Nigeria’s MDXi to commission expansion of Lekki data center facilities in Q1 2022

West Africa’s leading broadband infrastructure company, MainOne, has announced the start of expansion works at its Lekki data center facilities. Dubbed Lekki II, the new Tier III data center is expected to be achieved in record time and targets commissioning in Q1 next year. It will further grow facilities at the center, initially inaugurated in 2015.

Africa’s broadband infrastructure is currently witnessing significant investment and expansion as developers seek to tap into the continent’s growing demographics and needs for better connectivity.

MainOne’s subsidiary MDXi had already launched earlier this year its Appolonia Data Center in Ghana

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Erdoğan’s African tour: a win-win partnership?

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began his African tour which will take him to Togo, Nigeria and Angola. The visit will marked by trade and security agreements, but it also takes place in a context of tensions involving other powers, in particular France. This will be the 15th time Erdoğan has stepped on African soil as Turkey’s top leader. As President, he has done several short, but regular, journeys which began in 2004 when he was still Prime Minister, and which saw him visit, among others Ethiopia, Tunisia, South Africa, Libya, Somalia, Niger, Senegal and Ghana. By the time he completes his ongoing visit, he will have been to 30 African countries. These relational approaches are far from unilateral, since one notes, for example, that the last 5 presidential visits received by Turkey are African (Angola, Guinea, Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC). Erdoğan also received two weeks ago, Moussa Faki, president of the AU Commission. The discussions focused on issues of infrastructural, economic and human development, mediation, culture, trade, and also humanitarian aspects. In fact, the bilateral trade volume between the two parties has practically increased fourfold in 18 years, going, according to the Turkish Ministry of Commerce, from $ 5.3 bn in 2003 to more than $20 bn today. Turkish investments have also grown in Africa in recent years, going from $ 100m in 2003 to $ 6.5 bn in 2017 (infrastructure, schools, hospitals, etc.). At the same time, the number of Turkish embassies in Africa has increased from 12 to 41. The arrival yesterday of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan precedes the 3rd Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit which will be held from October 21 to 22 in Istanbul and which will bring together the 54 countries of the continent through official representatives or the private sector. It will be followed on December 17th by the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit. The multiplication of African embassies in Anatolia and flights between the two destinations will greatly facilitate things. In the meantime, there is talk of reaching a trade volume of half a billion dollars between Turkey and Angola (currently $ 116 m), along with progressing joint counterterrorism initiatives and executing agreements on hydrocarbons and energy with Nigeria, then economic and defense agreements with Togo.

Trident Energy completes gas lift system milestone offshore Equatorial Guinea

Trident Energy’s ongoing offshore campaign in Equatorial Guinea continues to progress with the successful installation this month of a new gas lift distribution unit (GLDU) at Ceiba. This notably follows the successful completion on the field of a deep offshore hot tapping operation in April this year, and the start of a three-well drilling campaign last June. The installation of a new GLDU was necessary in order to replace the existing one where gas leaks were detected on the seabed four years ago when Trident Energy and Kosmos Energy acquired The Ceiba & Okume complex on Block G from Hess. Ceiba and Okume are two of the Gulf of Guinea’s most attractive brownfield assets. Earlier this year, Panoro Energy completed its acquisition of Tullow Oil EG, securing in the process a 14.25% non-operated working interest in Block G.   Ceiba relied on 16 production wells and 10 water injectors as of 2020 and its contract expires in 2029. On the other side, Okume relies on 32 production wells and 12 water injectors and its contract expires in 2034. Source: Kosmos Energy The 2021 drilling campaign focused on three new wells: Elon-C, Elon-A and Elon-D. Moving forward, production over 2023-25 could then be further increased if driven by facility upgrades, well workovers, perforation of behind pipe zones and infill drilling. Full details on the Ceiba & Okume Fields Development (Block G) are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.