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Africa Energy Intelligence /
N°718 - Paris,
Editor in Chief
Nairobi steals the show from Kampala
The snail’s pace of Uganda’s decisions concerning outlets for its oil could prompt some companies like Tullow Oil to strongly turn their attention to neighbouring Kenya. Reserves identified in the Lokichar and Turkana basins combined with Nairobi’s pro-active stance are indeed acting as a magnet.
First offshore casualties
Exclusive negotiations on Gabon’s deep offshore licenses have got off to a bad start. According to our sources, Gabonese oil minister Etienne Ngoubou has decided to break off talks
Glencore Xstrata now an oil power
The trader has gained strong traction in Ndjamena by marketing the government’s share of crude from the Doba field. And production has started on a field it shares with Caracal.
CNPC accuses Sonidep at Zinder
The Zinder refinery in Niger is finding it hard to get paid by Sonidep, its lone customer. CNPC is lauding its management of the refinery.
The price of renewing rights
To win an extension of their rights on their best acreage the majors are coming under pressure from the oil ministry to sell off one or two lesser permits.
Obangue producing again but workers feel aggrieved
Hollande in discreet huddle with corporate chiefs
Suspense increases over Shell’s sell-off
ENI under strong fire from Lome
Togo’s government is threatening to kick ENI out of the country following its refusal to re-negotiate the terms of a contract. A U.S. firm is already ready to pounce on its acreage.
Brass LNG now an electoral issue
Although gas projects remain stalled in Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan is keen on injecting fresh impetus into the Brass LNG scheme in anticipation of presidential elections in 2015.
Bonus for buyer of Chevron stake
The three companies bidding to acquire Chevron’s shares on OML 52, 53 and 55 are in line for an unexpected bonus - free access to Shell’s gas network.
Parliament finally deliberates oil awards
Gasol’s gets presidential nod
The British gas company Gasol, one of the best connected in West Africa, will no longer have to hang around long for a green light from Benin’s government to pen a concession accord for the sale of gas to the Communaute Electrique du Benin (CEB).
Portuguese strong contenders
Portuguese companies are fighting for electrification contracts in Angola. With the home market all but flat, they are obliged to look for business abroad.
Kabila counts on Zongo 2 in 2015
With elections scheduled for next year, Congo-K’s president is touring the country to put pressure on builders of new dams. Sinohydro has received good marks for Zongo 2.
Germans in power overdrive
The state-owned mining giant Gecamines is hoping to make up for power shortages in Katanga by starting to build a coal-fired power plant generating 500 MW at Luena before the end of 2014.
The current boss of the Petroleum Exploration & Production Department (PEPD), a unit of Uganda’s energy ministry, is in pole position to become the first chairman of the future National Oil Company of Uganda.
The deputy secretary-general in Chad president Idriss Deby’s office, Fodeibou Orozi, is gradually taking charge of all oil issues in the country.
The light-hearted atmosphere that prevailed at Sonatrach’s headquarters in the wealthy Hydra neighbourhood of Algiers when the national oil company was run by CEO Noureddine Cherouati has definitely evaporated.
The American engineering giant Bechtel can legitimately boast about having a highly effective former American diplomat looking after its interests in Mozambique.
Muloni touts new blocks
Uganda's energy and oil minister, Irene Muloni, headed a delegation to Houston between March 3-7 to make a pitch for a licensing round.
Doubt over piracy claim
The brief disappearance of the tanker Kerala under Liberian flag and belonging to the firm Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd (DTM) headed by Greek shipowner George Procopiou has given
Latest EITI report issued
Available since March 7, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s report on Chad is enlightening in more than one way.
Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg
Japanese loan for power plant
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan’s overseas development agency, has awarded a loan worth 17.
Symbion seeks funding
Having signed up for a public-private partnership last June to build a power station at Mtwara near the Mnazi Bay gas station worked by Maurel & Prom and Aminex, Symbion Power is doing
$145 mn asset clamp on SBA
The U.S. Justice Department unit that fights corruption among government leaders has managed to freeze $458 million stolen by the family of former Nigerian president Sani Abacha.
Cut in gasoline subsidies
A producer country since 2010, Ghana will shortly reduce the oil subsidies enjoyed by its inhabitants by a full third.
Christophe de Margerie
Tug of war between Addax and GOC on Obangue
Shell spearheads drive for shale gas
Shell vs Malabu: The OPL 245 Saga
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