Miriam Malek

West Africa correspondent
The case between Cobalt and Sonangol related to Angola’s offshore blocks 20 and 21. (Cobalt)

Sonangol unlikely to pay $2 bln Cobalt arbitration

Cash-strapped Sonangol is unlikely to be able to foot a $2 billion legal bill if it loses its arbitration case with US-based Cobalt, sources say.

16 May 2017
Kosmos Energy has announced a significant gas find at the Yakaar 1 exploration well offshore Senegal. (BP plc)

Senegal farmouts expected after new gas discovery

Drilling success offshore Senegal is expected to lead to further farmout activity from explorers over the coming years.

12 May 2017
An LNG carrier off Nigeria. The price of cargoes from the country could be subject to high charges. (NLNG)

Nigerian LNG facing ‘war risk’ insurance premiums

The price of LNG from Bonny Island could be pushed up by high insurance charges as a result of militant attacks in the region.

4 May 2017
A BP platform off the African coast. The company may be stymied by political hurdles in Mauritania. (BP plc)

BP ups Tortue share, but progress may be slowing

The UK major is trying to accelerate the development of the West African discovery, but its progress may be stymied by local politics.

28 April 2017
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has attempted to placate militants in the Niger Delta. (PA)

Small investors wait for PIB to calm Nigerian violence

Nigeria has attempted to calm militants in the Niger Delta, but more needs to be done to reassure companies working there.

24 April 2017
Bonny Island LNG, Nigeria. An FID for the plant’s seventh train is due in 2020. (Shell)

Talks begin on Nigeria LNG Train 7 volumes

Representatives from Nigeria LNG have met IOCs to discuss the sale of volumes from the planned 4.3 mtpa seventh train at Bonny Island.

13 April 2017
Tullow operations in Ghana. The company left Banda to focus on fields in Ghana. (Tullow Oil)

Mauritania to launch Banda field auction in H2

Mauritania hopes to auction off its Banda gas field in H2 but may need to sweeten the deal if it is to attract investors.

7 April 2017
Nigeria’s Bonny Island LNG plant. The country’s proposed Brass facility has run into problems. (Shell)

Nigeria’s Brass LNG project faces restructure

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s proposed Brass LNG plant will need to reallocate Conoco’s old shares in the project before they can revive the venture.

31 March 2017
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

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