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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...

Bahrain: Leadership change at EDB

Economic Development Board (EDB) board member Khalid Humaidan has been promoted to become its new chief executive. Humaidan is a former head of global markets Middle East and Africa at BNP Paribas and also sits on the board of Bahrain Mumtalakat...

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....

Algeria: Touat project starts gas exports

Neptune Energy and Sonatrach on 7 September announced the start of exports from the 450mcf/d (75,000 boe/d) Touat gas development. Located around 1,400km south-west of Algiers and close to Adrar, the development comprises 19 wells and a gas...

South Africa: Negotiations for Kusile dedicated mine

Eskom is in negotiations with miners for the possible development of a cost-plus coal mine dedicated to supplying the 4,800MW Kusile coal power project, Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela told the Mining Coal Symposium in Middelburg on...

Africa Oil opens London office

Africa Oil Corporation has opened a London office with effect from 1 September, staffed by chief executive Keith Hill, chief operating officer Tim Thomas and vice president exploration Paul Martinez. Technical and accounting staff will remain in...

Sierra Leone: InfraCo and PowerGen to develop mini-grid project

InfraCo Africa announced on 27 August that it had signed a shareholders’ agreement with PowerGen committing $6.9m to developing the Sierra Leone Mini-Grid Project. The project will build 41 solar PV, battery and diesel hybrid mini-grids,...

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