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Middle East & Africa

North African pipeline exports low as Italy turns to LNG

Pipeline exports from North Africa to Europe were well below the seasonal average last week as cheap LNG took market share.

Yesterday Project Insights / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Mina al Ahmadi gas port in Kuwait

Kuwait to mull options after onshore terminal delay

The delays leave the country with a potential supply shortfall, meaning it may try to further extend its FSRU contract or look to bridge the shortfall with domestic gas.

5 days ago Project Insights / LNG

LNG pushes out North African pipeline supplies in Europe

Deliveries of pipeline gas to Europe fell sharply last week as LNG offered a cheap alternative.

12 March 2019 Project Insights / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Cypriot gas could be exported via Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Cyprus discovery boosts optimism but export questions remain

ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum have made a significant discovery offshore Cyprus, but they may need to discover more gas in the area to justify building LNG export infrastructure.

1 March 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
A tanker docked at the Qalhat LNG plant

Oman to diversify gas strategy on rising output

Oman is looking at new ways of monetising its gas and increasing its output on the back of new discoveries.

28 February 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
The Ain Beni Mathar integrated combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant in Morocco. (Philippe Roos/Flickr).jpg

Morocco’s import plans overshadow domestic gas potential

Morocco is looking to lure explorers into its upstream gas sector, but domestic production will not supplant plans to import large volumes of gas.

26 February 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa making his State of the nation address in February.

Clock ticking on restart of South Africa’s LNG tender

The country's energy minister has said the IRP will be approved in March – and it will need to be if the LNG import tender is to restart in time.

20 February 2019 Project Insights / LNG
A power plant in Tunisia

Nawara delay spells trouble for Tunisia

The development is now expected online by the end of this year, leaving Tunisia dependent on Algerian gas imports for a while longer.

14 February 2019 Project Insights / Supply & Demand
The Mossel Bay GTL plant

Total find could change South Africa’s fortunes

The French company's gas condensate discovery could be significant for South Africa, but it is too early to say how significant – and the Outeniqua Basin has proven disappointing in the past.

14 February 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
Ophir Energy activity offshore Tanzania

Ophir’s prized Tanzanian assets almost worthless

Medco Energi has valued Ophir at just $511 million, giving another indication that the deepwater gas in the company's Tanzania blocks might just stay in the ground.

7 February 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
The port of Tema in Ghana. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)

Ghana’s LNG plans show lack of policy coherence

Ghana's state petroleum company has entered into talks on a second LNG import project despite paying for domestic gas it is unable to utilise.

24 January 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
Anadarko operations in Mozambique

Terror threat looms large in Mozambique

The deteriorating security situation in Cabo Delgado could make Anadarko’s LNG project more expensive, but financing is moving despite the arrest of Mozambique's former finance minister.

17 January 2019 Project Insights / LNG
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Egypt’s LNG exports hinge on exploration success

Egypt's existing gas projects are set to feed domestic demand, meaning the scale of the country's LNG export revival will depend on further exploration success.

17 January 2019 Project Insights / Exploration & Production
Inspection of Ivory Coast's Azito power plant

Ivory Coast’s gas ambitions on the rise

The West African nation is taking steps to boost its gas-fired power capacity and has appointed a new energy minister.

16 January 2019 Project Insights / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A gas flow test off Mozambique

Tortue paves the way for African LNG FIDs

Financial close on Tortue proves that well-capitalised projects with government support can succeed in Africa, and more look likely to follow.

9 January 2019 Project Insights / LNG
A seismic survey ship at work for Ophir Energy.

Medco takeover could cement Ophir’s Asia pivot

Medco’s acquisition of Ophir Energy would create a significant player in East Asia and shift the latter’s focus away from Africa.

4 January 2019 Project Insights / Companies & Finance

BP takes FID on Tortue/Ahmeyim

BP and its partners have taken FID for phase 1 development of the ultra-deepwater Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project.

21 December 2018 Project Insights / Exploration & Production

PTTEP boosting capex plans as it eyes African projects

PTTEP plans to increase its capital expenditure next year to $1.84 billion as it looks to develop new projects in Africa.

21 December 2018 Project Insights / Exploration & Production

Africa Energy obtains South African licence

Canadian-listed Africa Energy has been awarded a 4.9% stake in Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin

20 December 2018 Project Insights / Exploration & Production

Angola LNG resumes production

Angola LNG’s Soyo plant has resumed production after a “controlled shutdown”

20 December 2018 Project Insights / LNG