Oil & Gas

Crude below $50 throws East Africa’s oil projects into doubt


Kenya and Uganda ended months of debate in August to sign an agreement on an oil pipeline costing almost $4 billion. Finding the money to build it and companies to start pumping crude may be a harder task. The 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) pipeline is key for exporting the region’s crude when production finally begins -- 2018 in Uganda’s case. With oil prices languishing below $50 a barrel, there’s little incentive for companies such as Tullow Oil Plc, Africa Oil Corp., China’s CNOOC Ltd. and France’s Total SA to keep investing. “The lower oil price has created a great deal more of uncertainty around future oil production, given that additional capital expenditure will be required to make oil production a reality,” Razia Khan, head of Africa economic research at Standard Chartered Plc in London, said in an e-mailed response to questions.

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Kenya Power Signs Geothermal, Hydropower Deals for 76 Megawatts


Kenya Power & Lighting Ltd., the East African nation’s sole electricity distributor, will sign two purchase agreements for 76 megawatts of geothermal energy and hydropower. The utility will buy 70 megawatts from Akiira Geothermal Ltd., a project developer, and Marine Power Generation Ltd., its development partner, it said. The distributor will also purchase 6 megawatts from Kleen Energy, a local hydropower producer.