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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...

Botswana: Deadline extended for solar tender

The deadline for a Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) request for qualification from developers for two 50MW solar PV projects has been extended from 11 to 27 September. The tender is the latest iteration of the country’s unsteady attempts to...

Tullow to seek new Uganda buyer as farmdown runs out of time

Tullow Oil’s farmdown to Total and CNOOC of around 20% of its Ugandan licences terminated on 29 August, following the expiry of the sale and purchase agreements (SPAs). Tullow said it had been unable to secure a further extension. With a final...

Benin: Maria Gléta start-up

The 127MW Maria Gléta power plant near Cotonou was formally inaugurated on 30 August by energy minister Dona Jean-Claude Houssou. The plant comprises seven MAN 18V51/60DF gensets, which will mainly run on natural gas. The plant was built by a...

Tanzania: Zanzibar plans licensing round

The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has launched a tender for a multi-client 2D seismic survey in the deep offshore area to the east of the islands ahead of a licensing round planned for next year. A tender notice issued by the Zanzibar...

Angola: Aenergia contracts revoked

Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water has notified Angolan company Aenergia SA of its intention to terminate contracts for the installation, technical assistance and maintenance of power plants in the country. A presidential order on 23 August...

Tanzania: GE completes upgrades at Songas Ubungo

GE and Songas have completed upgrades to GE’s gas turbines at the Songas Ubungo power plant in Dar es Salaam. The upgrade of three LM6000PA and one LM6000PC aero-derivative gas turbines aims to increase the plant’s efficiency and reliability....

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