New South African Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (right) is sworn in. (Flickr/GCIS) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Budget speech casts doubt on SA gas policy

The South African energy minister’s vague budget speech seemed to suggest a shift in policy away from LNG and towards pipeline imports from Mozambique.

By Leigh Elston 26 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigerian senate passes PIGB

The Nigerian senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after 17 years of work.

26 May 2017
LNG

Angola LNG launches cargo tender

Angola LNG’s export plant has launched a tender to sell a cargo for dispatch between 23 and 25 June.

26 May 2017
Ministers visiting GridCo’s Ghana power station. Ghana is struggling to balance gas and power supplies. (GridCo) Policy & Regulation

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
Alternative Fuels

Rosatom still ready to take part in South Africa nuclear tender

Russia’s Rosatom is still keen to participate in South Africa’s nuclear tender as and when it is announced, the company has said.

25 May 2017
Global Markets

One killed in Tunisian gas field protests

A man died on Monday after being hit by a police car during a clash between security forces and protesters at a gas field in Tunisia, according to reports.

25 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Sound Energy declares higher volumes at Moroccan field

UK-based Sound Energy has boosted volume estimates for its Tendrara gas field in eastern Morocco.

23 May 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Lower exports to Spain balanced by Italian gains

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.2% in Week 20 as a result of reduced deliveries to Spain.

23 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Shell planning to sell Tunisian gas field stakes

Shell wants to sell its gas fields in Tunisia for about $500 million.

22 May 2017
Botswana generates around 132 MW from the Morupule coal power plant. (Botswana Power Corp.) Exploration & Production

CBM could help transform Botswana’s power sector

Botswana is highly dependent on electricity imports, but new developments in CBM may help the country abolish its power deficit to become a net exporter.

22 May 2017
A gas flow test off the Mozambican coast. Eni is expected to make an FID on its Coral FLNG project soon. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

Coral FLNG finance gets all-clear from Mozambique

The Coral FLNG project has cleared the last hurdle before its FID, but sign-off on contracts from the fifth licensing round is still a long way away.

17 May 2017
The case between Cobalt and Sonangol related to Angola’s offshore blocks 20 and 21. (Cobalt) Policy & Regulation

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
Pipelines, Storage & Power

North African pipeline volumes continue to slide

Volumes exported via pipeline from North Africa to Europe continue to drop, falling by 3.6% last week from the previous week.

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

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
The painted cooling towers of the decommissioned Orlando coal power plant in South Africa. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Last chance for SA to save credibility on carbon tax

With reporting regulations in place, South Africa’s carbon tax policy is taking shape despite repeated delays to the enforcement of the levy.

11 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Kosmos announces another Senegal gas discovery

United States-based Kosmos Energy announced a third gas discovery offshore Senegal on Monday.

9 May 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Nigerian transmission company receives funding

State-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria will receive $1.5 billion in funding for new projects, according to a report from Vanguard.

9 May 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

North African pipeline volumes reverse gains

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 2.3% in the first week of May from the previous week, to 689.4 MMcm.

9 May 2017
Duvha coal-fired power station in South Africa. Coal accounts for 70% of the country’s energy mix. (Eskom) Policy & Regulation

South Africa awaits new draft of carbon tax bill

South Africa will not be ready for a carbon tax in 2018 without more gas-fired power generation, industrial players argue.

8 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigeria could increase power tariffs by July, new plan suggests

Nigeria’s government could hike national power tariffs under a new plan.

8 May 2017
Companies & Finance

OMV evacuates Tunisian staff following protests

OMV has removed 700 non-essential staff and contractors from its projects in the south of Tunisia in response to protests.

8 May 2017

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