Miriam Malek

West Africa correspondent
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
Ministers visiting GridCo’s Ghana power station. Ghana is struggling to balance gas and power supplies. (GridCo)

Next Ghana IPP tender not expected until 2020

Ghana’s supply plans will have to wait for gas to become available as power producers work through a backlog of incomplete projects.

26 May 2017
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

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