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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...

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...

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,...

Mugabe legacy weighs heavy as Zimbabwe seeks route to recovery

The passing of founding president Robert Gabriel Mugabe is another step in the rites of passage towards what over 15m Zimbabweans hope will eventually become a secure and sustainable economy and society. However, the 95-year-old autocrat’s death...

Karpowership to supply Senegal

Karpowership’s 235MW Aysegül Sultan powership left Turkey for Senegal on 8 September, the company announced on LinkedIn. The ship will supply some 15% of Senegal’s power from early October, using HFO for the first six months, after which it is...


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