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The cabinet has approved a phased decision-making approach for the new-build nuclear programme, planned by the National Nuclear Energy Executive Co-ordination Committee, chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

South Africa
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Mainstream print and broadcast media are increasingly of the view – thereby making it the prevailing orthodoxy – that growth across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is creating a significant emerging market for the next decade.

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Political decisions are likely to come thick and fast as a successor is chosen to Hailemariam Desalegn, who resigned on 15 February amid turbulent scenes across the country. The 180-member ruling council of the crisis-ridden Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), comprising 45 members from each of its four regional parties, has convened a three-day congress from 1 March to elect a new prime minister. Providing a degree of consensus can be maintained, this should be a set-piece event; the powerful EPRDF executive committee began deliberations on 26 February to hammer out a deal.

Ethiopia
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced that output from El Merk in the Berkine Basin has risen to a record 150,000 b/d. The company’s total oil and gas output reached 848,000 boe/d in H2 2014, with overall output up by almost 100,000 boe/d (with oil output up by 65,000 b/d) on H2 2013. The rise is accounted for by increased output from US shale (50,000 b/d) and the Algerian acreage. In the Jubilee field offshore Ghana, Anadarko said cumulative gross oil production exceeded 100m bbls in Q2.

Issue 239 - 20 September 2012

Cameroon: Kribi port power study tender

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The committee overseeing development of the Kribi port and industrial complex is seeking bids from consultants to carry out a power supply study.

Cameroon
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Eni and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on 25 July concluded Eni’s sale to CNPC of 28.57% of Eni East Africa for $4.21bn. Through this deal, CNPC acquires a stake in Eni East Africa which equates to a 20% indirect participation in Area 4, while Eni remains the indirect owner of the 50% participation owned by Eni East Africa.

Mozambique
Issue 285 - 30 September 2014

Zambia: Swala block award

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Australian-listed Swala Energy has been formally awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights over Block 44. The company said in May that it had been offered the block and was awaiting formal confirmation (AE 277/12). Block 44 covers 6,000km2 on the margins of the Karoo-aged Kariba Basin in southern Zambia.

Zambia
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With a final investment decision on the Kudu gas project’s upstream development expected in mid-2014, offtaker NamPower is pushing to conclude gas sales agreements by June and reach financial close by December to allow construction to start on the power plant, managing director Paulinus Shilamba said on 11 March. Completion by 2018 of the Kudu combined-cycle gas turbine plant is now a “national priority project”, Shilamba said – essential for Namibia to overcome its rising electricity supply deficit. Peak demand has reached 534MW, following a period of average 4%/yr demand growth; peak generating capacity is currently 508MW.

Namibia
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ABB has won a $32m contract to build a new substation and upgrade an existing substation at First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi copper mine. Kansanshi, the largest copper mine in Africa, is 80% owned by First Quantum subsidiary Kansanshi Mining and 20% owned by a subsidiary of state mining company ZCCM. It is located 10km north of Solwezi and 180km north-west of the Copperbelt town of Chingola.

Zambia
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Recent exploration success has buoyed interest in the African oil and gas sector, where funding can still be found for the right deal despite the credit crunch. Typical of the mood, London-based Stellar Energy Advisors reports that its upstream asset marketing business has had a record year, fuelled by strong activity in Africa.

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The party’s over in Juba following South Sudan’s independence day on 9 July, but the new, officially English-speaking state carved out of the Republic of Sudan remains under intense scrutiny, from international organisations and business groups, as well as from international oil companies which must come to terms with the region’s new political configuration (AE 213/1).

South Sudan
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A consortium led by Total has been awarded the rights to build and operate a 3m t/yr liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Abidjan’s Vridi port to meet growing demand from the power sector. A partnership agreement on 4 October was followed by the signing of a shareholders’ agreement between Total, which will operate the project with a 34% interest, Ivorian state companies Petroci (11%) and Société des Energies de Côte d’Ivoire (CI-Energies, 5%) as well as State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (Socar, 26%), Royal Dutch Shell (13%), Golar (6%) and Endeavor Energy (5%).

Côte d'Ivoire
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The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is inviting expressions of interest from consultants to update the feasibility study and prepare bidding documents for the 330kV Nigeria-Benin interconnection reinforcement project. Work will also include assistance with the commercial framework and training of counterpart staff. Implementation will be from October 2013 to September 2014. The WAPP has applied for funding from the African Development Bank. Bids due by 30 June.

Nigeria
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The oil terminal blockaders who exported crude from As Sidrah port on 12 March are bracing for possible armed conflict while also lining up further autonomous sales, according to Political Bureau of Cyrenaica (PBC) spokesman Osama Buera. Speaking by telephone from the border between east and west Libya, he told African Energy that Cyrenaican forces had erected a barrier at Wadi Al-Ahmar, west of As Sidrah, and had secured the ports against the advance of militias from Misratah who entered Sirte the previous day. “We will not initiate a war, but this is happening and we will have to defend ourselves,” he said.

Libya
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Electricity production and consumption are projected to rise sharply in Creg’s latest forecast, pointing to a further spate of new-build, predominantly gas-fired power plants being ordered in the next decade. Even so, the Algerian regulator is projecting a slower increase in gas demand than was previously forecast.

Algeria