Felix Janvrin

West Africa correspondent
Walvis Bay, Namibia

False start for Namibian upstream sector

Two dry wells have dented the prospects of Namibia revitalising its domestic oil and gas exploration.

16 October 2018
Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima.

Ophir and Equatorial Guinea prepare for no FID on Fortuna

Ophir has until the end of the year to reach FID on the Fortuna project, but the company and the government already appear to be moving on.

8 October 2018
Women in the Niger Delta cooking by gas flares

Nigeria talks tough on flaring ahead of elections

Nigeria has threatened to revoke the licences of companies flaring gas in the country, but terms for selling the fuel are still undeveloped.

2 October 2018
The Ghanaian port of Tema.

Ghana’s LNG import project staggers on

The Tema floating LNG project is expected to come online in 18 months, but the failure of other similar regas projects will create concerns for investors.

18 September 2018
Angolan President João Lourenço.

All change as Sonangol loses concession-granting role

A new regulator will take over the licensing, management and supervision of blocks from 2019 as Angola grapples with declining oil and gas output.

10 September 2018
A Mauritanian iron ore plant.

Northwest African basin drawing more IOC interest

Shell has signed a deal for two blocks in Mauritanian waters as interest rises in the region’s offshore prospects.

30 August 2018
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana minister dismissal shows energy mismanagement

The sacking of Boakye Agyarko, following a negative reaction to his renegotiation of a power plant deal, reveals problems in the state's management of the energy sector.

13 August 2018
Officials from Ethiopia and Poly-GCL at a signing ceremony for the Calub field.

Chinese aim to nail down concept for Djibouti LNG

Ethiopia is fast-tracking gas production for the project, but regional instability and negotiations with liquefaction providers could cause delays.

31 July 2018
A gas project in Ghana.

Ghana’s power sector debts raise upstream concerns

Debt concerns at Ghana’s national gas company are feeding through to the country’s upstream sector, discouraging investment.

20 July 2018
Seven Energy operations in Nigeria.

Nigeria moves to close a yawning supply gap

Nigeria hopes to plug an ever-widening supply-demand gap by 2020 by giving fresh impetus to gas projects that have been languishing in the planning stages for years.

13 July 2018
Ivory Coast's Azito power plant

Total’s Ivory Coast FSRU delayed until 2020

A dispute over pricing has pushed back startup for the terminal project, one of several in West Africa that appears to be struggling.

5 July 2018
Macky Sall with Emmanual Macron

African Petroleum seeks mediation over Senegal dispute

African Petroleum’s appeal against the repossession of its Senegalese blocks has put the spotlight on the country’s management of its upstream sector.

2 July 2018
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the UN in 2015

Nigeria-Morocco pipeline looks unlikely

Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint declaration for the construction of a gas pipeline running between them, but the project is expected to struggle.

19 June 2018
A well in the Etinde field

Cameroon pursues second FLNG amid security issues

Cameroon has signed an agreement to install a second FLNG vessel, but the security situation in the country is a growing cause for concern.

14 June 2018
An Anadarko drillship

FLNG to lead Africa’s gas boom

Although FLNG projects could boost gas use in Africa, much needs to happen before this can occur.

30 May 2018
The IM-5 well in the Etinde permit, offshore Cameroon, in 2013

Etinde exploration proceeds amid demand uncertainty

Development continues at Cameroon’s Etinde block despite uncertainty over where the gas will go.

23 May 2018
Construction of the Tema CENIT thermal power plant

Ghana’s utilities selling gas plants amid restructuring

Ghana hopes to cut costs in its power sector by selling off some of its gas-fired plants.

15 May 2018
A platform off Angola.

Angola accelerates block sale, raising possibility of FLNG

Gas from the blocks could be exported via an FLNG vessel, but Angola will need to press on with upstream reforms in advance of the sales.

8 May 2018
Cameroon's Kribi deepsea port.

Africa’s first FLNG project loads first cargo after delays

Golar’s Hilli Episeyo FLNG vessel offshore Cameroon is expected to load its first cargo this week, around one year later than originally planned.

30 April 2018
Macky Sall, president of Senegal

Golar wins Tortue FLNG amid unitisation uncertainty

The selection of an FLNG provider for the West African project is a welcome boost for the venture, but some questions remain.

23 April 2018

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