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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...

Togo: Consultant sought for CEB strategic plan

Togo is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 1 October for a contract to update the strategic plan for the Benin-Togo Communauté Electrique du Bénin (CEB) and develop a business plan. The contract is funded by the World Bank’s...

South Sudan strikes compromise on pre-sales of crude

The government of South Sudan has followed through on its promise to put a stop to pre-financing deals done directly with oil traders. “All prepayments to companies have been stopped,” an oil executive based in Juba told African Energy. But a...

South Africa: Tata Power sells Cennergi stake

India’s Tata Power announced on 17 September that it had sold its 50% stake in power developer Cennergi to its joint venture partner Exxaro Resources. The shares were held through Tata Power’s wholly owned subsidiary Khopoli Investments. ABSA...

South Africa IRP expected next month

South Africa’s mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on 25 September that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would be adopted at the first cabinet meeting in October. The document was presented to cabinet on 18 September...

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