Africa

Uganda to Unveil First Commercial Oil Production Drilling Program

Uganda will commission on Tuesday the first of its four planned oil drilling rigs and start drilling the first production well, its petroleum agency said, a key milestone as the country races to meet its target of first oil output in 2025.

Uganda to Announce Oil Blocks Licensing Round in May

Uganda said on Friday it plans to announce a third oil licensing round in May in an effort to further develop a sector on track to produce its first oil in 2025. The country is also developing a crude export pipeline and a domestic crude refinery that will help to commercialize the country's oil resources.

Uganda Approves Construction for 898-Mile Crude Pipeline Costing $3.5 Billion

Uganda has approved an application by a company controlled by France's TotalEnergies to construct a $3.5 billion oil pipeline spanning 1,445 km (roughly 898 miles) that will transport the country's crude to international markets.

Congo Awards Lake Kivu Gas Blocks to US, Canadian Producers

Democratic Republic of Congo has awarded licenses to three natural gas blocks in Lake Kivu on its eastern border, with some production expected to start as early as next year, the hydrocarbons ministry said on Monday.

Eni, Snam Join Forces on Algeria-Italy Gas Pipelines

Italian energy group Eni and gas grid operator Snam have clinched a partnership to jointly manage their assets in the gas pipelines connecting Algeria to Italy, the companies said on Tuesday.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

German Companies Plan to Invest More in Africa in 2023

A poll of businesses shows German companies want to boost their activities in Africa next year, especially in areas such as green hydrogen and LNG.

Cross-Border Pipelines Seen as More Critical to Africa’s Future

(P&GJ) — Africa’s domestic demand for both oil and gas is estimated at 75% of the region’s total production, creating opportunity for development of efficient cross-border pipeline networks to ship fuels aimed at plugging the deficit especially to landlocked countries.

Savannah Energy Acquires Exxon’s 672-Mile Chad-Cameroon Pipeline

Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday closed a $407 million sale of its operations in Central Africa's Chad and Cameroon to London-listed firm Savannah Energy Plc. The deal will see the firm take over Exxon's 40% indirect interest in the Chad-Cameroon export transportation system — a 1,081-km (672-mile) pipeline and floating storage and offloading facility offshore in Cameroon.

East African Pipeline Company’s Hits and Misses on Inline Inspection

(P&GJ) — East Africa’s leading oil pipeline operator, Kenya Pipeline Company, has seen its inline inspection (ILI) program – for its portions of its 1,113-mile (1,792-km) product pipeline – swamped in legal hurdles in the last three years. Since 2020, only one of the three tenders were floated, proceeding to contract award.

Exxon to Exit Africa in Crude Phaseout, Eyeing Low-Carbon Natural Gas Options

Exxon's departure reflects a wider move by major oil producers to reduce crude production in West Africa and shift investments to lower-carbon natural gas development on the continent, and to more lucrative projects in the Americas.

Canada, Nigeria Target Oil and Gas Methane Emissions with New Laws

Oil and gas producers Canada and Nigeria have become the latest countries to tackle the potent greenhouse gas methane with laws to rein in emissions in the fossil fuel energy sector.

Uganda Says First Oil in April 2025, Eyes China for Pipeline Funding

Uganda aims to start commercially pumping its oil reserves in April 2025, with China being considered as a potential source of funds to develop an export pipeline, Uganda's energy minister said on Tuesday.

Mozambique to Ship First Batch of LNG Exports to Europe by Early November

Mozambique expects to ship its first LNG exports to Europe from the Eni-operated Coral Sul floating plant later this month or early November, petroleum regulator INP said on Friday in a supply boost for the energy-starved region.

Uganda Criticizes EU for Passing Resolution Delaying $3.5 Billion Pipeline

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni criticized the European Union parliament after it passed a resolution this month urging TotalEnergies to delay development of a $3.5 billion pipeline that would help ship Uganda's landlocked crude to the world markets via a port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast.

Egypt Reports $500 Million Monthly Income from Natural Gas Exports

Egypt is earning about $500 million monthly from natural gas exports and aims to raise that figure to $1 billion "in the coming period," Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said in a statement on Thursday.

Portugal to Face Supply Shortage If Nigeria Fails to Deliver All LNG Due

Portugal could face supply problems this winter if it does receive all of the LNG it is due from Nigeria, the European Union country's environment and energy minister said on Monday.

Slow Economy, Fuel Theft Hampers Transnet Pipeline’s Output

(P&GJ) — South Africa’s slow economic recovery, the national lockdown triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19 and pipeline product theft adversely affected the 2021 performance of the country’s biggest operator of fuel pipeline systems, Transnet Pipelines.

Central African Nations Enter Deal to Construct Over 4,000 Miles of Pipeline

Central African countries signed a deal on Thursday to create a regional oil and gas pipeline network and hub infrastructures with the intent to construct three multinational oil and gas pipeline systems of around 6,500 km (4,000 miles) as well as LNG terminals and at least three refineries.

Two Oil Pipelines Destroyed by Explosives in Nigeria, Officers Arrest Four

Nigerian police said on Tuesday two oil pipelines that feed the Brass export terminal, one of Nigeria's export streams operated by Italian group Eni, were recently blown up by explosives.

Eni Acquires Floating Liquefaction Facility to Produce LNG in Congo Republic

Energy group Eni said on Friday it had acquired Tango FLNG to produce and export LNG from the Republic of Congo, as Italy rushes to find alternative supplies to Russian gas.

Algeria, Niger and Nigeria Sign Deal for $13 Billion Saharan Gas Pipeline

Algeria, Nigeria and Niger have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a natural gas pipeline across the Sahara Desert, Algeria's energy minister said on Thursday.

PetroChad Makes First Oil Export to Chad-Cameroon Pipeline

Following the recent acquisition of PetroChad Mangara by Perenco, PCM announced the successful export of its first barrel to the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, within a month of being under new ownership.

EU Pursuing Gas from Nigeria in Preparation for Russian Supply Cuts

The European Union is seeking additional gas supplies from Nigeria as the bloc prepares for potential Russian supply cuts, Matthew Baldwin, deputy director general of the European Commission's energy department, said on Saturday.

South Africa’s Fuel Switch and the Pipeline Market

South Africa’s drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 would require huge investments in a phased fuel switch by industrial and domestic consumers, which could diversely impact the country’s pipeline market.

Nigeria Takes $1 Billion Hit in Q1 Revenue Due to Crude Oil Theft

Nigeria lost $1 billion in revenue during the first quarter of this year due to crude oil theft, the petroleum regulator said on Friday, warning the practice was a threat to the economy of Africa's top producer.

Spain Restarts Natural Gas Flows to Morocco on Maghreb-Europe Pipeline

Natural gas has started flowing from Spain towards Morocco through a pipeline that stopped flowing in November amid a diplomatic row between Morocco and Algeria, data from Spanish gas grid operator Enagas showed on Wednesday.

Algeria, Niger, Nigeria Take Steps to Build $13 Billion Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline

Algeria, Niger and Nigeria have set up a task force to build the 2,565-mile Trans-Saharan gas pipeline that has been in the works for more than 40 years, Niger's oil ministry said on Wednesday.

Hurdles of Acquiring ROW in Africa Pipeline Projects

In the recent past, Africa has announced major natural gas discoveries, particularly in Egypt, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Mauritania and South Africa, with analysts estimating the discoveries to be equivalent of 40% of the global discoveries, especially between 2011 and 2018.

Lebanon, Egypt to Finalize Gas Import Deal on June 21

Lebanon will sign a "final" agreement to import gas from Egypt on June 21, its energy ministry told Reuters, after months of delays to a plan viewed as critical to boosting power supplies for Lebanon's stricken economy.