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The Barakah nuclear plant in the UAE

Delays to UAE Barakah nuclear plant to support gas

The delay in bringing online the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear power plant will mean the country will continue to depend on imported pipeline gas and LNG for now.

11 April 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy Gabriel Obiang Lima

Equatorial Guinea eyes new feedstock for Punta Europa

Equatorial Guinea’s government is tapping new domestic supply for its LNG export hub but will need to secure offtakers to ensure the investments pay off.

11 April 2019 LNG

North African pipeline exports see strong rise week on week

Volumes flowing from Africa to Europe were up by 48% on a weekly basis in Week 14, but they were still down from the same week in 2018.

9 April 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Idku LNG plant

Damietta restart faces further delays

The resumption of LNG exports from Egypt’s 5.5 mtpa Damietta plant remains subject to settlement deals between Cairo and Union Fenosa Gas.

4 April 2019 LNG
Nigeria's Bonny Island LNG plant

Nigeria LNG expects Train 7 FID later this year

The long-delayed expansion to Nigeria’s Bonny Island LNG plant is under pressure to reach financial close this year, but talks on subcontractor costs could delay it further.

4 April 2019 LNG

North African pipeline gas exports hit new low

Weak demand and low-cost alternatives saw the decline in pipeline gas exports from North Africa to Europe continue last week.

2 April 2019 Supply & Demand
Workers at the Takoradi power station in Ghana.

Private group bids to mend Ghana’s power sector

A privately led consortium has taken the reins of Ghana’s principal power distribution company in a bid to improve performance, but legacy debts continue to threaten upstream investors.

28 March 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Aphrodite offers hope for Egypt’s LNG hub plans

Cyprus is pushing to develop Aphrodite as quickly as possible and may be nearing a deal on new PSA terms, allowing gas from the field to be piped to Egyptian liquefaction plants.

28 March 2019 LNG

North African pipeline exports rise despite low Italian demand

Exports of pipeline gas from Africa to Europe rose by 2.3% last week, but volumes are still unseasonably low.

26 March 2019 Supply & Demand
In Salah dry gas field

Algerian worker strikes threaten gas exports

Industrial action at oil and gas facilities caused by the country’s political turmoil have the potential to affect gas exports.

21 March 2019 Exploration & Production

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.

19 March 2019 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.

15 March 2019 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Exploration & Production

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