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Felix Janvrin

West Africa correspondent
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.

3 days ago 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
Drilling in the Ebouri field off Gabon.

Gabon aims for gas to rescue petroleum sector

The country has revised its petroleum code in an effort to lure IOCs back to its waters, but a lack of export regulations leaves uncertainty as to where extra supplies would go.

14 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Muhammadu Buhari, president of Nigeria, at the UN in 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari must tackle unfulfilled promises

Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected as Nigeria’s president but has yet to implement his promised overhaul of the country’s chaotic petroleum sector.

7 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The Ain Beni Mathar integrated combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant in Morocco. (Philippe Roos/Flickr).jpg

Morocco’s import plans overshadow domestic gas potential

Morocco is looking to lure explorers into its upstream gas sector, but domestic production will not supplant plans to import large volumes of gas.

26 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
BP's planned Greater Tortue LNG development

Senegal to boost government role in upstream sector

The country's new upstream legislation is expected to include obligatory signature bonuses and will fix the stake of state-owned Petrosen at up to 30%.

21 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
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 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Companies & Finance
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation

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