AMEA Power to expand Togo’s flagship solar PV plant


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AMEA Power has secured $25m in debt from the Abu Dhabi Exports Office to expand Togo’s Blitta solar PV facility. The 50 MW project, known as the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant, was commissioned in June 2021 and is currently able to supply power to almost 160,000 Togolese households. Its expansion phase will […]

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Fourth well of the year in Orange Basin is a failure. What’s Next?


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Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas has announced that its shallow water Gazania-1 well within Block 2B offshore South Africa did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. The well was the fourth one to be drilled this year in the Orange Basin following Graff-1 (Shell), Venus-1 (TotalEnergies) and La Rona-1 (Shell). Gazania-1 is the only disappointing one so […]

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Mozambique’s Coral Sul FLNG project has delivered its first cargo


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Eni has announced the departure of the first LNG cargo from its Coral Sul floating LNG facility offshore Mozambique on November 13th. The Italian major is operator of the project with partners ExxonMobil, CNPC, Galp Energia, KOGAS, and national oil company ENH. The project has come on stream in line with its initial budget and […]

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Invictus Energy confirms working hydrocarbons system onshore Zimbabwe


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Invictus Energy has reported fluorescence end elevated gas shows of up to 65 times above background levels in the Upper Angwa primary target of its Mukuy-1 well onshore Zimbabwe. The well is yet to reach total depth and has confimed a working conventional hydrocarbon system in the Cabora Bassin. “We still have several hundred metres […]

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ReconAfrica’s Namibian wildcat: geological success but commercial failure


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Reconnaissance Energy Africa has announced that’s its first wildcat onshore Zimbabwe, the Makandina 8-2 well, has been a geological success but failed to show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. The well reached total depth in mid-August and confirmed the presence of a working petroleum system by encountering intervals rich with methane and hydrocarbon gas liquids such […]

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Bridport Energy makes new Board appointments ahead of inaugural LNG cargo in Nigeria


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Nigerian LNG distribution company Bridport Energy has made new appointments to its Board of Directors, the company has said today. Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa and Mr. Auwalu A. Ilu, two experienced energy executives, have joined the company as Non-Executive Directors effective 1st October 2022. Both directors are well-known within the Nigerian oil & gas sector, where […]

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Angola: ExxonMobil makes new discovery on Block 15


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Angola’s National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG) has announced a new discovery at the Bavuca Sul-1 well on Block 15. The block is operated by ExxonMobil (36%) in partnership with Azule Energy (42%), Equinor (12%) and Sonangol E&P (10%). ExxonMobil is currently executing a redevelopment programme on the block, following a June 2019 agreement […]

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Angola: 12-well extension contract for the Libongos drillship


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Sonadrill, the joint-venture between Seadrill and Sonangol, has secured a 12-well extension in Angola for the Libongos drillship, Seadrill announced today. The firm portion of the contract is worth $327m with commencement expected in Q4 2022 with a firm-term of approximately 25 months. The Libongos drillship was already under a multi-year contract with Eni Angola, […]

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Addax Petroleum officially exits Nigeria, transfers offshore blocks to NNPC


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On November 1st, Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Ltd signed a Transfer, Settlement and Exit Agreement (TSEA) with NNPC Ltd for offshore blocks OML 123, OML 124, OML 126, and OML 137. The subsidiary of the Sinopec Group has now ceased to be the production sharing contractor on these assets, after two decades operating in Nigeria. […]

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Eni to start exploratory drilling offshore Congo


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Borr Drilling’s Prospector 5 jackup drilling rig has reached the Central African coast where it is expected to start drilling soon for Eni Congo. In August 2022, Borr Drilling had announced the signing of a letter of intent worth $68.9m for Prospector 5 to execute a 6-well firm program expected to start in Q4 2022 […]

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Nigeria: Daewoo E&C intends to “fix” both Kaduna and Warri refineries


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While in South Korea last week, President Muhammadu Buhari witnessed the signing of a letter of intent (LoI) between NNPC Ltd and Daewoo E&C for the revised strategy to fix the state-owned Kaduna Refinery in northern Nigeria. According to officials, Daewoo E&C intends to complete the Kaduna refinery rehabilitation project by signing the official contract […]

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TechnipFMC sees at least $4.5bn worth of subsea opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa


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TechnipFMC foresees between $4.5bn and $7bn of subsea opportunities in Angola, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire over the coming 24 months, according to its latest earnings presentation. Angola Angola will continue to dominate the market in terms of projects’ scope and value, as it has for the past couple of years. The implementation of an enabling […]

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Shell maintains pre-FID options worth 405,000 bpd offshore Nigeria


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Shell still has four major pre-FID options to develop its reserves offshore Nigeria, according to the major’s latest quarterly presentation. These represents the biggest share of the company’s pre-FID options across its global upstream portfolio. Most projects are concentrated on and around the Bonga deep-water field on OML 118, where the production sharing contract (PSC) […]

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“We are still in operations!”, says Nigeria LNG


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Nigeria LNG, Africa’s biggest LNG exporter, has clarified that its terminal on Bonny Island in the Niger Delta is still operating despite a force majeure issued by the company earlier this week. “The company’s plant is in operation though at limited capacity due to reduced gas supply from some of its upstream suppliers,” Nigeria LNG […]

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Somalia: Federal Government approves Coastline Exploration’s Production Sharing Agreements


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Coastline Exploration has announced receipt of final authorization to proceed with its exploration programme in Somalia after paying a $7m signature bonus to the Somali Central Bank. The oil & gas independent had announced last February that it had signed seven Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) for deep-water blocks offshore Somalia. “We want the first exploration […]

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VAALCO completes FSO installation and field reconfiguration offshore Gabon


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VAALCO Energy delivered First Oil to the Teli floating, storage, and offloading (FSO) vessel at its Etame Field offshore Gabon on October 18, the company has revealed. The installation of the FSO had been ongoing for several months to replace the previous Petróleo Nautipa FPSO vessel operated by BW Offshore, whose contract expired in September […]

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Nigeria: Petralon 54 steps up engagement with Dawes Island communities


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Petralon 54 Ltd has announced that it recently held a meeting with its host and impacted communities around the Dawes Island Field south of Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta. The company officially presented its Petroleum Prospecting License No. 259 (PPL 259) to the Royal Fathers and the people ahead of starting sustained commercial production […]

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Africa’s biggest LNG exporter declares Force Majeure


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A series of force majeure events have been declared by oil & gas operators in the Niger Delta, leading Nigeria LNG to declare its own force majeure on product supplies from the Bonny Island LNG terminal, the company has said today. Nigeria LNG is owned by NNPC (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite […]

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Mauritania: FID expected in 2025 on bp’s new BirAllah gas hub


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bp and Kosmos Energy have signed a new Exploration & Production Sharing Contract over the BirAllah gas discovery offshore Mauritania on October 11th. A new agreement was required after the exploration period over Block C8 expired last June. The BirAllah gas field was discovered 60km north of the Greater Tortue-Ahmeyim (GTA) gas field that straddles […]

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Niger-Benin Pipeline is 30% complete – Presidency of Niger


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The Presidency of Niger has revealed last week that the Niger-Benin Oil Export Pipeline is 30% complete, during an official inspection on October 10th by President Mohamed Bazoum. “Over 600km have already been laid across several sections,” the Presidency said. The $4bn pipeline will be 2,000km long and link Niger’s oilfields in the Agadem Basin […]

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Cape Verde planning expansion of Cabeolica wind farms


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Cabeólica S.A., owner of the four wind farms on the islands of Santiago, São Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista in Cape Verde, has signed an MoU for the expansion of its facilities. The MoU targets an expansion of the Santiago facility at Monte São Filipe by 13 MW, along with the installation of 2 x […]

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CrossBoundary Energy and ENGIE to spend $60m on Nigerian mini-grids


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CrossBoundary Energy Access Nigeria (CBEA) and ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria have announced a new project finance agreement to build $60m worth of mini-grids in Nigeria. Undea the deal, both companies target the connection of 150,000 Nigerians to electricity. CBEA will finance the development and construction activities and own the projects, while ENGIE will provide long-term […]

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Cameroon’s SONARA restructures commercial debt with Vitol


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Cameroon’s SONARA, which operates Central Africa’s biggest refinery, has reached a deal with oil trader Vitol to restructure its commercial debt. The deal had been in the making for some time as the state-owned refining company seeks to restructure its debt, which amounted to 3% of GDP and 6.6% of total public and publicly-guaranteed debt […]

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