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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...

Diplomatic solution sought to Iranian threat to shipping

A seven-member delegation from the UAE Coast Guard led by Brigadier General Mohammad Al-Ahbabi made an unexpected trip to Tehran on 30 July to meet their Iranian counterparts, according to local media reports in Iran (but unannounced by the UAE...

Mixed signals over region’s tolerance for alcohol

Rules governing alcohol consumption have long varied from Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member state to state, as governments try to balance local sensitivities with the demands of the tourism industry and a desire to appear open to the world....

Qatar’s exchange of ambassadors with Amman marks turning point

The appointment by Jordan in mid-July of Zeid Mufleh Al-Lozi as ambassador to Qatar ends a period of reduced diplomatic representation between the two countries. At the same time, Jordan approved Qatar’s nomination of Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Bin...

Oman: Mystery continues over budget numbers

Given an unusual delay in the delivery of official figures, economists are struggling to work out how Oman fared in 2018 and what the impact was on the government’s finances. At this point in the year, official data for the preceding year would...

Jordan backed into a corner, goes on the offensive to court Gulf allies

Jordan has been facing protracted pressure from its key international ally the United States, as well as from Saudi Arabia and the UAE acting in tandem, to sign up to the US administration’s plan to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, as led...

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