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Sonatrach is in crisis, with the authorities investigating corruption allegations against chief executive Mohammed Meziane and other senior managers. Fortunately, big decisions have already been made on a number of major gas schemes, writes a Special Correspondent

Algeria
Issue 307 - 11 September 2015

New Nilepet directors

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir has shaken up the board of directors at state oil company Nilepet in a move that reinforces his personal influence over the company. Kiir issued a presidential decree in August making several new appointments to the board, including reinstating Benjamin Bol Mel, a business partner of the president, promoting current managing director Joseph Cleto Deng, Kiir’s former office manager, and appointing General Akol Kur Kuch, currently national security director.

South Sudan
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Jon Marks reports from Kinshasa that major new power projects and an oil and gas licensing round are planned, but investors will need watertight guarantees to persuade them Congo really is open for business

DR Congo
Issue 375 - 31 August 2018

Chad: PPA for Djermaya solar

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A consortium of InfraCo Africa and Smart Energies International signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) on 9 August with the Ministry of Energy and Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNE) for the 60MWp Djermaya Solar project. “The PPA marks a key milestone in the development of Djermaya Solar, enabling the project to raise construction financing and demonstrating the joint commitment of all parties to developing renewable energy in Chad,” InfraCo said.

Chad
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Violent protests have again broken out in Conakry over power cuts as the government struggles to fund badly needed repairs to generation and transmission infrastructure. State utility Electricité de Guinée (EDG) said the latest problems were caused by damage to one of Conakry’s main transformer substations, which had led to power cuts in 13, mainly outlying, districts of the capital. “This transformer is a transformer substation. It’s different from the little distribution transformers situated in the districts whose capacity is no greater than 160kVA,” an EDG official explained.

Guinea
Issue 145 - 06 September 2008

KPLC tenders for LNG study

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The government is inviting expressions of interest for a contract for a study of the potential for using liquefied natural gas as part of Kenya’s thermal power mix. The study, to be part-financed by the World Bank, forms part of the Energy Sector Recovery Project.

Kenya
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The Ministry of Energy and Minerals of the breakaway Republic of Somaliland announced on 19 November that it had signed a contract with BGP for a multi-client 2D seismic survey in the territory’s offshore waters. The programme will be financed through data purchases by international oil companies operating in Somaliland, the ministry said. Seismic operations will be managed and overseen by the ministry, with support from ministries such as the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Environment. A similar survey was acquired by TGS-Nopec in 2008.

Somalia
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Finland’s Wärtsilä announced on 25 April that it had signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver the 130MW Malicounda thermal plant at Mbour. The plant will comprise seven Wärtsilä 50 engines initially running on heavy fuel oil, with the option of converting to gas if it becomes available. Commercial operation is expected in 2020. The project will be owned by Melec PowerGen on a build, own, operate, transfer basis, with Lebanon’s Matelec as engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Senegal
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The federal government on 26 April approved more appointments at the top of the oil industry, with further changes in the senior managements of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), several of its subsidiaries and the government's Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

Nigeria
Issue 147 - 05 October 2008

Safi bids due in January

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Bids are due by 15 January from the 17 companies prequalified for the 1,320MW Safi coal-fired independent power project. Office National de l’Electricité (ONE) is keen to push ahead with the 20bn dirham project, despite some local opposition, to meet growing demand.

Morocco
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A major challenges to the status of Somalia’s autonomous Somaliland and Puntland territories is the dispute over the Sool and eastern Sanaag regions, which are believed to be oil-rich.

Somalia
Issue 232 - 01 June 2012

Shell quits Libya exploration

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BP’s decision to lift force majeure on its Libya exploration contracts just days after Shell announced it had suspended its activities reflects the uncertain outlook for both the country’s hydrocarbons prospects and its politics.

Libya
Issue 134 - 07 March 2008

Total gets Usan go-ahead

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The government has given Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL) the go-ahead to develop the Usan field on the former OPL 222.

Nigeria
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Cyprus-based Karo Mining Holdings will partner Mauritian independent power producer Argentum Energy to roll out a phased 300MW solar power plant in the Chegutu platinum mining area. Karo is developing a large-scale, vertically integrated platinum group metals (PGM) mining complex, which will include a platinum mine, a refinery and a coal mine. The project is being developed in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe under an Investment Project Framework Agreement signed on 22 March 2018.

Zimbabwe
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Given the REIPPP’s reliance on Eskom’s intractable financial situation, focus seems to be shifting towards stimulating the embedded or household solar photovoltaic (PV) market, which the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) estimated could produce as much as 22.5GW by 2030. However, the sector faces a number of challenges. According to South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chief executive Moeketsi Thobela, many municipalities are concerned about the loss of revenue a significant uptake of embedded solar PV systems would entail. The regulatory framework lacks clarity, particularly with regard to licensing, and concerns continue about inadequate safety standards relating to the wiring of low-voltage connections.

South Africa