Felix Janvrin

West Africa correspondent
A power plant in Tunisia

Nawara delay spells trouble for Tunisia

The development is now expected online by the end of this year, leaving Tunisia dependent on Algerian gas imports for a while longer.

14 February 2019
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at a China-Nigeria business event in September 2018.

Nigeria makes off-grid push to fix defective power sector

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a new off-grid gas power plant, but its distribution licence overlaps with that of a much larger idle unit built by a former opposition politician.

6 February 2019
An Angolan offshore platform

Angola unveils new upstream controller

The ANPG will take over the role of concessionaire from state player Sonangol, but real power is unlikely to shift in the short term.

31 January 2019
The port of Tema in Ghana. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)

Ghana’s LNG plans show lack of policy coherence

Ghana's state petroleum company has entered into talks on a second LNG import project despite paying for domestic gas it is unable to utilise.

24 January 2019
Inspection of Ivory Coast's Azito power plant

Ivory Coast’s gas ambitions on the rise

The West African nation is taking steps to boost its gas-fired power capacity and has appointed a new energy minister.

16 January 2019
A gas flow test off Mozambique

Tortue paves the way for African LNG FIDs

Financial close on Tortue proves that well-capitalised projects with government support can succeed in Africa, and more look likely to follow.

9 January 2019
A seismic survey ship at work for Ophir Energy.

Medco takeover could cement Ophir’s Asia pivot

Medco’s acquisition of Ophir Energy would create a significant player in East Asia and shift the latter’s focus away from Africa.

4 January 2019
The port of Tema in Ghana

WAGP seeks relevancy amid Ghana oversupply

Ghana's domestic gas discoveries have left the West African Gas Pipeline looking for customers.

17 December 2018
BBLT platform in Block 14 off Angola

Gas to play a growing role in Angola’s power sector

Angola’s gas-fired power plans may offer private players the chance to build their own facilities.

12 December 2018
Bonny Island LNG

FID delays spell trouble for Nigeria LNG Train 7

The postponement of the decision until next year means Nigeria's general election could cause further hold-ups.

30 November 2018
A decommissioned  coal power plant  in Bloemfontein,  South Africa.

Eskom restructure could stall SA’s LNG power plans

With debts mounting, rolling blackouts imminent and the first round of redundancies under way, the unbundling of South Africa’s power utility looks increasingly likely.

30 November 2018
The Jorf Lasfar power plant

Morocco lays groundwork for gas IPPs

The Moroccan government is set to sell the Tahaddart power plant as it seeks to create a more competitive market for gas-fired generation.

28 November 2018
Cameroon’s deepsea port in Kribi, where  the FLNG unit is  based.

Cameroon FLNG output expansion hits obstacles

Perenco is holding talks with the Cameroonian government on obtaining the gas needed for the third and fourth trains of the project, but the timeline is unclear.

22 November 2018
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) visiting an electricity substation  in Nairobi.

Private sector could solve Kenya’s LNG impasse

A demand pool led by private firms could help Kenya make progress on its stalled LNG-to-power plans.

9 November 2018
The Golar Spirit FSRU vessel

Lagos looks to FSRU for security of supply

The vessel will form part of a local LNG-to-power initiative that could be emulated by other states in Nigeria.

31 October 2018
An offshore platform

Exploration stirs in South African waters

South Africa is seeing renewed interest in its offshore acreage, but policy issues may cause delays.

24 October 2018
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

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