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For Africa’s Gas Agenda, Infrastructure is Key, Oilserv Insists


By Ahmed Gafar

Oilserv Limited, Nigeria’s top gas pipeline builder, has argued repeatedly for the full implementation of the country’s National Gas Master Plan (NGMP), first enunciated by the NNPC Ltd, the state hydrocarbon firm, in 2008.

Many aspects of the plan have struggled. The NGMP proposed three gas pipeline transmission systems, including a 1,200km north-south line, a 700km western system with 200km offshore extension and a 200km pipeline to interconnect the two. It asked gas producers to buy into some three large Central Processing Facilities (CPFs), each of them a 1 Billion standard cubic feet per day capacity plant, which will essentially become industrial parks.

Stacking Of The Akk Line Pipes

The Master Plan provides a pricing regime, mainly between gas producers and heavy users of gas, especially within the framework of the domestic gas obligation. But Oilserv has kept to the premise that the infrastructure to process the gas and move the molecules around the country must be in place, no matter the nature of conversation around pricing.

Now as Nigeria’s policy makers have constructed the energy transition in terms of rapid growth of natural gas utilization and coined the phrase “Decade of Gas: 2021-2030”, Oilserv says that the current government has picked up the slack.

“This current government in Nigeria has done quite a lot that they have not been given credit for”, declares Emeka Okwuosa, Oilserv Limited’s founder and Chief Executive. “I can tell you when President Buhari came into power, the AKK (Ajaokuta -Kaduna -Kano gas transmission line) was already under discussion since 2009, but never moved anywhere. Within two to three months of coming to power, he pushed it and said this must be done. And the government gave us support to navigate that process, especially the funding”.

“There’s a tender going on, on how to take most of the moribund distribution systems for petroleum products. We see them all over Nigeria, they are not functional. But we want to buy them over, rebuild them and make energy available, instead of having people transport petrol and diesel from Port Harcourt to Makurdi…

“The government has also been determined to have the Nigerian gas master plan fully executed because of the impact and that’s why we’re talking about the Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) to Ajaokuta, which is the last leg.  There are also some programmes that the NNPC is midwifing, part of which are the seven gas programmes”.

Oilserv has been an integral part of the implementation of the country’s large, midstream gas infrastructure, both government led (NNPC) and private sector commissioned (Eg. Sanctioned by Shell, Oando Gas &Power, etc). “We have built more than 70% of all gas distribution systems in Nigeria”, Okwuosa says.

The company has announced the delivery of a significant percentage of its portion (which is 50%) of the AKK pipeline, a 40 inch by 614 kilometre gas line from the middle of the country to the far north. “We are executing 303 kilometres of the 40 inch line plus another 15 kilometre, 24 inch line to supply gas to the power plant that is envisaged to be built in Abuja. This is conceived by NNPC to move gas within Nigeria and achieve domestic Gas Utilization plants. Now, you have the western flank of it, which is the Escravos to Lagos pipeline, which is in existence. As we speak, there has been a second loop of 36 inch line, built”.

Oilserv was also involved in the east-west gas transmission facility OB3 (Oben to Obiafu-Obrikom), “which is the largest pipeline in terms of diameter- 48 inch diameter”, Okwuosa explains. The company was contracted to construct half of the 127 kilometre line. “Now we have commissioned our own portion of the line”, he says. OB3 was devised to move natural gas from the gas rich east of the country to the thriving gas market in the west. “You may wish to know that a lot of the gas that exists in Nigeria today lies between what we call south- south or south east”, he reiterates.

Stringing of Pipes along the Right of Way of the AKK Pipeline

“But utilization is all over Nigeria. The only way you can monetise this gas is to build the pipeline systems that will evacuate this gas. This interlink is important. Now we’re building AKK to Kano, but on the back of that is what actually will complete the South to North pipeline which is the Qua lboe – Cawthorne Channel / Alakiri and the Obigbo Gas Plant to OB3. The feed is from Obigbo load, then through Umuahia, Enugu and all the way to Ajaokuta. That feed is important and is already being conceptualized as we speak. As we finish AKK, that angle will come in and then that will make up the backbone of the Nigerian gas master plan. The rest will now be distribution lines or trunk lines that you want to take from maybe Zaria to Sokoto, Kano to Maiduguri and like we are planning to execute now within the southeast to move gas to Onitsha, Nnewi, Owerri, and all that. All those will be done and really there’s a lot to be done”, enthuses Okwuosa, a private sector businessman clearly excited to be connecting the dots in what is effectively a government mandated programme.

“Already Lagos is fed and like I mentioned, we (Oilserv) built the entire gas distribution systems in Lagos. There’s already another concept to move gas from the load in Shagamu to Ibadan (in the country’s southwest), Illorin, and then Jebba (towns in Nigeria’s North central). So all these form the gas distribution system. Nigeria needs gas to develop. And when we talk of energy transition, we have to transit from oil-based energy supply, which is crude oil itself and the constraints that come out of refining whether it’s for diesel, petrol or kerosene. You have to transit from that into gas first because gas is cleaner and is more available in Nigeria. And gas is not just available, it will last a long time of use in Nigeria.

Okwuosa believes, as many African leaders have proffered, that the move to natural gas prepares the ground for transition into renewables.

“We should go into renewables, but we should pay strong attention into gas distribution because that’s one thing that can change the face of Nigeria energy delivery system”.

Manual welding of the pipes on the AKK pipeline

He says that Oilserv has a transition stategy. “We sensitize it, and we review it regularly. Oilserv actually has six companies in the group. The Oilserv that is the flagship is the pipeline, Engineering and Construction Company, the EPC company, but that’s not all we do. We are into gas development right now. We’re working to build, own and of course operate gas networks. That means that we are also trying to address energy availability. Within our group, there’s an agricultural subsidiary and if you look at energy availability, as we speak today one of our companies is working closely with NNPC.

“There’s a tender going on, on how to take most of the moribund distribution systems for petroleum products. We see them all over Nigeria, they are not functional. But we want to buy them over, rebuild them and make energy available, instead of having people transport petrol and diesel from Port Harcourt to Makurdi, for example. It doesn’t make any sense because there’s a pipeline built many years ago, but really it’s not there anymore. It’s’ been damaged and it’s not being maintained. We are also addressing that.

“We’ve also gone into renewables. And we are not at this point developed in that. But we have a partnership with a German company to address the renewable sector, mostly about how we are able to utilize the principle of both green and blue hydrogen. We want to be able to generate power without having to damage the environment. We are already moving into that sector, but going into the new phase of energy delivery takes a lot of time to plan an investment”.

Okwuosa comes across as quite “understanding” of President Buhari’s challenges, but he takes the opportunity to speak up about the Nigerian investment risk, especially as it concerns the take-off of the renewable energy infrastructure.

“If you look at Nigeria, we also have some issues. In most countries in the world that have developed and are still developing this, there are frameworks to encourage this development by issue of tax rebate and pricing. You address the price issues, to make sure that the entry point in terms of costs for these alternatives will not be too high. Unfortunately, we don’t see any articulated situation like that in Nigeria”.

Railway haulage of the AKK Pipes: “We have built more than 70% of all gas distribution systems in Nigeria”, Okwuosa says.

Presently, he returns to natural gas, which, he keeps insisting, is at the heart of the African energy transition. “We get the gas right, then it’s easier for us to move into renewables. The Nigerian government has done a lot, but you know as a developing country, we are grappling with too many things. It’s about focusing on the right things that matter. But the point I’m making is, of course the Nigerian government has done a lot but they can do more. And what they can do more without going into specifics is basically to make it possible that environment should be encouraging for investment in renewables. If we do not deliberately do that, nobody will invest because you don’t invest to lose money. Investment is business. And it’s not government that should do that in terms of investing. Government should encourage the private sector to invest. That’s the key. Government built power plants about 20-30 years ago and realized that it’s not the way to go and sold them, because government is not best suited to run business. They can only encourage businesses. The renewable energy sector requires to be encouraged. I may not be able to give you specifics because I don’t have one now. The reason is that there are many factors out there that you have to consider. But what is important is there is a huge amount of gap between the energy we need and energy we have today and it’s massive. And the way to bridge it is to quickly scale off energy availability with gas and slowly keep transitioning to renewables over time. But if we do not do a deliberate action on it, then we will be caught in the middle where we have our oil and gas and we may not be able to produce it because there’ll be no finance to do it”.



Eskom Prepares to Issue Gas-Supply Request for Proposals (RFP)


By Kelly-Ann Mealia, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Energy Capital & Power (

State-owned utility Eskom has announced plans to issue a request for proposals for the supply of gas to its Ankerlig and Gourikwa open-cycle gas turbine power stations, as well as potentially repower some of its decommissioning power stations in Mpumalanga province using gas-to-power technology

As South Africa experienced Stage 4 load-shedding in the week of May 1, 2022, state-owned utility Eskom announced plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig and Gourikwa open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations in the Western Cape province. The power stations, which generate electricity from diesel, currently operate during peak periods and for emergency purposes only. South Africa has experienced load-shedding since 2008, whereby electricity supply is deliberately interrupted as a measure to prevent total collapse of the national grid and is most recently sitting at over 15,000 MW of total unplanned outages.

The announcement comes at a critical point in South Africa’s gas expansion agenda. Not only is natural gas being positioned as the solution for a constrained grid, but also as a transition fuel away from coal, which accounts for more than 85% of domestic power generation and classifies the country as the 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally. Within its Integrated Resource Plan, the South African government has targeted gas technology for the generation of 6,000 MW from combined-cycle gas turbines – of which 3,000 MW will come from LNG-to-power, 726 MW from gas-to-power and 1,500 MW from non-specified gas. Domestic gas demand is expected to double by 2040, driven in large part by the power generation sector, in which gas is expected to increase its share from two percent of the power generation mix in 2020 to eight percent in 2040.

The Ankerlig Plant: Eskom has indicated that it plans to continue to operate the OCGT plants below capacity, which would diminish profitability for potential power producers. As a result, the national utility has expressed interest in implementing either a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) or Independent Power Producer model for the power stations to help procure capital and utilize innovative financing mechanisms.

While climate activists have charged for the complete elimination of fossil fuels from national energy matrices, South Africa and its leaders maintain that natural gas, as a relatively clean-burning fuel, is not only integral to the country’s economic growth, but also to its ability to execute a sustainable energy transition. During an address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the continued exploration and development of South Africa’s oil and gas resources remain critical to achieving energy security, fostering social and economic development and eradicating energy poverty, as well as enabling the country’s transition to a low- or zero-carbon future. Natural gas, for instance, can be utilized as feedstock for the production of agricultural chemicals, methanol, ethylene, propylene and a wide variety of petrochemicals used in refining and manufacturing processes. Enabling South Africa to harness its own hydrocarbon resources in the form of natural gas liquids and naphtha would be transformative for a country in need of mass industrialization, job and wealth creation and economic diversification.

Yet South Africa’s road to gas-to-power is proving far from easy. On one hand, the country currently lacks a sufficiently large or reliable enough domestic gas supply to fuel its energy transition on its own. While recent offshore gas discoveries including the Brulpadda and Luiperd prospects have shown promise, along with pockets of shale gas in the Karoo Basin, the country imports more than three-quarters of its natural gas supply by pipeline, from neighboring Mozambique, which is also facing tight supply. In short, establishing new gas import and distribution infrastructure, or developing LNG facilities and domestic gas-to-power capacity from scratch, would require significant amounts of capital.

Eskom’s RFP for the supply of gas to its OCGT plants presents similar financial constraints for stakeholders. Financing large-scale gas development projects in sub-Saharan Africa has historically proven difficult due to the shortage of creditworthy off-takers – or few entities able to buy the power – as well as limited government support and a lack of guarantees. Moreover, Eskom has indicated that it plans to continue to operate the OCGT plants below capacity, which would diminish profitability for potential power producers. As a result, the national utility has expressed interest in implementing either a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) or Independent Power Producer model for the power stations to help procure capital and utilize innovative financing mechanisms. The success of PPPs in South Africa has already been proven through the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program, which leverages private-public partnerships to achieve clean energy targets. Accordingly, public sector involvement can provide a degree of long-term government backing, while the private sector’s technical knowledge, expertise and free-market edge drives projects to be more bankable.

Finally, Eskom faces regulatory hurdles in advancing gas-to-power projects. While South Africa is one of the few sub-Saharan African markets with a designated Gas Master Plan that aligns policy with investment strategies, these projects are likely to exceed the 100 MW maximum for embedded generation projects that can proceed without a license. Therefore, some regulatory adjustments will be required to facilitate gas-to-power generation, whether it be through the decommissioning and conversion of existing coal power stations or the construction of new greenfield projects. As a result, Eskom’s solicitation of gas-supply bids for its OCGT plants must adequately address regulatory concerns and provide financial backstops for power producers, if it is to successfully transform and electrify one of the fastest-growing markets on the continent.

Can we improve flaring to cut down carbon emissions?

In this article, we feature an interview with Lei Sui, Product Manager for flare.IQ, in our Digital Solutions business.

 What is flare.IQ?

The way I would think of flare.IQ is that it’s a digital platform enabling us to provide a holistic flare management solution for our oil and gas customers: from up, to mid to downstream, across the entire value chain.

Our strength has always been in measurement. flare.IQ is a hardware and software solution that brings our expertise in measurement together with an advanced algorithm for optimization to deliver outcome for our customers.

 Could you please tell us how this works, in simple terms?  

flare.IQ delivers value in three ways:

First, it guides operators across the globe, to comply with most recent regulations around flaring.

Second, it helps customers including refiners operate more efficiently. The system can help bring down operational cost through reduced utility consumption.

And third, it reduces their overall carbon footprint by maximizing flare combustion efficiency. Flaring is one of the largest causes of carbon emissions across the oil and gas sector. Low flare combustion efficiency typically leads to venting more methane (a more potent Green House Gas than CO2) to the atmosphere, contributing to a larger carbon footprint.

 What does it look like?

The hardware product is actually a platform from our Nexus Controls business, also in Digital Solutions, which is combined to sensors and software to create the flare.IQ package. It is basically an industrial computer that sits in the customer’s controls room, as a rack mounted server.

flare.IQ advanced flare control platform

Who is using this tech right now, and how is it performing?

We recently gathered data from customers with refineries in Ohio, in North Dakota, and in Texas in the US.

Using the analysis done on results and measurements gathered, we can see that the combustion efficiency was improved with the system by 15-20%, saving them approximately USD200K per year in steam.

During normal flaring events, operators have to inject other gases to the flare to optimize the combustion. This is currently a manual process. With flare.IQ, they can automate that process, saving operators money and making their plant cleaner: this is the most important.

What have you learned from the innovation process?

I would say the most important lesson I learned through this process is listening to customers, and the problems that they face on a daily basis.

This idea came directly from a customer, while we were in the field. You know, we have always been in the flare measurement space for 40 years. But not in flare management, that’s very different.

Helping the customer manage their risk is something we had not been used to. Yet, we had the capability within our corporation to do it: by leveraging technology from our Nexus Controls product line, working with our global network of Research & Tech centers, we were able to take an idea into a product in less than a year. I can say the typical New Product Introduction cycle is 3 to 5 years.

I have to admit that as a team we didn’t set out originally to develop a product that saved operators money or reduced emissions. We learned that along the way. We set out to develop a product that helped our customers meet regulations here in the US (from the EPA) and as we deployed the solution and looked at the data, we started to understand the ancillary values of the product, then it started to broaden and scale into other economies outside of the US.

A great testament to the way this industry is transforming today, by testing, listening and leveraging talent and expertise, to take energy forward.


Oil & Gas Sandwich Courses to Commence in Ghana’s Cape Coast University


The Institute for Oil and Gas Studies at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, has outlined plans to start a series of Sandwich Programmes.

A two-month long series of Sandwich Programme will be run for each of the following:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Oil and Gas Management
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Oil and Gas Resource Management
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Communication in Oil and Gas Management

 The courses start on June 3 and end on August 5, 2022.

 Fuller details for enquiry and applications available in these links





Angola’s 30,000BPD Cabinda Refinery Passes Milestone Tests in Houston


The new Cabinda Oil Refinery in Angola successfully passed milestone tests in Houston at the VFuels facility in Houston yesterday.

The Factory Acceptance Testing (‘FAT’) helps verify that newly manufactured and packaged equipment meets its intended purpose before it is delivered to its intended destination, a significant step in the process of developing major refineries and similar plants.

The Cabinda Refinery will be 60,000 barrels a day (b/d) facility once fully operational. The full project is expected to represent an investment of $1Billion in three phases, with the first phase being $350Million. Phase 1 will feature a 30,000BPD crude distillation unit, desalinator, kerosine treating unit, pipelines, and a more than 1.2Million barrels of crude oil storage terminal. Phases 2 and 3 will add another 30,000BPD of crude processing capacity, as well as units for catalytic reforming, hydrotreating, and catalytic cracking that will transform the site into a full-conversion refinery. Once fully operable, the Cabinda refinery will produce gasoline, diesel, LPG, fuel oil, Jet A1, and kerosine.

Work on the Cabinda Refinery has created over 500 jobs in Houston while achieving the construction of a 30,000BPD modular crude distillation column – the largest throughput to date by VFuels, and the largest single-train modular crude distillation unit built to date globally. In Angola the project is expected to create 1300 jobs in total.

The project is being seen as a key step in the economic development of Angola because increasing domestic crude processing capacity helps reduce the country’s dependence on expensive imports of refined products, which also will have a positive environmental impact. It is also an important example of international development cooperation and of U.S. technological expertise in the space.

Angolan State Minister of Petroleum Diamantino Pedro Azevedo and Sonangol Chair & CEO Sebastião Gaspar Martins and other members of the board toured the VFuels facility as part of the proceedings.

Gemcorp Holdings Ltd and Sonangol are sponsors of the project and Odebrecht is the main EPC contractor.



Hydrogen, the New Energy Rush for Africa


With rapidly improving technology and decreasing costs for fuel cells, green hydrogen is becoming a more appealing fuel alternative in Africa

Green hydrogen will be one of the largest economic opportunities over the next 30 years. Driven by international actions to combat climate change, it has the potential to revolutionise numerous value chains in the energy industry and across both the mobility and manufacturing sectors. With rapidly improving technology and decreasing costs for fuel cells, green hydrogen is becoming a more appealing fuel alternative in Africa.

At the core of green hydrogen production is the availability of renewable energy that is not being utilised for its prime role as electricity supply. For Europe, the lack of spare renewable energy capacity will be a roadblock for the hydrogen economy and so the search is on for viable locations for production. Pilot projects have started in Chile and the Middle East, but the greatest opportunities lie in Africa with many European backed schemes at various stages in the planning process.

Backed by Africa’s extensive renewable energy resources – the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that renewable energy capacity in Africa could reach 310GW by 2030. The hope is that development of green hydrogen projects will not only address continent-wide energy demand, increasing energy security and contribute to domestic energy independence, but will provide an environmentally sustainable fuel alternative for years to come. The big question, however, is whether that hydrogen production will benefit the African energy transition or be shipped back to Europe.

South Africa’s hydrogen valley

In South Africa, the government is attempting to match the synergies between platinum mining, renewable energy, and hydrogen production to form a hydrogen hub. Platinum is a key component in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolysis used to produce hydrogen at scale and in fuel cells themselves. The hydrogen valley will serve as an industrial cluster, bringing various hydrogen applications in the country together to form an integrated hydrogen ecosystem.

The initiative is part of the work being done to support the implementation of the National Hydrogen Society Roadmap, which was recently approved by Cabinet, as well as phase 3 of the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

Phil Mjwara, director-general of the South Africa Department for Science and Innovations, said at the launch that the establishment of a hydrogen valley was an important national initiative. “The implementation of phase 3 of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is driven by the core elements of ‘reconstruct’ and ‘transform’, and this entails building a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy,” he said. “The establishment of a South African hydrogen valley is an opportunity that has great potential to unlock growth, revitalise the industrial sector, and position South Africa to be an exporter of cost-effective green hydrogen to the world. Hydrogen therefore remains an integral part of our Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.”

South Africa’s proposed hydrogen valley will start near Mokopane in Limpopo, where platinum group metals (PGMs) are mined, extending through the industrial and commercial corridor to Johannesburg and leading finally to Durban on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The hydrogen valley will be used to establish, accelerate, and embed niche innovations through upscaling and replication. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer an alternative source of clean electricity, while hydrogen allows for energy to be stored and delivered in usable form.

The feasibility study, conducted by Engie, identifies nine hydrogen-related projects across the mobility, industrial and construction sectors that could be used as a springboard for the establishment of the hydrogen valley. One project will focus on converting heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks to fuel cell-powered trucks, which will support increased consumption of hydrogen in the transport sector. The projects will also facilitate the commercialisation of publicly funded intellectual property, while contributing to the beneficiation of PGMs in targeted geographic areas. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer an alternative source of clean electricity, while hydrogen allows for energy to be stored and delivered in usable form. Using hydrogen as an energy carrier could potentially reduce South Africa’s dependence on fossil fuels that cause global warming, while reducing the country’s reliance on imported oil.

Namibia to develop hydrogen hub

In West Africa, an ambitious project to produce 300,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year is taking shape. The Namibian Government has appointed Hyphen Hydrogen Energy to develop the country’s first large-scale, vertically integrated green hydrogen project in the Tsau //Khaeb national park. The project, worth an estimated $9.4 billion, will produce either pure green hydrogen or in derivative form such as green ammonia.

“The first phase, which is expected to enter production in 2026, will see the creation of 2 GW of renewable electricity generation capacity to produce green hydrogen for conversion into green ammonia, at an estimated capital cost of $4.4Billion,” Marco Raffinetti, Hyphen CEO, says. “Further expansion phases in the late 2020s will expand combined renewable generation capacity to 5 GW and 3GW of electrolyser capacity, increasing the combined total investment to $9.4Billion.”

Once fully developed, the project will provide a major boost to Namibia in terms of foreign direct investment and job creation. The $9.4 billion investment amounts to the same order of magnitude of the country’s current GDP and will see 15,000 direct jobs created during the four-year construction of both phases, with a further 3,000 jobs created permanently during the operational phase. More than 90 per cent of all these jobs created are expected to be filled by Namibians. In addition to taxes, Hyphen will pay concession fees, royalties, a sovereign wealth fund contribution and an environmental levy to the government.

“The Tsau //Khaeb national park is among the top five locations in the world for low-cost hydrogen production, benefiting from a combination of co-located onshore wind and solar resources near the sea and land export routes to market,” Raffinetti adds. “Namibia’s world class natural resources, combined with a progressive, pro-investment and visionary government under the leadership of President Hage Geingob, has enabled the country to move with incredible speed to position itself as the leading edge of Africa’s ambitions to enter the green hydrogen production space.

“This collective deep technical expertise across the entire green hydrogen value chain, combined with our financial strength and experience in developing, fundraising, and implementing infrastructure projects in Africa, will be crucial in successfully delivering a project of this magnitude and complexity.”

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All On is ‘The’ Enabler


Impact investing firm, All On is a name that now features recurringly in Nigeria’s renewable energy sector.

Stakeholders in renewable energy who have had dealings  with the company sometimes refer to All On  as Shell, as if the name  is interchangeable with that of the oldest operating oil major in.

Although All On is an independent, wholly Nigerian owned and operated entity, there is an affiliation to Shell: the company is seeded by Shell as part of the major’s commitment to closing the access to energy gap in Nigeria via  investments  in off-grid energy solutions.

It is one of the vehicles that Shell uses to  enable electricity access to the unserved and underserved in the country via renewable energy.

Africa Oil+Gas Report can confirm two things: (1) All On has a firm commitment from Shell of at least a few hundred million dollars, and (2) any gain from its investment does not go back to Shell. So, it  re-invests the gains.

This is how All On describes itself:

“All On is an independent Nigerian impact investing company that invests in businesses that increase access to commercial energy products and services for unserved and underserved off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta”, the company says on its website. “All On invests in off-grid energy solutions spanning solar, wind, hydro, biomass and gas technologies deployed by both foreign and local access-to-energy companies that complement available grid power across Nigeria and help bridge its significant energy gap”.

As an impact investing vehicle, All On is closer in terms of raison d’être to say Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries), or Finnfund (a Finnish development financier and professional impact investor), than the African Development Bank () which is a lender, even if for development projects.

“Shell started conceiving of interventionist companies like All On, as it began to divest from the oil and gas assets in Nigeria”, Africa Oil+Gas Report learns from sources. Excited by what it considers the relative success of Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, a downstream gas marketing subsidiary of the company, in delivering natural gas to grassroots business enterprise, Shell’s objective  was to  make even more impact in energy delivery. However, unlike Shell Nigeria Gas, All On was deliberately not set up as an operator, but rather as an investment company.

Instead, All On sees itself as supporting and investing in existing energy solution providers to help them grow and achieve scale. “All On provides debt and equity matched to the needs of energy enterprises at a range of sizes. The focus is on enterprises with proven off-grid energy technology solutions and businesses that are ready to scale”. That is its impact investing mantra. The company also leverages capital for the Nigerian off grid energy sector.

In addition to  direct funding as well as leveraging with partners to finance projects, All On sees itself as an enabler of a conducive environment. “All On helps to foster a supportive business and regulatory environment for off grid energy companies to thrive. It works with strategic partners on advocacy and policy issues to fast track the creation of an enabling environment for the renewable energy sector. All On promotes innovation and identification of promising business and deployment models, helps partners and entrepreneurs to obtain and share information effectively, commissions industry relevant research, contributes to capacity development, and other activities required to accelerate scaling of the off-grid energy sector in Nigeria.

Afolabi Akinrogunde, Investment Manager at All On, spoke passionately at a workshop organized by the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) in November 2021. “We engage in policy review and analysis, we’re keen on advocacy for the sector. We thrive on supporting agencies working in driving the growth of the adoption of off grid energy solutions in Nigeria”, he told the gathering of mostly petroleum geologists in Lagos. He particularly singled out Auxano Solar as one company in which All On was very proud to have invested in. Auxano Solar claims to the first privately-owned solar PV assembler of solar systems in Nigeria. In 2020, it signed a $1.5 million expansion deal with All On. “They delivered what they said they would do when they came in 2018”, Akinrogunde told the audience. “So, we invested more”.

All On supports between eight  and 10 offgrid energy solutions companies every year, with investments that could be described as Angel and Growth stage investing. It also helps companies  break into the market, as it were – providing them with both financing support via its investment team and non-financial support via the All On hub.

Africa Oil+Gas Report knows that All On invested in Green Village Electricity (GVE) Projects Limited, regarded by many as the biggest provider of mini grid energy solutions in the country. All On is probably the largest private sector investor in the Nigerian mini grid space.

Some of All On’s  other investees include:

ACOB LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, incorporated in 2016, “specifically targeted to provide clean, affordable and sustainable power through renewable energy power solutions to unserved and under-served communities”

Ashdam Solar Co. Ltd, which “provides quality alternative energy solutions to the Nigerian community with exceptional client satisfaction”

Arnergy Solar which “provides reliable and sustainable energy services for small, medium and large businesses across our target markets”.

Auxano Solar Limited is “Nigeria’s first privately owned Solar PV manufacturing company. Founded in 2014, the company also delivers high performance residential and commercial solar system solutions”.

AllBase Energy, which provides “distributed renewable energy system for the middle class and small businesses in Nigeria”.

Creeds Energy, which “addresses electricity and energy challenges by improving access to and promoting the adoption of clean and energy efficient technologies”.

CovenantPlus Engineering, which “specializes in Engineering, Procurement and Construction on Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (T&D), Telecommunication Infrastructures, Satellite Communications and Civil Engineering and covers the design, supply, installation and maintenance of projects in these fields of engineering”.

Entric Energy, which “designs, deploys and operates small energy infrastructures (mini grids) across underserved and unserved communities in Nigeria utilizing small renewable solar mini-grids, solar-gas hybrid mini-grids, and solar home systems”.

Greenage Technologies Power Systems Ltd, “an indigenous manufacturer of smart solar inverters and charge controllers.”

ICE Commercial Power, which is developing and implementing innovative solutions to tackle the major problem of 1 of every 2 Nigerians, constantly living without reliable electricity and people resorting to self-generation which is expensive and dangerous.

Oolu Solar: “one of the fastest-growing off-grid solar companies in West Africa”. A major distributor f solar home systems within Nigeria and the West African subregion.

Protergia, an “independent power producer (IPP) based in Nigeria providing world-class and cost-effective clean power solutions to energy consumers including residential estates, businesses, industries.

Renewvia , which is ”one of the largest builders and operators of standalone mini-grid systems throughout Africa, supplying remote and rural communities with precious power”.

Sosai Renewable Energy. It “uses market-based strategies to address the issues of Poverty and Rural/Community development as regards access to Energy, Clean water and ensure positive livelihoods”.







Refinery equipment liquidation


Due to a refinery construction project that has been stopped, a lot of equipment and materials are available to be sold worldwide. The equipment belonged to an O&G Spanish multinational company and it is located in Andalusia, in the South of Spain, near Algeciras port to make loading and shipping easy.

The company in charge of the sale is Surus Inversa, a Spanish company working since 2008 with the most important energetic companies, looking for a second life for the assets these companies do not need anymore. The sale is being carried out through the company website, Escrapalia. Some of the assets can be bought by presenting direct offers and others are sold at online auction.

The price of these specific equipment is very interesting, around 15% of the purchase price, which makes this material an opportunity for other businesses in need of similar products. All the equipment is unused, properly stored and can be visited by contacting the company.

Some of the most relevant equipment are these big items, but more will be for sale very soon:

– Nuovo Pignone compressor (Baker Hughes): type 4HG/2-1 reciprocating compressor driven by electric motors, 4 cylinders, 3 stages. It consists of two compressor units operating in parallel. Designed to compress H2+CH4+HC+H2o+H2S. Make-up and recycle gas. Made in 2019.

– Dresser-Rand compressor (Siemens Energy): centrifugal and axial sour gas compressor, model DO6R7S. Designed to compress H2S+HC+H2 at more than 11.300 kg/h, it consists of a motor and a gear box. Made in 2019.

– Pumps: 6 Flowserve API 685 pumps (condensate, rich amine, flare drum, skim oil, potable water and water jockey) and 9 API 610 Klaus Union pumps (fresh solvent, lean solvent, quench water, rich solvent, sour water, degassed sulfur, fresh amine, amine regeneration and lean solvent).

– Metering pumps: 6 LEWA pumps

– Valves: 25 EMERSON Fisher™ valves (ES, EZ, ET, EWT).

– Piping: up to 1230 Tn of various thicknesses and sizes.

Burners: 11 Coolstar John Zink Hamworthy burners.

In case of interest in visiting the equipment or buying some or all of it, it is necessary to contact the chief of this sale, Jesús Santos, via email or on the phone 0034 699743943.

LINK to the website with more information about the equipment.

Selai: LPG Retail Can Be Vehicle for Community Improvement


By Akpelu Paul Kelechi

The Selai Gas Station is a response to Nigeria’s proclamation of “The Decade of Gas”, but its promoters have discovered, in the process of the $0.4Million initial investment, that they could do well by doing good for the community.

Located in Fagba, a highly populated, development-challenged neighbourhood in the north of Lagos, Selai starts off as a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dispensing station aiming to grow to wholesale delivery, and cylinder manufacture further down the line. But the immediate reality is that it is staring at the desperate face of poverty in the suburb and hopes it can deliver part of the development needs of the community as it looks to earn income.

Damilola Owolabi: “We have a delivery programme for our cylinders where we want to “Uberize” it. So, we are not the one handling the delivery of the cylinders to your homes. What we’ve been able to do is bring together ‘Keke Marua’ (motorcycle taxis) within the neighborhood and registered them, trained them on how to run deliveries.

“Of all the places we found, this neighbourhood seems to just fit into the business idea because there are a lot of small “Bukkas”, or as you would like to call it “mama puts” (ramshackle food canteens) within the neighborhood and a lot of them are still using firewood and coal pot”, says Damilola Owolabi, Selai Gas’ CSR minded chief executive. “I was coming from that part of creating that awareness and when we spoke to a few of them and asked why they were still using firewood and coal pots, ‘don’t you know it is dangerous to your health,’ the response I got was that an LPG  cylinder is expensive how can they even afford it? But since we were looking at how to create an impact in this neighborhood, we came up with the idea of having a cylinder programme where those shops and those women that are selling by those joints can access to cylinders that affordable way”, Owolabi explains.

“What we plan to do after our launch is to be able to create a platform where we give you cylinders at an affordable rate and you spread the payment over a period of time. So yes, we are in business to make money but also, we want to create an impact in the community”.

Owolabi says her company has had to ingratiate itself with neighbourhod toughs, called ‘area boys,’ in Nigerian parlance and also had to deal extensively with the Landlord Association. “It was a lot of work and convincing sessions that we had to have with them, you know. Now we are very close because I started to see them as stakeholders”.

Apart from the cylinder programme for the canteens, and onboarding women into using gas to cook, Selai Gas wants to empower its teeming neighbourhood in several other ways. “We have a delivery programme for our cylinders where we want to “Uberize” it. So, we are not the one handling the delivery of the cylinders to your homes. What we’ve been able to do is bring together ‘Keke Marua’ (motorcycle taxis) within the neighborhood and registered them, trained them on how to run deliveries. We give you the platform and after you’ve gone through our training, we show you all the safety measures that you’re supposed to know and observe while delivering cylinders and products, then you’re registered with us. So once you have a Keke Marua, whenever there is a delivery to be done you’ll be contacted and you come pick up and a good number of them are excited. So beyond just the women and being transitioned into cleaning energy, also the men; we want to be able to engage them. We have a number of these Hausa guys that are already on this Keke Marua Scheme.”

The Fagba community has a large settlement of Nigerians from the far north of the country. In Lagos, (the country’s top commercial hub, located  in the southwest), people from the North are simply called Hausas, irrespective of where exactly they come in the north(Nigeria has a high diversity of tribes per square metre). “I told the engineer supervising our construction project to engage the Hausas and the Yorubas within this community”, explains Owolabi.

“So a huge number of them were engaged and every time when I drive in, I see quite a number of them and they’re very happy warming up to us. It always reminds me of how badly we want to make an impact, why we’re settled here and the long queue of plans that we have for the community and each of them we are trying to implement”.

Selai launches on Thursday April 7, 2022 with a 30 Tonne facility, but from its projections, it expects to do two trucks and that’s about 50 tonnes “because you can’t fill a 30 Tonne truck to 100% of its capacity. It has to be 80%. So, we’re looking at 25 Tonnes of gas per truck which makes it two trucks. Within our first month, our projection is to sell two trucks within a week. In the first month of opening, we are not going to be doing home deliveries; we want to use that time to focus on our walk-in-customers and the bulk buyers. Then by the time we begin to do home deliveries, we estimate to do three trucks within a week. That is, 75 Tonnes”.

Selai Gas Station: We want to open well, we don’t want to open and we don’t want to open to the public and we’re having to deal with a lot of issues. So what we’ve been doing is training on safety and customer service just to help every staff of Selai Gas perform optimally

Owolabi, has been in oil and gas related business for close to 10 years. She is enormously excited by this phase in her career. “This is my first time of coming into the gas space; I’ve always been in the space for white product and offshore Logistics and Marine Logistics and so, coming into the gas space, we’re not playing small. We didn’t come in because we just want to be re-filing gas into cylinders, as we also want to do bigger things. We have it at the back of our mind where we’re able to get gas genset, where we are able to power some neighborhood, and even go into the Upstream side of gas. You know, where we’re selling gas for power and selling gas for other use. We’re not just going to be playing small where we will just be in the business of refilling cylinders. We also hope that by the time we own fleets of trucks, I mentioned to you earlier that we’re looking into having the cylinder production plant because there is a massive gap in that area because a lot of people can’t afford it because of the huge cost of acquiring a cylinder”.

Still, the take-off of this journey has to be right, she admits. “We’ve been doing quite a number of training actually in the last six weeks for our staff because we want to open well, we don’t want to open and we don’t want to open to the public and we’re having to deal with a lot of issues. So what we’ve been doing is training on safety and customer service just to help every staff of Selai Gas perform optimally when our gates are opened to customers. I also want to mention that we have the part for accessories, what we call Selai Accessories. We sell cylinders and cylinder accessories and you could also call for a technician to come check on your burners, or check on your cylinder back at home and technician will be sent to you. One of the midterm goals for Selai is to own our cylinders because we cannot thrive in this cylinder programme without owning our own cylinders. So, at the moment, we’re in partnership with a company here and we buy cylinders from them but eventually, our goal is to own our cylinders”.

A fuller version of this interview will be published later. The publication is sponsored by Dregwaters Nigeria Limited.



AFC Rebrands with ‘Instrumental Infrastructure. Instrumental Africa’ 


 By Yewande Thorpe

As the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) marks its 15th anniversary, the Corporation is rebranding with ‘Instrumental Infrastructure. Instrumental Africa’ as its strapline.

Our new logo embodies our mission to be the bridge to a prosperous African future, as we relentlessly strive to advance our continent’s instrumental position as it takes its place on the global stage.

Core to our approach, is turning infrastructure into an instrument for change. We consistently deliver fast and sustainable solutions to close Africa’s infrastructure gap and unleash our continent’s prosperity. In so doing, we seek to elevate Africa’s instrumental role as a critical engine of global growth.

Through impact investing in infrastructure, we are committed to helping the continent position for greater success in a world of growing crisis and complexity. Ultimately, we are working to shine the spotlight on Africa as a major supplier of beneficiated resources, goods and services, and as the primary source of metals and minerals for new energy transition—with the underlying goal of creating jobs for the world’s largest and youngest workforce.

As Africa’s leading infrastructure finance institution, offering end-to-end finance and consultancy, AFC’s rebranding reiterates its capabilities to deliver across power, heavy industries, natural resources, transport, logistics and telecommunications.

“Our new identity reinforces our role in working to advance Africa’s instrumental role as a global growth engine,” said Samaila Zubairu, President and CEO of AFC. “Through impact investing in infrastructure, we are committed to helping the continent position itself for greater success in a world of growing crisis and complexity.”

With Africa’s infrastructure investment needs estimated at $130 to $170Billion a year, AFC’s new branding is emblematic of its strategic developmental role in the sectors most critical as growth engines for sustainable economic development. In the process, millions of jobs required for the continent’s rapidly growing youth population are generated.

This approach leverages on Africa’s many advantages, including:

  • The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, which has created a single market of almost 1.4Billion people, the world’s largest
  • The world’s biggest reserves of minerals such as cobalt which are required for the global green energy transition
  • A workforce that is projected to exceed that of either China or India by 2034 and a population that is forecast to reach 2.5Billion by 2050
  • Returns on African infrastructure investments often exceeding that of other emerging markets

“Our approach puts the spotlight on Africa as a major supplier of beneficiated resources, goods and services, as the primary source of metals and minerals for new energy transition, and jobs for the world’s largest and youngest workforce,” said CEO Zubairu. “Our new brand endorses and anticipates the growing role Africa will play as it takes its rightful place on the world stage.” Ends.

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