Finnish energy firm to deliver 60MW plant in West Africa

A Finnish energy firm is to deliver a 60MW power plant in West Africa. Wärtsilä’s project aims to provide electricity for the second phase of the Tasiast Mine expansion, taking place in Mauritania, West Africa. The plant will operate using six Wärtsilä 32TS engines and operate primarily on crude oil, with heavy and light fuel oils […]

New energy training centre opened in Ivory Coast

Schneider Electric has officially opened its first energy training centre in Ivory Coast. The project is in partnership with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Professional Training for The Republic of Ivory Coast as well as the development centre for building trades. The centre aims to train 60 young people every […]

Shell strikes gas off West Africa

Shell has announced a deep-water gas discovery off the coast of West Africa. The company said the Leopard-1 well found a “substantial gas column with around 200 metres net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir”. The well, located around 145 kilometres off the Gabonese coast, west of Gamba, was drilled 2,110 metres deep. Andy Brown, […]

$50m to revamp electricity sector in Guinea

The electricity sector in Guinea is getting a $50 million (£29.5m) boost which is expected to benefit around 1.5 million people in the West African nation. The cash will be used for the Power Sector Recovery Project, which will help improve the “technical and commercial performance” of the national power utility, the Electricite de Guinee […]

West African gas-to-power project secures $261m

A project which aims to provide affordable and reliable electricity in West Africa has secured funding worth $261 million (£155.9m). The Banda Gas-to-Power Project will produce and convert natural gas from offshore gas fields in Mauritania into 300MW of electricity. It will expand electricity supply and trade in the region as the project will export […]

Pirates ‘hijack oil tanker off Nigerian coast’

A Nigerian-flagged oil tanker was attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa over the weekend, according to reports. Gunmen are believed to have boarded the MT Matrix around 40 miles off the Nigerian state of Bayela early Saturday morning taking a number of crew hostage. 12 Pakistani and five Nigerian […]

West Africa ‘very promising’ for oil and gas

West Africa has a lot of potential for oil and gas exploration and “major discoveries” could be made in the region. That’s the view of Vagit Alekperov (pictured), President of oil and gas company Lukoil, who made the comment during a press briefing in London earlier today. He said West Africa, especially Sierra Leone, is […]