Miriam Malek

West Africa correspondent
An FPSO offshore Ghana. (Anadarko)

Ghana associated gas plans on hold as Ivory Coast verdict looms

Tullow’s exploration of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme fields could be stymied if a ruling on a maritime border dispute with Ivory Coast does not go Ghana’s way.

19 September 2017
Work at Nigeria’s Greenville LNG plant. (Greenville LNG)

Energy sector uptick helps Nigeria limp out of recession

Nigeria has calmed the unrest in the Niger Delta, boosting its gas production.

11 September 2017
An equipment inspection at the Azito  power plant near Abidjan. (USAID)

Ivory Coast presses on with power liberalisation

Baker Mckenzie’s Richard Mugni talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the progress of power market liberalisation in Ivory Coast and the challenges faced by investors.

29 August 2017
Petronas’s FLNG recently delivered commercial cargoes. (Petronas)

Pioneering Gunvor snags Fortuna FLNG volumes

The Swiss trading house’s plan to take the full output from the LNG plant is seen as a bold move by analysts.

22 August 2017
Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points project  in Ghana. Eni)

Ghana pipeline delays may stymie Sankofa

Delays mean gas from Eni’s Sankofa field is likely to arrive before Ghana’s pipelines and power projects are ready for it.

18 August 2017
Shell’s Bonga FPSO. IOCs are insulated from the payment problems. (Shell)

Nigeria’s domestic upstream players face battle to survive

Indigenous firms are suffering from devalued assets amid low commodity prices, making service companies view them as debt risks.

14 August 2017
The IM-5 well in the Etinde permit offshore Cameroon. (Bowleven)

Cameroon’s Etinde partners agree to FLNG – sources

NewAge has reached an agreement with the government over how to use the gas from the offshore Etinde permit.

8 August 2017
A platform off Angola. (BP plc)

Angola becoming no-go zone for upstream players

Angola is facing an exodus of upstream operators as a result of an uncertain economy and problems at Sonangol.

31 July 2017
Construction work on a Nigerian power plant. (Azura Power)

Nigeria’s new gas policy could see pricing change

Gas prices for the Nigerian power sector could be market-led if the policy results in new legislation.

24 July 2017
A power plant near Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (USAID)

Endeavor in arbitration with local partner over Songon

Endeavor and Starenergie dispute the validity of the joint development agreement for the power plant project.

13 July 2017
Part of Ghana’s Jubilee project. (Ghana Gas)

Eni starts up Sankofa, but Ghana power still in limbo

Ghana’s review process for its gas power projects could delay their startup dates even though feedstock will soon be available.

10 July 2017
Construction work at Greenville LNG, Nigeria. (Greenville LNG)

Power price a problem for Nigerian small-scale LNG

It will be difficult for developers to move small-scale LNG projects forward in Nigeria unless the government raises energy tariffs.

5 July 2017
The Bonny Island LNG plant in Nigeria. (Shell)

NLNG bill hangs in the balance as opposition grows

The threat of a revolt in Nigeria’s parliament could scupper new legislation designed to force Nigeria LNG to pay more tax.

29 June 2017
The launch of the hull for Shell’s Prelude FLNG vessel. (Shell)

Vessel choice for Greater Tortue still under debate

Kosmos and BP have yet to decide whether their FLNG vessel will be a newbuild or a conversion.

26 June 2017
Construction of the Azura-Edo IPP in Nigeria. The country’s utilites are struggling with low tariffs. (Azura Power)

Nigerian discos go off grid in search of profit

Nigeria has set its electricity tariffs so low that distributors are saying they are unable to turn a profit, leaving them searching for alternatives

15 June 2017
A South African nuclear plant. The country’s procurement programme has caused controversy. (© jbdodane.com)

New determination on South African gas power likely – NERSA

South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme.

12 June 2017
Workers maintain the thermal power station at Takoradi, Ghana. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)

US-funded bodies likely to privatise Ghana power

With state-owned Electricity Company of Ghana accumulating debts from consumers to suppliers, privatisation is looking likely.

12 June 2017
Gabriel Obiang Lima has revealed the shortlist of Fortuna LNG’s offtakers. (Africa Oil & Power)

Equatorial Guinea reveals offtaker shortlist for Fortuna

Equatorial Guinea has shortlisted three offtakers for the Fortuna FLNG plant, but the FID on the project looks likely to slip.

6 June 2017
A Golar LNG carrier. The company is looking at taking part in a project offshore Equatorial Guinea. (Golar LNG)

Golar boosts West Africa presence despite headwinds

Golar is looking to monetise gas in Equatorial Guinea despite facing hurdles to its developments in Cameroon and Ghana.

2 June 2017
A NewAge well test in Cameroon. The company holds a 30% stake in the Etinde gas project. (NewAge)

Biya and SNH chief block Cameroon’s Etinde

The president of Cameroon and the head of state-owned oil company SNH are blocking development of the Etinde gas field despite its approval by parliament.

30 May 2017

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