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Felix Janvrin

West Africa specialist
An artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field between Senegal and Mauritania

Senegal unveils tentative midstream plans

The government is pushing ahead with studies on national gas-to-power infrastructure despite fresh doubts over the finances of state power firm Senelec.

5 days ago Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The port of Tema in Ghana

Benin turns to LNG to supply its power sector

Benin has signed a long-term LNG import deal with Total, guaranteeing its security of supply and further undermining the West African Gas Pipeline.

1 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
South Africa's Karoo region

South Africa eyes shale despite legal block

South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The Ghanaian port of Tema

Ghana readies gas act to drive industrial use

Ghana’s parliament is formulating a new gas law aimed at fostering industrial gas use as the country’s debt-ridden power sector market struggles to perform.

18 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
One of Karpowership's floating power plants

Karpowership aims to meet Africa’s power needs

The large-scale floating powership company is targeting long-term installations in Africa, but sourcing gas feedstock remains a challenge

11 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Gas infrastructure in Nigeria.

Seplat moves to target Nigeria power supply gap

The company is developing an extra 8.5 MMcm/d of gas processing capacity as local players look to end gas shortages at Nigeria's power plants.

4 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Azito power plant in Ivory Coast

Gas to underpin new West Africa power plan

The masterplan makes a bet on tentative gas-fired projects that have yet to come online but could justify planned LNG supply capacity

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Senegalese President Macky Sall at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018.

BP deal probe casts cloud over Senegal

The investigation is unlikely to yield prosecutions but does raise questions over the country’s supposedly clean petroleum sector and could delay a planned licensing round.

21 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Angola LNG

Angola to build new LNG facilities

Angola looks set to build new LNG infrastructure as part of a pact signed with a US private equity fund, yet it still has much to do to develop a domestic market for gas

13 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Workers maintain the thermal power station at Takoradi in Ghana

Ghana’s WAGP reverse-flow project comes online

The Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project is set to come online this month, significantly improving the country’s power sector reliability and energy security.

6 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Testing gas flows off Mozambique

Gas explorers gain ground in sub-Saharan Africa

The expansion of deep-pocketed supermajors across sub-Saharan Africa’s frontier basins means deepwater exploration for gas looks set to grow.

30 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Eni's Offshore Cape Three Points project in Ghana. (Eni)

Ghana in talks to export gas to Ivory Coast

Ghana is looking to export gas to Ivory Coast via a new pipeline despite of competing national agendas and the unmet needs of its domestic market.

23 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field.

West African gas starting to hit its stride

Motivated by the success of Tortue/Ahmeyim’s first phase, IOCs are looking with greater interest at offshore West Africa.

16 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Nigeria's Azura-Edo power plant

Nigeria taps World Bank to rescue power sector

Nigeria’s finance minister is seeking additional World Bank funding to turn around the power sector even as it struggles to abide by pre-existing financial terms set by the institution.

9 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
A well in the Etinde permit offshore Cameroon.

Cameroon’s new petroleum code to boost output

Cameroon’s new petroleum code is seeking to improve upstream production and revenues amid greater regional competition and major political troubles.

25 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
BP's Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim LNG development

Senegal’s petroleum ministry looks downstream

Two decisions by Senegal’s government hint at the integration of upstream gas projects with the country’s electricity sector.

18 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy Gabriel Obiang Lima

Equatorial Guinea eyes new feedstock for Punta Europa

Equatorial Guinea’s government is tapping new domestic supply for its LNG export hub but will need to secure offtakers to ensure the investments pay off.

11 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Nigeria's Bonny Island LNG plant

Nigeria LNG expects Train 7 FID later this year

The long-delayed expansion to Nigeria’s Bonny Island LNG plant is under pressure to reach financial close this year, but talks on subcontractor costs could delay it further.

4 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Workers at the Takoradi power station in Ghana.

Private group bids to mend Ghana’s power sector

A privately led consortium has taken the reins of Ghana’s principal power distribution company in a bid to improve performance, but legacy debts continue to threaten upstream investors.

28 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
In Salah dry gas field

Algerian worker strikes threaten gas exports

Industrial action at oil and gas facilities caused by the country’s political turmoil have the potential to affect gas exports.

21 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production

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