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Engen has introduced MTN Mobile Money payments at its ten service stations in Kigali. Customers can purchase fuel, lubricants and other goods via the platform, and the service will be rolled out to up-country service stations in early 2017. Engen started operations in Rwanda in November 2008 after acquiring the assets of Total. It now has 21 service stations in the country.

Rwanda
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has selected the CCS joint venture of Chiyoda Corporation, CB&I and Saipem as contractor for the initial development of an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) park at Afungi, on behalf of the co-venturers in Offshore Area 1. The selection is subject to negotiation and entry into a definitive agreement before Anadarko and its co-venturers take a final investment decision (FID).“I am incredibly proud of our co-venture for all of the accomplishments achieved to date, including securing more than 8m t/yr in non-binding long-term offtake agreements, which are now progressing toward binding sales and purchase agreements.

Mozambique
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International concern over drilling for oil in the Virunga National Park, and opposition from local lobby groups including National Assembly deputies, has encouraged the Kinshasa government to block exploration in Albertine Graben Block 5 on environmental grounds (AE 203/15). The decision, announced by environment minister

DR Congo
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Ahead of the promised law to break up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), plans to privatise Products and Pipelines Marketing Company (PPMC) – which operates a network of petrol distribution pipelines and depots – and Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) have been shelved by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and NNPC group managing director Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua.

Nigeria
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The Sunon Asogli power plant has restarted operations following repairs to the West African Gas Pipeline, which resumed gas transportation from Nigeria on 13 July after almost a year of closure (AE 254/15). A ship’s anchor severed the line in Togolese waters on 28 August 2012.

Nigeria
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Former Sonatrach vice president (downstream) and interim president Abdelhafid Feghouli has been appointed president and chief executive of the Algerian energy giant’s subsidiary Tassili Airlines (Tal).

Algeria
Issue 245 - 13 December 2012

New-look Gasol

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Gasol was founded in 2005 at the same time as Afren, but where Afren has expanded into a company with a $2bn market capitalisation, Gasol has failed to progress. The original strategy involved liquefying and exporting gas from Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, but this failed to take off, in part because of the high cost of processing compared to the market price of LNG.

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Consultancy Turner & Townsend has won a contract to project manage the construction of a 550km pipeline to carry jet fuel, diesel and gasoline from the port of Djibouti to central Ethiopia. Known as the Horn of Africa Pipeline, it will cost $1.55bn to build and is being developed by Black Rhino MOGS, a joint venture between Blackstone Group-backed infrastructure investment company Black Rhino Group and South Africa’s Mining, Oil & Gas Services Ltd, part of Royal Bafokeng Holdings.

Ethiopia | Djibouti
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Lonrho has picked Atuabo for an oil service port in Ghana’s Western Region, attracting the Ghana National Gas Company’s processing plant and a proposed refinery scheme to the same site, writes Thalia Griffiths

Ghana
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National Oil Corporation (NOC) subsidiaries in the eastern province of Cyrenaica will break away from the institution’s control if its headquarters are not moved from Tripoli to Benghazi in the next two months, according to local oil sector activists. The Benghazi head of the Oil and Gas Workers Union, Yousef Ghariani, has told oil and gas minister Abdelbari Ali Laroussi that NOC’s headquarters must move back to the city where the company was based until 1969. African Energy has spoken to other sources within Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) who support the plan.

Libya
Issue 315 - 14 January 2016

Kiliwani North gas sales agreement

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Aminex on 13 January announced a gas sales agreement with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) for its Kiliwani North field. Gas from Kiliwani North will be supplied to the new Songo Songo processing plant. Final well preparations are being completed before testing and commissioning of the new plant, and TPDC and Aminex will agree the start of commercial operations once this is completed.

Tanzania
Issue 174 - 13 November 2009

Investors sought for Maputo gas

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Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Moçambique (ENH) is seeking investors for the Maputo gas distribution project, which aims to supply gas from the Pande and Temane fields to Maputo city and Marracuene district.

Mozambique
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State gas company Sonagas has signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas, Spain’s Unión Fenosa Gas and Portugal’s Galp Energia to set up a company to operate a gas gathering system in the Gulf of Guinea (the 3G Consortium).

Equatorial Guinea
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The government has contracted Kenya’s Dalbit Petroleum and Kuwait’s Independent Petroleum Group to import refined products to help alleviate a fuel shortage.

Zambia
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The mid-November visit to Algiers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan provided a backdrop for the signing of a renewed deal for Sonatrach to supply 4.4bcm/yr of liquefied natural gas to its long-standing Turkish client Botas. The two state companies extended their agreement for another ten years. Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported Erdogan as saying: “Right now, Algeria is the fourth biggest source for Turkish natural gas imports.” Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan are Turkey’s top three suppliers, piping a total of 42bcm/yr.

Algeria