African News

Fuel prices surge across Sudan states

Mar 15, 2019

The residents of Central Darfur, El Gezira, and Kassala states have complained about the surge in fuel prices and their knock-on effect on transportation tariffs. El Shafee Abdallah, the coordinator of Central Darfur camps said that the price of a gallon of petrol on the black market in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, has amounted…

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Cairn provides update on SNE field off Senegal

Mar 15, 2019

Woodside, as Operator of the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture1, has awarded MODEC International Inc.2 the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the SNE Field Development Phase 1 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility. Following FEED, and subject to necessary government and joint venture approvals, it is anticipated…

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Africa Energy announces 3D seismic program with Polarcus off South Africa

Mar 15, 2019

Africa Energy has announced the start of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition program over the Paddavissie Fairway on the Total-operated Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. Jan Maier, Africa Energy’s VP Exploration, commented, ‘We are pleased to announce the initiation of a 3D seismic program with Polarcus to better define prospects within Block 11B/12B offshore…

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Exceed wins contract to drill first-ever deepwater well off Guinea Bissau

Mar 15, 2019

Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed, a well management and performance improvement specialist, continues to consolidate its West African presence, by announcing the company’s first contract to be undertaken offshore Guinea Bissau. Awarded by Swedish E&P company, Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB, the project will comprise full well project management services to deliver a deep water exploration well – the…

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Eni announces new gas discovery in the Nour prospect, Offshore Egypt

Mar 15, 2019

Eni announces a new gas discovery under evaluation in the Nour exploration prospect located in the Nour North Sinai Concession, in the Eastern Egyptian Mediterranean, about 50 km North of the Sinai peninsula. The Nour-1 New Field Wildcat (NFW), which has led to the discovery, was drilled by the Scarabeo-9 semi-sub in a water depth…

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Kenya Power doubles testing equipment capacity

Mar 14, 2019

National electricity distributor Kenya Power says it will improve its meter testing capabilities by more than double after acquiring two new single phase meter test benches. The new equipment of 40 positions each, has raised daily meter testing from 150 meters to 390 meters, reducing turnaround time for deployment of meters. Staff who work in…

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Major blackout in Ghana sparks anger against recently acquired power distributor

Mar 14, 2019

Power consumers in Ghana are angry at the continued power outages across the country despite a new consortium taking over it’s power distributor. Power Distribution Services, PDS Ghana Ltd under Philippines Meralco Consortium took over the previous Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) with the hope of improving distribution services. But series of blackouts since the…

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Uganda urges SMEs to partner in preparation for oil

Mar 14, 2019

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) must take advantage of prevailing investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector by forming partnerships that will deliver required services, according to Dr Elly Kuruhanga, Uganda Chamber of Mines chairman. Speaking during a Stanbic Bank enterprise conference in Kampala early this week, Dr Kuruhanga said SMEs must form…

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NEMC has approved Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in Tanzania – DG

Mar 14, 2019

The National Environmental Management Council (Nemc) gave the thumbs up to the development of the Stiegler’s Gorge project, the agency’s director general, Mr Samwel Gwamaka has said. “Being the institution responsible for management of our environment, we ensured all environment and social impact assessments were made before this project was allowed to progress. Its implementation…

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Kenyan President signs petroleum and energy bills into law

Mar 14, 2019

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today signed three Bills thereby operationalizing them into law. The three Bills which were presented to the President at State House, Nairobi, are, The Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill 2017, The Petroleum Bill 2017 and the Energy Bill 2017. The new energy law among other things proposes the establishment of…

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