South Africa’s NERSA cancels public hearings

Jan 19, 2019

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has cancelled public hearings scheduled to take place in Kimberley and Polokwane on 21 and 31 January 2019 respectively, due to the low public interest to present at the hearings. NERSA is conducting public hearings on Eskom’s MYPD3 RCA Year 5 (2017/18) application and MYPD4 revenue application…

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New electricity interconnection line to be activated between Egypt, Sudan

Jan 18, 2019

According to Egypt’s minister of electricity and renewable energy, Mohamed Shaker, a new electricity interconnection line with Sudan will be activated this coming February. An Indian multi-national construction firm, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), recently completed the construction of all the electricity pylons used, Gamal Abdel-Rahim, chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, told Al-Ahram…

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Airborne Oil & Gas awarded contract by TOTAL in West Africa

Jan 18, 2019

Airborne Oil & Gas B.V. has been awarded a contract from TOTAL to supply a TCP (Thermoplastic Composite Pipe) Jumper for a deepwater project in West Africa. The field is located approximately 93.2 mi (150 km) offshore in water depths of up to .99 mi (1,600 m). This contract follows the successful completion of a…

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Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance hydro’s initial production expected in 2020

Jan 17, 2019

Initial energy production from the Grand Renaissance dam in Ethiopia is set to begin in 2020, according to Ethiopia’s Water and Sanitation Minister Seleshi Bekele. “We expect the dam to be fully operational by the end of 2022. 750 MW of power is the planned initial production with two turbines by December next year,” said…

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Tullow aims for Uganda farmdown in H1 2019

Jan 17, 2019

Tullow Oil is aiming to wrap up its farmdown process in Uganda to Total and CNOOC Ltd in the first half of this year as a tax issue remains unresolved. State player Uganda National Oil Company is in the process of backing in for a 15% stake, which would leave Total and CNOOC Ltd on…

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Libya’s Haftar plans to secure oil areas in southern push

Jan 17, 2019

Forces allied to Libya’s eastern leader Khalifa Haftar have entered the city of Sebha as part of a campaign to secure the country’s lawless south and protect its oil-producing infrastructure, his spokesman said. The Libyan National Army (LNA) operation may be its most substantial push yet into that part of the country and, if successful,…

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Chadian President Deby sacks petroleum minister

Jan 17, 2019

Chadian President Idriss Deby dismissed his Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Boukar Michel and appointed Finance Minister Mahamat Allali Abakar as his temporary replacement. According to reports, Deby blames him for the double allocation of an oil block to both Chinese and Taiwanese companies. Michel was fired while attending the 9th General Assembly of the…

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Streets in Zimbabwe capital empty following deadly fuel hike protests

Jan 17, 2019

Life has come to a standstill in the Zimbabwean capital after violent protests over the government’s announcement of a massive hike in fuel prices turned deadly. The streets of Harare were virtually empty Tuesday, with many businesses, banks and schools closed, after a call for a three-day strike by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions…

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Angola, UAE sign energy and waters agreement

Jan 17, 2019

The authorities of Angola and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last Monday signed three agreements in the domain of production, transportation and supply of electric power and drinkable water. The memoranda of understanding were signed by the Angolan minister of Energy and Waters, João Baptista Borges, and UAE’s Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, on the…

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Tanzania’s Rufiji hydropower plant to kick-off in June

Jan 17, 2019

Construction works on the 2,115 megawatts Rufiji hydro-power plant at Stiegler’s Gorge along Rufiji River is expected to commence in June, this year. Tanzania’s Energy Minister Medard Kalemani explained over the weekend that setting up of enabling infrastructure for the project execution, including construction of linking roads; electricity and water supply have been completed by…

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