Africa

T.D. Williamson Performs First SmartPlug Pipeline Isolation in Offshore Nigeria

Isolating the 267-km (165-mi) natural gas pipeline off the shore of Nigeria enabled the safe change-out and leak testing of platform valves without depressurizing the system.

Libya Oil Pipeline Leaks Hitting Output, NOC Chief Says

The head of Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) reiterated on Wednesday the need for funds for much needed repairs in the oil industry after corroded pipelines recently hit production.

Pipeline Leaks at Libya's Samah Oilfield

A pipeline leak at Libya's Samah oilfield may pause pumping operations, an oil engineer there and an oil source at Waha Oil Company said on Tuesday.

PVC Pipes Dominate South Africa Pipelines Market by Wide Margin

South Africa’s plastic pipes market is dominated by polyvinyl pipes, according to a survey by industry lobby Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association.

Hopes Renewed on Nigeria-Morocco Pipeline

In February, Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, and Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, agreed to fast-track the Nigeria-to-Morocco subsea natural gas pipeline project.

Savannah Energy in Talks to Buy Exxon's Chad, Cameroon Stakes

Africa-focused Savannah Energy and Exxon Mobil Corp are in exclusive talks over the sale of Exxon's interest in energy assets in Chad and Cameroon. The British oil and gas producer is proposing to buy a 40% operated interest in the Doba oil project in Chad, and a 40% interest in the Chad-Cameroon oil transportation pipeline.

Value of Kenya’s Lamu Port Remains an Open Question

In its early ambition, the Lamu port figured as connecting the landlocked East African economies to global trade routes. More specifically, it was envisioned as an alternative outlet for South Sudan’s oil, which is currently pumped via the Greater Nile Oil Pipeline to Port Sudan.

Shell in Talks with Nigeria to Divest Onshore Oil Stakes

Shell, the operator of the West African country's onshore oil and gas joint venture SPDC, has struggled for years with spills in the Niger Delta as a result of pipeline theft and sabotage as well as operational issues.

Uganda, Tanzania, Oil Firms Sign Accords to Build $3.5 billion Pipeline

Total's CEO said the pipeline is one of the largest projects they should develop on this continent, adding they expected oil production to commence in early 2025.

Suez Canal Steps Up Efforts to Remove Blockage as Shipping Rates Surge, Tankers Diverted

The Suez Canal stepped up efforts on Friday to free a giant stuck container ship and end a blockage that has sent shipping rates for fuel tankers soaring and disrupted global supply chains for everything from grains to baby clothes.

Perspective: Africa Likely to Continue Relying on Power from Fossil Fuels for Some Time

The Conversation's recently published study shows that, within this decade, there is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa.

Advisor to Assess 'Way Forward' on East Africa Oil Pipeline

South Africa's Standard Bank has hired an independent environmental and social advisor to help assess its involvement in Total's East African Crude Oil Pipeline that environmental groups have opposed.

Banks Urged to Steer Clear of East Africa Oil Pipeline Financing

More than 260 charities on Monday urged banks not to finance a $3.5 billion oil pipeline in East Africa, concerned the project could lead to the loss of community land and livelihoods, environmental destruction and surging carbon emissions.

Nigeria's Seplat Cutting Costs, Keeping Acquisitions on the Radar

Nigerian oil and gas company Seplat aims to cut costs and is looking out for acquisitions even after the crash in crude prices eroded its 2020 revenue.

Uganda Expects Work on Oil Pipeline with Total to Soon Start

Uganda said the construction of a $3.5 billion oil pipeline with France's Total due to run through neighboring Tanzania was expected to begin shortly.

Nigerians Can Sue Shell over Oil Spills, UK Court Rules

That move was seen as a victory for rural communities seeking to hold parent companies accountable for environmental disasters, while Shell is disappointed and has largely blamed sabotage for oil spills.

South Africa’s Gas-to-Power Plan to Boost Pipeline Market

South Africa is eyeing the generation of at least 3,000 MW from various gas-to-power technologies by 2027. This trend is likely to increase investments in natural gas exploration, indigenous production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports.

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Head of ExxonMobil Nigeria

The EFCC said it had sought the warrant after Richard Laing, the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators probing alleged procurement fraud involving a pipelines project.

Report: Flexible Pipe Technology Improvements Gaining Momentum Offshore in Middle East and Africa

ResearchAndMarket.com’s new report shows the MEA offshore pipeline market is expected to grow from about US $1.4 billion in 2019 to about $1.68 billion by 2027.

Nigerian Oil Reform Expected to Pass in April or May

The laws governing Nigeria's oil and gas exploration have not been fully updated since the 1960s because of the contentious nature of any change to oil taxes, the terms of exploration, and revenue-sharing.

Future Looks Bright for LNG in Post-COVID-19 Era

The onset of COVID-19 caused a decline in gas demand of around 4% with a similar decline in the LNG trade. Most forecasts expect gas demand to recover in 2021 to pre-pandemic levels. But what happens thereafter?

Projects

Open Grid Europe Looks to Operate Gas Pipeline in March   Source: Zeelink Open Grid Europe is testing the recently completed $705 million (600 million euro) Zeelink gas pipeline with plans to make it operational, possibly as early as March 2021.   The 134..

Global News

Missile Attack on Saudi Distribution Plant Has Little Impact   Iran-aligned Houthi forces fired a missile that struck Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant, authorities said, but Saudi Aramco said its domestic fuel supplies were not affected.    Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah plant, sa..

Nigeria Senate President Says Action Coming on Delayed Oil Reform Law

The measure, 20 years in the making, underpins everything from oil exploration to gas pipelines and fuel regulation.

Eni Lifts Force Majeure on Nigeria's Brass River Crude Exports

taly's oil major Eni said it was lifting force majeure on Nigeria's Brass River crude oil exports on Wednesday after pipelines had been repaired following sabotage.

Nigerian Shell Employees Damaged Pipelines for Profit - Dutch TV

Employees at Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian joint venture orchestrated damage to oil pipelines to profit from the money spent on clean-up operations, Dutch investigative TV program Zembla reported.

Uganda Gives Environmental Consent to $3.5B Oil Pipeline

Uganda has granted environmental approval for a $3.5 billion pipeline to export crude oil from western fields to the Indian Ocean coast in Tanzania.

Eni Strikes Deals to Reopen Egypt's Damietta LNG Plant

Italian energy group Eni has struck deals with Spanish gas firm Naturgy and Egyptian partners to resolve disputes over a shuttered gas plant it part owns in northern Egypt.

Exxon, Total in Talks over Mozambique LNG Deal

ExxonMobil and Total are in negotiations over their massive LNG projects in Mozambique, with each seeking to extract more gas from a shared field that straddles the two developments and cut costs, sources said.

Eni's Brass River Crude Exports Halted after Pipeline Explosions

Eni declared force majeure on exports of Nigerian Brass River crude oil following pipeline explosions in Bayelsa state, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.