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Oman plans strategic oil storage facility at Duqm

State-owned Oman Oil and Orpic Group – created earlier this year through a merger of two bodies – has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction (SKEC) to develop a 200m barrel oil storage facility...

Al-Salem branch shouldn’t be written out of Kuwaiti succession

With further concerns about the health of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following his admission to hospital in the United States during September, attention is inevitably turning to the often-intricate politics of succession in...

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...

Egypt: Zohr reaches target 2.7bcf/d production

Eni announced on 21 August that the Zohr gas field had reached the target plateau production of 2.7bcf/d set out in the plan of development five months ahead of schedule. A second 216km, 30-inch pipeline connecting the offshore subsea production...

Currency shifts begin to affect business in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond

The postponement of an infill drilling programme to expand production from the offshore Espoir field on Block CI-26 raised concerns in the industry when Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) announced the move in early August. In its Q2 2019 results...

Zambia: USTDA grant for Upepo Energy Zambia study

The US Trade and Development Agency announced on 9 August the award of a grant to Upepo Energy Zambia to fund a feasibility study for a 150MW wind, solar and energy storage hybrid power plant project in northern Zambia. The study, which will be...

Cameroon: Scatec-led consortium to build two solar PV projects

Cameroon power utility Eneo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a consortium led by Norway’s Scatec Solar for the construction of two PV plants with a total installed capacity of 25MWp. The MoU, which was signed in mid-July and...

Zambia: Toyota Tsusho to develop two solar farms

Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading arm of Japan’s Toyota Group, announced on 30 August the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development for the development of two 50MW solar power...

Botswana: Shumba Energy forms liquid fuels JV

Botswana’s Shumba Energy announced on 2 September that it has formed a joint venture partnership giving it 80% of the equity in Coal Petroleum Ltd (CoPet), a private company developing a commercial-scale liquid fuels production facility called...

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