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Nigeria finally awards Petroleum Prospecting Licences to new Marginal Fields awardees

On June 28th, Nigeria held a grand ceremony in Abuja to unveil its Host Communities Development Regulations and Petroleum Prospecting Licences (PPLs) under its newly-adopted Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

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Gas-to-Power

Côte d'Ivoire adds 180 MW to flagship thermal power plant in Abidjan

The Azito facility has been under expansion since 2019 under the Azito 4 project, which includes the new 180 MW gas turbine inaugurated in June 2022, and a 74 MW steam turbine.

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Downstream

TechnipEnergies completes Senegal’s refinery expansion project

At the end of June, TechnipEnergies completed the flagship ACATBS project at the SAR Refinery in Dakar.

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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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Floating LNG

Afreximbank steps up support to first Africa-owned FLNG project

The Afreximbank has signed a Heads of Terms to support the establishment by UTM Offshore of the first Africa-owned floating LNG unit in Nigeria.

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Brownfield projects

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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Sout-South

Worley awarded FEED Phase II contract for Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline

The project is led by Morocco and Nigeria’s national oil companies, the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) and NNPC Ltd. If completed, it would be the longest offshore pipeline in the world.

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LNG

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

AG&P has completed the conversion of the 84 MMscf/d modular floating storage and regasification unit (M-FSRU) that will deliver LNG to the 236 MW Karadeniz Powership Aysegul Sultan in the Port of Dakar.

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CSR

Nigerian independent launches new medical diagnostic laboratory in Delta State

ND Western and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company have officially commissioned a new world-class laboratory in Delta State.

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Industrialisation

Nigeria commissions world’s second largest granulated urea plant

Dangote Fertilizer's $2.5bn twin train facility produces urea and ammonia, and is located next to the 650,000 bpd Dangote refinery and petrochemicals complex, where operations are yet to start.

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Nigeria

ANDRITZ selected once again for new unit at Jebba hydropower plant

ANDRITZ will also modernise unit 2G5 at the 578.4 MW Jebba hydroelectric station in Nigeria, as part of a general rehabilitation programme at the facility.

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Exploration

Chariot announces significant gas discovery offshore Morocco

The new discovery at Anchois-2 will help to expand the Anchois gas field and possibly expand the scale of its gas development in the future.


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Gas-based industrialisation

Nigerian companies team up to provide gas to West Africa’s leading industrial hub

The Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) has officially signed earlier today a Gas Infrastructure Development Agreement with Optimera Energy FZE to develop its own gas distribution network. The new project gathers some of Nigeria’s leading gas players around a new venture committed to promoting gas-based industrialisation.

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Nigeria Hawilti+

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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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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M&A

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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Natural Gas

NFE Signs MoU With Mauritania for Fast LNG and Gas-to-Power Project

The Banda gas field could be commissioned as early as 2024 and would entail the production of natural gas, power, LNG and blue ammonia for the domestic and export markets.

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Railways

Dakar gets brand new “TER”, France’s renowned train and coach service

The new service can transport over 100,000 people across the 36km between Dakar and Diamniadio, and currently counts 14 stations.

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Infrastructure

Lagos seeks concessionaire for its Blue Line Rail Project

LAMATA has issued pre-qualification notice seeking private partners for Phase 2 of Lagos' Blue Line. The Blue Line counts 13 stations and will run on a 27km East-West axis from Badagry to Marina on Lagos Island. Its first phase is expected to start operations at the end of 2022.

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Nigeria

Afreximbank provides $50m boost to Nigeria's first integrated power project

During the second Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, the Afreximbank signed a $50m term loan facility with Geometric Power for its Aba Integrated Power Project in Nigeria.

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Renewable Energy

Lekela is studying the expansion of West Africa’s biggest wind farm

Lekela has signed a grant agreement with the U.S. DFC to fund a feasibility study for a 100 MW extension of its Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN).

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Nigeria

World Bank revises Nigeria’s growth projections upward

The services and manufacturing sectors are performing better than expected. However, Nigeria's economy is still growing at a slower pace than its African neighbours and bold reforms are required to sustain growth in the medium-term.

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PPP

Meridiam signs $250m Concession Agreement for Burkina Faso’s Donsin-Ouagadougou Airport

Once completed, the new Donsin international airport will replace the current Ouagadougou-Taamsê International Airport.