Vivo Energy, owned by Vitol and Helios (40% each) and Shell (20%).

Botswana | Namibia
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Energy minister Jeff Radebe announced on 1 June that the fifth round of the country’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme will be launched in November. The round will procure 1,800MW of renewable energy, in a highly significant demonstration of commitment to the programme by the government. “A new bid round i.e. [bid window] 5 of the renewable energy IPP programme will be launched in this year and it is estimated to be 1,800MW of similar technologies as in the expedited bid window,” Radebe told an Energy Sector Stakeholder Engagement meeting in Midrand, Gauteng.

South Africa
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Dutch development bank FMO made more than E2.5bn ($3.3bn) in new investments during 2014, bringing its total committed portfolio to E8bn (from E6.6bn in 2013), according to results published on 25 March. The bank reported a net profit of E124m. Some E879m in new commitments was mobilised through third parties. FMO has reported especially strong growth in its African energy investments, which last year included Ghana’s Cenpower scheme.

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A naming ceremony for the N’Goma floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel was held at Porto Amboim on 18 July as Eni prepares for first oil from the West Hub Development Project by year-end. The FPSO is ready for sailaway to Block 15/06, and will then start mooring and hook-up operations. The West Hub project is the first development that will come on stream from the blocks awarded in Angola’s 2006 licensing round. The development of the Sangos, Cinguvu and Mpungi fields involves the drilling of 21 subsea wells, of which 12 are producers

Madagascar
Issue 375 - 31 August 2018

Cameroon: Etinde well disappoints

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Operator New Age African Global Energy has failed to find additional gas with the IM-6 appraisal well on the Etinde Block. Partner Bowleven said the well achieved its main objective of delineating the wet gas/water contact location within the intra-Isongo 410 sand reservoir. It was also targeting an incremental 0.7tcf of wet gas in place from the 410 horizon but found that target and the two secondary targets were water bearing.

Cameroon