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Issue 132 - 08 February 2008

Refinery proposal

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Winfield Resources has approached the government with a proposal to build, own and operate a 30,000 b/d refinery in Nouakchott. The Vancouver-based petroleum company said the government had invited it to make detailed proposals, and it had engaged Surrey-based KBC Process Technology to provide consulting services and technical support.

Mauritania
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Prime minister Jose Maria Neves inaugurated the 22MW expansion of the Palmarejo power plant on 1 March. The project added two 11MW diesel generator sets to the 25MW facility and a high-voltage transmission line connecting Palmarejo and Calheta at a cost of €52m ($67m). Three new substations were also built.

Cape Verde
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Madagascar Oil has been awarded a development mining title for the Block 3104 Tsimiroro production sharing contract (PSC). This follows approval of the Block 3104 Tsimiroro development plan by the Block 3104 management committee. This is the first PSC to enter into the development phase in Madagascar. The development mining title is valid for 25 years with possible extensions to enable a development period of up to 50 years provided production remains commercial.

Madagascar
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The 335MW Dedisa Peaking Power plant at Port Elizabeth announced the start of commercial operations on 2 October. The plant is owned by Engie, South Africa’s Legend Power Solutions, Mitsui & Co, and local community group The Peaker Trust, which owns 10%. With the 670MW Avon peaking power project near Durban, it is South Africa’s first large-scale independent power project originated by the Department of Energy. The power generated by these two open-cycle gas turbine power plants will be sold to Eskom under a 15-year power purchase agreement. Construction of Dedisa by a consortium of Italy’s Ansaldo Energia and Fata Group started in September 2013.

South Africa
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New Era newspaper described black economic empowerment (BEE) entrepreneur Knowledge Katti as “one of the fastest growing [exclusive prospecting licence] EPL millionaires in the country”. Born in 1973 and raised by his grandmother in the Walvis Bay township of Kuisebmond, Katti came to international attention in 2008 when Canada’s Universal Power Corporation (UPC) announced

Namibia
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Mediterranean-focused Energean Oil & Gas has agreed to acquire Italy’s Edison E&P for an initial $750m. Following an initial public offering in March 2018, Energean’s strategy has been to become the leading independent, gas-focused exploration and production company in the Mediterranean, driven by development of the 2.4tcf Karish and Tanin gas fields offshore Israel. In Africa, the deal will give Energean producing assets in Algeria and a new development area in Egypt.

Egypt
Issue 184 - 17 April 2010

IMC Geo worker killed in ambush

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A British geologist working for IMC Geophysics has been shot dead in an ambush in the Ogaden region.

Ethiopia
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

New discovery for Dana Gas

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Sharjah-based Dana Gas has announced a gas and condensate find at its El Basant-2 well in the Nile Delta, 1.4km north-east of the El Basant-1 discovery (previously known as El Tawil-1) in the West El Manzala Concession.

Egypt
Issue 341 - 02 March 2017

Erin Energy: Chief executive resigns

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Erin Energy Corporation has announced the resignation of chief executive Segum Omidele after less than a year in the post. The company, formerly Camac Energy, gave no explanation for the move. Senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary Jean-Michel Malek will serve as interim chief executive with effect from 22 February, while the board seeks a permanent replacement. Omidele served in various positions with the company from September 2011 and was chief operating officer from September 2015 until his appointment as chief executive in May 2016.

Issue 337 - 22 December 2016

Bosshard leaves International Rivers

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Peter Bosshard left campaign group International Rivers on 22 December and will take up a new position on 1 February as director of the finance programme of the Sunrise Project, leading a new campaign to accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. Under Bosshard’s leadership, International Rivers has campaigned vigorously against large dam projects in Africa. The NGO has been a staunch critic of the Inga scheme in Democratic Republic of Congo, which it argues will not benefit most Congolese, and has gathered evidence of the problems encountered by communities resettled as part of Sudan’s Merowe dam project.

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Scatec Solar and Stanlib Private Equity Infrastructure Fund I have increased their shareholdings in the 75MW Kalkbult, 36.8MW Linde and 75MW Dreunberg solar projects. The pair acquired Norfund’s 21% stake in Kalkbult and KLP Norfund’s 16% stake in Linde and Dreunberg.

South Africa
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LIBYA: Agoco finds oil; MOROCCO: Dana rig for Bouanane drilling; MOZAMBIQUE: Rovuma farm-out; NIGERIA: Chevron launches biggest deep-water field; NIGERIA: CNOOC quits block; TUNISIA: Petrofac starts Chergui production; TUNISIA: PA Resources farm-in

Mozambique | Nigeria | Libya | Morocco | Tunisia
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The 25MW first phase of US company ContourGlobal’s KivuWatt project to generate power from Lake Kivu’s methane is due to commission between March and May this year. Delays associated with procuring equipment, materials and personnel could cause further hold-ups, but the project is eagerly anticipated by observers waiting to see whether the technology can be expanded beyond the government’s 1.5MW pilot scheme.

Rwanda | Burundi
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The Department of Energy says it will release procurement documentation for the key baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme “towards the end of 2013 and first two quarters of 2014”, leaving little time for the transaction advisers currently being recruited to design and implement the process. However, the Department of Energy (DoE) is confident that it can meet the challenging deadline, which aims to procure baseload IPP power plants in time for them to begin supplying the grid before 2019.

South Africa
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A long-negotiated co-operation deal, under which the Gazprom group will acquire half of Eni SpA’s 33.3% stake in the Murzuq Basin El-Feel (Elephant) field in area NC174, may be close to completion.

Libya