Felix Janvrin

West Africa correspondent
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
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

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