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Talks over Ethiopia Scaling Solar awards

The Ethiopian government and World Bank Group (WBG) are holding high-level talks about the first round of the Scaling Solar programme, in which Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power was awarded two 125MW projects – Gad and Dicheto – on 11 September after...

Equatorial Guinea: Supercar sale fetches $27m

A sale took place in Switzerland on 29 September of 25 supercars seized by Swiss authorities from vice-president Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, known as Teodorín, the son of the president. The cars were auctioned with no reserve on behalf of the...

Israeli gas to reach Egypt by 2020

On 2 October, Noble Energy, Delek Drilling and their partners in the offshore Leviathan and Tamar fields announced that they had restructured the quantities of gas they are committed to sell to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings, an entity run by a trio...

Eni pursues Congo ambitions

An announcement from Eni saying chief executive Claudio Descalzi met Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi on 13 September in Kinshasa gave little away, saying only that they discussed forest conservation initiatives and...

Zimbabwe: Power tariffs rise again

The government has approved a domestic electricity price rise of more than 200% from 3 October, raising tariffs to about US$0.12/kWh from approximately US$0.02/kWh. Following the rise, the second since August, domestic users will pay Z$0.41 for...

Carlyle backs new Heavey venture

Tullow Oil veterans Aidan Heavey and Tom Hickey have won backing from The Carlyle Group for a new company targeting acquisitions of up to $1bn, focusing on oil and gas assets across sub-Saharan Africa. Carlyle Group said on 1 October that Boru...

Maurel & Prom: New CEO

Maurel & Prom has named former Total executive Olivier de Langavant to replace Michel Hochard as chief executive. De Langavant, a former managing director of Total E&P Angola who was most recently a member of the Total Group Management...

Madagascar: Shareholders’ accord signed for Volobe hydro project

Africa50, Colas, Jovena and SN Power have signed a shareholders’ agreement for the co-development of the 120MW Volobe hydropower project on the Ivondro River. The agreement signed on 4 October sees the four partners take equity stakes in project...

Industry: Climate activists protest at oil dinner

Greenpeace activists gatecrashed the annual Oil & Money Conference dinner at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on 8 October to protest at IOCs’ role in climate change. The activists unfurled a banner reading “BP and Shell Climate Criminals” at the...

Ghana: Springfield spuds Afina well

Ghanaian independent Springfield Exploration and Production Limited spudded the Afina-1X well on West Cape Three Points Block 2 on 7 October using the Stena Forth drillship. The well will test Cenomanian potential on a similar play fairway to...

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