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OLAX Engineering Wins Significant PMC Agreement for Nigeria’s BUA Refinery

OLAX Engineering of the United Kingdom announced this week that it had been awarded an Owners Engineers and Project Management Services Contract for the upcoming FEED phase of the grassroots BUA refinery to be placed in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 1

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database. Forty-one new projects were added to our database in the last four weeks across green, turquoise, blue and transportation hydrogen all are currently planned or proposed.

Dangote Seeks to Escalate Polypropylene Output

Dangote complex to add 900,000 tpy of polypropylene production next to its massive 650,000 bpd oil refinery.

LNG Projects Aim to Shrug Off Challenging Year

Progress has been slow on both the liquefaction and regasification sides over the past 12 months, but numerous new developments are planned.

NNPC to Take 20% Stake in Dangote Refinery

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has recently approved the acquisition of a 20% minority stake by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the Dangote Petroleum and Petrochemical Refinery. Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, stated that the acquisition cost figure was $2.76 billion.

Mozambique's LNG Ambitions Stall

​ExxonMobil has halted activities in Mozambique, but is ready to resume as security conditions allow.

First Turbine in Djibouti

The diminutive East African nation of Djibouti has had its first turbine installed by Siemens Gamesa.

10,000 bpd Nigerian Refinery Due in 2023

In mid-July, Nigerian independent company ND Western Limited announced it was developing a new 10,000 barrel per day modular refinery in Utorogu, Delta State. ND Western Limited is a consortium comprised of Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR), Petrolin Trading Limited (PETROLIN), FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development OML 34 Limited and Walter-Smith Exploration and Production Limited.

The World in Review

BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy was launched virtually by Chief Economist Spencer Dale on 8 July.

Nigeria keeps up the pace for self-sufficiency in refining

NPPC spending money to keep capacity under control and improved for own facilities.

NNPC to Advance Kaduna and Warri Rehab Refineries in July

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced in late June that it plans to award EPC contracts by the end of July for a pair of state-owned Nigerian Refineries. The company has been planning a much-needed rehabilitation project for the 10,000 barrel per day Kaduna and the 125,000 barrel per day Warri refineries, as they have fallen into inefficient operation over the years.

Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery Maintains Progress

According to recent remarks made by a Dangote spokesman, the 650,000 barrel per day Dangote refinery currently under construction could see commissioning by the end of 2021.

NNPC Looks to Take Stake in Upcoming Refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been endeavoring to acquire equity in as many as six developing private refineries in the country.

NNPC in Discussions to Take 20% of Upcoming Dangote Refinery

The state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) is reportedly endeavoring to acquire a 20% piece of the upcoming massive Dangote refinery in Nigeria. This refinery has a capacity for 650,000 barrels per day and is currently expected to begin production in 2022 as the largest refinery in Africa.

Lummus Chosen to Provide Novolen Technology for Egyptian Project

Lummus Technology of the United States announced that it has been selected to be the polypropylene licensor for work at the upcoming Anchor Benitoite petrochemical project in Suez, Egypt. This licensing also includes basic design engineering, training, services, and catalyst supply.

ACWA Power leads South Africa's largest renewable energy project Redstone CSP to financial close

ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants in 13 countries and the lead shareholder in the Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, announced the commencement of construction on the 100 MW Redstone project following achievement of financial close. At ZAR 11.6 billion total investment, the Redstone project is the largest renewable energy investment in South Africa to date.

Nigeria’s Refining Plans Remain Ambitious

Despite being a significant global crude oil producer with nearly 1.5 million barrels per day, Nigeria has continually relied upon refined fuel from beyond its borders. For many years now, the Nigerian government has faced obstacles such as geopolitical instability, inefficient and moribund facilities, and political corruption as the country attempts to create an export mentality moving forward.

Amazon renewables drive

Amazon the America multinational technology company, most popular as an online retailer, has been in recent years driving to a more sustainable carbon footprint. In 2019 the enterprise-wide carbon footprint from direct and in-direct operational activities was 51.17 MMT CO2e according to the business’s website.

Honeywell UOP to Provide Technology Support in Egypt

Honeywell UOP of the United States announced recently that it has been contracted by Anchorage Investments Ltd. for the provision of its C3 Oleflex™ technology for production of 750,000 tons per year of polymer-grade propylene for the upcoming Anchor Benitoite petrochemicals facility in Suez, Egypt. A contract value was not announced at this time.

Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG project

Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total confirms the withdrawal of all Mozambique LNG project personnel from the Afungi site. This situation leads Total, as operator of Mozambique LNG project, to declare force majeure

BUA’s 200,000 bpd Nigerian Refinery Looks Towards 2024

The BUA Group of Nigeria and Axens of France recently announced a joint progress acknowledgement statements regarding the proposed BUA refinery to be built in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State before 2025. This latest endorsement comes about six months after both companies signed a contract for process technology and complex design.

Nigeria’s Port Harcourt Refinery Rehab Project Picks up Pace

In late March, the Nigerian Federal Executive Council approved approximately $1.5 billion in spending for the rehabilitation and modernization of the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex.

Hydrogen – data telling a story

The Global Energy Infrastructure (GEI) team held a webcast earlier in March which looked at trends in traditional and new energy markets which reveals major trends in global energy markets.

Total Halts Construction at the Mozambique LNG site as Violence Builds Nearby

Total of France stated in late March that it had to postpone new construction work at its LNG project in Mozambique due to a deadly attack in a nearby town. This cessation of activity follows an announcement from Total just a week prior where the Mozambique government had agreed to improved security around the project.

Nigeria’s Duport Modular Refinery Expected by Year’s End

Duport Midstream Company Limited of Lagos announced in late March that its upcoming modular refinery in Nigeria’s Edo State would indeed be ready for commissioning in the fourth quarter of this year. This project is being implemented by Duport alongside the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

What technology is shaping the solar markets?

The Global Energy Infrastructure solar database is dominated by two types of technology: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV).

Mozambique LNG Project Stays on Track for 2024

Total’s Mozambique LNG project is now expected to progress and be on schedule after the French company has found new security in place from the local government. This 12.88 MMtpy project is back on schedule for a startup in 2024.

Data is king, integration is queen

Harnessing the power of data science and real-time intelligence offers a powerful single view of the market Few people know that data intelligence firm Kpler’s journey actually started in 2014, when the founders were told by an LNG trader: “I receive many proposals for ship-tracking software, but I don’t care about the ships. I care about cargoes into them, their volumes and the commercial information related to them”.

UAE Energy Minister believes oil demand could recover by the end of 2021

According to recent reports, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei has commented on a potentially updated timeline for a return to form for global oil demand. He believes that global demand will make a somewhat optimistic return to pre-pandemic level by the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Mixed messages in Mozambique

Total only has a skeleton staff remaining at its LNG construction site in Afungi after evacuating most workers amid the worsening security situation in the Cabo Delgado province.

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