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Iraqi protests weaken Abdul-Mahdi’s hold on power

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government is facing the most serious threat to its position iafter several days of violent unrest in Baghdad and cities across the south. As GSN went to press, more than 100 people had been killed and several...

Chad seeks to stabilise finances as IOCs look for buyers

Chad’s upstream sector is experiencing renewed interest thanks to asset sales, an upturn in crude output which the government says rose to 126,000 b/d in H1 2019, and an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that has helped to...

Benin: SBEE to be managed by MHI

A cabinet meeting on 11 September approved the appointment of Canada’s Manitoba Hydro International as management contractor and a consortium of Société Française de Réalisation d’Etudes et de Conseil (Sofreco) and AAA-KPMG Togo as contract...

Eskom agrees to export 300MW to Zambia

Eskom has agreed to export 300MW of power to Zambia for the next three months to help the country tackle a worsening power supply deficit. Energy minister Matthew Nkhuwa had previously ruled out imports, saying Zambia could not afford to pay for...

Angola launches Namibe Basin bid round as new agency pursues sector reform

Angola has announced details of a forthcoming licensing round offering blocks in the Namibe and Benguela basins. The round is the first outing for the new Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG), created from splitting Sonangol...

Zambia: KfW funds expansion of Chishimba Falls

Germany’s KfW has extended grant financing totalling €41.5m ($46.6m) for the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6MW Chishimba Falls hydropower plant in Kasama District in Northern Province. The project, which involves the rehabilitation and...

Angola oil industry: how African Energy has highlighted slow pace of change

More than 20 years ago, African Energy was reporting on hopes for exploration outside the Lower Congo Basin. Issue 1, in April 1998, reported plans for a licensing round to offer blocks 26-30, backed by 2D seismic from Western Geophysical, but...

West Africa: Consultant sought for SSA grid code

The West African Power Pool Secretariat is seeking expressions of interest from consultants for the definition and implementation of a regional grid code for West Africa’s transmission network. The work is the first phase of the secretariat’s...

Vaalco Energy: London listing

Houston-based Vaalco Energy announced on 16 September that it was seeking a listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange to complement its existing New York Stock Exchange listing. Its shares are expected to start trading in London on...

Tunisia has left Ben Ali era behind, but future remains uncertain

Former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s death on 19 September did not grip the majority of Tunisians as much as the presidential election earlier that week, which has left two populist outsiders competing to replace the late Béji Caïd Essebsi...

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