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TUNISIA: Calls for Tenders for Solar and Wind Projects Totaling 1,700MW

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Three calls for tenders for the development of solar and wind projects over 2023-2025 with a total capacity of up to 1.7 GW TUNISIA

  • Organization Name: The Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines
  • Organization Type: National Government
  • Tunisia issued the following three calls for tenders: 1 – Call for Tenders # 01-2022 for Photovoltaic Power Projects as follwos:

The Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (the Ministry) intends to select eight (8) power generation projects from photovoltaic solar energy of 100 Mega Watts (MW) each in four (4) rounds over 2023-2025 as the following:

  1. Round #1: 2 Photovoltaic Power Plants of 100 MW each with a submission deadline on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Tunis time.
  2. Round #2: 2 Photovoltaic Power Plants of 100 MW each with a submission deadline in March 2024.
  3. Round #3: 2 Photovoltaic Power Plants of 100 MW each with a submission deadline in November 2024.
  4. Round #4: 2 Photovoltaic Power Plants of 100 MW each with a submission deadline in September 2025.

The Ministry is inviting interested bidders to submit offers for the implementation of solar photovoltaic concession pro jects on sites suggested by bidders. In order to receive tender documents and additional information by email, interested bidders must register on inscription AO 01-2022.

2- Call for Tenders # 02-2022 for Wind Power Projects

The Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (the Ministry) intends to select eight (8) power generation projects from wind energy of 75 Mega Watts (MW) each in four (4) rounds over 2023-2025 as the following: Round #1: 2 Wind Power Plants of 75 MW each with a submission deadline on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Tunis time.

Full details here.


Petrofac Partners Mozambique to Develop an Elite Hydrocarbon Workforce

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Petrofac, the UK based engineering service provider for the oil industry, has formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), the Mozambican state hydrocarbon firm, for the provision of training services.

Designed to support nationalisation goals across the country’s expanding energy industry, ENH’s stake in the JV has been determined at 51% and Petrofac’s at 49%. The partnership will provide training and competence management solutions for Mozambique’s domestic onshore and offshore developments, as the country continues its transformation from a natural resource producer to an energy and industrial giant, and the largest LNG producer in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mozambique has bought into the localization story in oil and gas industries around the continent, but as it has very few indigenous firms with any real capacity, the authorities are focusing more on workforce training, than contracts-for-localfirms.

On the website of the INP (Institute of Petroleum), Mozambique’s E&P regulatory agency, there are several stories tracking numbers of Mozambicans slated to work on both planned and ongoing gas monetization projects.

Petrofac, in a statement announcing the partnership, declares that it has “a 20-year track record of developing national workforces through the delivery of technical, regulatory, and academic training”.


Niger Delta E&P, Pillar Oil, Win Lead Sustainer Trophies at Lagos Book & Art Festival

By Fred Akanni

Nigerian independents, Niger Delta Exploration & Production (NDEP) and Pillar Oil Limited have each been awarded the title of ‘Lead Sustainers’ of the Lagos Book and Art Festival.

The annual event is Nigeria’s leading advocacy festival for literacy and the two companies have been the leading and most consistent sponsors for the past 11 years.

NDEP has also contributed severally to the discursive sessions, which populate the weeklong feast of the written word.

“It’s an incredible gesture to have such iconic private sector enterprises support our campaign to rid the nation of ignorance”, says Jahman Anikulapo, programme chairman of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), organisers of LABAF. He was responding to NDEP’s promise to increase its sponsorship for the 2022 edition of the Festival.

The 24th LABAF will run from November 14-20, 2022 at the Freedom Park in Lagos, with the theme Pathways to the Future.

LABAF is a comprehensive, week-long culture picnic that has run annually since September 1999. It features reading sessions, conversations around ‘content and context of books’, art and craft displays, kiddies’ art workshops, Publishers’ Forum, Writers’ Workshops and Book Trek, Book exhibitions, Drama skits, Live music and dance. It is an art festival with high book content.

Among the 15 books up for the curated segment of the festival this year are:

  • Abdourahman Waberi: The United States of Africa
  • Paul Morland: The Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers
  • Mo Gawdat: Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence & How You Can Save Our World
  • Ayodele Arigbabu: Lagos 2060
  • Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140
  • Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me and People Like You
  • Jonathan E. Hillman: The Digital Silk Road: China’s Quest to Wire the World and Win the Future
  • Ashlee Vance: Elon Musk- Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Paperback
  • James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg: The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
  • Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty Paperback
  • Itse Sagay: All Will Be Well
  • Yemi Ogunbiyi: The Road Never Forgets
  • Lawson Omokhodion: Powered by Poverty
  • Muyiwa Kayode: Brand Nation

 

 

 


Growth Surge in Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy Sector

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Research shows Nigeria has the fastest sector job growth; jobs expected to exceed 76,000 in 2023, up from 32,000 in 2019, overtaking the oil and gas sector.

Power for All, the global campaign to end energy poverty, in collaboration with Clean Technology Hub Nigeria, today launched the Powering Jobs Census 2022: The Energy Access Workforce Nigeria report. The study shows Nigeria has built a strong market position in decentralized renewable energy (DRE) and is poised to reap the benefits as it addresses energy poverty and rural unemployment.

The DRE sector in Nigeria has been growing rapidly and delivering clean and affordable energy, particularly to remote rural communities and is now also a major source of good and stable jobs, nearly matching those in the county’s oil and gas sector, the report makes clear.

The DRE sector, which includes pico-solar appliances, solar home systems (SHS), and commercial and industrial (C&I) standalone systems, currently employs 50,000 people compared with 65,000 in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. The demand for DRE products in the country is expected to create more than 76,000 new jobs by 2023. This is over twice the number of DRE jobs created in 2019 as reported in the Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce report.

The sector is further expected to grow following the recently launched Nigeria Energy Transition Plan which outlines the country’s ambitions and plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, while also ending energy poverty.

“The report demonstrates the health and viability of the DRE sector to help not only accelerate the country’s energy access agenda  but also to help alleviate unemployment, especially in rural areas,” says Suranjana Ghosh, Power for All’s Director for Campaigns and Partnership.

The report—made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, and the European Programme GET.invest—is based on a survey of more than 350 companies across five countries: Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. It provides a comprehensive picture of employment in the DRE sector, including recruitment, the skill levels of the DRE workforce, availability of and investment in training, compensation levels, women’s participation, and workforce retention.

Of the countries analyzed Nigeria enjoyed the fastest post-pandemic recovery and growth in DRE jobs. The country lost almost 2,000 DRE jobs in 2020 from short-term pandemic impacts. However, the sector bounced back strongly in 2021, registering approximately 50,000 jobs, nearly twice the number of jobs observed in 2020. The demand for Solar Home Systems products, which was already on a fast upward trajectory before the pandemic, was key to the rapid recovery and growth.

The report indicates the sector is maturing with  the percentage of formal and skilled workers comprising over half of the DRE workforce in the country, at more than 56 percent. Mature DRE markets tend to have a relatively high share of skilled laborers as the technologies become advanced and demand for advanced technical positions, such as installation technicians and maintenance professionals.

However, the renewable energy sector in Nigeria, similar to the other study countries, is still failing to adequately integrate women into the workforce, and this was only exacerbated by the pandemic. The share of women working in the DRE sector in Nigeria was 37 percent behind Kenya’s 41 percent which was also the highest. Notably, in the countries studied, female participation was higher in DRE than in the traditional energy sector at only 22 percent, and in the broader renewable energy sector at 32 percent. This shows the role that DRE can play in bringing more women into more meaningful workforce positions.

Despite the growth in the number of jobs,  DRE companies surveyed as part of this study have indicated that they struggle to fill critical roles due to a lack of qualified applicants. This shortage of skilled workers is expected to get worse as the sector grows and the world transitions away from fossil fuels.

“This report is coming at a very auspicious time because with the very recent release of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, the report provides a great opportunity for decisions makers in government as well as industry actors to apply a job and economic growth lens in implementing the plan. This #PoweringJobs report makes this easier because it provides the data, and the numbers for what is possible when decentralized renewables is a core part of the transition,” notes Ifeoma Malo, CEO of Clean Technology Hub.

The report calls for immediate action to help address this growing skills gap. Collaboration of various stakeholders—education institutions, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), government and DRE companies—is required to support reskilling and upskilling the DRE workforce. A successful focused approach will support the growth and scaling of the sector to realize its potential to deliver modern energy (SDG 7), as well as good work and decent jobs (SDG 8) in the country.

 


Bouncing back: High-impact well activity set to rebound this year after 2021 slump, Rystad Says

Drilling of high-impact oil and gas prospects is set to rebound this year after a disappointing 2021, when success rates plunged towards record lows, Rystad Energy research shows. These critical wells have found hydrocarbons 47% of the time so far this year, up from a measly 28% for 2021. With more than four months still to go in 2022, discovered volumes from high-impact wells have nearly quadrupled to over 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) – a positive sign for global hydrocarbon supply.

A total of 33 high-impact wells are set to be drilled this year, the largest annual number since Rystad Energy started tracking the sector in 2015. This is only slightly more than last year’s 29 high-impact probes, which only yielded 450 million boe because of the low success rate.

Rystad Energy classifies high-impact wells through a combination of factors, including the size of the prospect, whether they would unlock new hydrocarbon resources in frontier areas or emerging basins, and their significance to the operator.

Bucking recent trends, discovered liquids have accounted for 1.2 billion boe or almost 70% of the volumes this year, while gas discoveries total about 550 million boe. In previous years, gas discoveries have vastly outnumbered liquids volumes. This year’s reversal is mainly due to two significant oil offshore discoveries in Namibia – TotalEnergies’ Venus and Shell’s Graff.

“Last year was disappointing for discovering gas and liquid volumes from high-impact wells, but 2022 is on track to make up for that slump. If the success rate seen in the first half of 2022 holds for the full year, we could be in for one of the most productive annual volumes total on record,” says Rystad Energy senior analyst Taiyab Zain Shariff.

Of the 33 expected high-impact wells this year, 19 have already been completed, four are in progress, and 10 are scheduled to be completed before next year. More than half of the wells drilled so far in 2022 are considered a “focus for the company,” indicating that more operators are narrowing their geographical range of exploration and focusing on core regions instead of frontier areas.

The global oil majors and other exploration and production companies account for more than 60% of the high-impact wells completed this year. Majors have drilled eight high-impact wells, of which four resulted in commercial discoveries: TotalEnergies’ Venus and Shell’s Graff oil discoveries in Namibia, ExxonMobil’s Fangtooth oil find in Guyana, and Eni’s XG-002 gas discovery in the UAE.

More than 45% of wells completed so far in 2022 are in South America and Africa, followed by Australia and Europe with 16% each of completed wells. By individual country, Australia accounted for the most completed high-impact wells with three, followed by Guyana and Namibia with two wells each.

Of the 19 high-impact wells completed this year, 47% resulted in a commercial discovery, with the rest either dry or uncommercial and one still awaiting results. Only one find was a pure oil discovery, while the rest were either gas or liquids with associated gas. This year’s success rate is almost equivalent to 2020, which was one of the most successful years in volumes from high-impact wells.

We expect 14 high-impact wells to be completed or spudded for the rest of this year, six of them by majors. Eni operates two of the four high-impact wells currently being drilled. The first is the Cronos-1 well in Block 6 off Cyprus, which is drilled at a water depth of around 2,350 meters targeting a Cretaceous play. The other is the Dan Tranh-1X well in Block 115/09 off Indonesia, targeting a newly identified Miocene play in the emerging Song Hong Basin. The other two in-progress wells are the much-awaited, play-opening Rencong well operated by Repsol in the Andaman-III block off Indonesia, and Shell’s Jaca-1 well in Block 6 in the frontier Rio Muni basin of Sao Tome & Principe. That well reached its total depth last week and is undergoing completion and evaluation.

The rest of the wells planned for this year are distributed throughout Africa and the Americas, with some exciting wildcats to watch in Southeast Asia as well. Most of these are classified “focus for the company,” followed by wells in frontier basins. The frontier wildcats will be interesting to watch as they may open entirely new petroleum regions. These include Kuwait’s first offshore probe in 32 years, where Halliburton has a contract to drill six high-pressure, high-temperature (HP/HT) exploration wells for state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. If successful, this campaign could help restart Kuwait’s offshore legacy fields after a long hiatus.

For more analysis, insights and reports, clients and non-clients can apply for access to Rystad Energy’s Free Solutions and get a taste of our data and analytics universe.

Contacts

Taiyab Zain Shariff
Senior Analyst
Phone: +91 97 42 06 16 16
zain.shariff@rystadenergy.com

Elliot Busby
Media Relations Manager
Phone: +1 708 513 4214
elliot.busby@rystadenergy.com

About Rystad Energy
Rystad Energy is an independent energy research and business intelligence company providing data, tools, analytics and consultancy services to the global energy industry. Our products and services cover energy fundamentals and the global and regional upstream, oilfield services and renewable energy industries, tailored to analysts, managers and executives alike. Rystad Energy’s headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway with offices in London, New York, Houston, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, Sydney and Dubai.

Elliot Busby

Media Relations Manager

 

 


The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition

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The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition, which is officially endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Mozambique (MIREME) and co-organised in partnership with ENH, will take place in-person from 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo.

From 14 – 15 September 2022 the Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition will reconvene key Mozambican Government, Ministerial and industry stakeholders with international investors, project developers, and private sector value chain participants to engage in G2G, G2B and B2B networking, develop bilateral and local partnerships and exchange knowledge and best practices.

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Welcome To The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition

The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition will take place in person on 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo, convening national and international energy industry leaders to discuss policies, project developments and the energy transition with the Government of Mozambique, IOCs, NOCs and SMEs.

The event promotes the development of local content, with an international, high visibility conference and exhibition that enhances the development of SMEs and entrepreneurship in the country as well as serving as a platform to share updates on policy and regulation and information on financial support opportunities available for start-ups in Mozambique.

To secure your participation and to get involved, visit: https://www.mozambiqueenergysummit.com/

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The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition, which is officially endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Mozambique (MIREME) and co-organised in partnership with ENH, will take place in-person from 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo.

Meet and build relations with over 3000 industry professionals working and collaborating to evolve the Mozambican energy landscape to ensure long-term future success for the country and its citizens within the global energy community.

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A RIVER STORY

BLAST FROM THE PAST

By Toyin Akinosho

The speedboat sped through the broad crumpled surface of water, making ripples of foamy liquids as we raced past civilisation. We were leaving the hive of activity at the Escravos jetty, a busy “river car park” filled with large and small boats anchored on concrete pavements, situated a short distance away from the oil terminal and tank farm owned by Chevron, an oil producing company.

A bank of clouds was building on the horizon. The water body seemed to be filled to the brim. Time and again I had the distinct feeling that our boat was floating involuntarily, jerking forward and backward; we were traversing a mountainous body of fluid, dancing on it, bumping into invisible potholes as we hurried along.

Our destination was GBOKODA, another riverine settlement off the main course of the Benin River, the main water way running the length of Delta State.

Fate was playing some prank. The first and last time I ever made a long journey on water, I was going from IGBOKODA, a riverine enclave in Ondo State, to AIYETORO.

My mission was to report on the crumbling of that miniature socialist community on the shores of the Atlantic. That was in the Easter of 1985.

I was a full-time journalist then, working for the Guardian of Lagos.

The present journey took place in the Easter of 1990, five years later. I had made the transition into full time petroleum geoscientist, working for Chevron Nigeria.

This trip was an experience broadening trip, my superiors called it, to understand how field geophysicists gathered the seismic data that I and other ‘interpreters’ used in the office to generate reservoir maps.

An inner voice told me that for me, Igbokoda, had a relationship deeper than similarity of names, to Gbokoda, an Itsekiri Village where I was heading exactly five years later. Both settlements thrive on sea food, their people’s lives are anchored on the tide and waves. Each of them speaks a rhythmic dialect that is a branch off the mainstream Yoruba language.

My mind moved away from sociology to the scenery. I took in the hedgerows of green trees that defined the width of the waterway. They were far apart on both sides of the corridor and seemed to converge in the far distance, where they attempted to meet the sky. We passed a wooden jetty, populated by a gathering of villagers.

A distinguished village chief, attired in formal traditional wear, waved to us as if our boat was his private property. I waved back in jest. At another gangplank up river, one young woman dipped a basket-like net into the water, hoping to catch a stray fish. She failed, and waved to us when she noticed that I was intensely staring at her.

Time and again, the boat driver would reduce the speed for an upcoming canoe, whose driver would have to roll quickly in order that his vehicle was not capsized by the massive ripples churned up by the engine. But then the desperation on the face of the canoe driver depended on the condition of his canoe. Some of the canoe drivers we passed by were calm, seeming to have more fun running their canoe out of danger than we had manipulating our speed boat for the entire stretch of the journey. “Well maintained” canoes did not have to worry much about up-coming speed boats”, our speed boat driver told me, especially in the open river. These people are masters of water. They know the route better.”

Presently, the front rows of trees gave way to a cluster of raffia huts. In front of one, a group of five boys tackled themselves in a game of football, kicking up more sand and marsh than they succeed in kicking the round leather object.

In every Village along our route, inhabitants surveyed our boats with some interest as if it reminded them of one belonging to a distant cousin. They broke into smiles and greeted us. In one village, one naked girl standing with her mother looked so enthusiastic; she waved the cup with which she was bathing at us.

Soon we branched off the main “highway” into a darker cavernous route where the trees seemed to close in on us. The water was calmer, greener, and in places, very muddy. The roots of the trees were almost as dark as soot. Most of the trees, even though they formed broad canopies, stood like gangling footballers frozen at some stage of motion.

Two tall trees standing like pillars, faced us at a fixed spot. They looked like some transfixed characters out of D.O Fagunwa’s A Forest of Thousand Demons.

 The boatman deftly manoeuvred our vehicle in these narrow creeks, steering it out of harm’s way, just when I was afraid we were going to bump into some tangled undergrowth in the mangrove. Each time he did so, we entered a curved exit out of the narrow creek, and entered another narrow creek.

Nature was at peace here. There were no birds chirping close by. No sound of crickets. But I saw a villager in the shade of trees sleeping off in his canoe and an old woman busy fixing her fishing net.

People’s homes emerged out of stilts. Sights of family cooking in the canoe were common.

We emerged from the serene setting of the narrow rivulet and hit the broad open river again. The sun glared harshly, but the breeze tempered the heat.

Suddenly an outcrop emerged from of the river, stretching out for a few hundred meters. It merged into mud at a junction where the main water way meets with another branching creek leading away into a location of an oil rig belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. But we did not stop. Instead, we continued along the broadway.

Down the ‘road’, some beautiful hedgerows of trees gave way to some rig location. Now I notice; each time we spot a rig location along the route, I noticed that huge masses of once verdant wood had been hacked down on the marsh. It is the environmental price we pay in exchange for oil money.

From the broadway, we veered off into another corridor, this one much wider than the narrow routes we had traversed along the journey. The water surface was almost as crumpled as in the open river. We passed by some wooden poles, on which were affixed some electric devices.

A school wheezed past. A row of house boats. Then, a community bigger than we had come across since the journey began 90 minutes earlier. Welcome to

Gbokoda Village.

Culled from Chevron News, published in 1990

TOYIN AKINOSHO wrote about one of his field trips on the job as a geologist in Chevron Nigeria’s exploration department.

 


Egypt Plans to Put out the Flares with Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ Technology

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Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Baker Hughes Partner to Reduce Emissions from Flaring Operations

  • Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ technology to support Egypt’s decarbonization targets by managing and reducing methane emissions at an Alexandria-area refinery
  • Flare emissions management project is Phase 1 of wider flare recovery initiative in Egypt
  • Partnership marks first downstream deployment for flare.IQ in Egypt and comes ahead of COP27 in November 2022, to be hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh

Baker Hughes and Petrosafe, a subsidiary of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), have announced a contract that will mark the first deployment of Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ technology in refinery operations in Egypt to help reduce emissions from oil and gas flaring operations.

This initial phase of a broader flare recovery partnership will be implemented at the APC Refinery in Alexandria. The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MoPMR) aims to reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of oil and gas operations as part of its ambitious aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this sector.

Methane is one of the most harmful forms of emissions — 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period*. Incomplete combustion of flared gas is one of the major source of methane emissions across the oil and gas industry. By using flare.IQ technology from Panametrics, a Baker Hughes business, EGPC will further digitalize its emissions management infrastructure and pull critical information about its flare systems, substantially reducing emissions by ensuring a higher-efficiency flare combustion rate.

The contract comes at a significant moment as Egypt prepares to host the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in November and contributes to the Global Methane Pledge.

“Our flare recovery partnership with Baker Hughes is an important step in Egypt’s Petroleum Sector Modernization program as we start implementing MoPMR projects included within Egypt’s Climate Change Strategy 2050, as announced in May 2022,” said H.E. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. “Phase one of the partnership, the deployment of flare.IQ, will support our flare recovery ambitions, which is one of our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in support of the Paris Agreement objectives. We look forward to seeing the impact of flare.IQ help improve the quality of life for residents near the Alexandria plant and anticipate extending the scope to include other refineries across Egypt.”

“Better understanding and managing emissions is central to the oil and gas industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our partnership with MoPMR demonstrates how Baker Hughes continues to collaborate with our customers in taking positive action in emissions management,” said Rami Qasem, executive vice president of Digital Solutions at Baker Hughes. “This partnership with MoPMR supports its ambitious low-carbon strategy, and further underlines Egypt’s commitment to be at the forefront of tackling emissions in the oil and gas sector, as we approach COP 27.”

The contract follows the memorandum of understanding that was signed by the two companies in February 2022. The partnership between Baker Hughes and EGPC aims to establish and drive a flare recovery initiative to support emissions recovery and reduction across Egypt’s upstream and downstream oil and gas operations.

A Baker Hughes Statement says: “Part of the Baker Hughes Climate Technology Solutions portfolio, flare.IQ is fast, accurate, reliable, easy to deploy and cost effective. It has a proven track record in optimizing flare operations, achieving steam savings and significantly reducing methane emissions”.

 


South Sudan – the Emerging Hub for East African Petroleum Sector Growth

By James Chester, Senior Director at Energy Capital & Power (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com)

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A few years ago, East Africa was primarily viewed as a venue for offshore exploration, and before its independence in 2011, South Sudan was more likely to be seen as a North African producer, as part of Sudan. But motivated governments and explorers have changed the picture.

Today, Kenya is a small-scale oil producer and Uganda has approved a massive oil development in its Lake Albert region and a refinery and export pipeline. Tanzania will export Uganda’s oil and will build its own LNG facilities to monetize its huge gas reserves. Somalia has embarked on a licensing round, as has the DRC.

South Sudan has its own unique place at the center of a wider Nile Basin-East Africa hydrocarbons-rich area that perfectly positions the country as the hub for petroleum industry services and exploration.

Measurable change has happened

In 2017, when Energy Capital & Power (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com) (then Africa Oil & Power) produced its first conference in Juba, the country was re-emerging from a fresh bout of conflict in 2016, visas were only available if you had contacts in-country to invite and process you, two out of the three joint operating companies (JOC) were not producing oil, and Juba did not have a functioning power grid. The country had only one intercity paved road, going to Uganda.

This year, as we plan the fifth edition of the South Sudan Oil & Power (https://bit.ly/3zCMESG) event series – taking place on 13-14 September 2022 at the Radisson Blu, Juba – the city and the country can show great progress. Juba now has its own power station and grid and more projects are in place in regional cities. Peace has largely held since the revitalized peace agreement of 2018 and the formation of the revitalized transitional government of 2020. All three JOCs are producing oil (albeit not without challenges still to overcome).

An e-visa system is in place – my last visa was processed in two hours – and Juba is now served regularly by Turkish Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, and many others. New paved roads are already linking South Sudan’s cities.

There is no reason not to check out Juba and the country’s progress.

The energy industry, as the engine of the economy, has made huge steps forward since that first conference in 2017. Last week I met with Hon. Minister of Petroleum Puot Kang Chol and sat down with the Hon. Undersecretary Awow Daniel Chuang, and heard about the latest developments.

The Logical Service Point for the Region

South Sudan’s first ever licensing round is underway and closing in 2023. South Sudan is not just making the licenses available, it has built its own data facility in Juba and has purchased its own aircraft to undertake aerogravity surveys of the country. With the majority of South Sudan unexplored and producing areas to explore further, the government knows it has high potential assets to market to oil and gas companies – but that data is critical.

Until last year, South Sudan did not control its own industry and exploration data. It now has world class facilities.

As we discussed with the Undersecretary, with its new data rooms, its existing production and its drive to bring new investors, South Sudan is the logical service point for the entire East African petroleum industry – especially in exploration. With South Sudan’s unique position bridging the Nile Basin and Rift Valley areas, it is even more relevant as a hub for exploring a petroleum rich area that extends from Egypt through Sudan to Uganda, Kenya and beyond.

In the midstream and downstream sector, a focus on new solutions and partnerships is driving innovation in a previously underdeveloped segment. Trinity Energy, working with Chemex Global, has been building a refinery project that will provide fuel to South Sudan and neighboring countries. National oil company Nilepet and its state owned South African partner the Strategic Fuel Fund have embarked on the Nile Orange Energy Project, that will include a pipeline and refinery.

Many other midstream developments are in the works to meet the demands of a growing nation and a region of almost half a billion people.

South Sudan’s first ever licensing round is underway and closing in 2023. South Sudan is not just making the licenses available, it has built its own data facility in Juba and has purchased its own aircraft to undertake aerogravity surveys of the country.

Private Sector is Key

Instrumental to all of this, in addition to the commitment of South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum and other government entities, is the South Sudanese private sector.

Private companies have grown from strength to strength in recent years, providing real competition to each other and to Chinese and international service companies. A wide range of exploration and production services are now available from these firms.

We see these companies as the real future of the industry in South Sudan and the region. They will be the local partners that will help international investors succeed on the ground. They will establish South Sudan’s new reputation as the regional industry hub. They will drive down costs, raise quality and train and employ South Sudan’s youth.

Serious barriers to entry and growth remain in South Sudan. It is important that these are examined – as they will be at South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 in September – and that they are dismantled. But the private sector and the government are serious about South Sudan’s future. They have a vision for where the country should be positioned within the regional energy industry.

To investors and international companies that wish to not only understand South Sudan’s energy potential, but also that of the Nile Basin and East Africa: You are invited to come and experience the reality of South Sudan today. Your investment, technology and hard work alongside great partners can help realize that national vision, and position your company for growth.

Experience South Sudan, learn about its energy opportunities and meet the private sector and government leaders at South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 on 13-14 September 2022 in Juba. Visit www.SSOP2022.com to register.

 


Falcon, NDWestern, FHN Form an SPV For Gas Infrastructure in the Lagos Free Zone

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A consortium of companies including Falcon Corporation, ND Western Midstream Limited and FHN Gas Limited, has been selected to build exclusively, own, and operate a NaturalGas distribution infrastructure network within the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) (To actualize this opportunity, the Consortium shall incorporate a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV): Optimera Energy LFZ Enterprise (Optimera Energy) within the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ).

The consortium parties signed a Gas Infrastructure Development Agreement with the Lagos Free Zone to formalize this engagement.

“The Optimera consortium is made up of like-minded shareholders passionate about a common goal: accelerating the further growth of domestic gas utilization in Nigeria”, declares Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, MD, Optimera Energy. “Having reliable dedicated gas supply infrastructure installed in the LFZ adds tremendous value to existing industrial concerns and will increase the Zone’s attractiveness to future customers.”

Ezigbo notes that the endeavour would be a big step towards actualizing the objectives of the ‘Decade of Gas’ initiative, of which gas-based industrial growth is a significant part. “The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) provides the necessary regulatory environment for projects such as these to succeed in Nigeria. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) in this project’s development and operation phases.”

“The Consortium members bring over 50 years of experience and expertise in operating across the Natural Gas value chain from upstream production in the Niger Delta to downstream distribution to industries in Lagos. Our dedicated Project Team will work diligently with a strict adherence to the highest standards of safety, operational excellence, and regulatory compliance to deliver this project on time and under budget, as we have done within our respective portfolios.”

With Lekki Port’s construction slated to be completed in December 2022, the LFZ  “needed to secure a reliable arrangement to meet the energy needs of our fast-growing tenant base”, explains Dinesh Rathi, Managing Director & CEO of LFZ, “This is a unique transaction in the history of Nigeria’s downstream sector wherein a consortium formed of reputable upstream, midstream, and downstream companies have come together to ensure gas supply to LFZ, the sunrise economic epicentre of West Africa. Under this arrangement, the Consortium, through their special purpose vehicle, Optimera Energy, would deliver uninterrupted piped gas by early 2024 to all the enterprises within the Lagos Free Zone”.

 

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