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Niger/Benin: Export pipeline launch

President Mahamadou Issoufou formally launched the Niger-Benin export pipeline project on 17 September at a ceremony at Koulélé, in the Agadem region. The launch of the surface works followed the signing on 15 September of a transportation...

Mozambique/Malawi: World Bank approves interconnection financing

The World Bank Group (WBG) board on 17 September approved a $57m financing package for the Mozambique-Malawi Regional Interconnector Project, comprising a $42m grant for Mozambique and a $15m loan for Malawi from the International Development...

Mozambique: ENH, Vitol form gas trading joint venture

Vitol and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) on 17 September announced the launch of a joint venture commodity trading company, ENH Energy Trading. The company will initially be owned 51% by ENH and 49% by Vitol, but ENH’s share is...

Mozambique: Advisers appointed for Mphanda Nkuwa hydro project

The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has appointed a team of advisers to assist with development of the 1.5GW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, 60km downstream from the 2,075MW Cahora Bassa dam. The consortium, led by...

Mozambique: KfW supports solar battery systems under Get FiT

Germany’s KfW has agreed to extend a €25m grant to the Ministry of Economics and Finance for the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in-Tariff (Get FiT) programme in Mozambique. The programme will promote private sector investment in solar PV systems...

Health concerns force cancellation of Kuwaiti emir’s Trump meeting

Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was forced to postpone a 12 September meeting with US President Donald Trump after being admitted to hospital on 8 September for unspecified health checks. He was discharged on the evening of 12...

Iraq under pressure after far exceeding Opec quotas

Iraq’s oil sector resurgence has drawn fire from fellow Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) members for eroding quota discipline and pushing prices down. A fall in Saudi supply following the attack on Abqaiq may give Baghdad...

Iran: Regional tensions and local tragedies

Gulf shipping: Tehran is widely believed to have been behind a series of attacks on shipping in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, although it has denied any involvement. The UAE was notably reticent to blame Iran and surprised observers by...

Iran: Military delegation to China

Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri led a military delegation to China on 11 September, following an invitation from the Central Military Commission’s chief of the joint staff Li Zuocheng. Baqeri held talks with Li...

Border dispute: Issue raised at the UN

Kuwait and Iraq have both turned to the United Nations over a lingering maritime border dispute that has become inflamed over a decision by Kuwait to build a new platform. Iraq wrote to the UN Security Council on 7 August to complain about the...

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