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Infrastructure

Angolan Government awards concession tender for critical Lobito Corridor railway

With private sector involvement, a significant investment is expected into improving the infrastructure and rolling stock to evacuate metals and minerals from the Copperbelt region.

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EXCLUSIVE Hawilti+

Who are the awardees of Nigeria's latest Marginal Fields Bidding Round?

On June 28th, Nigeria held a grand ceremony in Abuja to present Petroleum Prospecting Licences (PPLs) to the Marginal Fields Awardees of its 2020 Bidding Round. And the winners are…

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LPG

Nigerian stakeholders call for policy adjustments to increase adoption of clean cooking fuels

The Nigerian public and private sector gathered at the call of the Nigeria LPG Association (NLPGA) during the 2nd West Africa LPG Expo & NLPGA Summit 2022 in Lagos (June 23-24) to push for a stronger adoption of gas across Africa’s biggest economy.

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Executive Voices

Executive Voices

Foday Mansaray, Director General, Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone (PDSL)

As PDSL embarks on Sierra Leone's most significant licensing round yet, we speak to Foday Mansaray about the country's exploration potential.

Ken Etete, Group CEO, Century Group

As Nigeria is confronted with a historic rise in diesel prices, Ken Etete speaks about the opportunity to boost LNG availability across the country.

Kayode Adeleke, CEO, RusselSmith

As Nigerian operators continue to seek viable gas commercialisation avenues, Kayode Adeleke speaks about the need to adopt modular solutions.

Souheil Abboud, Managing Director, VFuels LLC

Souheil Abboud shares his perspectives on the benefits of decentralisation and modular technologies to boost African refining capacities.

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Mega projects

Tanzania LNG: HGA expected in December 2022, FID in 2025

In June, the Government of Tanzania signed a Framework Agreement with Equinor and Shell to support negotiations on the Tanzania Gas and LNG Project (TGP). The agreement marks another step towards the signing of the Host Government Agreement (HGA) expected before the end of 2022.

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Gulf of Guinea Hawilti+

What does Perenco’s entry into Cameroon’s Etinde Permit tell us about the future of gas in Central Africa?

French-British independent Perenco has acquired NewAge’s 37.5% interest and operatorship of the Etinde permit offshore Cameroon. Despite delays, the development of the Etinde permit in Cameroon is set to be one of the major future shallow water gas developments in the Rio del Rey Basin within the Gulf of Guinea.

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NOG 2022

Spotlight on Nigeria

As the industry prepares to gather in Abuja on July 4-7 for the 21st NOG Conference & Exhibition, Hawilti explains why 2022 is such a pivotal year for Nigeria’s energy sector.

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Deepwater

BREAKING: Shell starts tendering process for Bonga North subsea tie-back project

The Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. (SNEPCo) has issued the long-awaited pre-qualification documents for the Bonga North deep-water field development on OML 118 in Nigeria.

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Exploration

Sierra Leone launches 5th Petroleum Licensing Round

The Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone officially launched the country’s 5th Petroleum Licensing Round in London. In total, 63,643km2 of offshore acreage is up for grab across 56 graticular blocks of some 1,360km2 each.

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LNG-to-Power

AG&P delivers world’s first modular FSRU in Senegal

GAS Entec has completed the conversion of a 125,000 m3 LNG carrier for KARMOL, the JVof Turkey’s Karpowership and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines.

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Exploration

Wildcat Petroleum granted non-exclusive rights over 20 blocks offshore Sierra Leon

The permit grants Wildcat Petroleum non-exclusive rights to conduct reconnaissance operations over 24,000 km2 for a period of six months.

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Geothermal Energy

EPC contract signed for Ethiopia’s first IPP

The EPC contract for the Phase 1 (50 MW) of the Tulu Moye Geothermal Project in Ethiopia was signed yesterday with the consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation and SEPCOIII. Construction is expected to start in September this year for a commissioning by December 2024.

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Fertilizers

World’s second largest granulated urea plant commissioned in Nigeria

On March 22nd, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned Africa’s largest granulated urea plant and the second biggest in the world in Ibeju Lekki. The Dangote Fertilizer facility has a capacity of 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) and is now making Nigeria self-sufficient in fertilizers, with extra capacity reserved for exports.


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Downstream

Amidst higher oil prices, Ghana wants to speed up refining sector growth

With the prices of petroleum products reaching historic highs this year, the country is faced with an increasing import bill that puts pressure on its ability to meet budget requirements.

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Renewable Energy

Africa’s largest copper-gold mine to run on 430 MW of renewable energy

First Quantum Minerals (FQM), the company that notably operates Africa’s biggest copper mine by production in Zambia, has entered into a new partnership with Chariot and Total Eren to develop 430 MW of solar and wind power for its mining operations in Zambia.

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Infrastructure

Nigeria’s new Infrastructure Corporation opens for business

On April 8th, term sheets were signed between the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp) and four independent infrastructure asset managers.

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Mega projects

Ethiopia's controversial mega-dam starts generating power

The first turbine of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's (375 MW) has come online. The dam is 1.8km-long and 155m-high with total volume of 10.4 million m3, making it the biggest dam in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

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Gas pipeline

Can the Declaration of Niamey help revive the Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline Project?

On February 16th, the ministers of petroleum and energy of Algeria (Mohamed Arkab), Niger (Sani I. Mahamadou) and Nigeria (Timipre Sylva) signed the Declaration of Niamey to try to put the Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline (TSGP) Project back on track.

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M&A

Africa’s petroleum retail sector to undergo more M&A activity

As Africa’s petroleum retailers seek to achieve better economies of scale, the sector will continue to experience mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in coming years, according to a new study by pan-African investment research agency Hawilti.

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Solar Power

Southeastern Africa’s biggest solar PV plant opens in Malawi

President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, officially inaugurated and commissioned the 60 MW Salima solar PV plant in Malawi’s Central Region.

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COP26

Western nations announce multi-billion dollar partnership to phase out South African coal

The United States, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union have committed $8.5bn (£6.2bn) to help end South Africa’s reliance on coal.

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Infrastructure

InfraCo Africa and Helios are establishing a new $350m climate-focused investment vehicle for Africa

InfraCo Africa and Helios Investment Partners have announced that they are working together to establish a pan-African investment vehicle: Climate, Energy Access and Resilience (CLEAR). The initiative was revealed as part of a UK government event hosted in Glasgow on Finance Day of the UN’s COP26 Summit.