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Namibia: Qatar Petroleum farms into Orange Basin blocks

Qatar Petroleum (QP) has further expanded its African holdings, acquiring stakes from Total in deep-water blocks 2912 and 2913B in the Orange Basin. The French major plans a well next year on Block 2913B. Total said it would transfer to QP a 30%...

Namibia: Nabirm Global awards CSEM survey contract

Windhoek-based Nabirm Global has given Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA a contract for a proprietary 3D controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey over Block 2113A (PEL 58) in the Walvis Basin. Subject to vessel availability, acquisition is...

Mozambique: Mocuba solar plant starts up

The 30MWac Mocuba solar PV plant in Zambézia province began operating on 30 July, developer Scatec Solar has announced. The $80m project, which is expected to generate 79GWh/yr, has been under construction since March 2018. Mocuba is located on a...

Mauritania/Senegal: Total/Petronas drilling

Total has extended its contract for Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Santa Ana drillship for one well offshore Mauritania. Pacific’s 13 August fleet status report said the contract runs from August to September 2019.

Malawi: Kanengo solar PV to initial PPA shortly

The 25MW Kanengo solar PV project being developed by Voltalia in Malawi has finalised negotiations with national utility Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over a power purchase agreement. The document is expected to be initialled...

Attacks on Libyan power system leave Tripoli without water

Angered by lengthy and unpredictable power cuts, armed groups in Tripoli are using force to divert electricity to their own neighbourhoods, breaching one of the final taboos of national belonging as they do so. On two occasions these attacks have...

Liberia: Nocal signs data partnership with Core Labs

National Oil Company of Liberia (Nocal) has signed a multi-year well data management agreement with Core Laboratories Sales BV in an attempt to revive its offshore oil and gas exploration efforts. Speaking at the 1 August signing ceremony, Nocal...

Liberia: Small hydro contractor sought

Liberia’s Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) invites sealed bids by 25 October for the design, supply and construction of the 2.5MW Kaiha 2 small hydropower plant on the Kaiha River, near Kolahun, in Lofa County. The contract is to be...

Kenya: Regulator calls for new gas power capacity

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has called for two gas-fired power plants to be constructed urgently as a spinning reserve to balance renewable energy sources in the national grid. The spinning plants, with a proposed total...

First Kenya crude shipped from Mombasa

A shipment of Kenya’s first 200,000 barrels of oil exports left Mombasa port on 26 August heading for Malaysia. The tanker was flagged off in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I am proud to say Kenya’s grand march to oil and gas...


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