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Policy & Regulation
Street protests in Iraq.

Baghdad wins fresh gas import sanctions waiver

The US has decided to allow Iraq to buy gas from Iran for a further four months, ensuring vital supplies to the Iraqi electricity sector.

Yesterday Policy & Regulation
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 Exploration & Production
Turkey's Yavuz drillship at a Turkish port in Kocaeli province.

Ankara mulls new moves after Eni-Total deal in Cyprus

Tensions in Cyprus are set to rise following Turkey’s angry reaction to the signing of an exploration agreement for disputed waters off the southern coast of the island.

1 October 2019 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Ex Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih

Saudi’s gas future unclear after Falih sacking

The ousting of Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has raised serious questions about the future some of his pet projects

12 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
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 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 Policy & Regulation
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 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 Policy & Regulation
The 288 MW Azito facility near Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Will US LNG prosper under Prosper Africa?

US LNG could make its way to Africa if companies can help move sub-Saharan Africa beyond its LNG import impasse.

11 July 2019 LNG
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Anti-government protesters in Algeria.

Algeria’s oil and gas sector waits on permanent government

The protests in Algeria may result in a more democratic system, but the country's hydrocarbon sector will likely remain in the doldrums until the transition is complete.

9 May 2019 Policy & Regulation
A well in the Etinde permit offshore Cameroon.

Cameroon’s new petroleum code to boost output

Cameroon’s new petroleum code is seeking to improve upstream production and revenues amid greater regional competition and major political troubles.

25 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
Drilling in the Ebouri field off Gabon.

Gabon aims for gas to rescue petroleum sector

The country has revised its petroleum code in an effort to lure IOCs back to its waters, but a lack of export regulations leaves uncertainty as to where extra supplies would go.

14 March 2019 Policy & Regulation
Sonatrach gas tanks

Algerian protests threaten energy reforms

Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.

7 March 2019 Exploration & Production
Muhammadu Buhari, president of Nigeria, at the UN in 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari must tackle unfulfilled promises

Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected as Nigeria’s president but has yet to implement his promised overhaul of the country’s chaotic petroleum sector.

7 March 2019 Exploration & Production
Construction work on a Tanzanian pipeline

SADC gas pooling plans to boost infrastructure and LNG imports

The group's Regional Gas Master Plan could stimulate the development of gas infrastructure by pooling local demand across the bloc’s 16 member countries.

28 February 2019 LNG
BP's planned Greater Tortue LNG development

Senegal to boost government role in upstream sector

The country's new upstream legislation is expected to include obligatory signature bonuses and will fix the stake of state-owned Petrosen at up to 30%.

21 February 2019 Exploration & Production
A Sonatrach LNG carrier

Algeria’s Sonatrach maxes out on export flexibility

Sonatrach is expanding its Skikda liquefaction plant to take larger ships and increase its storage capacity, but stagnant production is leaving facilities underused.

14 February 2019 Exploration & Production
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at a China-Nigeria business event in September 2018.

Nigeria makes off-grid push to fix defective power sector

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a new off-grid gas power plant, but its distribution licence overlaps with that of a much larger idle unit built by a former opposition politician.

6 February 2019 Policy & Regulation

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