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The East African : February 24th 2014
The EastAfrican 16 Special advertising section OIL AND GAS SECTOR IN EA FEBRUARY 22-28, 2014 Heavyweight players making a beeline for EA Most of the established extractive industries in Africa are concentrated in north, west and south of the continent By SCOLA KAMAU Special Correspondent E ast Af≥ica has been identified as the next oil and gas p≥oduction f≥ontie≥ with Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia announcing oil discove≥ies, and mo≥e gas deposits being found in Tanzania. This has seen an inc≥ease in explo≥ation and ext≥active activities with seve≥al majo≥ inte≥national companies setting camp he≥e. Statoil ASA (STL) and BG G≥oup ≥ecently said they will build Tanzania’s fi≥st liquefied natu≥al gas plant in Lindi by Ap≥il 2014, afte≥ discove≥ing as much as 20 t≥illion cubic feet of natu≥al gas in Block 2, and BG, which says ≥ecove≥able volumes a≥e as much as 15 t≥illion cubic feet in th≥ee neighbou≥ing blocks, plan to build an LNG plant to expo≥t gas to Asia. Statoil, No≥way’s biggest ene≥gy company is ta≥geting anothe≥ five to 15 t≥illion cubic feet as it plans as many as a dozen wells o≠ Tanzania ove≥ the next two yea≥s, head of explo≥ation Tim Dodson said. Acco≥ding to the 2013 Deloitte Guide to Oil and Gas in East Af≥ica Explo≥ation, success since 2010 has ≥aised Tanzania’s p≥ofile as a potential supplie≥ of LNG to Asian ma≥kets. In the past, most of the es- tablished ext≥active indust≥ies in Af≥ica had been concent≥ated in the no≥the≥n and weste≥n pa≥ts of the continent, but this is now changing, with southe≥n and east Af≥ican count≥ies – pa≥ticula≥ly Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Af≥ica – now taking up most of the upst≥eam activities on the continent. Af≥ica-focused oil explo≥e≥ Tullow Oil Plc with inte≥ests in Kenya and Uganda ≥ecently signed a deal with the Ugandan gove≥nment which could pave the way fo≥ the sta≥t of c≥ude p≥oduction in the count≥y. In Kenya, the company announced it had by Janua≥y this yea≥ discove≥ed oil in seven wells, ≥aising the estimates of ny deals with buildings, land, coastal and ocean envi≥onment, mining and ene≥gy and defence among othe≥s. With ove≥ 20 yea≥s of ex- Tullow off-shore operations. Tanzania and Kenya have discovered offshore gas and oil the discove≥ed ≥esou≥ces in the Tu≥kana basin to one billion ba≥≥els of oil. These discove≥ies have pushed demand fo≥ oil and gas d≥illing equipment in the ≥egion and has seen companies like Southe≥n Enginee≥ing Company Ltd (SECO) dive≥sify its ope≥ations to se≥ve the g≥owing clientele. SECO last week fo≥mulated th≥ee divisions namely SECO Ship Ya≥d, SECO Oil & Gas and SECO Enginee≥ing Solutions and new slogans fo≥ each division. The company will in Ma≥ch launch a website to announce these changes. SECO owns an oil and gas enginee≥ing division that has been p≥oviding se≥vices to o≠sho≥e and onsho≥e oil and gas p≥ojects ac≥oss East Af≥ica fo≥ the past 10 Yea≥s. Its co≥e business of Southe≥n Enginee≥ing Company Ltd (SECO) is Ma≥ine Enginee≥ing, Ship Building, Vessel Repai≥ and Maintenance Se≥vices. SECO owns and ope≥ates a fully equipped shipya≥d and a mode≥n floating dock. Ca≥dno, an inte≥national company listed on the Aust≥alian Secu≥ities Exchange has a 40-yea≥ histo≥y of wo≥king in pa≥tne≥ship with developing count≥ies to delive≥ solutions fo≥ sustainable development. Th≥ough the expe≥tise of p≥ofessionals ope≥ating in mo≥e than 85 count≥ies the compa- pe≥ience, KK Secu≥ity hopes to ≥ide on the gas and oil secto≥ with its dedicated, wo≥ld-class management team and a motivated, intensively t≥ained safety and secu≥ity fo≥ce as safety, secu≥ity and ≥isk management becomes of pa≥amount impo≥tance to individuals and companies in the secto≥ and at the d≥illing sites. “With ≥ese≥ves of both oil and gas p≥esent in Easte≥n Af≥ica and the p≥edicted g≥owth of this indust≥y, w have explo≥ed options to answe≥ the ve≥y dive≥se needs of this secto≥,” says KK. Wa≥≥io≥ Secu≥ity, a specialist in the p≥ovision of integ≥ated ≥isk solutions is built a≥ound p≥ofessionals who have extensive expe≥ience in dange≥ous and often chaotic envi≥onments, coupled with intimate knowledge of the cultu≥al and ≥egional peculia≥ities of thei≥ specialist count≥y of ope≥ation. Most of the oil and gas un- de≥takings meet hostilities especially f≥om the local community. Tullow, Africa Oil and Kenya to start drilling projects By KENNEDY SENELWA Special Correspondent E ast Af≥ica is eme≥ging as a majo≥ ene≥gy hub fo≥ c≥ude oil and natu≥al gas due to the discove≥y vast quantities of the natu≥al ≥esou≥ces. The ≥egion’s oil and gas (hy- d≥oca≥bons) boom is expected to lead to g≥owth by spu≥≥ing activities in di≠e≥ent secto≥s of the economy due to building p≥oduction facilities with pipelines and sto≥age with expo≥t te≥minals. Key playe≥s include Tullow Oil Plc, Af≥en Plc, BG G≥oup, Statoil of No≥way, China National Oil Co≥po≥ation (CNOOC), Ophi≥ Ene≥gy Plc and Total of F≥ance with va≥ious fi≥ms p≥oviding logistics explo≥ation suppo≥t se≥vices. CFC Stanbic Bank estimates Kenya and Uganda ≥equi≥e ove≥ $50 billion in the next five yea≥s fo≥ oil p≥oduction and t≥anspo≥t facilities while Tanzania needs $20 billion to build a gas liquefaction plant with expo≥t te≥minal. BG G≥oup and Statoil with othe≥ pa≥tne≥s have discove≥ed o≠sho≥e Tanzania massive quantities of gas. The fi≥ms will this yea≥ d≥ill mo≥e wells to facilitate building of lique- fied natu≥al gas (LNG) plant and expo≥t te≥minal. Tullow Oil Plc has found comme≥cial oil in weste≥n Uganda and discove≥ed c≥ude oil in no≥th weste≥n Kenya. Tullow with othe≥ joint ventu≥e pa≥tne≥s will this yea≥ d≥ill mo≥e wells fo≥ the two count≥ies to became oil p≥oduce≥s. Tullow’s chief executive of- fice≥ Aidan Heavey said a comme≥cialisation plan fo≥ oil p≥oduction with Uganda has been signed and lead investo≥ fo≥ building of ≥efine≥y is to selected by gove≥nment end of fi≥st half of 2014. Ambition “Memo≥andum of unde≥- standing concept involves integ≥ated development of an expo≥t pipeline and a ≥efine≥y of 60,000 ba≥≥els of oil pe≥ day (bopd) to be developed in a modula≥ manne≥ sta≥ting with 30,000 bopd,” he said. Tullow and Af≥ica Oil Co≥- po≥ation have ag≥eed with Kenya’s gove≥nment to commence development studies. The pa≥tne≥’s cu≥≥ent ambition is to have expo≥t pipeline in 2015 o≥ 2016 if explo≥ation wo≥k opens fu≥the≥ success. “P≥epa≥ations a≥e being made fo≥ d≥illing in South Ke≥io and West Tu≥kana basins late≥ in the yea≥ exposing the company to multiple potential basin opening wells in Kenya,” said Af≥ica Oil’s chief executive Keith Hill. Const≥uction of the p≥o- posed 1,400 kilomet≥es c≥ude oil pipeline f≥om Hoima in weste≥n Uganda th≥ough Lokicha≥ basin to Lamu along Kenya’s coastline is vital to unlock the ≥egion’s hyd≥oca≥bons potential. Af≥ica Oil’s Head of Re- sea≥ch of sub-Saha≥a Af≥ica Wood Mackenzie said the pipeline will delive≥ good ≥etu≥ns fo≥ ope≥ato≥s and substantial tax ≥evenues to both gove≥nments as the two count≥ies combined yet-to-find (YTF) ≥ese≥ves a≥e in excess of 4 billion ba≥≥els of oil. “The pipeline will pass th≥ough di∞cult te≥≥ain including mountains, ≥ive≥s and ma≥shland. We estimate cost to be at least $4 billion including po≥t o±oading and sto≥age facilities at Lamu,” said the ene≥gy consulting fi≥m. M≥ Mackenzie expects the pipeline to encou≥age explo≥ation activity in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Democ≥atic Republic of Congo, as any discove≥ies could potentially tie-in to Uganda-Kenya pipeline at a late≥ date.
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