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UAE: Candidates line up for October FMC election

Emiratis are preparing for their next experience of limited participatory politics with elections for the advisory Federal National Council (FNC) taking place until 5 October. The National Election Committee (NEC) opened at least one candidate...

Kuwaiti corruption clamp-down

The authorities have been showing signs of clamping down on excesses by those in power – always a key theme in Kuwaiti politics where a series of high-profile corruption cases in the past few years involving the highest-level civil servants and...

Dubai: Grandiose airport project stalls

Work has stopped on Al-Maktoum International Airport (also known as Dubai World Central), whose mega-expansion would eventually bring design capacity to 260m passengers a year. Bloomberg reported that Dubai’s decision to halt construction...

Equatorial Guinea: Small-scale LNG terminal planned for mainland

The government has announced plans for an LNG terminal on Equatorial Guinea’s mainland. The new plant will be built at the port of Akonikien on the southern border by local contractor Elite Construcciones. It will have a storage capacity of 14,...

Egypt: Wärtsilä to expand Borg El Arab gas plant

Finland’s Wärtsilä announced on 29 July that it will supply two 34SG engines with combined capacity of 19MW to the Borg El Arab gas power plant, owned and operated by Kahraba, part of Egypt Kuwait Holding, one of the largest private electricity...

Côte d’Ivoire: Financing for Azito expansion

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 24 July announced a €300m ($337m) financing package for expansion of the Azito Energie gas power plant. The project, known as Azito IV, will add a 181MW gas turbine and 72MW steam turbine to operate...

Congo Republic: Onshore discovery

A Congolese company has announced an onshore oil discovery in the Cuvette Basin in northern Congo, which its promoters say could open up a large new area extending into Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. The discovery was...

Cameroon: VOG gas to supply Aksa plant

Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG) has signed a non-binding term sheet with Turkey’s Aksa Enerji to supply up to 25mcf/d of gas to a planned 150MW power station in Bekoko, Douala. The term sheet, announced on 29 July, is subject to various conditions,...

Zimbabwe: Renewables policy, tariff rise

Zimbabwe has taken key steps towards reforming its power sector, introducing a long-awaited tariff increase and launching a National Renewable Energy Policy and a National Biofuels Policy, two critical documents that are expected to help...

Benin/Niger: CNPC signs pipeline agreement

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a construction and operation agreement with the government of Benin on 5 August for a crude oil pipeline from Agadem in Niger to Sèmè port in Benin. “The more than 1,900km pipeline, including...

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