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Guinea: PGS completes 3D fast-track processing

PGS announced on 23 September that it had completed fast-track processing of 3D data from a multi-client survey offshore Guinea. The Ramform Atlas seismic survey vessel started operations in mid-February and acquired 3D seismic data over blocks...

Ghana: Pan Andean partners still hopeful on Tano 2A

The partners in Pan Andean Resources say they remain hopeful of settling the long-standing dispute over rights to Block Tano 2A, which was licensed to the joint venture more than a decade ago. Part of the block was included as Block 1 in a...

Ethiopia: Acwa Power awarded projects after record bid

The World Bank Group (WBG) Scaling Solar programme has again delivered some of Africa’s lowest tariffs after Ethiopia’s Public-Private Partnership Board approved on 11 September Acwa Power as preferred bidder for the Gad and Dicheto solar PV...

Equatorial Guinea: APR turbines to add capacity

APR Energy has supplied and installed two 20MW TM2500 turbines to add to capacity at the 154MW Malabo Turbo Gas plant on Bioko Island. The new turbines arrived in Equatorial Guinea in early August and are expected to commission by the end of...

Egypt: Baltim South West gas field starts production

Eni on 17 September announced the successful commissioning and start-up of production at the offshore Baltim South West gas field. With the start-up of the first well, BSW1, the field is now producing at an initial rate of 100mcf/d from a new...

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...

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...

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 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...

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