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Zimbabwe: Power tariffs rise again

The government has approved a domestic electricity price rise of more than 200% from 3 October, raising tariffs to about US$0.12/kWh from approximately US$0.02/kWh. Following the rise, the second since August, domestic users will pay Z$0.41 for...

Carlyle backs new Heavey venture

Tullow Oil veterans Aidan Heavey and Tom Hickey have won backing from The Carlyle Group for a new company targeting acquisitions of up to $1bn, focusing on oil and gas assets across sub-Saharan Africa. Carlyle Group said on 1 October that Boru...

Maurel & Prom: New CEO

Maurel & Prom has named former Total executive Olivier de Langavant to replace Michel Hochard as chief executive. De Langavant, a former managing director of Total E&P Angola who was most recently a member of the Total Group Management...

Madagascar: Shareholders’ accord signed for Volobe hydro project

Africa50, Colas, Jovena and SN Power have signed a shareholders’ agreement for the co-development of the 120MW Volobe hydropower project on the Ivondro River. The agreement signed on 4 October sees the four partners take equity stakes in project...

Industry: Climate activists protest at oil dinner

Greenpeace activists gatecrashed the annual Oil & Money Conference dinner at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on 8 October to protest at IOCs’ role in climate change. The activists unfurled a banner reading “BP and Shell Climate Criminals” at the...

Ghana: Springfield spuds Afina well

Ghanaian independent Springfield Exploration and Production Limited spudded the Afina-1X well on West Cape Three Points Block 2 on 7 October using the Stena Forth drillship. The well will test Cenomanian potential on a similar play fairway to...

Gambia: Feasibility study sought for 150MW solar park

The West African Power Pool secretariat in partnership with the government of The Gambia has invited expressions of interest by 28 October from consultants to undertake a feasibility study for a solar PV park with a total indicative capacity of...

Gambia: FAR, Petronas increase stakes

Australia’s FAR and Malaysia’s Petronas have increased their stakes in blocks A2 and A5 following the liquidation of Erin Energy. FAR said on 1 October the government had issued new licences with updated terms, giving each company 50% in the...

Ethiopia: Bids sought for solar PV mini-grids

The Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has invited sealed bids by 11 November for the design, supply, construction and commissioning of mini-grid solar PV projects in 25 rural towns and villages. The projects, which will entail the construction of...

Equatorial Guinea: Russian deals in prospect

Equatorial Guinea has signalled that an agreement with Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosneft could emerge from the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on 23-24 October. A Russian news report, retweeted by minister of mines and hydrocarbons Gabriel Mbaga Obiang...

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