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The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has terminated a contract with China’s Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holding (Poly-GCL), citing a lack of progress in developing the Calub and Hilala gas fields and its failure to meet conditions set the government earlier this year.

Ethiopia
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Algeria underlined its commitment to supplying increased volumes of gas to Italy, when Sonatrach president director-general Toufik Hakkar said on 21 September that deliveries would rise by around 13% this year to 25.2bcm.

Algeria
Issue 469 - 30 September 2022

Mozambique/Tanzania: Hassan and Nyusi meet

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Presidents Samia Suluhu Hassan and Filipe Nyusi on 20 September announced agreements to enhance defence and hydrocarbon co-operation between Tanzania and Mozambique.

Mozambique | Tanzania
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Mozambique’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports are expected to be dispatched “on or around” 14 October, shipping industry publication Trade Winds said on 21 September citing sources working with Eni’s Coral Sul 3.4m t/yr floating liquid natural gas (FLNG) plant. The Rome-headquartered supermajor is said to be moving towards ordering a second FLNG vessel.

Mozambique
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A typhoon in Qidong, China on 15 September unmoored the recently-completed floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for phase one of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. The vessel will process gas from four ultra-deep-water wells at the export project’s 2.45m t/yr first phase.

Mauritania | Senegal
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An early September judgement confirming the Eastern Cape High Court’s rejection of Shell’s attempt to conduct seismic surveys along South Africa’s eastern coast will leave the government – and oil companies – with plenty of food for thought, as South Africa and many other countries look to produce more hydrocarbons in sensitive environments, James Gavin writes.

South Africa
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Many critical questions remain to be answered, as supermajors keep their counsel on developing a major new offshore oil and gas play, but things seem to be moving ahead quickly with Chevron said to be re-entering the Orange Basin after two decades, the government saying it has agreed with Shell and TotalEnergies that production from their Graff and Venus discoveries should start ‘as soon as possible’, and BW Energy making promising noises about the Kudu gas-to-power play. Local players are set for a big payday as the Namibian upstream becomes a supermajor focus, writes Marc Howard.

Namibia
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The floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) Phase I has been completed and “will soon sail to Mauritania and Senegal”, France’s Technip Energies NV said on 12 September.

Senegal | Mauritania
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Kudu field operator BW Energy has purchased a semi-submersible drilling rig, Leo, for $14m to be repurposed as a floating production unit (FPU) to supply a nearshore 420MW jack-up barge power plant. Gas from the 130 mcf/d capacity FPU will be dispatched to Elizabeth Bay by a 195km subsea 12-inch pipeline, BW said in a 25 August half-year results presentation.

Namibia
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Eni has announced the completion of its acquisition of UK supermajor BP’s assets in Algeria, including working interests in the In Amenas (45.89%) and In Salah (33.15%) gas fields, which together produced 11bcm in 2021. The purchase adds to a flow of recent deals has buttressed Eni’s position as the leading international oil company (IOC) in north-west Africa.

Algeria
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London AIM-listed Sound Energy on 14 September announced a ruling against it by tax authorities it its dispute with the Moroccan tax authorities. Sound estimated the ruling could cost it $19.7m in back taxes; it has 60 days to accept the decision or challenge it in court.

Morocco
Issue 468 - 15 September 2022

Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline MoUs signed

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 15 September between Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (Onhym), Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to progress the 7,000km Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.

Mauritania | Nigeria | Morocco | Senegal
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Progress has been reported on a $400m compressed natural gas (CNG) plant on the shores of Lake Kivu, at Bwishyura, in the Karongi district of Western Province. Methane gas from Lake Kivu will be converted into CNG, which will be used as a substitute for petrol and diesel fuel and liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

Rwanda
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Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba may just have won another round in the unedifying slugfest for control over Libya’s government and resources. It seemed like a mistake when Dabaiba replaced National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla with former Qadhafi-era Central Bank of Libya governor Farhat Ben Gdara in late July, but the move seems to have bought the PM more time.

Libya
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Invictus Energy has identified multiple drill-ready prospects in its 80%-owned and operated Cabora Bassa project, after gaining the rights in August to exploration rights to blocks 1848 and 1849 in northern Zimbabwe. Following a fund-raising, and unfulfilled talks with potential partners, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed firm is going ahead with drilling on its own.

Zimbabwe