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African Energy - Issue 369 - 17/05/2018

Equatorial Guinea woos neighbours with regional gas scheme

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons and GEPetrol signed an agreement on 9 May with Noble Energy to provide additional gas as backfill for Marathon’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant as the first phase of the government’s planned Gas Megahub project.

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Gulf States News - Issue 1059 - 10/05/2018

Sanctions beckon as Trump cannot resist pulling down the Iran nuclear deal

Anew countdown has begun for Iran’s relations with the world. Following President Donald Trump’s heavily telegraphed 8 May decision that the United States would no longer honour its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US is set to reinstate the sanctions on Iran it dropped in January 2016 when the nuclear deal was implemented.

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African Energy - Issue 368 - 03/05/2018

Final investment decisions approach for Mozambique LNG schemes

A group led by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is nearing a final investment decision (FID) on the Golfinho-Atum liquefied natural gas (LNG) scheme, with long-term offtake agreements and a potential financial close finally coming into view even though sale of the full 12.8m t/yr nameplate capacity from the first two liquefaction trains is unlikely to be finalised before the key move.

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Gulf States News - Issue 1058 - 26/04/2018

Political rivalries and protests as Iran waits for US decision on nuclear deal

Speculation over whether the United States will stick to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was in full flood as GSN went to press, with French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Washington, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen as perhaps the last big opportunity for Europea to convince President Donald Trump to stand by the painstakingly constructed deal which has been in force for a little over two years. True to his mercurial form, Trump hinted he may yet reverse his oft-stated determination to exit the JCPOA, saying on 25 April, following discussions with Macron, that “we could at least have an agreement among ourselves fairly quickly”.

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African Energy - Issue 367 - 19/04/2018

Senegal Scaling Solar tariffs drop below €0.04/kWh

Senegal’s Commission de Régulation du Secteur de l’Electricité on 5 April announced the results of a tender to build two 60MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plants at Kahone and Touba. The tender was launched under the mandate of the World Bank Group (WBG)-backed Scaling Solar initiative.

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Gulf States News - Issue 1057 - 16/04/2018

Deal-making overtakes diplomacy in MBS roadshow around America

Deal-making was to the fore during the second part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)’s threeweek tour around the United States (GSN 1,056/4). Following the initial days in Washington where diplomacy dominated, crossing the continent MBS met the top teams in global giants of the new and old economies. However, it remains to be seen whether he persuaded US business leaders to make the big long-term investments Saudi Arabia needs if his Vision 2030 reform programme is to succeed.

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African Energy - Issue 366 - 05/04/2018

Morocco relaxes LNG import timetable following gas finds

Rabat has released little information about the impact of gas finds in eastern Morocco, in line with its cautious management of information on the hydrocarbons industry. But reserves in the Sound Energy-operated Tendrara gas field are now deemed sufficient for the government to stop taking gas through the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline (GME) when its contract with Algeria expires in 2020-21. This means Morocco will not need to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) until much later in the next decade, when new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants are built, officials in Rabat have told African Energy.

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Gulf States News - Issue 1056 - 22/03/2018

Abadi plays conciliator, as Baghdad fashions new relationship with Kurds

The re-opening of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports to international flights in mid-March, followed a few days later by the first central government payments in four years to state employees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), reveals a tentative thaw in Erbil-Baghdad relations. The newlyempowered federal Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is now strong enough to compromise with his chastened counterparts in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – which Iraq’s western allies have been strongly encouraging him to do.

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African Energy - Issue 365 - 15/03/2018

Nigerian gencos in crisis as World Bank adds to support for industry

Approval by the World Bank Group (WBG) of a $486m International Development Association (IDA) credit package for the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Access Project (Netap) signalled a continuation of the multi-billion dollar support structure put in place to reanimate the dysfunctional industry. But while the government can point to some advances, the outlook for the Nigerian electricity supply industry seems as precarious as it did eight years ago, when its elegantly structured privatisation was rolled out.

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Gulf States News - Issue 1055 - 08/03/2018

MBS roadshow gets under way, seeking to persuade sceptics abroad and at home

Before setting off on his first foreign excursion since being appointed king-in-waiting (only) last June, Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) took few chances. A wide-ranging reshuffle of the military top brass was enacted by King Salman Bin Abdelaziz on 26 February based on MBS’s recommendations (see article below). In parallel were a string of changes in the civilian hierarchy, including the appointment of new junior ministers

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