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

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.

Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot (Chariot) Exploration & Production

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.

Companies & Finance

Ivory Coast gets new energy minister for new government

Ivory Coast’s president, Alassane Ouattara, has named Thierry Tanoh, former head of Africa’s Ecobank, as the country’s new energy minister.

12 January 2017
Companies & Finance

Oil and gas union strike begins in Nigeria

Nigerian oil and gas workers began striking on Wednesday in protest against recent job losses in the sector.

11 January 2017
Companies & Finance

Total buys Ugandan stake from Tullow

French supermajor Total will buy a 21.57% stake in the Lake Albert oil project in Uganda from Tullow Oil at a cost of $900 million.

10 January 2017
Global Markets

IMF warns against Magufuli’s economic policies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a warning against the economic policies of Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

10 January 2017
Source: Enagas, Snam Rete Gas, Interfax Supply & Demand

African gas exports fall in the first week of the year

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 3% in the first week of the year, to 889.9 MMcm.

10 January 2017
Global Markets

South Africa relaxes payment terms for Zimbabwe’s Zesa

South Africa’s Eskom has relaxed the payment terms required for power exports to Zimbabwe’s Zesa.

9 January 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Kenya experiencing blackouts

Parts of Kenya are suffering from blackouts because of technical faults at power stations.

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

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
Policy & Regulation

Angolan lawyers challenge dos Santos as head of NOC

A group of 12 Angolan lawyers are challenging the appointment of Isabel dos Santos as the head of Angolan state-run oil company Sonangol

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

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
Policy & Regulation

Magufuli fires head of Tanzanian state power firm

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacked the head of state power utility Tanesco on Sunday after the company decided to increase consumer power prices.

3 January 2017
Source: Enagas, Snam Rete Gas, Interfax Supply & Demand

African pipeline exports end 2016 on a high

Algeria stepped up its piped gas exports to Italy significantly over 2016, reversing the trend for declining Trans-Med gas flows from the previous five years.

3 January 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Tanzania ends power dispute with European companies

Tanzania has agreed to end its conflicts with the governments of Norway and Denmark concerning power generation.

21 December 2016
BP hopes to grow its position in the LNG market, and plans to expand the Tangguh LNG plant in Indonesia. (BP plc) Exploration & Production

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
Supply & Demand

Ghana to get first gas from WAGL by July 2017

Ghana will receive its first gas imports from the West Africa Gas LNG terminal by July next year.

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

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
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Slight decline in Europe’s African pipeline imports

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.4% last week from the previous week, but Trans-Med pipeline volumes ticked up slightly to a new record high.

20 December 2016
Exploration & Production

BP acquires Kosmos stakes off Mauritania and Senegal

British supermajor BP has agreed to acquire stakes in six gas-rich blocks owned by Kosmos Energy in Mauritania and Senegal.

19 December 2016
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Construction begins at Ghana’s Amandi power plant

Ghana’s Amandi Energy power plant has reached a financial close and construction is under way.

16 December 2016
Companies & Finance

Soma Oil and Gas investigation ends

A fraud investigation into the UK-based, Somalia-focused Soma Oil and Gas Holdings ended yesterday without any charges.

15 December 2016

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