Petroceltic’s Algeria AT-9 well. Algeria is pushing to increase its gas output. (Petroceltic) Companies & Finance

Algerian energy minister continues shake-up

The head of the Algerian oil and gas licensing agency, Alnaft, has been replaced in what could be a sign of sweeping changes to come.

By Verity Ratcliffe 24 March 2017
Alternative Fuels

Water supply disrupting Malawi power

Below-average water levels are affecting power generation in parts of southern Africa that rely on hydropower for electricity.

15 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Algeria looks to beat gas production targets

Algeria expects to produce more than 57 billion cubic metres of gas in 2017.

15 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Wafa field closed as militants block pipeline

The Wafa gas field in Libya was shut on Tuesday after militant groups blocked the pipeline linking the field to the Mellitah LNG export plant.

15 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Sound Energy finishes third well in Morocco licence

Sound Energy has finished drilling its third well, known as TE-8, in Morocco’s Tendrara licence.

15 March 2017
A Woodside seismic survey ship. The company is one of a number of IOCs exploring off Morocco. (Woodside) Exploration & Production

Moroccan offshore exploration at a crossroads

IOCs exploring off Morocco are consolidating their positions, but the future of the country’s offshore sector is still far from certain.

15 March 2017
Global Markets

Zimbabwe to negotiate new South Africa power deal

Zimbabwe is set to negotiate a new power import deal with neighbouring South Africa to compensate for a shortfall in hydroelectric power.

14 March 2017
Supply & Demand

Low Algerian volumes hit African pipeline exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.9% in Week 10 from a week earlier as a result of lower Algerian exports.

14 March 2017
A drillship off Mozambique. The country is making progress with its LNG plans. (Anadarko) LNG

Moz government looks to kickstart LNG projects

The government of Mozambique now has the ‘feeling of urgency’ needed to make its LNG projects happen, the head of ENH says.

13 March 2017
Companies & Finance

Ugandan government steps up role in electricity distribution

The government of Uganda has decided to take on a larger role in the country’s electricity distribution sector.

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

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
Exploration & Production

Exxon to buy half of Eni’s Mozambique Area 4 stake

ExxonMobil has agreed to buy half of Eni’s 50% stake in Mozambique’s gas-rich offshore Area 4 for $2.8 billion.

9 March 2017
LNG

Sonatrach to renew Engie contract

Algeria’s Sonatrach will renew a deal with Engie to supply 10 billion cubic metres per year of LNG.

9 March 2017
LNG

NLNG dividends lowest in 10 years

Dividends to the government last year from Nigeria LNG (NLNG) were the lowest since 2007

8 March 2017
Supply & Demand

African pipeline exports fall for all but Trans-Med

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 1.4% week on week in Week 9, to 930.8 million cubic metres.

7 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Bowleven farms out of Bomono gas development in Cameroon

Africa-focused exploration company Bowleven has agreed to a farm-out on its Bomono gas development in Cameroon.

6 March 2017
Walvis Bay in Namibia, the proposed site for the Kudu gas-to-power plant. (Jeremy Hetzel, Flickr) LNG

More delays, still no PPAs for Namibian gas-to-power

Another financial deadline has come and gone for the developers of the Walvis Bay LNG-to-power project in Namibia.

6 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Eni CEO Descalzi outlines plans for Africa

Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi outlines Eni’s biggest projects in Africa, from Mozambique’s Coral FLNG to Egypt’s Zohr gas field.

3 March 2017
Algeria is keen to develop its offshore resources, but IOCs may find onshore reserves more attractive. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

Algeria attempts offshore exploration revival

Eni, ExxonMobil and others have been approached by Sonatrach in an attempt to develop Algeria’s largely unexplored offshore sector.

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

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
Exploration & Production

ExxonMobil and Eni selected to explore off Algeria

Eni and ExxonMobil have been selected to carry out offshore exploration work in Algeria, according to Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi.

2 March 2017

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