African News

Egyptian manufacturer El Sewedy Electric to build 1,965 MW plants in UAE

Feb 7, 2019

The Egyptian El Sewedy Electric Co. SAE, through its subsidiary Elsewedy Power, has been awarded the construction of two power projects with a combined capacity of 1,965 MW in the United Arab Emirates. The implementation of these projects will be done in collaboration with other world-class energy entities such as Siemens, according to Ecofin News…

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Zambia set for energy surplus following major boost in electricity generation

Feb 7, 2019

Zambia’s constant power cuts are now a thing of the past. Thanks to a robust hydraulic and solar power generation industry in recent years, the country is now self-sufficient in energy.  And, there is even better news for citizens of the South African nation- electricity production could soon be in surplus. Zambia generates practically all…

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Relief in Tanzania as huge cut in fuel prices announced

Feb 7, 2019

THE energy regulator has announced a huge cut in fuel prices for February for a second month in a row due to continuing global oil price slump. New retail prices for petrol in Dar es Salaam effective today are 2,120/- per litre down from 2,295/-, which is equivalent to 7.61 per cent decrease, the Energy…

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Somalia inches closer to oil exploration

Feb 7, 2019

Somalia is set to inch close to oil exploration with the unveiling of the block delineation and legal and regulatory framework to guide the sector on Thursday. The move is the first in over three decades, when the industry brome in to anarchy. The unveiling of the laws and the blocks will set in motion…

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Russia, China back nuclear power as a clean-power fix for Africa

Feb 7, 2019

In a damp office at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, doctoral student Hailu Geremew fantasises about working on the nuclear reactor his country is now pondering building. “Oh that is my dream, my dream, my dream,” said the nuclear physicist, 32, wearing rectangular glasses and a cardigan. Geremew is part of a new generation of African…

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Seadrill establishes new JV with Sonangol in Angola

Feb 7, 2019

Seadrill Limited (“Seadrill”) announces today that it has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Empresa de Serviços e Sondagens de Angola Ltda, an affiliate of Sonangol E.P. (“Sonangol”). The new joint venture, Sonadrill, will operate four drillships, focusing on opportunities in Angolan waters. Each of the joint venture parties will bareboat two drillships into…

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SDX Energy expands presence in Morocco

Feb 7, 2019

SDX Energy, the North Africa focused oil and gas company, has increased its presence in Morocco with the awards of the Moulay Bouchta Ouest and Lalla Mimouna Sud licenses. The Moulay Bouchta Ouest exploration licence (SDX 75% working interest and operator), covering an area of 458 km2, has been awarded to SDX for a period…

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Total makes significant gas discovery offshore South Africa

Feb 7, 2019

Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kms off the southern coast of South Africa. The Brulpadda well encountered 57 meters of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. Following the success of the main objective, the well was deepened…

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ENGIE starts operations of 100MW Kathu solar plant in South Africa

Feb 7, 2019

ENGIE (www.Engie.com) is pleased to announce that commercial operation was achieved on 30 January 2019 for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. This state of the art plant is a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5…

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Uganda launches national oil, gas talent register for professionals

Feb 6, 2019

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda [PAU] has developed a national talent register listing individuals trained and qualified in different fields related to the oil industry. The on-line database that is also meant to serve as an employment reference point in the emergent oil and gas sector, will list engineers, technicians and skilled workers competent to…

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