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AfDB’s Multi-Country Solar Initiative Pulls in 10 Projects to Benefit the Multitude in the Dark


The African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Desert to Power initiative involves 11 countries across Sahelian belt; 250Million people set to benefit with 10, 000MW of solar by 2030.

It is one of the world’s most ambitious energy projects: the Desert to Power initiative aims to bring energy to one of the least developed and most marginal parts of the continent.

This transformative and bold effort aims to turn Africa’s vast, sun-drenched Sahel region – one of the most vulnerable regions in the world – into a powerhouse of solar energy, targeting 11 countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.

By harnessing the region’s immense solar potential, Desert to Power seeks to generate 10 gigawatts of solar power by 2030, thereby facilitating access to electricity for 250 million people.

Akinwumi Adesina, the AfDB president, has described it as the Bank’s “baobab”.

“Desert to Power is what I call the baobab of projects. It will require all our efforts if we are to effect change,”​ Adesina told a COP meeting.

In December 2023, the Bank approved the 225 kV Mauritania-Mali Power Interconnection and related Solar Power Plants Development Project (PIEMM) which is a priority operation under that Desert to Power Initiative. The project will help develop regional electricity trade in the Sahel, allow Mali to import about 600 GWh of electricity from renewable energy sources from Mauritania each year and enable both Mali and Mauritania to increase their national electricity access rate and to improve the performance of their electricity sub-sector by reducing fuel consumption, and shutting down several generators with exorbitant operating costs thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ultimately, the project is expected to connect 100,000 new households (80,000 in Mauritania and 20,000 in Mali).

The initiative presents a major step along the way to solving Africa’s critical energy access issues and reducing dependence on fossil fuels like heavy fuel oil. These are key drivers of environmental fragility in the region, worsening climate warming behind many of the dramatic weather events now regularly hitting the continent.

The Bank has also leveraged climate finance from international sources like the Green Climate to blend with the Bank’s own resources to support the Desert to Power initiative.

Additionally, the Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), the Bank’s largest in-house blended finance facility with commitments of over $500Million from 10 donors, including Denmark, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, the Nordic Development Fund, and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, is providing catalytic capital for private sector projects across the Desert to Power countries and beyond.

Today, the Desert to Power portfolio counts 10 investment projects and over 15 technical assistance operations across 7 of the 11 countries of operation.

The initiative is also expected to enhance a broader effort to transition Africa towards more sustainable energy sources, helping mitigate deforestation and its associated impacts.

In Africa, deforestation is a significant issue, with an area equivalent to the size of Switzerland being cleared of forest annually, largely for cooking and heating purposes. This loss of forest exacerbates dust storms, disrupts rain patterns, and accelerates desertification, posing severe threats to biodiversity and local climates.

While there are ongoing reforestation projects in countries like Kenya, Congo, Madagascar, and Malawi, the rate of forest loss far outpaces these efforts. The immediate need is to electrify the continent quickly, choosing sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro over more harmful fossil fuels.

Africa’s potential for renewable energy is vast but largely untapped. The continent has an almost unlimited solar capacity (11 TW), significant hydro resources (350 GW, with only between five and six percent currently harnessed), wind power (110 GW, with only two percent utilized), and geothermal energy sources (15 GW).

Despite this potential, the continent accounts for just 6% of global energy demand and slightly over 3% of electricity demand. This underscores the importance of scaling up renewable energy investments to meet the continent’s energy needs sustainably.

From 2016 to 2022, the AfDB approved $8.3Billion in energy commitments, with 87% directed towards renewable energy projects. This investment has already generated 3.4 GW of electricity, including 2.6 GW from renewable sources. The Bank is also developing an African Green Mineral Strategy to capitalize on the continent’s abundant critical minerals, such as cobalt, manganese, and platinum, which are essential for facilitating the energy transition. the entire Sahel region and forever changing the face of one of Africa’s most neglected areas.

Viridien is the New Name for CGG, Western Europe’s Top Geophysical Company


Shareholders of CGG have renamed the company at the Annual General Meeting on May 15, 2024.

The AGM approved the resolution to change the company’s corporate name from CGG to Viridien.

: “Our new name, Viridien, connects our company’s history to our future, confidently positioning us for accelerated growth as an Advanced Technology, Digital and Earth Data Company,”declares Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO of the company formerly known as CGG.

To further support its growth strategy, the company will launch the new Viridien brand on 10th June at the upcoming EAGE Annual Conference in Oslo, further strengthening its focus across a portfolio of solutions including the Core businesses of Geoscience, Earth Data and Sensing & Monitoring, as well as new offerings in both the Low Carbon markets of Minerals & Mining and CCS, and markets beyond energy in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Infrastructure Monitoring.

Opec To Participate At Iae 2024, Outlining Future Of Africa’s Energy Industry


OPEC Director of Research Dr. Ayed S. Al-Qahtani will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Invest in African Energy (IAE) 2024 forum in Paris, affirming the importance of African oil supplies in global affairs.

Home to six OPEC member countries, the African continent is playing a growing role in global supply discussions, accounting for a rising percentage of OPEC-led production. Libya and Nigeria represent Africa’s two largest producers – according to OPEC’s latest monthly oil report – both producing approximately 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd). While Angola left the organization at the end of last year, OPEC is said to be in talks with Namibia – which could be Africa’s fourth-largest producer by 2030, on the back of prolific offshore discoveries – and other African nations that represent the next generation of African oil production.

IAE 2024 is an exclusive forum designed to facilitate investment between African energy markets and global investors. Taking place May 14-15, 2024 in Paris, the event offers delegates two days of intensive engagement with industry experts, project developers, investors and policymakers. For more information, please visit To sponsor or participate as a delegate, please contact

Consisting of 22 nations, OPEC and its allies have been committed to maintaining oil supply cuts to boost barrel prices amid economic uncertainty. The alliance has implemented cuts of more than five million bpd since the end of 2022 and is extending voluntary cuts of 2.2 million bpd into mid-2024. The IAE forum will feature technical discussions around Africa’s oil outlook, exploring supply, demand and price forecasts based on various energy transition scenarios.

“IAE 2024 welcomes the participation of OPEC in leading critical supply discussions, as African producers seek to incentivize new exploration and develop recent offshore discoveries. The forum will share high-level insights into current and future efforts to ensure market stability, as well as highlight Africa’s growing influence on the global energy stage and the importance of African solidarity,” says Sandra Jeque, Event & Project Director at forum organizers, Energy Capital & Power.

 SunTrust Atlantic Energies Limited (formerly SunTrust Oil)


SunTrust Atlantic Energies Limited (“SunTrust”) is a wholly indigenous exploration and production (E&P) company currently operating in Nigeria. SunTrust has actively participated in the Nigerian Upstream industry since 2003 with equity interests in OMLs 56 and 23 (now PPL 202).

The Nigerian Government awarded SunTrust a 30% interest in the Umusadege field located in OML 56 (onshore Delta State) in February 2003, during the first marginal field license bid round. SunTrust and its joint venture partner, Midwestern Oil and Gas, have successfully operated the Umusadege field since 2008, producing over 54.1 million barrels of oil to date via 20 production strings from 17 wells with a current average daily production of 10,000bopd.

The crude oil from the Umusadege field is strategically exported via two terminals: the Shell-operated Forcados terminal (through the Umugini Pipeline) and the NAOC-operated Brass terminal. The Umugini Pipeline, commissioned in 2014, is a 51.4km x 12” pipeline with an evacuation capacity of 100,000bopd and is co-owned by SunTrust.

In 2022, following SunTrust’s participation in the 2020 Marginal Field Bid Round, SunTrust was awarded a 35.82% participating interest in the Egbolom field (formerly OML 23) in PPL 202. Based on its appreciable accredited reserves base, the Egbolom field is set to become a significant contributor to Nigeria’s indigenous production target with an estimated Ultimate Recoverable (2P) Reserves of 85 million barrels and STOIIP (2P) of 220 million barrels. Full field development activities have commenced in earnest with re-entry operations of the Egbolom-2 well ongoing. Crude oil production from the Egbolom field is expected by March 2024.

Join the Nigerian Gas Association Study Groups 2023-2025

Executive Secretary, Nigeria Gas Association.

This is a call to join the 2023 – 2025 NGA Study Groups.

In the last 24 years since its establishment, the NGA has worked hard to promote the development of the Nigeria gas industry, but at no time has it been more imperative or critical for the Association to promote a way forward to making gas the energy source of the future for Nigeria as well as a pivot for the ramping up of economic activities than the present.

It is at this crucial time that we are calling on all Members to pool our collective talents in researching and uncovering the most viable mode of developing the nation’s vast and untapped gas resources for domestic utilization by joining one or more of the NGA Study Groups to chart a way forward, especially during Nigeria’s Decade of Gas.

The NGA currently has six (6) study groups as follows:

  1. SG1 – Network Code & Infrastructure
    2. SG2 – Gas to Power Value Chain
    3. SG3 – Legal, Regulatory & Policy Frameworks
    4. SG4 – Standards & HSE
    5. SG5 – Energy Transition
    6. SG6 – Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Membership of one or more Study Group(s) is open to all Members of the NGA. We encourage individual members to indicate which Study Group(s) they wish to join and contribute to based on their area of expertise.

Involvement in these Study Group(s) will give Members enormous benefits including the opportunity to contribute to national development as the Association has the ears of the Federal Executive and Legislature to present relevant position papers that will form inputs to policy and legislation.

Participation in the Study Groups will engender self-development in members while giving them access to sharing knowledge with other Subject Matter Experts.

Finally it will also give Members exposure nationally and internationally as the Study Group reports will be shared with the NGA Stakeholders and the International Gas Union (IGU) which is the global umbrella body for national gas associations.

All nominations/applications must be received by December 31 2023.
All nominations should be made using the online nomination/application form here.

Alternatively, copy the URL below and paste in your browser to access the nomination/application form:

You can also access the form by scanning the QR code below using any smart mobile device.

Please note that the Titles and Terms of Reference for each Study Group are subject to Change without notice, as approved by the NGA Executive Council from time to time.


  • Assist NGA to drive studies, and advocacy with Government / Public / Private Stakeholders, for the completion, implementation and functionality of the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code.
  • Investigate, collate data and determine state of current gas transmission pipeline network in the country.
  • Investigate and forecast future gas transmission and distribution pipeline infrastructure requirements in the country.
  • Investigate / study to determine available & optimal technologies to enhance cost effective and efficient gas pipeline infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
  • Investigate / study / develop / propose effective strategies and technologies to minimise (or eliminate) pipeline vandalism in Nigeria.
  • Investigate and collate data of current road infrastructure for transportation and distribution of gas for domestic (household), commercial (SMEs) and vehicular fueling use in Nigeria. Identify challenges / gaps in existing road infrastructure and proffer solutions.
  • Determine number and state of existing trucks for road transportation of gas vis-à-vis minimum standard required for effectiveness, efficiency and safe. Investigate alternative modes of gas transportation for domestic and commercial purposes in Nigeria (e.g., ships, railcars, etc).
  • Develop generic model as a tool for the evaluation of pipeline and other gas infrastructure projects.

Investigate and propose commercial structure / funding options for optimal development of proposed future pipeline infrastructure.

  • Assist NGA create a beneficial relationship with the Nigeria Electricity (Power) Supply Industry. Establish collaboration between Gas Stakeholders and Power Stakeholders towards enhancing the Gas-to-Power Value Chain. Carry out joint industry studies / reviews with a view to proffering solutions to advance the Nigerian economy.
  • Investigate and collate data of current utilisation of gas for industrial and power generation purposes in Nigeria.
  • Investigate actual current supply versus demand of gas in the country for industrial and power generation purposes. Identify gaps, determine reasons for gaps and proffer solutions.
  • Investigate and forecast future demand / requirements for gas for industrial and power generation purposes in the country.
  • Carry out joint studies with relevant academic institutions and professional bodies in Nigeria to develop indigenous business and technological models to enhance cost effective gas production projects to meet future demand for industrial and power generation purposes in Nigeria.
  • Determine ways to make gas (NG, LNG, NGL, LPG, CNG, etc.) the preferred choice of fuel for industrial and power generation in Nigeria.
  • Develop generic model as a tool for the evaluation of gas-to-power value chain.
  • Investigate and propose commercial structures / funding options for optimal development of future gas projects for industrial and power generation.
  • Study current legal framework for gas contracts in Nigeria vis-à-vis global standards / best practices. Proffer solutions to close gaps if any.
  • Study / review current and/or proposed gas fiscal policies / legislation in Nigeria vis-à-vis global standards to determine its impact on investors and investments. Propose fiscal policies / legislations to create incentives for investors.
  • Investigate business and technological models that will reduce cost of investments in gas projects and operations (capital and operating costs).
  • Investigate (via joint studies) other ways to make the economics of gas investments in Nigeria attractive to investors.

  • Synergise with SON, NUPRC, NMDPRA and other relevant national and international bodies to develop and enforce relevant Standards and Codes for the Nigeria Gas Industry.
  • Develop HSE Guides for the Gas Value Chain in Nigeria (especially for the downstream).
  • Develop Technical (e.g., operational and maintenance) and Non-Technical (e.g., marketing and commercial) Guides for the Gas Value Chain in Nigeria to enhance best practice / safety.
  • Follow-up on gas Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) incidences across the globe with a view to obtain and disseminate relevant lessons learnt to gas plants / facilities operators & regulators in Nigeria.
  • Investigate / carry out relevant joint studies (with academia, other professional bodies, etc) for optimal / indigenous technologies and business models to minimise HSE incidences in gas facilities in Nigeria.
  • Collate data of actual gas flared in the country and investigate Health, Safety & Environmental impacts on people and assets. Determine economic consequences / opportunity cost of these flared gases.

  • Assess the impact of global Energy Transition on the Nigerian Gas Value Chain.
  • Assess the input of Nigeria’s Energy Transition agenda on the Gas Industry Value Chain.
  • Identify relevant government and non-government organisations and authorities responsible for Energy Transition for collaboration and partnership.
  • Assess the merits of including hydrogen and other related energy gases within the advocacy interest of NGA.
  • Recommend NGA policy direction with respect to Energy Transition and net zero goals, both local and global.
  • Investigate the alignment and positioning of natural gas within low carbon Energy Transition frameworks.
  • Any other related task(s) that may be assigned by the Study Group Coordinating Chair and/or the NGA Council.

  • Investigate the current state of DEI in the energy industry, including an analysis of the representation of women in the workforce, leadership positions, and boardrooms, as well as the policies and practices that organisations have in place to promote DEI.
  • Assess the role of women in the industry, including participation of women in technical and non-technical roles, and the impact of funding and technology on women’s participation in the industry.
  • Identify and analyse relevant data and information on the current state of women inclusion and advancement in the gas industry value chain.
  • Assess the opportunities for women in gas industry value chain, including upstream, midstream, downstream and power with a specific focus on clean energy.
  • Access the industry’s gender inclusive policies and practices to promote equal opportunities for women in the Gas industry.
  • Identify financial platforms that provides financial support for women to finance for clean energy projects and businesses.
  • Identify the challenges faced by women in the industry and recommend strategies to overcome them.
  • Identify platforms for networking, mentorship, and career development for women in the gas industry value chain.
  • Help women to develop and build leadership skills and competencies required to grow within the Gas industry.
  • Any other related task(s) that may be assigned by the study group coordinating Chair and/or the NGA Council.

All nominations/applications must be received by December 31 2023.

Taji Ogbe, PMP
Executive Secretary, Nigerian Gas Association
+234 802 339 8312






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Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria.

Partner Content/Billion Dollar Projects on Showcase Are A Huge Draw For SAIPEC 2024

A host of organisations from across the industry have confirmed their support and participation for the 8th Sub Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, hosted by the leading association in Africa, the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), 2024 taking place in Lagos this February.

Coleman Wires and Cables will be Gold Sponsor to the event as well as exhibiting as part of the international SAIPEC exhibition. It is joined by Calaya Engineering Services Limited as Silver Sponsor to the event as well as Bronze – GGI International Nigeria Limited, FloSmart Energy Services Limited, and Petrolog Group. We also welcome Associate Sponsors and exhibitors, First Marine and Engineering Services Limited and Geoplex.

They join a growing list of international leading industry players participating in the 2024 programme, all looking to be part of the vast array of projects showcased from heads of NOCs and governments across Sub Saharan Africa

Hosted with the strategic partnership of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), SAIPEC is a multilateral platform showcasing Sub Saharan Africa’s energy potentials and project opportunities.

It plays a key role in charting the pathway to developing the continent’s untapped energy, oil, and gas resources, representing more than 20 NOCs, governments, and regulators, with over 6,000 attendees drawn from over 50 countries.

SAIPEC brings huge opportunities for engagement and collaborations and to identify the opportunities that will develop Africa’s oil, gas and energy industry.

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Align your brand with one of SAIPEC’s many unique experiences, services and exclusive hospitality offerings and underline your support for the industry and significance within its network.

From networking and VIP services to lunches and refreshments, the SAIPEC 2024 programme partnership options combine industry-wide recognition with a range of individual benefits. Click to view the highlights from SAIPEC 2023 to experience how your organisation can be positioned centre stage in front of Africa’s stakeholders.

Visit the special features sponsorship page to discover the most recent list of available packages on offer, or contact the team today to find out more information.



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GE Vernova’s Hydro Power Business Commissions Four 175 MW Units for Nigeria’s Second Largest Hydropower Plant


GE Vernova’s Hydro Power business has completed the commissioning of the 4 (four) 175 MW Francis hydropower turbines and generators at the Zungeru project in Nigeria, now in commercial operation.

The 700 MW Zungeru project is the second largest hydropower plant in Nigeria. It is ocated on the Kadina River in Niger State. The site will also help in controlling floods and support irrigation for the region.

GE Vernova was selected by the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) company China National Electrical Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) to design, supply, supervise installation and commission the four hydropower units.

Brian Selby, Hydropower Asia Leader, GE Vernova, said the company is “happy to help take advantage of the country’s water reserves to meet its increasing demand for sustainable, reliable, and efficient power. This project will have a wide-reaching impact on the country’s energy landscape.”

The Zungeru project received investment support from Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China.

According to the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the total exploitable potential of hydropower in Nigeria is estimated at over 14 GW and hydropower remains essential to help accelerate the energy transition.

GE Vernova has been collaborating with energy stakeholders to deploy innovative technologies tailored to respond to the needs of the Sub-Saharan Africa region since the 1950s. GE Vernova delivers across the entire energy ecosystem from generation to transmission and distribution and has been operating in Nigeria for almost 50 years.


Fuel for Thought: Liquefied Petroleum Gas


By: Gorgui Ndoye

The past several years have shown that a range of fuel options for power generation is an important hedge against instability. Fuel flexibility is a hallmark of Capstone microturbines, which can run off a variety of sources, from natural gas and propane to methane, hydrogen, and more.

Today we’re spotlighting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a widely available fuel that is an excellent alternative to diesel and other expensive, “dirty” fuels. This primer explains the types of commercially available LPG and how they can integrate into Capstone microturbine systems.

What is LPG?

Using LPG in Microturbines

LPG is a mixture of propane (C3), butane (C4), and small quantities of various other hydrocarbons, such as propylene and butylene.

LPG is transferred and stored as a pressurized liquid; however, its boiling point is such that it evaporates easily under ambient temperature and pressure. The molecular composition of LPG determines the dew point, heating value, density, and many other properties, as well as the percentage of contaminants. These values determine whether a fuel can be used in an engine or turbine. For this reason, it is important to know the composition of the LPG before designing the fuel delivery system. Because the LPG composition can vary significantly between fuel types, Capstone enhanced the fuel capabilities of the C200 and C1000 series microturbines to use a variety of LPG.

The four most common commercially available types of LPG are Special Duty Propane (HD-5), Commercial Propane (HD-10), Propane-Butane Mixtures (PB Mix), and Commercial Butane. LPG can also be mixed with conditioned air to make an LPG/Air Mixture. The addition of air may alter the overall fuel properties to a more desirable level for operation. Capstone’s microturbines can run using HD-5, PB Mix, or LPG/Air Mixtures.

When comparing LPG to Natural Gas (NG), it’s important to note the heating value difference. NG has an average heating value of 1,000 Btu/scf. SD-5 is roughly 2,500 Btu/scf, and Commercial Butane is over 3,000 Btu/scf. Therefore, the heating value of LPG is 2.5 to 3 times greater than NG. So, LPG requires much lower volumetric flow rate to achieve the same engine output. LPG is also stored as a liquid, which compresses the fuel volume 250:1—without costly cryogenics required by LNG. These factors offer a small footprint for LPG compared to NG’s need for pipelines and large infrastructure, and LPG can be transported easily and stored in tanks, making it a good diesel replacement.

Using LPG in Microturbines

  1. Special Duty Propane

Special Duty, or HD-5, Propane is defined as greater than 90% propane and less than 5% propylene. This grade is ideal for all types of engines and turbines due to the burn’s cleanliness and the low level of contaminants relative to diesel.

All Capstone microturbines have a version that can operate using HD-5 Propane.

  1. Propane-Butane Mixtures.

Twenty-three Capstone C65 microturbines provide prime power to Southern California Edison’s Avalon site on Catalina Island

Propane-Butane Mixtures,  or PB Mix, have no standard specification for their compositions and can be a problem for gaseous fuel operation due to the low dew point of butane. The higher the concentration of butane, the lower the dew point falls, and the more heat tracing and insulation needed with the fuel delivery system. This causes a higher risk of fuel condensation, which may lead to engine problems. The LPG-capable C200 and C1000 series microturbines were designed with a versatile fuel system. This includes internal heat tracing and fuel line insulation, which reduce the risk of condensing vapor from heavier fuels. The goal of the heat tracing and insulation is to maintain the supplied inlet fuel temperature without needing to increase the fuel temperature or vaporize condensed liquids.

The LPG-capable C200 and C1000 microturbines are approved to operate using a Propane-Butane Mixture of up to 40% butane. This does not mean that PB Mixtures containing greater than 40% butane are disqualified. Capstone applies the same limitations towards propylene, limited to less than 5%, as well as all other contaminants listed in the Special Duty Propane specification.

  1. LPG/Air Mixtures

Certain LPG types that are not suitable for microturbines may be approved when mixed with air. Alternatively, the mixture may attempt to match the properties of a more standard fuel, such as NG. LPG/Air mixtures are not standard and may require complex fuel delivery systems. The approval of these fuel types depends on review of the fuel properties and composition. Detailed analysis would be needed to determine feasibility for use in microturbines.

  1. Real-World Application

In March 2023, a 600 kW, C600S, LPG-fueled system was commissioned at a remote food processing facility in Bamako, Mali. Like many land-locked countries, Mali relies on expensive, “dirty” fuels like diesel and heavy fuel oil, so this project was important in demonstrating the benefits of a system whose fuel is less expensive and more environmental.

The new system also improves reliability, which addresses issues of load shedding and blackouts the facility had previously experienced. Because the microturbines also require very little maintenance compared to other technologies like diesel generators, power availability and cost savings were also improved.

Twenty-three Capstone C65 microturbines provide prime power to Southern California Edison’s Avalon site on Catalina Island

“The Mali project is a model for other customers and power companies, showing the benefits of LPG as an alternative fuel,” said Gorgui Ndoye, business development director for Capstone Green Energy. “There is tremendous opportunity to use LPG in many regions around the globe, but it can play an especially important role in Africa as part of the continent’s energy transition.”

Better for Business and the Environment.

It’s difficult to underestimate the positive impact that added reliability and cost savings have on the bottom line. Often, the combination of LPG and microturbines offers significant upside—including cleaner fuel and lower emissions. What’s more, once a customer decides to go with Capstone, we can fast-track and deploy nearly anywhere within three months of order.

The world’s energy landscape won’t become more predictable. Smart power security decisions made today will set businesses up to confidently navigate the future. An LPG-fueled microturbine system could be the answer.


Austin Avuru’s Books Back on Sale After Vacation of Court Orders


Austin Avuru’s books are now available for purchase following the vacation of court orders issued by Nigeria’s Federal High courts in Abuja and Lagos.

The Abuja court issued the injunction in July 2022 following a motion exparte filed by Tochukwu Peter Tochukwu, Esq but moved by Nsikan Samuel Ekpeyong Esq with motion No. M/9442/2022 dated 26th Day of July 2002 at an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice SB Belgore.

The injunction was issued days to the scheduled public presentation of the books – My Entrepreneurship Journey and Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry all by written by Austin Avuru – Founding CEO, Seplat Energy. The third book, Austin Avuru: A Safe Pair of Hands is a biography of the mercurial and methodical oil man written by the duo of Peju Akande and Toni Kan.

Avuru had informed his invited guests of the suspension of the event and sale of the books via an e-message personally signed by him: “this event has been suspended by an Abuja High Court Injunction. Our lawyers are at work and, when we are permitted, we shall re-assemble at a later date.”

The retirement party and book presentation event had been scheduled for the 4th of August, 2022 at the Eko Hotels and Suites Victoria Island.

The court order had, among other prayers, restrained “the defendants, their privies, assigns, agents and howsoever described from proceeding to temper with the res – by taking any step geared at releasing or public presentation of  the book titled  or any other book(s) or any other venue pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

With the vacation of both injunctions, the reading public and friends of the author can now purchase copies of the books – My Entrepreneurship Journey, A Safe Pair of Hands and Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry – from leading bookshops like Jazzhole, Terra Kulture, Quintessence, Glendora, Roving Heights, Spine and Label, Patabah etc as well as via

The books provide incisive and unique insights into the Nigerian oil and gas industry with special emphasis on the emergence of indigenous oil and gas players as well as Avuru’s place in the mix as founding partner and pioneer CEO of Seplat Energy Plc, a Nigerian and African success story that is listed both on the Nigeria and London Stock Exchange.

Geologist and publisher, Toyin Akinosho described My Entrepreneurship Journey as “a narrative on how to build, grow and sustain an upstream oil company” and “a masterpiece of economic and business analysis,” while A Safe Pair of Hands has been described as telling “a compelling story of excellence, resilience, doggedness and that unique can-do Nigerian Spirit,” and a “must-read for anyone who believes in potential.”

The third book, Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, is made up of 74 essays written and published between 1991 and 2022, in which Austin Avuru, “oil man, corporate mandarin and public intellectual shows by the example of thriving companies he has founded, nurtured and built into successful enterprises that his theories for creating value and building generational and sustainable wealth are more than just talk but well thought-out processes anchored in cleared-eyed analysis.  In the book, Avuru provides clear insights that should guide policy and decision making at the highest levels.”


‘World’s Largest Electric Crane Now Being Built’


Mammoet, the lifting equipment supplier, says it is investing in an additional 6,000Tonne capacity ring crane to serve growing energy markets

“The first parts of the new 6,000 Tonne ring crane will soon be delivered to Mammoet’s engineering nerve center in The Netherlands”, the company says in a release.

“In the months ahead, fabrication and production will continue as it is being readied for its very first project, with delivery scheduled in 2024. It becomes the world’s highest capacity land-based crane, and can be fully operated using electric power, allowing clients to execute projects in a sustainable way.

“The introduction of this 6,000 Tonne ring crane sets a new standard in worldwide heavy lifting capacity and allows customers to construct heavier and larger components than ever before. With its unrivaled outreach, hook height and lifting capacity, it offers a carbon-free lifting solution that others simply cannot match.

“The new ring crane, named SK6000, shares the same engineering DNA as its predecessor, the SK350. By employing similar design principles and lifting techniques, it provides customers with continuity and peace of mind. Much of the crane’s technology has been working successfully – and safely – on project sites around the globe for many years.

“Like earlier models, the SK6000 is containerized, enabling swift mobilization and on-site assembly, providing ultra-heavy lift capacity wherever it is needed. It has been designed with next generation offshore wind farms in mind and will serve all global energy markets where additional lifting capacity is needed – both onshore and at se

“As offshore wind components grow in scale and in weight, more lift capacity is needed. The SK6000 delivers this capacity and unlocks a major design constraint. Our latest innovation will enable customers to integrate higher and bigger turbines, and launch heavier foundations, be they fixed or floating.


“In the conventional energy sector, the SK6000 allows offshore and floating production projects to reduce integration time by building even larger topside modules. On land, it helps refineries to reduce downtime by removing and installing larger components with minimum disruption”.

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