Award-winning Nigerian sculptor Olu Amoda took eight months to complete The Sunflower, a giant artwork of steel and metal spoons, in his studio in Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, because of electricity shortages. Amoda could have finished the piece in several weeks if he lived in a country with a steady power supply, such as the US, where he has presented works at the New York Museum of Art and Design. But he lives in Nigeria, which produces a 10th of the amount generated in South Africa even though its population of 170 million is more than three times larger. Blackouts are a daily occurrence. “In some places people ask ‘how’s the weather’,” he said. “Here my friends ask, ‘how is electricity in your area’.”
Kenya expects its estimate of oil resources to almost double to 1 billion barrels as well-drilling climbs and the government forges ahead with plans to build an export pipeline, an energy ministry official said. Tullow Oil and its partner Africa Oil Corp. have discovered an estimated 600 million barrels of oil in the South Lokichar Basin since announcing the country’s first crude find in March 2012. The discovery has spurred the East African nation to accelerate infrastructure-development plans, including construction of an oil pipeline that will link Uganda to a planned port in the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu.
South Sudan plans to split an oil block awarded to Star Petroleum SA, a Luxembourg-registered company, as part of a review of a concession criticized by the country’s lawmakers, Petroleum Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said. Block E, which covers 45,000 square kilometers (17,375 square miles), will be divided into two, Dau said in an interview on Sept. 9 in the capital, Juba. The terms were reviewed because the concession was awarded in 2010, the year before South Sudan gained independence from Sudan, he said. A draft agreement is being assessed by the country’s Petroleum and Gas Commission. “The terms that were given when we were one country, some are not favorable to our interests regarding the environment and the economy,” Dau said. Two years ago, South Sudan split Block B, an oil concession in which Total SA had a controlling stake, into three parts to encourage more foreign investment in its oil industry. Total signed exploration and production-sharing agreements for the block with the Sudanese government before South Sudan seceded. Exxon Mobil Corp., the U.S.’s largest oil company, in April ended exploration plans with Total in South Sudan.
DOF Subsea has landed a multi-million pound contract for work on two construction projects in West Africa.
Statoil has resumed operations at the In Amenas plant 19 months after a brutal terrorist attack left 40 people dead.
Two decades ago Ledum Mitee escaped being hanged while campaigning against corruption in Nigeria’s oil industry. Today, as head of a government transparency initiative, he says little has changed.
Atlantic-focused explorer Chariot Oil & Gas has secured more time to seek partners for its Namibia exploration campaign after being re-awarded two of its relinquished licences.
A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria evaded surveillance and infected a doctor who later died, health authorities say.
Africa-focused explorer Tullow Oil has deemed its Kenyan exploration and appraisal campaign a success after a number of its onshore wells struck oil.
Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, is advancing plans to sell four fields in Nigeria to meet a $15billion asset-sales plan.
Energy giant BG Group has reinforced its drive to develop a gas hub offshore southern Tanzania following a successful well test on the firm's latest appraisal well in the country.
The longstop date to finalise the farm-out of Cameroon's Etinde licence has been extended, the permit owner Bowleven has announced.
General Electric will invest about $2billion in Africa by 2018 and double the local workforce in what chief executive Jeffrey Immelt calls one of the world’s most-promising markets.
Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable- energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
Ghana, the nation seeking to increase its oil output fivefold in the next decade, expects an offshore development by Hess Corp. to join the nation’s project pipeline, according to the Petroleum Commission.
A call was today made for oil and gas companies to play a more active role in the fight against HIV.
New fighting has broken out in South Sudan, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a UN base, an aid group has said.
Exxon Mobil Corp., the US’s largest oil company, ended exploration plans with Total SA in South Sudan, Total and the government said, a sign of faltering investor confidence in the African nation as a civil war enters its eighth month.
FAR confirmed it was on the hunt to secure a partner for its drilling operations in Kenya as work picks up in the region.
Petrofac staff in Tunisia were forced to abandon their offices after two incidents in just as many weeks.
A Libyan military police chief said he disbanded parliament after a militia group he backs stormed it yesterday, spreading violence in the energy-rich nation to its capital and sending world oil prices higher. In a televised speech late yesterday preceded by clashes, Mukhtar Fernana said parliament will be replaced by a 60-member group. Nuri Abu Sahmain, the head of the General National Congress, denied that it had been suspended and said yesterday he was running it from a “safe place,” the state-run Libyan News Agency reported. Fernana said he won’t allow Libya to become a safe-haven for extremists or a “home for terrorists.” The assault, he said, was not a coup and reflects the “freedom that Libyans wanted and fought for.”
Armed men have abducted a British national working with an oil services company on a main street in Yemen.