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.


How Africa Oil Corp. made half a billion dollars from Nigeria in less than two years

By securing an indirect interest in some of the country’s largest producing deep-water blocks in 2020, Africa Oil Corp. has shown the benefits that come with betting on Nigeria’s brownfield opportunities.

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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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After Shell, TotalEnergies also seeks to divest from SPDC JV in Nigeria

TotalEnergies has announced during its Q1 2022 Results Call today that it will put up for sale its 10% interest in the Shell Petroleum Development Co. (SPDC) JV in Nigeria.

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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


Savannah Energy plans 250 MW wind farm in Niger

Savannah Energy, operator of some of the most prolific oil blocks in Niger, is currently planning to construct and operate the country’s first wind farm in its Tahoua Region. The project was subject to the execution of an agreement in March between Savannah Energy and the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies of the Republic of Niger.


Eni’s discovers at least 500m additional barrels at Ndungu field

Eni has upgraded its field estimate at Ndungu on Block 15/06 offshore Angola at 800 million to 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent in place following the successful drilling of the Ndungu-2 appraisal well.


Namibia: O&L and CMB.TECH target first hydrogen by 2023

Cleanergy Namibia, the joint-venture set up by both companies, aims to produce green hydrogen from solar power and for distribution to heavy-duty applications like trucks, locomotives, mining equipment and ships.


Eni selects New Fortress Energy’s Fast LNG liquefaction technology for Congo FLNG

The development of a floating LNG project has been on the table for several years in the Republic of Congo and is finally gaining traction. A few weeks ago, Eni announced it was seeking to develop the project in two phases with two modular and flexible liquefaction plants.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.