OPEC+ maintains decision to increase output by 400,000 bopd in February

Without much surprise, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its alliance known as OPEC+ has decided to stick to its plan to add 400,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) next month. The group has raised its output target each month since August 2021 by 400,000 bopd.

The decision to stick to the production adjustment plan follows OPEC’s expectations that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus will have a short-lived impact on global energy demand. Under such monthly adjustments, OPEC is steadily unwinding its record production cuts of 10 million bopd that were imposed in 2020 to save oil prices.

Source: OPEC

The next meeting of OPEC+ is scheduled to be held on February 2, when the group is expected to decide production levels for March.

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Chariot announces significant gas discovery at Anchois-2 offshore Morocco

AIM-listed Chariot has confirmed the presence of significant gas accumulations in the appraisal and exploration objectives of its Anchois-2 well within its Lixius License offshore Morocco. Preliminary interpretation of the data has identified a calculated net gas pay totaling over 100m (compared with 55m at Anchois-1). At Anchois-2’s appraisal target, a continuation of a reservoir drilled by Anchois-1, the Gas Sand B notably has a calculated total net gas pay of over 50m in two stacked reservoirs of similar thickness.    At the well’s exploration targets, Gas Sands C, M and O were successfully encountered with multiple gas-bearing intervals, Chariot has said. This new significant gas discovery will help to expand the Anchois gas field and possibly expand the scale of its gas development in the future. It also significantly de-risks additional exploration prospects within the license area. Chariot has been operator of the Lixius License since 2019 with a 75% interest. The block was previously known as the Tanger-Larache permit and already included the Anchois-1 discovery made by Repsol in 2009. Anchois’s first phase of development is expected to include the drilling of four production wells tied into a subsea manifold, along with the installation of a 14in-diameter, 40km subsea flowline with control umbilical to the subsea manifold, construction of a 53 MMscfd onshore central processing facility (CPF) for exporting gas, and a 14in-diameter onshore pipeline for gas export. In October 2021, Chariot signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading international energy group agreeing on the key terms of gas offtake from Anchois. Under the Mou, the key terms of the future gas sales agreements will be for c.40 MMscfd, for up to 20 years on a take or pay basis. The phase two development plan is expected to involve additional wells to tie-in the Anchois W, Anchois WSW and Anchois SW areas of the field into the subsea manifold. It will be financed using the cashflow generated from first phase production. Details on the Anchois Gas Development are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.

DP World breaks ground at $1.1bn Ndayane deep-water port in Senegal

On Monday this week, Senegalese President Macky Sall laid the foundation stone for the new $1.13bn Ndayane deep-water port, 50km south of Dakar. The project is led by a joint-venture of DP World of Dubai and the Dakar Port Authority and represents so far the biggest private investment in Senegal. According to DP World, the first phase will include 840 metres of quay and a 5 km marine channel designed to handle 366-metre vessels, with a second phase adding 410 metres of container quay and further dredging to handle 400-metre vessels. The Dubai-based logistics giant will notably develop and operate the 300-hectare container terminal, as well as finance and design the land and maritime infrastructure for the port. In October last year, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group (CDC) announced a partnership with DP World to invest into Africa’s trade and logistics infrastructure. Under this long-term partnership, DP World had notably committed to invest a further $1bn into existing ports in Dakar (Senegal), Sokhna (Egypt) and Berbera (Somaliland).