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Fitch cuts oil price outlook for 2020 from 62.5/bbl to $41/bbl on global recession fears

24 March 2020

Fitch Ratings has cut its short and medium-term oil and natural gas price assumptions in expectation of very large market oversupply in 2020.

Nigeria seen cutting Bonny Light, Qua Iboe prices by at least $3 per barrel

24 March 2020

Nigeria will reportedly join Saudi Arabia in selling its oil at a significant discount to Brent, one of the world’s main benchmark crudes.

Fuel shortages reportedly continuing in many parts of Sudan

24 March 2020

Many cities and towns in Sudan have continued to report fuel shortages, despite the government’s efforts to improve supply conditions.

Uganda tasks state-owned company with bulk fuel sales to local retailers

24 March 2020

Uganda’s government has officially tasked a state-owned business, Uganda National Oil Co. (UNOC), with selling bulk quantities of imported petroleum products to local retailers.

Tanzanian energy minister says domestic fuel reserves are adequate

24 March 2020

Tanzania’s Energy Minister Medard Kalemani said last week that the country’s fuel inventories were capable of covering domestic demand for at least two months.

Liberia invites local companies to pre-qualify for offshore bidding round

23 March 2020

Liberia’s government has indicated that it wants international oil companies (IOCs) to team up with local partners in the country’s upcoming offshore licensing round.

African Energy Chamber urges tax breaks for local oilfield service providers

23 March 2020

African oilfield service operators deserve support from the governments of African oil and gas-producing states, a Johannesburg-based industry association has argued.

South Sudan defers plans for first licensing round

23 March 2020

South Sudan’s government has postponed the country’s first licensing round.

Work inches forward on Mozambique LNG, Coral South FLNG

19 March 2020

New contracts awarded for services related to the Mozambique LNG and Coral South FLNG projects mark steps forward for both facilities in an increasingly uncertain market.

Nigeria under more pressure

18 March 2020

The continued fall in oil prices is already having an impact on Nigeria's economy, and there is probably more trouble ahead.

Nigeria’s Rivers State moots modular refineries as solution to crude oil theft

18 March 2020

The government of Nigeria’s Rivers State is mooting plans for the construction of multiple new modular refineries, saying that such facilities might help deter and reduce the theft and illegal processing of crude oil.

ZERA responds to criticism of new licensing requirements

18 March 2020

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has pledged to revise new licensing requirements for retail sellers of refined fuels, following complaints from a key player on the domestic petroleum product market.

Libyan crude production sinks below 100,000 bpd

18 March 2020

Libyan oil production has met another grim milestone by falling below the threshold of 100,000 barrels per day

Algeria plans stimulus to help counter the effects of falling oil prices

18 March 2020

Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune has ordered his government to prepare a supplementary budget to help guard the country’s economy against the steep drop in crude oil prices.

Tullow Oil optimistic about its chances in 2020, despite lower oil prices

17 March 2020

Africa and Latin America-focused Tullow Oil has taken steps to guard against fluctuations in oil prices but still faces risks in the long term.

Head of Angolan fixed-income fund sees lower oil prices squeezing economy

17 March 2020

The head of Angola’s largest fixed-income fund manager said last week that his country’s government would have to act quickly to counter the impact of falling oil prices.

Fuel market survey: Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya

16 March 2020

The downturn in world oil prices is already having an impact on fuel markets in Africa. This article offers a brief look at recent developments in four African states.

Dangote Group outlines plan for offshore gas pipeline project

10 March 2020

Nigeria’s Dangote Industries Ltd (DIL) has outlined plans for the construction of a high-capacity subsea pipeline capable of handling more than 31bn cubic metres per year of associated gas from offshore oilfields.

Uganda approves CNOOC’s ESIA study for Kingfisher

10 March 2020

Uganda’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has acknowledged CNOOC Uganda, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), for its completion of a report on plans to develop the Kingfisher oilfield.

Lower oil prices pose trouble for Nigeria

9 March 2020

The collapse of the OPEC-plus deal highlights Nigeria's vulnerability.

South African companies urged to seek LNG-related contracts in Mozambique

9 March 2020

Several South African businesspeople said during the Africa Gas Forum in Cape Town last week that their country had the potential to benefit from the development of natural gas resources in Mozambique.

Edited by

Jennifer deLay


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