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Kuwaiti management issues undermine heavy crude ambitions

Several high-level sources in the country’s energy sector have told GSN that heavy crude is the lifeline to Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC)’s energy future, as production at other fields has reached maturity over the past decade. However,...

TGS launches 3D survey offshore Casamance

TGS on 19 September launched a 3D seismic survey in ultra-deep water offshore southern Senegal’s Casamance province. The Senegal ultra-deep offshore 3D survey will cover more than 4500km2 in the MSGBC Basin, outboard from TGS’s Jaan 3D dataset....

Rwanda: BBOXX ePay launched

Distributed solar company BBOXX has launched its ePay system in Rwanda. The payment system is designed to take advantage of the roughly $180m of remittances sent back to the country each year by allowing Rwanda’s diaspora to make payments for...

Empower Fund reaches threshold commitment

A renewable energy impact fund headed by former Scatec Solar head of business development Terje Osmundsen has reached its $8m first threshold commitment. Empower Invest will invest equity in 1-10MW renewable projects in developing countries,...

European commitments to clean energy programmes

The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France have committed funds for Climate Investment Funds (CIF) programmes, the World Bank Group (WBG) announced on 23 September. The UK committed £200m ($249m) to the CIF’s Global Energy Storage Programme (...

Nigeria: Refinery rehab work promised for January

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it will begin full rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries in January 2020. NNPC group managing director Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari announced the project on 21 September...

Niger/Benin: Export pipeline launch

President Mahamadou Issoufou formally launched the Niger-Benin export pipeline project on 17 September at a ceremony at Koulélé, in the Agadem region. The launch of the surface works followed the signing on 15 September of a transportation...

Mozambique/Malawi: World Bank approves interconnection financing

The World Bank Group (WBG) board on 17 September approved a $57m financing package for the Mozambique-Malawi Regional Interconnector Project, comprising a $42m grant for Mozambique and a $15m loan for Malawi from the International Development...

Mozambique: ENH, Vitol form gas trading joint venture

Vitol and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) on 17 September announced the launch of a joint venture commodity trading company, ENH Energy Trading. The company will initially be owned 51% by ENH and 49% by Vitol, but ENH’s share is...

Mozambique: Advisers appointed for Mphanda Nkuwa hydro project

The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has appointed a team of advisers to assist with development of the 1.5GW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, 60km downstream from the 2,075MW Cahora Bassa dam. The consortium, led by...


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