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TOTAL Announces a Significant Discovery in Namibia, Unlike Shell 

TOTALEnergies has announced that it made a significant discovery of light oil with associated gas on the Venus prospect, located in Block 2913B in the Orange Basin, offshore southern Namibia.

“The Venus 1-X well encountered approximately 84 meters of net oil pay in a good quality Lower Cretaceous reservoir”.

TOTALEnergies commenced drilling Venus-1 almost around the same time that Shell spudded Graff-1, on the same basin, in adjacent blocks.

TOTALEnergies’ decision to announce the results of its find differs remarkably from Shell’s preference for silence on its own drilling.

Whereas there were heavy speculations about the result of Graff-1, the UK major has not made any statement about the drilling update, let alone indicate hydrocarbon footage the way its French counterpart has done. What the public knows about the so-called success of Graff-1 derived from a statement by Namcor, Namibia’s state hydrocarbon firm, which uses the word significant, but provides no context.

TOTALEnergies concludes its statement: “A comprehensive coring and logging program has been completed. This will enable the preparation of appraisal operations designed to assess the commerciality of this discovery.” 

Block 2913B covers approximately 8,215 km² in deep offshore Namibia. TOTALEnergies is the operator with a 40% working interest, alongside QatarEnergy (30%), Impact Oil and Gas (20%), and NAMCOR (10%).

Olayemi Anyanechi is Appointed Legal Adviser at NUPRC

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission has appointed a Cambridge University trained senior lawyer from the private sector as Commission Secretary/Legal Adviser.

For the agency, created six months ago by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), Anyanechi is considered a huge catch, given her pedigree and years of experience in legal practice. She was, until her appointment, Managing Partner at Sefton Fross, a law firm she founded in 2013. She had been Group Legal Counsel at Sahara Group, and a Senior Partner at Templars Law firm, before she founded Sefton Fross, which is very strong in corporate, finance and oil and gas practice sectors.

“Her appointment was made on the basis of the need to improve efficiency and professionalism of the Commission’s legal department”, says Gbenga Komolafe, the NUPRC’s Chief Executive. “The regulator is about the law, and we need to get it right”.

Mrs, Anyanechi was senior counsel and head of Corporate Commercial Department at Olaniwun Ajayi LP. Anyenechi received her first degree in law at the University of Ibadan before she proceeded, as a Chevening Scholar, for Master of Laws – LLM, Corporate and Commercial Law at Cambridge. At Cambridge, she also became a Pegasus Scholar of the Inner Temple. She has a Master of Philosophy – MPhil, Finance, in Financial Sector Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.


Niger Republic Agrees with German Firm To develop Green Hydrogen in the Country 

The government of the Republic of Niger has signed an agreement with Emerging Energy Corporation (EEC), a German energy firm, to work together to explore and develop commercial green hydrogen projects in Niger.

EEC says it will also invest in various projects to decarbonize Oil field operations and refineries in Niger with Carbon Capture technologies. Green hydrogen will be produced in Niger by electrolysis, using renewable power.  This low-carbon solution will decarbonize emission-intensive industries in Niger, Africa, Europe, and other countries that depend a lot on fossil fuels.

“Both parties will find opportunities to enable demand for the product and prepare Niger to become a hub for green hydrogen production in the region”, a statement by EEC says. “Green hydrogen produced in the Niger Republic is an important driver to accelerate industrial decarbonization and contribute to the electrification of processes, since it is obtained from renewable sources, besides generating more competitive and decentralized dynamics by joining the different market segments”.

Keen Contest for Actis’ Stake in Lekela Power 

Financial Services group, Old Mutual, is no longer guaranteed an easy ride to win the 60% stake held by Actis in Lekela Power. The South African giant now contends with keen competition from the mining firm Exxaro and Chinese state fund CNI, who are among the final bidders in the contest for the stake. Old Mutual threw its hat in the ring through its subsidiary African Infrastructure Investment Managers.

Lekela, created in 2015 by the British investor Actis, as part of a strategy of aggregating energy assets into scalable regional platforms, is part-owned by Mainstream Energy(40%) and Actis(60%). 

Lekela has, in that space of time, become one of the 15 top renewable energy developers in Africa, with credits for developing the 250MW West Bakr Wind Farm, a BOO project located in the Gulf of Suez in Egypt; the 158MW Wind Farm, Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm, the 140MW Loeriesfontein 2 in the Hantam Municipality in South Africa’s Northern Cape; the 80MW Noupoort Wind Farm in the same country and the KhobabWind Farm, also in South Africa.

Lekela has been valued at more than $2Billion, by some estimates.

Ethiopia Starts Generating Electricity from Africa’s Largest Hydropower Project 

By Okot Njoroge, in Nairobi

Ethiopia has commenced electricity generation from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

GERD is Africa’s largest hydropower project, with 6,000MW capacity, more than double Ethiopia’s current generating capacity, and will rank among the world’s 10 biggest hydropower plants.

The plant, sited on the Blue Nile River in the Benishangul-Gumuzregion of western Ethiopia, started generating 375 megawatts of electricity from one of its turbines on February 20, 2022.

Estimated to cost anything from $4Billion to $6.4Billion at full completion, it is largely financed by government bonds. 

Ethiopia’s first phase filling of the dam was in July 2020, during which 4.9Billion cubic metres of water was collected. The second phase, in 2021, raised the volume to 18.4Billion cubic metres of water. The 74Billion cubic metre-capacity dam is expected to take five to seven years to fill.

An influential, strident critic of the project is Egypt, which considers GERD as a significant threat to its water supply. Egypt lies downstream of the Nile and has called on international organizations, including the United Nations, to stop Ethiopia from filling the dam while the three countries most affected: Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, agree on how to fill it. Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, has frequently declared that his country’s national security is a red line and stressed the need to reach a binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.

Cape Town Launches Tender for 300 MW of Renewable Energy 

The Cape Town municipality in South Africa is launching a call for expressions of interest for independent power producers (IPPs) to acquire 300 MW of clean energy. 

The municipality is announcing pre-qualifications for the construction of clean energy plants that could inject 300 MW into the city’s grid. Cape Town plans to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs).

Projects targeted in the first tender are those of between 5 and 20 MW. These renewable energy plants will take over from Eskom during peak load shedding hours.

Following that is expected a second tender for power generation projects of more than 20 MW. 

The City wants to become less reliant on Eskom, the struggling Eskom, the state-owned behemoth, especially during peak times.

“We must work to become the first loadshedding-free City in South Africa over time”, says Geordin Hill-Lewis, Cape Town’s 35-year-old Mayor. 

Hill-Lewis says that Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Energy, has assured him that ‘his department ‘would not stand in the way of Cape Town’ if the municipality moved to generate its own electricity.

“It is essential for the city that we are not only able to keep the lights on during off-peak hours, but also to provide electricity to households and businesses when demand is highest,” the Mayor explains.

Savannah Agrees to Deliver a Trickle of Gas to Axxela 

British gas producer Savannah Energy has agreed to supply a maximum of five million standard cubic feet per day (5MMscf/d) of gas to Axxela, a Nigerian ‘last mile’ gas distributor.

The gas will be delivered via Savannah’s Ikot Abasi Gas Receiving Facility in southeastern Nigeria and then via third-party gas infrastructure to Central Horizon Gas Company CHGC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Axxela in the Port Harcourt, the commercial hub in the east of the country.

Axxela supplies natural gas to over 185 industrial and commercial customers via its gas infrastructure network across cities in Southern Nigeria including Lagos and Port Harcourt.

CHGC operates a 17km gas pipeline infrastructure network with a throughput capacity of 50 MMscfpd, which provides natural gas to industrial and commercial customers in the Trans Amadi Industrial Area of Port Harcourt as well as the Greater Port Harcourt Area. 

The Gas Sales Agreement, GSA is initially for one year but is extendable by mutual agreement. First gas deliveries are expected to commence within the next 12 months and are dependent on CHGC completing certain works to connect to the third-party gas delivery infrastructure. Accugas is not expected to incur any additional capital expenditure in this regard.

Angola’s Regulator Issues Tender for Data Transfer, Data Repository Services

Angola’s hydrocarbon regulatory agency, Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG), has advertised for the provision of data transfer services from the archives of E&P operators in the country.

The title of the tender is “Provision of Services for the Creation of Technical Conditions and Transfer of All Existing Collections in the Technical Archive of the Various ANPG Partners”.

Deadline for the submission of applications is March 8, 2022.

ANPG says this much about what it calls Conditions for obtaining the parts of the procedures”:

“The parts of the tender process are not free and will be made available by e-mail CLPQ032022@anpg.co.ao, at the request of the bidder, or via a sealed flash drive at ANPG’s facilities, upon payment of the amount of 250,000.00 Kwanzas ( Two hundred and fifty thousand Kwanzas ) in the Single Treasury Account, through the AGT website , in favour of the ANPG institution with NIF 5000181439.

When sending proof of payment made at AGT, you must take into account the Payment Certification as a legal and valid document for the contest.

In case of difficulty, contact AGT: by email: agt.callcenter@minfin.gov.ao and by phone 923 167 010.

5.2. Deadline and place for the Submission of Applications: Until March 08, 2022


Fuller details can be obtained in this link.

Angolan Government Seeks Consultants for GIS, Cartographic Services

Angola’s hydrocarbon regulatory agency, Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG), has advertised for the hiring of Consulting Services and Technical Assistance for Geographic Information Systems, Cartography and Graphic Arts solutions.

Deadline for the submission of applications is February 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Application fee is 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Kwanzas ), in the Account Treasury (CUT).
mail: CLPQ012022@anpg.co.ao
Telephone: (+244) 226 428 000

Luanda, February 03, 2022


Belarmino Chitangueleca
Executive Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors es

The full details of the advertisement can be found in this link


AfDB Approves Close to $400Million ‘Desert to Power’ Financing Facility for the Sahel Region

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved the Desert to Power G5 Sahel Financing Facility, covering Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The Bank envisages committing up to $379.6Million in financing and technical assistance for the facility over the next seven years.

“The innovative blended finance approach of the Desert to Power G5 Sahel Facility will de-risk, and therefore catalyze, private sector investment in solar power generation in the region”, says Kevin Kariuki, AfDB’s Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate Change, and Green Growth. “This will lead to transformational energy generation and bridge the energy access deficit in some of Africa’s most fragile countries.”

The Desert to Power G5 Financing Facility aims to assist the G5Sahel countries to adopt a low-emission power generation pathway by making use of the region’s abundant solar potential. The facility will focus on utility-scale solar generation through independent power producers and energy storage solutions. These investments will be backed by a technical assistance component to enhance implementation capacity, strengthen the enabling environment for private sector investments, and ensure gender and climate mainstreaming.

The facility is expected to result in 500 MW of additional solar generation capacity and facilitate electricity access to some 695,000 households. Over the lifespan of the project, it is expected to reduce carbon emissions by over 14.4 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

The Board of the Green Climate Fund approved $150Million in concessional resources in October 2021 for the facility, which is expected to leverage around $437Million in additional financing from other development finance institutions, commercial banks, and private sector developers. The Global Centre on Adaptation is providing technical assistance to strengthen adaptation and resilience measures undertaken in the facility as part of the Africa Adaptation Program in partnership with the African Development Bank.

The facility will be implemented as part of the broader Desert to Power initiative, a flagship program led by the African Development Bank. The objective is to light up and power the Sahel region by adding 10 GW of solar generation capacity and providing electricity to around 250 million people in the 11 Sahelian countries by 2030.

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