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Global Energy Crisis Shows Urgency Of Accelerating Investment In Cheaper And cleaner Energy In Africa

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Global Energy Crisis Shows Urgency Of Accelerating Investment In Cheaper And cleaner energy in Africa

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Today’s crippling spikes in energy prices underscore the urgency and the benefits for African countries of accelerating the scale-up of cheaper and cleaner sources of energy, the IEA says in a new special report released last week.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent food, energy, and other commodity prices soaring, increasing the strains on African economies already hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The overlapping crises are affecting many parts of Africa’s energy systems, including reversing positive trends in improving access to modern energy, with 25 million more people in Africa living without electricity today compared with before the pandemic, according to the Africa Energy Outlook 2022.

At the same time, Africa is also already facing more severe effects from climate change than most other parts of the world – including massive droughts – despite bearing the least responsibility for the problem. Africa accounts for less than 3% of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions to date and has the lowest emissions per capita of any region.

Despite these challenges, the report finds that the global clean energy transition holds new promise for Africa’s economic and social development, with solar, other renewables, and emerging areas such as critical minerals and green hydrogen offering strong growth potential if managed well. Increased international ambitions for cutting emissions are helping set a new course for the global energy sector amid declining clean technology costs and shifting global investment patterns. African countries are poised to benefit from these trends and attract increasing flows of climate finance.

“Africa has had the raw end of the deal from the fossil fuel-based economy, receiving the smallest benefits and the biggest drawbacks, as underlined by the current energy crisis,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director. “The new global energy economy that is emerging offers a more hopeful future for Africa, with huge potential for solar and other renewables to power its development – and new industrial opportunities in critical minerals and green hydrogen.”

“The immediate and absolute priority for Africa and the international community is to bring modern and affordable energy to all Africans – and our new report shows this can be achieved by the end of this decade through the annual investment of $25 billion, the same amount needed to build just one new LNG terminal a year,” Dr. Birol added. “It is morally unacceptable that the ongoing injustice of energy poverty in Africa isn’t being resolved when it is so clearly well within our means to do so.”

The Africa Energy Outlook 2022 explores a Sustainable Africa Scenario in which all African energy-related development goals are achieved on time and in full. This includes universal access to modern energy services by 2030 and the full implementation of all African climate pledges.

With demand for energy services in Africa set to grow rapidly, ensuring affordability is an urgent priority. Increased energy efficiency is essential for this, since it reduces fuel imports, eases strains on existing infrastructure, and keeps consumer bills affordable.

Expanded and improved electricity grids provide the backbone of Africa’s new energy systems in this scenario, and are powered increasingly by renewables. Africa is home to 60% of the best solar resources worldwide, but it currently holds only 1% of solar PV capacity. Already the cheapest source of power in many parts of Africa, solar is set to outcompete all other sources continent-wide by 2030. Renewables – including solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal – account for over 80% of new power generation capacity added by 2030 in the Sustainable Africa Scenario.

While renewables are the driving force for Africa’s electricity sector this decade, the continent’s industrialisation relies in part on expanding natural gas use. More than 5 000 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas resources have been discovered to date in Africa that has not yet been approved for development. These resources could provide an additional 90 bcm of gas a year by 2030, which may well be vital for Africa’s domestic fertilizer, steel, cement, and water desalination industries. Cumulative CO2 emissions from the use of these gas resources over the next 30 years would be around 10 billion tonnes. If these emissions were added to Africa’s cumulative total today, they would bring its share of global emissions to a mere 3.5%.

Africa’s vast resources of minerals that are critical for multiple clean energy technologies are set to create new export markets but need to be managed well, with Africa’s revenues from critical mineral exports set to more than double by 2030.

A number of low-carbon hydrogen projects are underway, focused primarily on producing ammonia for fertilizers, which would strengthen Africa’s food security. Africa has huge potential to produce hydrogen using its rich renewable resources. As much as today’s energy demand could be produced at internationally competitive price points by 2030.

Achieving Africa’s energy and climate goals means more than doubling energy investment this decade. This would take it over USD 190 billion each year from 2026 to 2030, with two-thirds going to clean energy.

“Multilateral development banks must take urgent action to increase financial flows to Africa for both developing its energy sector and adapting to climate change,” said Dr. Birol. “The continent’s energy future requires stronger efforts on the ground that are backed by global support. The COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt in late 2022 provides a crucial platform for African leaders to set the agenda for the coming years. This decade is critical not only for global climate action but also for the foundational investments that will allow Africa – home to the world’s youngest population – to flourish in the decades to come.”

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Savannah Energy Signs New Gas Sales Agreement with Notore Chemical Industries PLC

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Savannah Energy Signs New Gas Sales Agreement with Notore Chemical Industries PLC

By John Meze

Savannah Energy PLC, the British independent energy company focused on the delivery of Projects that Matter in Africa, has announced that the Company’s 80% indirectly owned subsidiary, Accugas Limited, has entered into a new gas sales agreement (“GSA”) with Notore Chemical Industries PLC (“Notore”).

Accugas will supply Notore with up to 10 MMscfpd of gas to augment its current supplies. The contracted supply is on an interruptible and reasonable endeavours basis, based on gas availability and nominations, for an initial term of one year, with the option to extend for a mutually agreed period. Notore’s fertilizer production plant is connected to the Accugas network via the Nigerian Gas Company pipeline from Ikot Abasi and no further tie-in or capital expenditure is required by Accugas to deliver gas to Notore.

Notore Chemical Industries PLC, formerly Notore Chemical Industries Ltd, is a Nigeria-based integrated agro-allied, chemicals and infrastructure company located in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone area of Rivers state in southern Nigeria. Notore’s primary business is the production of urea, ammonia, and NPK blend fertilisers and sale to the Nigerian and international markets. Notore’s facility has a production capacity of 1,500 metric tons (MT) per day of urea and 1,000 MT/day of ammonia.

Andrew Knott, CEO of Savannah Energy, said: “I am pleased to welcome Notore as a new gas customer to Accugas, representing our tenth customer site in total (versus three at the time of our acquisition of the Accugas business in 2019). We look forward to developing our working relationship with Notore over the course of the coming months and years.

Savannah Energy PLC is an AIM-quoted British independent energy company focused on the delivery of Projects that Matter in Africa and is active in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

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Bonny Light Energy Offshore Set To Supply 60m Litres Aviation Turbine Kerosene

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Bonny Light Energy Offshore Set To Supply 60m Litres Aviation Turbine Kerosene

By John Meze

In an effort to ameliorate the aviation fuel supply disruption to the aviation industry, Nigeria’s emerging indigenous oil and gas major, Bonny Light Energy  Offshore Limited, has agreed to the supply of 60,000,00 0 litres of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) in the next six months.

This projected supply aligns with the pressing need for an increased supply of the much-needed fuel to sustain flight operations for millions of travelers in the country.

Speaking on this commitment, Mr. Toyin Banjo, Chief Executive Officer, Bonny Light Energy, and Offshore Limited, stated that the company’s response aligns with the company’s desire to salvage the Nigerian aviation sector from the daunting effects of the fuel shortage that is ravaging the global airline industry.

“The aviation industry is one of the most energy-intense sectors in the global economy regarding its consumption metrics. Unfortunately, as the industry began recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic-inspired slump in the global aviation sector, external pressures such as the Russia-Ukraine war have driven a sudden hike in fuel prices worldwide, which has resulted in a shortage of aviation fuels, thereby leading to this national aviation crisis.

“This is where our contributions come in. We are aware that Nigeria must build on its reputation of having a stable aviation industry, especially as it is the economic hub of Africa. However, as we have seen in recent times, global constraints can plunge our local aviation sector into a supply crisis despite Nigeria’s oil-rich status.

“As a responsible organisation with an understanding of the intricacies of international energy supply dynamics underpinned by our local knowledge of the Nigerian aviation space, we are committing a total of 60,000,000 litres of aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) monthly over the next six months.

“All things being equal, we are envisaging a supply of 60,000,000 litres of ATK, by the end of the year. We strongly believe that this corporate action will positively affect the supply crisis in Nigeria’s aviation industry and provide much-needed relief in the already strained sector.

“We, however, understand the complexities of the global aviation industry, as well as the existence of numerous factors which may impede the fulfillment of our projection. Some of these constraints include the paucity of foreign exchange, poor competitive currency lines by banks to support importers and marketing companies, and high logistics costs for transshipment or trans-loading of time-critical products.

“Despite these factors, we will continue in our strides, having supplied the market with similar volumes in the last quarter, ensuring that the projected volumes are achieved as an enduring solution to this supply gap in our aviation industry, especially in the imminent Ember Months and the electioneering season,” he further stated.

Bonny Light Energy and Offshore Ltd is an emerging corporation in Nigeria’s indigenous exploration, production, pipeline transportation, strategic storage, and marketing of petroleum products.

Over the years, the company has built expertise in the upstream, downstream, and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. It trades in both crude and refined petroleum products, which include Motor Fuels (Gasoline), Industrial Oils (AGO/Gasoil, Baseoil LPG) Aviation Fuels (ATK), Lubricants, and other various specialist oils (Bitumen).
 As a leading integrated Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company, Bonny Light Energy augments a wide range of energy needs in the economy’s upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors – markets refined petroleum products and provides jetty services.

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Seplat Energy’s MPNU Ministerial Approval Stands, No Withdrawal

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Seplat Energy grows 2021 full-year gross profit by 128.9% to N114.2bn

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Seplat Energy has officially responded to some false reports that the Ministerial Approval of the Company’s proposed acquisition of the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (“MPNU”) has been withdrawn.

The company deemed it fit to state categorically that the ministerial appointment stands and there was no withdrawal of any kind at all.

Seplat Energy Plc become aware of a news report claiming that Ministerial Approval of the Company’s proposed acquisition of the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (“MPNU”) has been withdrawn on Thursday 11 August 2022.

Seplat Energy has received no official notification of such a decision and is seeking clarification from the relevant authorities.

“We will continue to work with all parties to achieve a successful outcome for the proposed acquisition and will provide an update in due course” the company assured.

This announcement is made pursuant to Rule 17.10 of the Rulebook of the Nigerian Exchange, 2015 (Issuer’s Rule).

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