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Felix Janvrin

West Africa specialist
BP's plans for operations at the Tortue field

Second Senegal FLNG may compete with Nigeria

The successful appraisal of additional fields in the Grand Tortue complex adds credence to the case for at least one more FLNG plant in Senegal, which together with Mauritania could export almost as much gas as Nigeria by the end of next decade.

3 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
An oil platform offshore Angola

Angolan gas blocks set for bid round

The country’s latest licensing round will include non-associated gas-prone blocks for the first time.

2 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A Ghanaian power station

Ghana looks to renegotiate IPP contracts

Ghana’s government is stepping in to renegotiate take-or-pay arrangements with independent gas-to-power producers, a move that faces strong opposition but could help speed up gasification of the economy.

26 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Bonny Island LNG plant

Nigeria LNG closes in on Train 7 FID

Nigeria LNG has selected its preferred EPC contractors for its 7th train megaproject but still needs to secure funding for the project ahead of an October FID.

19 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A Karadeniz powership

Ghana prepares to switch powership to gas

The 470 MW vessel has successfully been relocated to the country’s southwestern coast, but the switch from fuel oil to gas has been pushed back by a few weeks.

11 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A power plant in Nigeria

Nigeria looks to reboot failing power sector

Nigeria’s federal government is turning to old methods to turn around its failing power market, but it will not get far without significant improvements in governance.

5 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria to pay heavy price for gas project default

Nigeria could end up forfeiting assets for violating its contractual obligations towards a tiny gas company, one of many petroleum sector agreements it has defaulted on.

22 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
An artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field between Senegal and Mauritania

Senegal unveils tentative midstream plans

The government is pushing ahead with studies on national gas-to-power infrastructure despite fresh doubts over the finances of state power firm Senelec.

15 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The port of Tema in Ghana

Benin turns to LNG to supply its power sector

Benin has signed a long-term LNG import deal with Total, guaranteeing its security of supply and further undermining the West African Gas Pipeline.

1 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
South Africa's Karoo region

South Africa eyes shale despite legal block

South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The Ghanaian port of Tema

Ghana readies gas act to drive industrial use

Ghana’s parliament is formulating a new gas law aimed at fostering industrial gas use as the country’s debt-ridden power sector market struggles to perform.

18 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
One of Karpowership's floating power plants

Karpowership aims to meet Africa’s power needs

The large-scale floating powership company is targeting long-term installations in Africa, but sourcing gas feedstock remains a challenge

11 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Gas infrastructure in Nigeria.

Seplat moves to target Nigeria power supply gap

The company is developing an extra 8.5 MMcm/d of gas processing capacity as local players look to end gas shortages at Nigeria's power plants.

4 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Azito power plant in Ivory Coast

Gas to underpin new West Africa power plan

The masterplan makes a bet on tentative gas-fired projects that have yet to come online but could justify planned LNG supply capacity

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Senegalese President Macky Sall at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018.

BP deal probe casts cloud over Senegal

The investigation is unlikely to yield prosecutions but does raise questions over the country’s supposedly clean petroleum sector and could delay a planned licensing round.

21 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Angola LNG

Angola to build new LNG facilities

Angola looks set to build new LNG infrastructure as part of a pact signed with a US private equity fund, yet it still has much to do to develop a domestic market for gas

13 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Workers maintain the thermal power station at Takoradi in Ghana

Ghana’s WAGP reverse-flow project comes online

The Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project is set to come online this month, significantly improving the country’s power sector reliability and energy security.

6 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Testing gas flows off Mozambique

Gas explorers gain ground in sub-Saharan Africa

The expansion of deep-pocketed supermajors across sub-Saharan Africa’s frontier basins means deepwater exploration for gas looks set to grow.

30 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Eni's Offshore Cape Three Points project in Ghana. (Eni)

Ghana in talks to export gas to Ivory Coast

Ghana is looking to export gas to Ivory Coast via a new pipeline despite of competing national agendas and the unmet needs of its domestic market.

23 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field.

West African gas starting to hit its stride

Motivated by the success of Tortue/Ahmeyim’s first phase, IOCs are looking with greater interest at offshore West Africa.

16 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production

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