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GreenCo Launches Pre-Qual Process for 40MW Solar Plant in Zambia

GreenCo Power Services, the subsidiary of Africa GreenCo Group, is launching the pre-qualification process for the selection of an independent power producer (IPP).

The company selected at the end of the process will build a solar photovoltaic power plant with a capacity ranging from 10 to 40 MWp, in Zambia.

 Interested IPPs have until March 21st, 2021 to apply.

The power plant is a pilot project under Zambia’s new electricity generation and marketing legislation. Africa GreenCo’s subsidiary received the go-ahead by the authorities to play a major role in Zambia’s electricity sector, along with the state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO).

Unlike ZESCO, which distributes electricity to households, GreenCo will sell its output to industrial and commercial customers.

For fuller details, please click here


Uganda’s National Oil Company Issues Tender for Security Services

The Uganda National Oil Company Limited (UNOC) has invited bidders for provision of security services for UNOC offices and facilities under framework arrangement – UNOC/NCONS/20-21/00192

The company invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for provision of the above Services  the Provision, Installation, Training and Commissioning of a Disaster Recovery Solution for UNOC.

The company invites sealed bids from eligible bidders.

Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the Open Domestic bidding method contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003, and is open to all bidders.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information using the email: and inspect the bidding document at the address given below at 8(a) from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Bids must be delivered at or before 10:00am on 6th April, 2021.

Fuller details in this link..



Kenya’s Petroleum Regulator Resigns over Graft Allegation

Pavel Oimeke, director general of Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), has resigned.

He is in court for allegedly demanding a $4,500 (Sh500,000) bribe from an employee of a petrol filling station. He was arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in December last year for

EPRA had closed the station because of sales of unauthorised fuel. Despite paying a fine, EPRA allegedly continued to delay authorising the reopening of the filling station.

The charges stated that on December 2, 2020, Mr. Oimeke requested for a financial benefit of $4,500 (Sh500,000) from Wycliffe Odhiambo Oyoo, allegedly sending the message through a private messenger App, and assuring him that he would authorise the opening of the station: Nyang’ina Filling Station in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.

The EACC said an employee at the fuel station handed over the cash to Oimeke at his office. The employee had tipped off the anti-corruption agency. Following the handover, the EACC arrested Oimeke.

The anti-corruption court, headed by chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti, heard that on December 10, Mr. Oimeke received a bribe of $1,820 (Sh200,000) from Mr Oyoo, so that he could authorise the opening of the filling station.

The EACC said Oyoo handed over the cash to Oimeke at his office after he had tipped off the anti-corruption agency. Following the handover, the EACC arrested the EPRA chief.

At the first hearing, the court ordered the EPRA chief to deposit a bond of $6,400 (Sh700,000 )or an alternative cash bail of $1,820 (Sh200,000), to secure his release. Oimeke paid the cash.

Oimeke has had a stormy time in office since the commencement of his second three-year term on August 1, 2020, when an EPRA board meeting decided to send him on leave pending the outcome of a case where a petitioner, Emmanuel Wanjala, challenged the legality of the tenure. Wanjala had accused Oimeke of “abuse of office, mismanagement of a public institution and public resources, corruption, tribalism and favouritism which is uncharacteristic of a public servant”. The EPRA reinstated Oimeke on October 9, 2020 following a court hearing on October 6, 2020.



Anglican Bishops Call for a Halt to Oil Drilling in Namibia’s Kavango Basin

Anglican bishops and archbishop from around the world have called for a Canadian company to cease oil drilling in Namibia’s Kavango Basin. The Bishop of Namibia, Luke Pato, called for a petition to halt the drilling by Reconnaissance Energy Africa, more commonly known as ReconAfrica. So far, he has the support of around 30 bishops and four archbishops.

The process the led to the drilling had not been open, Bishop Luke said. Namibians were “waking up to a mining venture that has already been signed and settled, he said, adding that there were “many questions to be answered.”

Signatories to the petition include Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Archbishop Julio Murray, Bishop of Panama, Primate of the Anglican Church in Central America, and Chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network; Archbishop Mark Macdonald, the National Indigenous Archbishop of Canadal; and Bishop Kito Pikaahu of Te Pihopatanga o Tai Tokerau in the Anglican Church of New Zealand, Aotearoa and New Zealand, Chair of the Anglican Indigenous Network.

The petition was delivered to the Namibian Government, the Namibian Consulate in Cape Town, and the headquarters of ReconAfrica in Vancouver, Canada. The company has the rights to drill for oil in more than 35,000 square kilometres of the Kavango Basin, an environmentally sensitive, protected area that supplies water to the Okavango Delta.

The Basin is a World Heritage and Ramsar Wetland Site, a key biodiversity area and one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The region is home to the largest remaining population of African elephants, 400 species of birds and is a sanctuary for many other animals.

The petition says that the oil exploration violates the rights of the San people under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people; and that there has not been an adequate environmental impact assessment.

It says: “Water is a scarce and precious commodity in Namibia, the driest country south of the Sahara. . . Concerns raised by local activists have been belittled and The Namibian, the national newspaper which broke the story, is being threatened with legal action.”

The petition calls on the international community for support. “Based on the principle of restorative social and environmental justice, the Bishops call upon the international community to support Namibia and Botswana to develop renewable energy systems and help safeguard the precious Kavango ecosystem.”


AOGS Energy Webinar Series

Theme: Energy Transition and Implications for Nigeria’s Economy – A Critical Assessment

Oil Majors, especially of the European extraction, are taking ambitious steps to commit to green energy targets and investments. According to the United States Energy Information Agency, EIA, the oil industry faces increasing demands to respond to the low carbon agenda. And leading the response are European companies like TOTAL SE, which in 2020 announced a $7b write-off in its Canadian “proved reserves” – that gold standard of value for oil companies. The action probably signaled early steps at transiting from an Oil Major to an Energy Major. With similar actions from Shell, BP, ENI, etc., it seems the energy transition train has literally left the station.

Is Nigeria’s 40 billion barrels proved oil reserves (or parts of), at risk of being written off someday to be replaced by green energy assets in the oil (sorry, energy) majors’ portfolio mix? Long shot?

Join the conversation at the AOGS Energy Webinar Series and see if and how the future of the Nigerian oil industry is likely to be re-calibrated and what it may mean for the economy and business. Sub-themes include:

  • Global Trends in Energy Transition
  • Regulatory framework on Net Zero Positions in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Energy Transition and Nigeria’s Crude Oil Reserves Development Strategy
  • Local Content and Energy Transition Implications
  • Energy Transition and Nigeria’s Business & Economic Environment
  • Nigeria power sector in the face of Energy Transition
  • The impact of Energy Transition on the financial sector

Confirmed Speakers

  1. Dr Felix Amieyeofori, Chairman, AOGS Energy Resources and Lead Promoter, EnergyHub
  2. Prof Prof Joseph Ajienka,Emmanuel Egbogah Chair of Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt
  3. Gerard Kreeft, Energy Transition Advisor, The Netherlands
  4. Omowumi O. Iledare, Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  5. Professor Asiwaju Busari Akande, Islamic Institute of Accounting and Finance, Ilorin
  6. Faruk Y Yusuf, Ag Director, Renewable and Rural Power Access, Federal Ministry of Power, Abuja
  7. Toyin Yusuff, CEO Makitas Energy Ltd, Chairperson Future Energy and Renewable Committee, WEOG
  8. Dr Patrick Obah, Director, Policy Research and Statistics, NCDMB


Date:                    March 23, 2021

Time:                    10 am – 1pm

Platform:   (Zoom)


Andrew Mackenzie Is the Next Chairman of Shell

The Board of Directors of Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced the appointment of Sir Andrew Mackenzie as the new Company Chair with effect from the conclusion of Shell’s 2021 Annual General Meeting, scheduled for May 18, 2021.

He will succeed Chad Holliday who will step down on May 18 having served as Chair for six years and as a Board Director since September 2010.

Mackenzie, a British national, joined Shell’s Board in October 2020, after a distinguished career in the energy, petrochemicals and resources sector, latterly as Group CEO of BHP from 2013 to 2019. From 2004 to 2007, at Rio Tinto, he was Head of Industrial Minerals and Diamonds. Prior to this, over a 22-year career at BP, he held senior leadership roles in exploration, research and development, and chemicals.

“His contributions to geochemistry and earth science led to his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014”, Shell says in a statement, “and he received a knighthood in 2020 for his services to business, science and technology”.

The statement adds that Mackenzie is bringing to Shell “his experience of leadership, his global outlook, and a deep understanding of the energy business and climate action”.

The search for the new Chair was led by Euleen Goh, Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director. The thorough and robust process included engagement with some of Shell’s larger investors, seeking input on the skills, attributes and sector knowledge that they considered important for the role. In addition to proven experience of leading a large, complex international organisation, the requirement was for someone with significant experience in capital discipline and with the ability to balance, and judge the timing, of the transformational changes that Shell needs to make.


TOTAL Publishes Third Party Reviews of its ESIA on the Ugandan Basinwide Field Development

French major TOTAL has published the studies, independent third-party reviews and social and environmental action plans related to the Tilenga project in Uganda and the EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) project in Uganda and Tanzania.

These documents are available here.

“These projects are undertaken in a sensitive environmental context and require the implementation of land acquisition programmemes with a specific attention to respecting the rights of the communities concerned”, TOTAL says in a statement.

“Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) studies have been conducted and approved by the Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities for both projects, which are carried out in compliance with the stringent performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Moreover, several independent reviews have been conducted by third-party organizations to ensure that the projects are implemented in compliance with social and environmental best practices. These reviews also allow to assess the effectiveness of the actions undertaken, to identify areas of improvement and have resulted in related action plans.

TOTAL says that in line with the “Avoid – Reduce – Compensate” principles that underpin its Biodiversity Policy published in 2020, it has decided to voluntarily limit the Tilenga project’s footprint within Uganda’s Murchison Falls park. “While the current permits cover nearly 10% of the park, the development will be restricted to an area representing less than 1% of its surface, and the undeveloped areas will be voluntarily relinquished without delay”, the statement explains. “In addition, the project has been designed to minimize the footprint of the temporary and permanent facilities, which will occupy less than 0.05% of the park’s area”.

The Group also confirms its commitment to implement action plans designed to produce a net positive impact on biodiversity in the development of these projects. These plans will be defined in close cooperation with the authorities and stakeholders in charge of nature conservation in Uganda and Tanzania. “Accordingly, TOTAL will provide its support to increase by 50% the number of rangers ensuring the preservation of Murchison Falls park and will support a programmeme to reintroduce the black rhinoceros in Uganda, in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)”, the major says. “TOTAL is also working closely with IUCN experts to integrate the best practices for the protection of chimpanzees, particularly by promoting the conservation of forest habitats”.

The Tilenga and EACOP projects require the acquisition of 6,400 hectares of land, on which the primary residences of 723 households are located. Each of these households will be given the choice between a new house or monetary compensation. “The first 29 relocated households, residing on the Tilenga Central Processing Facility site, have all elected to receive a new house. The other land acquisition activities will be carried out in accordance with the compensation framework approved by the authorities.

We acknowledge that Tilenga and EACOP projects represent significant social and environmental stakes, which we are taking into consideration responsibly. We are mobilizing substantial resources to ensure that these projects are carried out in an exemplary manner and create value for the people in both countries. In view of the questions raised by stakeholders, the commitment of Total is to answer to all questions and to ensure complete transparency on the studies conducted by Total and independent third parties and the actions taken as a result”, said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL.



Egypt’s Damietta LNG Partners Finalise Agreement

Italian player ENI says it has closed the agreement signed last December with the Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE), the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and the Spanish company Naturgy that will restart the Damietta liquefaction plant in Egypt, settle Union Fenosa Gas and SEGAS’s outstanding disputes with EGAS and ARE, and effect a corporate restructuring of Union Fenosa Gas, whose assets have been divided between ENI and Naturgy, as well as of SEGAS which will now be owned 50 percent by ENI, 40 percent by EGAS and 10 percent by EGPC.

The liquefaction plant, owned by SEGAS, with a capacity of 266Billion cubic feet per year, which has been idle since November 2012, has resumed production.

The first LNG cargo was carried out on February 22, followed by a second cargo on March 4, while a third, which is being loaded at the facility, will be sold directly by ENI to its customers in Europe.

The purchase of Egyptian LNG consolidates ENI’s integrated development strategy by increasing the volumes and flexibility of its portfolio, in synergy with its upstream assets.

Through this agreement, the company strengthens its presence in the East Mediterranean, a key region for the supply of natural gas, which is a fundamental resource for the energy transition, of which Egypt is the main producer in the area.

As for Union Fenosa Gas’ activities outside Egypt, ENI will take over the natural gas marketing activities in Spain, strengthening its presence in the European gas market.

The agreement comes at an important time when, thanks in part to the rapid entry into production of ENI’s recent natural gas discoveries, especially from the Zohr and Nooros fields, Egypt has regained full capacity to meet domestic gas demand and can allocate excess production for export through LNG facilities.


Uganda’s National Oil Company Invites Bids For Disaster Recovery Solution

The Uganda National Oil Company Limited (UNOC) has allocated funds to be used for the Provision, Installation, Training and Commissioning of a Disaster Recovery Solution for UNOC.

The company invites sealed bids from eligible bidders.

Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the Open Domestic bidding method contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003, and is open to all bidders.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information using the email: and inspect the bidding document at the address given below at 8(a) from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Bids must be delivered to the address below at 8(a) at or before 10:00am on 6th April, 2021.

Fuller details in this link.

Nine Journalists Selected for Premium Times’ Oil and Gas Media Fellowship


 The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its Natural Resources and Extractives Programme (NAREP), has selected nine journalists across Nigeria for its flagship NAREP Oil and Gas Media Fellowship.

This fellowship aims to advance natural resource journalism in Nigeria. It is designed to train and build journalists that can effectively report and analyse the oil and gas sector by equipping them with the tools and resources they need.

Following the organisation’s call, PTCIJ received 1,429 applications from journalists and non-journalists across the country. Out of these, seventeen journalists were shortlisted and nine of them have been finally selected from across eight media organisations following interviews by an internal selection committee.

The selected journalists underwent a three-day intensive training which introduced them to the oil and gas sector. The training started on the 2nd of March and ended on the 4th of March, 2021.

The participants were trained by experts on a range of issues including but not limited to revenue management and distribution in the oil and gas sector, the impact of the management of oil and gas on the quality of life of Nigerians, laws and regulations in the oil and gas sector, review of the underrecovery regime, use of the freedom of information act, data presentation and analysis, making sense of the figures in reporting the oil and gas sector among others.

The fellows will be engaged for a total of three months during which they will work with mentors and will be required to provide at least two stories per month.

“Oil and gas sector operations in Nigeria have traditionally been opaque with little or no transparency on the part of the government”, says Akintunde Babatunde , Manager of NAREP. “This lack of openness has led to zero accountability, mismanagement of funds, revenue leakages and above all, the inability of the government to meet its financial obligation and to raise the quality of life of Nigerians,” he explains.

“Through the NAREP fellowship, PTCIJ plans to combine the tools of data aggregation, civic technology and investigative journalism to advance transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.”


NAREP aims to strengthen the capacity of media and civil society to demand transparency and accountability in the extractive sector by enhancing media and civil society collaboration in the reporting of activities in the industry. It seeks to highlight issues, and help set the agenda for the government in designing strategies for revenue diversification by looking beyond oil.

The training was supported by Natural Resource Charter.


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