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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...

Zimbabwe/Mozambique: EDM to supply 50MW

Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has signed a memorandum of understanding to sell 50MW of power to Zimbabwe. Mozambique news agency AIM reported that the agreement was signed in Maputo on 12 September and sales were due to begin in October. EDM...

Morocco: Europa Oil & Gas takes Agadir Basin permit

AIM-listed Europa Oil & Gas has been awarded the 11,228km2 Inezgane Offshore permit in the Agadir Basin. The block is a newly delineated area offshore Agadir comprising parts of the former Foum Assaka and Tarhazoute Offshore permits. Europa,...

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...

Salman Bin Hamad: White House visit for crown prince

Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa met President Donald Trump at the White House on 17 September. Trump offered fulsome support, saying “our relationship has never been stronger than it is right now”. The talks focused on security and trade...

Bahrain: Tribal, Saudi and US alliances, but problem over Palestine

Tribal allegiance: Some 190 Bahraini tribes and families issued statements condemning Qatar and stressing their allegiance to King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, in a co-ordinated campaign that began after Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network aired a...

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