Miriam Malek

West Africa correspondent
Construction work at Angola LNG. The disputed blocks are 400 km from the plant. (Angola LNG)

Sonangol/Cobalt dispute clouds Angolan upstream

Cobalt International Energy has issued a notice of dispute to Sonangol after the Angolan state-owned company pulled out of a project, leaving Cobalt with assets it has struggled to sell.

24 March 2017
The Bonny Island LNG plant. It is unknown whether Nigeria will sell its stake in the facility. (Shell)

New setbacks expected for Nigerian asset sale

Nigeria could face significant problems in selling some of its oil and gas assets, including poor security and a lack of regulatory clarity.

20 March 2017
Workers at the power station at Takoradi, Ghana. Ghana 1000 will ramp up to 1.3 GW. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)

Ghana 1000 construction delayed until 2018

Construction work on the Ghana 1000 gas-to-power project has been stalled until at least 2018, a stakeholder tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

10 March 2017
Gabriel Obiang Lima, Equatorial Guinea’s energy minister. Political spats are causing problems. (Africa Oil & Power)

Equatorial Guinea still to decide on Fortuna FLNG

Ophir Energy and OneLNG are unable to progress with the Fortuna FLNG project because state-owned Sonagas is dragging its heels.

3 March 2017
Pade Durotoye (second left), of Oando Energy Resources, is hoping to see debts written off. (Oando)

Nigerian power discos hope for debt write-off

Nigerian power distibutors are caught in a debt cycle as legacy debts and non-payment by customers have left them struggling to pay generators

24 February 2017
Conflict flared in August 2016 when Starenergie signed an EPC contract with China Energy Engineering Corp. without permission from Endeavor Energy. (Starenergie2073)

Endeavor Energy stands firm in Ivory Coast

Endeavor Energy and Starenergie 2073, partners in the Songon power plant in Ivory Coast, are struggling over their rights to the project.

16 February 2017
LNG bunkering in Rostock. Facilities in Africa could fill customer’s tanks before they enter ECAs. (Gazprom)

LNG bunkering sector could spread to South Africa

South Africa’s position at a concentration point for marine traffic could provide investors with an opportunity to install LNG bunkering to serve ships bound for Europe.

13 February 2017
Golar will supply one of its vessels, the Golar Hilli, for the Cameroon LNG project. (Golar LNG)

Government changing position on Cameroon LNG

Cameroon’s state-run oil and gas company may be on the verge of withdrawing from its LNG project, throwing the timescale into doubt.

6 February 2017
President Nana Akufo-Addo has warned that Ghana may struggle to meet the IMF’s loan conditions. (PA)

Ghana and Nigeria facing power finance problems

The IMF’s displeasure over the economic performance of Ghana and Nigeria could be bad news for gas and power projects in the countries.

27 January 2017
Nigerian electricity demand is expected to grow to 250 GW by 2030. (PA)

Nigerian government rejects electricity price hike

Nigeria may be trapped in a vicious cycle: failures in its power system make it hard to raise prices, but the low prices are deterring investment.

25 January 2017
A rig in Cameroon’s Etinde field. Its development is being delayed by protracted negotiations. (Bowleven)

Monetisation tussle delaying Etinde’s development

A disagreement between Cameroon’s government and the JV developing the offshore Etinde field is holding up production.

20 January 2017
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo took office on 7 January. (PA)

Ghana-based IPPs face shake-up with new president

Nana Akufo-Addo became Ghana’s new president this month and is expected to squeeze the country’s power sector to pay off debts.

18 January 2017
South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant. The country’s nuclear ambitions have faced public opposition. (PA)

South African LNG facing more delays

Political conflict and confusion over South Africa’s LNG import timeline are causing delays and dissuading potential investors, analysts say.

13 January 2017
Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot (Chariot)

Chariot looking for partners in Namibia – CEO

Larry Bottomley, chief executive of Chariot Oil & Gas, tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the company’s activities in Namibia.

12 January 2017
Gas flares in the Niger Delta area, belonging to the Agip Oil company, in 2006. (PA)

Nigeria’s flaring ambitions weigh on gas sector

The development of Nigeria’s gas industry is being held up by flaring reduction targets that are proving difficult to achieve.

6 January 2017
Galp’s headquarters in Portugal. The company has fallen foul of tax evasion allegations. (Galp)

Portugal’s Galp buckles up for tough 2017

Allegations of tax evasion and a lack of transparency are just two of the challenges facing Portugal’s oil and gas player this year.

5 January 2017
Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, has made several interventions in the country’s energy sector. (PA)

Tanesco sacking bodes ill for Tanzania LNG

Government interference in Tanzania’s energy sector could delay work on the country’s proposed LNG plant, experts say.

4 January 2017
BP hopes to grow its position in the LNG market, and plans to expand the Tangguh LNG plant in Indonesia. (BP plc)

BP bets big on African near-field LNG projects

BP’s farm-in to Kosmos Energy’s blocks in western Africa ties into the company’s move towards smaller-scale LNG projects.

21 December 2016
Ivory Coast’s Azito gas-fired power plant. The country aims to generate more electricity. (Power Africa)

Challenges persist as Ivory Coast looks to renewables

Ivory Coast faces the challenge of reducing carbon emissions and boosting electricity production while lacking the necessary funding.

20 December 2016
Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos has appointed his daughter to run Sonangol. (PA)

Angola insurance liberalisation at least three years off

Angola’s faltering economy has set back regulatory reforms in the country’s energy sector, leaving insurers and developers guessing.

13 December 2016

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