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Offshore Support Vessels Africa

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Africa Business

Event Title: Offshore Support Vessels Africa

Date: 18-21 June 2013

Location: Novotel Accra City Centre, Accra, Ghana

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West Africa is the world’s third largest and busiest area for new offshore oil and gas developments. Over 300 OSVs are deployed in the region, and the market for support services is poised to witness even more growth in the coming years.

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Offshore oil and gas production is growing continuously in Africa, and new discoveries are being announced in Tanzania, Gabon and Namibia. As the region capitalizes on the oil & gas boom, offshore projects worth more than US$10 billion are expected to gather momentum.

Co-located with FPSO Africa, IBC Asia’s Offshore Support Vessels Africa Conference will bring together top stakeholders from the oil & gas industry, and focus on market opportunities and case studies on OSV operations in Africa.

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Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017

Posted on 06 February 2013 by Africa Business

NEW YORK, Feb., 2013  /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017
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Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017

Summary

GlobalData’s energy offering, “Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017″ is the essential source for industry data and information relating to the refining industry in Middle East and Africa. It provides asset level information relating to active and planned refineries in Middle East and Africa. The details of major companies operating in the refining industry in Middle East and Africa are included in the report. The latest news and deals relating to the sector are also provided and analyzed.

This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.

Scope

- Updated information relating to all active and planned refineries
- Provides historical data from 2005 to 2012, forecast to 2017
- Information on refining, FCC, hydrocracking and coking capacities by refinery and country
- Provides operator information for all active and planned refineries
- Identifies key trends and issues in the refining industry
- Information on the top companies in the sector including business description and strategic analysis. Key companies covered are National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Saudi Arabian Oil Company and Kuwait National Petroleum Company
- Product and brand updates, strategy changes, R&D projects, corporate expansions and contractions and regulatory changes.
- Key mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, private equity investments and IPOs.

Reasons to buy

- Obtain the most up to date information available on all active and planned refineries in Middle East and Africa
- Identify growth segments and opportunities in the industry.
- Facilitate market analysis and forecasting of future industry trends.
- Facilitate decision making on the basis of strong historic and forecast refinery and unit capacity data.
- Assess your competitor’s refining portfolio and its evolution
- Understand and respond to your competitors business structure, strategy and prospects.
- Develop strategies based on the latest operational, financial, and regulatory events.
- Do deals with an understanding of how competitors are financed, and the mergers and partnerships that have shaped the market.
- Identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the leading companies in Middle East and Africa.

Table of Contents

1 Table of CContents 2
1.1 List of Tables 8
1.2 List of Figures 10
2 Introduction 11
2.1 What is This Report About? 11
2.2 How to Use This Report? 11
2.3 Market Definition 11
3 Middle East And Africa Refining Industry 12
3.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Overview 12
3.1.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Key Data 12
3.1.2 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Total Refining Capacity 12
3.2 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry: Trends and Issues 15
3.2.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry: Key Drivers and Issues 15
3.3 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) 17
3.3.1 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 17
3.3.2 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 19
3.3.3 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 20
3.4 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia 21
3.4.1 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 21
3.4.2 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 22
3.4.3 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 23
3.4.4 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 24
3.5 Refining Industry in Kuwait 24
3.5.1 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 25
3.5.2 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 25
3.5.3 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 26
3.5.4 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 26
3.6 Refining Industry in Iraq 26
3.6.1 Refining Industry in Iraq, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 27
3.6.2 Refining Industry in Iraq, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 28
3.6.3 Refining Industry in Iraq, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 28
3.7 Refining Industry in Egypt 29
3.7.1 Refining Industry in Egypt, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 29
3.7.2 Refining Industry in Egypt, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 30
3.7.3 Refining Industry in Egypt, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 30
3.8 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates 31
3.8.1 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 31
3.8.2 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 32
3.8.3 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 32
3.9 Refining Industry in Algeria 33
3.9.1 Refining Industry in Algeria, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 33
3.9.2 Refining Industry in Algeria, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 34
3.10 Refining Industry in South Africa 34
3.10.1 Refining Industry in South Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 35
3.10.2 Refining Industry in South Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 35
3.10.3 Refining Industry in South Africa, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 36
3.11 Refining Industry in Nigeria 36
3.11.1 Refining Industry in Nigeria, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 37
3.11.2 Refining Industry in Nigeria, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 38
3.12 Refining Industry in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 38
3.12.1 Refining Industry in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 39
3.13 Refining Industry in Israel 39
3.13.1 Refining Industry in Israel, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 40
3.13.2 Refining Industry in Israel, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 40
3.13.3 Refining Industry in Israel, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 41
3.14 Refining Industry in Qatar 41
3.14.1 Refining Industry in Qatar, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 41
3.14.2 Refining Industry in Qatar, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 42
3.15 Refining Industry in Bahrain 42
3.15.1 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 42
3.15.2 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 43
3.15.3 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 43
3.16 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic 43
3.16.1 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 44
3.16.2 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 44
3.16.3 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 45
3.17 Refining Industry in Sudan 45
3.17.1 Refining Industry in Sudan, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 45
3.17.2 Refining Industry in Sudan, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 46
3.17.3 Refining Industry in Sudan, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 46
3.17.4 Refining Industry in Sudan, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 47
3.18 Refining Industry in Oman 47
3.18.1 Refining Industry in Oman, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 47
3.18.2 Refining Industry in Oman, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 48
3.18.3 Refining Industry in Oman, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 48
3.19 Refining Industry in Morocco 49
3.19.1 Refining Industry in Morocco, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 49
3.19.2 Refining Industry in Morocco, Fluid catalytic cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 50
3.19.3 Refining Industry in Morocco, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 50
3.20 Refining Industry in Yemen 51
3.20.1 Refining Industry in Yemen, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 51
3.21 Refining Industry in Jordan 52
3.21.1 Refining Industry in Jordan, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 52
3.21.2 Refining Industry in Jordan, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 52
3.21.3 Refining Industry in Jordan, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 53
3.22 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire 53
3.22.1 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 53
3.22.2 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 54
3.23 Refining Industry in Kenya 54
3.23.1 Refining Industry in Kenya, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 54
3.24 Refining Industry in Cameroon 55
3.24.1 Refining Industry in Cameroon, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 55
3.24.2 Refining Industry in Cameroon, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 55
3.25 Refining Industry in Ghana 56
3.25.1 Refining Industry in Ghana, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 56
3.25.2 Refining Industry in Ghana, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 56
3.26 Refining Industry in Angola 57
3.26.1 Refining Industry in Angola, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 57
3.27 Refining Industry in Tunisia 57
3.27.1 Refining Industry in Tunisia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 58
3.28 Refining Industry in Senegal 58
3.28.1 Refining Industry in Senegal, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 58
3.29 Refining Industry in Zambia 59
3.29.1 Refining Industry in Zambia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 59
3.30 Refining Industry in Gabon 59
3.30.1 Refining Industry in Gabon, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 60
3.31 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo 60
3.31.1 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 60
3.31.2 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 61
3.32 Refining Industry in Chad 61
3.32.1 Refining Industry in Chad, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 61
3.33 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger 62
3.33.1 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 62
3.33.2 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 62
3.34 Refining Industry in Republic of Guinea 63
3.34.1 Refining Industry in Republic of Guinea, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 63
3.35 Refining Industry in Uganda 63
3.35.1 Refining Industry in Uganda, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 63
3.36 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Planned Refining Facilities 64
3.36.1 Refining Industry in Middle East and Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, Planned Refining Facilities 64
4 Profile of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company 65
4.1 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Key Information 65
4.2 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Company Overview 65
4.3 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Business Description 65
4.3.1 Business Overview 65
5 Profile of Saudi Arabian Oil Company 67
5.1 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Key Information 67
5.2 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Company Overview 67
5.3 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Business Description 67
5.3.1 Business Overview 67
5.3.2 Exploration 68
5.3.3 Oil Operations 69
5.3.4 Refining and Chemicals 69
5.4 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, SWOT Analysis 70
5.4.1 Overview 70
5.4.2 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Strengths 71
5.4.3 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Weaknesses 73
5.4.4 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Opportunities 73
5.4.5 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Threats 75
6 Profile of Kuwait National Petroleum Company 76
6.1 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Key Information 76
6.2 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Company Overview 76
6.3 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Business Description 76
6.3.1 Business Overview 76
6.4 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, SWOT Analysis 77
6.4.1 Overview 77
6.4.2 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Strengths 78
6.4.3 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Weaknesses 78
6.4.4 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Opportunities 79
6.4.5 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Threats 80
7 Financial Deals Landscape 81
7.1 Detailed Deal Summary 81
7.1.1 Acquisition 81
7.1.2 Private Equity 85
7.1.3 Equity Offerings 86
7.1.4 Debt Offerings 87
7.1.5 Partnerships 90
7.1.6 Asset Transactions 95
8 Recent Developments 96
8.1 Strategy and Business Expansion 96
8.1.1 Oct 14, 2012: IOC To Help Raise Output At Nigerian Refineries 96
8.1.2 Sep 01, 2012: Orient Petroleum To Start New Refinery In Anambra State By 2013 96
8.1.3 Jul 02, 2012: Nigeria Signs MoU With Vulcan Petroleum To Build Six Refineries With $4.5 Billion Investment 96
8.1.4 May 21, 2012: PetroSA Signs JSA With Sinopec Group On Project Mthombo 96
8.1.5 Mar 05, 2012: RasGas Opens New Office At Ras Laffan In Qatar 97
8.2 Other Significant Developments 98
8.2.1 Jan 23, 2013: Kuwait To Partially Shut Mina Abdullah Refinery Units For Maintenance 98
8.2.2 Jan 09, 2013: Iran To Build Natural Gas Refinery With $1.6 Billion Investment 98
8.2.3 Jan 01, 2013: Petro Rabigh To Halt Operations At Saudi Refinery For Necessary Maintenance 98
8.2.4 Dec 17, 2012: Eni To Invest $8 Billion Over Next 10 Years To Develop Libyan Operations 98
8.2.5 Dec 05, 2012: Chevron Announces $36.7 Billion Capital And Exploratory Budget For 2013 99
8.2.6 Dec 03, 2012: Suncor Energy Provides Update On 2013 Capital Spending Plan And Production Outlook 101
8.2.7 Dec 03, 2012: NNPC Shuts Kaduna Refinery For Two Weeks Due To Routine Maintenance 102
8.2.8 Nov 06, 2012: Orpic Resumes Operations At Mina Al Fahal Refinery 102
8.2.9 Nov 05, 2012: Kuwait To Invest $100 Billion On Oil Projects In Next Five Years 102
8.2.10 Oct 29, 2012: Sasol And Total Natref Refinery Shut For Planned Maintenance 102
8.2.11 Oct 21, 2012: QInvest Arranges $200m Syndicated Facility For Tupras, Turkey 103
8.2.12 Oct 17, 2012: Nigeria To Invest NGN251 Billion On Refinery Upgrades 103
8.2.13 Sep 26, 2012: KNPC Resumes Operations At Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery In Kuwait 103
8.3 New Contracts Announcements 104
8.3.1 Nov 14, 2012: Saudi Aramco Signs Contracts For Jazan Refinery And Terminal Project In Saudi Arabia 104
8.3.2 Jan 04, 2012: PMFG Secures Three New Project Awards Totaling $11m 105
9 Appendix 106
9.1 Abbreviations 106
9.2 Methodology 106
9.2.1 Coverage 106
9.2.2 Secondary Research 107
9.2.3 Primary Research 107
9.3 Contact Us 107
9.4 Disclaimer 108

List of Tables

Table 1: Middle East And Africa Refining Industry, Key Statistics, 2012 12
Table 2: Middle East And Africa, Refining Capacity by Country (MMTPA), 2005-2017 12
Table 3: Middle East And Africa, Refining Capacity by Company (MMTPA), 2005-2017 14
Table 4: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 17
Table 5: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 (Contd. 1) 18
Table 6: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 19
Table 7: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 20
Table 8: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 21
Table 9: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 (Contd.1) 22
Table 10: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 22
Table 11: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 23
Table 12: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 24
Table 13: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 25
Table 14: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 25
Table 15: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 26
Table 16: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 26
Table 17: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 27
Table 18: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 28
Table 19: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 28
Table 20: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 29
Table 21: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 30
Table 22: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 30
Table 23: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 31
Table 24: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 32
Table 25: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Cracking Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 32
Table 26: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Algeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 33
Table 27: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Algeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 34
Table 28: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 35
Table 29: Middle East And Africa, Fluid catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 35
Table 30: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 36
Table 31: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Nigeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 37
Table 32: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Nigeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 38
Table 33: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (MMTPA), 2005-2017 39
Table 34: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 40
Table 35: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 40
Table 36: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 41
Table 37: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Qatar (MMTPA), 2005-2017 41
Table 38: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Qatar (MMTPA), 2005-2017 42
Table 39: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 42
Table 40: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 43
Table 41: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 43
Table 42: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 44
Table 43: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 44
Table 44: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 45
Table 45: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 45
Table 46: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 46
Table 47: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 46
Table 48: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 47
Table 49: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 47
Table 50: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 48
Table 51: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 48
Table 52: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 49
Table 53: Middle East And Africa, Fluid catalytic cracking Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 50
Table 54: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 50
Table 55: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Yemen (MMTPA), 2005-2017 51
Table 56: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 52
Table 57: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 52
Table 58: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 53
Table 59: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Cote d’Ivoire (MMTPA), 2005-2017 53
Table 60: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Cote d’Ivoire (MMTPA), 2005-2017 54
Table 61: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Kenya (MMTPA), 2005-2017 54
Table 62: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Cameroon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 55
Table 63: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Capacity in Cameroon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 55
Table 64: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Ghana (MMTPA), 2005-2017 56
Table 65: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Ghana (MMTPA), 2005-2017 56
Table 66: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Angola (MMTPA), 2005-2017 57
Table 67: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Tunisia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 58
Table 68: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Senegal (MMTPA), 2005-2017 58
Table 69: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Zambia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 59
Table 70: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Gabon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 60
Table 71: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of the Congo (MMTPA), 2005-2017 60
Table 72: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Republic of the Congo (MMTPA), 2005-2017 61
Table 73: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Chad (MMTPA), 2005-2017 61
Table 74: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of Niger (MMTPA), 2005-2017 62
Table 75: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Republic of Niger (MMTPA), 2005-2017 62
Table 76: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of Guinea (MMTPA), 2005-2017 63
Table 77: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Uganda (MMTPA), 2005-2017 63
Table 78: Middle East And Africa, Planned Crude Distillation Unit Capacity (MMTPA), 2013-2017 64
Table 79: National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Key Facts 65
Table 80: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Key Facts 67
Table 81: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, SWOT Analysis 71
Table 82: Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Key Facts 76
Table 83: Kuwait National Petroleum Company, SWOT Analysis 77
Table 84: Sonangol Plans To Acquire 16.65% Interest In Galp Energia From Eni 81
Table 85: Arab Petroleum Sells 12.5% Stake In Bahrain National To Boubyan Petrochemical For $30 Million 82
Table 86: SOCAR To Acquire 24% Stake In SOCAR & Turcas Energy 83
Table 87: BP And Shell Plans To Sell Its Stake In SAPREF 84
Table 88: Qatar Holding Acquires Additional Stake In Total 85
Table 89: Oando Plans Public Offering Of Shares For $220.5 Million 86
Table 90: Oando Plans For Private Placement 86
Table 91: Tupras Files Prospectus For Public Offering Of Bonds For $1 Billion 87
Table 92: Dolphin Energy Completes Public Offering Of 5.5% Bonds Due 2021 For $1,300 Million 88
Table 93: Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Completes Public Offering Of Islamic Bond For $1,000 Million 89
Table 94: National Iranian Oil Plans To Issue Bonds For $15,000 Million 90
Table 95: Qatar Petroleum To Form Partnership To Develop Oil Refinery In Egypt 90
Table 96: Republic of Equatorial Guinea Plans To Form Partnership With Sinopec To Develop Refining And Petrochemical Complex 91
Table 97: PetroSA Enters Into Partnership With Sinopec To Build Oil Refinery In Africa 92
Table 98: Oman Oil Forms Joint Venture With International Petroleum Investment 93
Table 99: Sinopec Forms Joint Venture With Saudi Aramco 94
Table 100: PetroSA Plans To Acquire Downstream Energy Assets 95

List of Figures

Figure 1: Middle East and Africa, Country Wise Share Vis-à-vis Growth in Refining Capacity (%), 2007-2012 13
Figure 2: Middle East and Africa, Company Wise Share Vis-à-vis Growth in Refining Capacity (%), 2007-2012 14

Companies Mentioned

National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
Kuwait National Petroleum Company

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By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Around mid December 2012, France Telecom-Orange announced it’s launch of service for the ACE submarine cable in the first 13 countries

FTO and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium also announced that the ACE submarine cable is now operational for the first phase linking France and Sao Tomé & Principe.

Reports from Paris, France, also show that the cable, which will extend as far as South Africa for the second phase, provides connectivity to broadband internet in Africa and will add extra capacity to existing international networks.

Nearly 12,000 km of optical fibre running along the west coast of Africa have been deployed to connect 13 countries from France to Sao Tomé & Principe. Two landlocked countries, Mali and Niger, will also be connected through extensions to the terrestrial network. Finally, Nigeria will also be connected to the cable in 2013.

Also reported was that seven of these countries – The Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tomé & Principe and Sierra Leone – will benefit for the first time from a direct connection to a submarine cable enabling them to enjoy optimal access to the international broadband network. By using this new network, the telecoms operators in these countries will now be able to develop innovative broadband services that are essential to their economic and social development.

“The ACE cable will also contribute to the development of multinational companies present in Africa by improving connectivity between the local subsidiaries and their global networks. This will allow them to develop added-value services in areas such as Unified Communications, IT and customer relations.”

“The commissioning of this first phase marks the beginning of the deployment plan for the ACE submarine cable, which will ultimately run for a total of approximately 17,000 km. Seven additional countries will be connected in the second phase.”

To carry out this ambitious project, France Telecom-Orange, together with its subsidiaries Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cameroon, Orange Mali, Orange Niger and Sonatel, have combined forces with other major partners to form an international consortium.

On greater security for network traffic, FTO, says “Through links to other submarine cables, ACE also provides an additional western route for traffic between Europe and Asia via Africa. ACE, for example, offers an alternative and secure route for communications to countries already connected to the SAT3-WASC-SAFE cable linking Portugal and Malaysia. Finally, the cable also diversifies transmission arteries between Portugal and France.”

“ACE relies on what is currently the most advanced technology used for submarine cables: wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). With WDM, cable capacity can be increased without additional submarine work. Overall capacity will be boosted to 5.12 Tbps using the new 40 Gbps technology which supports ultra-high speed broadband networks.”

Essentially, the cable’s construction amounts to a total investment of around USD 700 million for the consortium, with around USD 250 million financed by the Group and its subsidiaries. This major investment furthers two strategic objectives of France Telecom-Orange: to provide widespread access to the internet in the more than twenty African countries where the Group is present and to continue to improve the quality of service provided by the network in all of its subsidiaries.

Through the development of its submarine networks, France Telecom-Orange is contributing to the development of a high quality worldwide network. These cables constitute the essential arteries to provide the Group with access to high-performance systems at a reasonable cost in order to help service the ever increasing volumes of data being exchanged.

1. France, Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tomé & Principe.

2. Canary Islands (Spain), Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2012, including 105,000 employees in France.

Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 227 million customers at 30 September 2012, including 169 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, “conquests 2015″, Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

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A company that knows how to make things look easy

Posted on 26 December 2012 by Africa Business

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Alcatel-Lucent has a success story to tell.

Its stories, references and activities in Africa in 2012 is a lesson for many other organizations who what to make it big on the continent.

In a recently published document Alcatel-Lucent shares references, successes, achievement and activities in Africa; as well as vision of African Market and broadband according to Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa.

News from Algiers, Algeria reveal that broadband for Africa, realize the potential of a connected world and tackle rural inclusion.

I – Alcatel-Lucent presence, activities and foot print in Africa.

II- Broadband in Africa, vision and view according to Daniel Jaeger Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent Africa.

III – Alcatel-Lucent’s presence, achievement, success and foot print in Africa.

The study shows that Alcatel-Lucent has a very strong presence in Africa, connected to its global organization, leveraging central support and ensuring best practices, the company has dedicated teams with local knowledge and global expertise on the ground in most of Africa’s countries, specialized in a wide array of technologies for both fixed and mobile communications including and not limited to 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, Optics and IP, broadband access, VoIP, applications, managed and professional services as well as Enterprise solutions that deliver a competitive edge to businesses of all sizes.

These experts are working with customers, operators, governments, businesses and partners which form an efficient ecosystem to develop and introduce new technologies and solutions, to ensure growth and capture business opportunities – with the ultimate goal to bring Broadband to the people in Africa. Alcatel-Lucent’s strong presence in African countries is a real asset for operators.

” Our company is ready to engage anywhere in Africa with the accurate expertise and at any level. Alcatel-Lucent is present in most of the African continent, including but not limited to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe….. The company brings an unmatched heritage of ideas and execution to the challenge of realizing the potential of a connected world.”

In term of Research & Innovation, the innovation engine behind Alcatel-Lucent is its Bell Labs, the company’s research arm, one of the world’s foremost centers of research and innovation in communication technology.

“Alcatel-Lucent has more than 29,100 active patents, in which more than 2,600 have been obtained in 2011, and seven Nobel Prizes in Physics (shared by 13 scientists).  Alcatel-Lucent was named one of
MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – to guarantee our partners return on investment, while mastering network complexity and providing good customer experience.”

Enabling International and Pan-African connectivity- Alcatel-Lucent is involved in most of the major submarine projects recently launched.

“Leveraging over 150 years of experience in the submarine business, Alcatel-Lucent is strongly involved of the telecom infrastructure development in this part of the world, with many successful projects implemented around Africa.”
In addition, “The African continent is definitely still yearning for affordable connectivity, as it is essential for social and economic development. The need for more connections is particularly vibrant in high-growth economy countries, where submarine cable networks can help bridge the digital divide and fuel economic and social development.”

“International bandwidth in sub-Sahara countries has dramatically increased by 2012. This massive bandwidth has landed in West African and East African coasts thanks to EASSy, SEAS, GLO1, LION, MENA (Orascom Telecom), TE North (Telecom Egypt), ACE, TEAMS, Seacom, WACS and a few other submarine networks; as a result, the cost of International connectivity is reducing considerably; and the continent will witness explosive growth for mobile, fixed and broadband traffic at competitive rates.”

Alcatel-Lucent is involved in most of the submarine systems in Africa:

- ACE a 17,000 km from Cape Town in SA to Penmarch in France, linking 20 countries (Europe-Africa) and bringing connectivity to Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, and Equatorial Guinea.
- Sea-Me-We 4 a 20,000 km, linking 14 countries from France to Singapore.
- SAT-3/WASC system – linking Portugal to South Africa with branches to Spain, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Angola.
- SAT-3/WASC reliant le Portugal à l’Afrique du Sud, avec des embranchements en Espagne, au Sénégal, en Côte d’Ivoire, au Ghana, en République du Bénin, au Nigeria, au Cameroun, au Gabon et en Angola.
- EASSy, 10,000 km submarine network linking eight countries from East Africa and Sudan to South Africa.
- Kenya-United Arab Emirates cable for the East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) consortium – spanning 4,900 km to connect Mombassa in Kenya to Fujairah in the UAE.
- WACS – 14,000 km submarine network connecting South Africa to Europe. In service in 2012.
-   système sous-marin de 14 000 Km reliant l’Afrique du Sud et l’Europe. Mise en service en 2012.
- LION, connecting Toamasina in Madagascar to SainteMarie in La Réunion and Terre Rouge in Mauritius via a link of approximately 1000 km.
-  SEAS 1900km linking Seychelles and Tanzania.
-  GLO1: 9,800Km connected Ghana to West Africa and Europe.
-  Middle East North Africa (MENA) 3 850 Km cable for Orascom Telecom, positioning Egypt as a central hub for traffic transit between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
-  TE North system for Telecom Egypt – 3,100 km, it started with ultimate capacity of 128 x 10 on each of its eight fiber pairs, which makes it one of the largest cable systems in the region. Now in service using 40G technology.
- Atlas Offshore for Maroc Telecom – linking the cities of Asilah in Morocco to Marseille in France, over more than 1,630 km. It directly interconnects Maroc Telecom with the various European operators.

Alcatel-Lucent to bring faster, higher-quality broadband to Africa: In Africa, Alcatel-Lucent is focused on three major segments; infrastructure, applications and services; all three are critical to its long-term commitment to its Customers.’

Furthermore, “In terms of revenues, investment and local presence, Alcatel-Lucent has a major role in building and transforming Africa’s telecommunications networks for many world-class fixed and mobile operators in Africa, including but not limited to Airtel, Kenya Data Networks (KDN), Uganda Telecom, Orange, Etisalat Nigeria, Globacom (Nigeria and Ghana), MTN, Unitel Angola, Mcel Mozambique, TDM Mozambique, Vodacom, Telkom South Africa, Smile, Togo Cellulaire, Tigo Millicom Ghana, Telesis Tanzania, Algerie Telecom, Maroc Telecom, Inwi Morocco, Tunisiana, Orascom Telecom along with many other international key players, regional and local service providers.

Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent is also present in the Oil and Gas sector and with various governments – bringing advanced, affordable and convenient services to its customers across the region.

Fast fact on Alcatel-Lucent’s achievements in Africa including but not limited to:
In North Africa:

-  In December 2012, Alcatel-Lucent and Tunisiana sidned a four-year agreement to build a new superfast wireline broadband high capacity access network across Tunisia.
-  In 2011, Tunisiana selected Alcatel-Lucent for complete mobile network IP transformation.
-  In 2010, Alcatel-Lucent deployed turnkey communications solution for gas extraction, treatment and transport system to Saipem in Algeria (a leading Engineering Procurement and Construction contractor in the oil and gas industry).
-  In 2009, Alcatel-Lucent accompanied Sonatrach the first oil & gas Algerian company to evolve its telecommunication network.
- In 2009, Maroc Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent to migrate and integrate its billing and customer care solution.
- In 2008, Morocco’s WANA (Inwi) and Alcatel-Lucent signed a frame agreement for wireless transmission and network integration services.
- En 2007, Tunisie Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband access solution for triple play and VPNs.
In West and Central Africa:
- In December 2012, Alcatel-Lucent and Main One Cable Company have renewed their marine maintenance contract for Main One’s submarine cable system connecting Portugal to Nigeria over 7,000 km.
- In December 2012, Alcatel-Lucent builds Airtel’s IP/MPLS network backbone across Africa; to help the operator meet rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services.  This new backbone network will support all mobile broadband services to Airtel’s 17 affiliates across Africa – serving 60 million customers.
- In November 2012, in the frame of a new 2012 network expansion, Togocellulaire selected Alcatel-Lucent for a major transformation of the West African mobile operator’s network, boosting its GSM and 3G broadband capacity, quality and reliability across the country.
-  In September 2012, Alcatel-Lucent extends Ghana’s e-government services to rural regions for NITA Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency. (fiber optics backbone and managed services).
- In August 2012, Etisalat Nigeria selected Alcatel-Lucent Optism™ to introduce permission-based mobile advertising to over thirteen million customers.
- In 2011, Etisalat Nigeria renewed managed services contract with Alcatel-Lucent.
- In 2011, Tigo (Millicom) Ghana and Alcatel-Lucent bring personalized mobile advertising to millions of subscribers in Ghana.
- In 2011, MTN Nigeria selected Alcatel-Lucent for DSL access and aggregation network transformation.
- In 2008, Alcatel-Lucent and Globacom succesfully launched Nigeria’s first commercial 3G UMTS/HSPA mobile broadbdand network and the operator selected ALU to deliver converged multimedia services.

In East and South Africa:

- In December 2012, Alcatel-Lucent builds Airtel’s IP/MPLS network backbone across Africa; to help the operator meet rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services.  This new backbone network will support all mobile broadband services to Airtel’s 17 affiliates across Africa – serving 60 million customers.
- In November 2012, Smile and Alcatel-Lucent to expand availability of 4G services in Africa (Network launched in Tanzania in June to be followed by extension of mobile broadband network to Uganda).
- In November 2012, Alcatel-Lucent and Angola Cables, a consortium of Angolan telecoms operators to connect Southern Africa in Angola and the global community through a superfast terrestrial data link based on the 100G optical coherent technology.
- In October 2012, Alcatel-Lucent and Telesis Tanzania to help stimulate industry and economic development with launch of 4G LTE mobile broadband service.
- In June 2012, Alcatel-Lucent supplies network equipment to enable Telkom South Africa to expand the delivery of superfast broadband services across the country.
- In 2010, Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Kenya Data Networks (KDN) to further extend and upgrade its IP/MPLS network which is based on the Alcatel-Lucent Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA).
- In 2009, Orange Uganda selected Alcatel-Lucent to build and manage its mobile network.
- In 2008, Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Unitel S.A in Angola to expand and enhance its wireless network with the latest generation of Alcatel-Lucent’s GSM/EDGE radio equipment.
- In 2009, Bechtel selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a fully integrated end-to-end communications solution for Angola LNG Plant.
- In 2009, TDM (Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique) selected Alcatel-Lucent to extend nation-wide optical backbone and bridge digital divide in Mozambique.
-  In 2008, Alcatel-Lucent signed contract with mcel Mozambique to deploy 3G network covering key markets in the country.
Daniel Jaeger vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent Africa speaking on Africa market and his vision; he said: Africa is a growing market and a clear focus area for Alcatel-Lucent; it is among the company’s most promising markets. Broadband being one of the top priorities in the continent, and with the arrival of the submarine cables; good progress has been made to connect landing points, national backbones connect the regional hubs, but the connectivity to smaller places and rural areas is still poor, at large.

“Alcatel-Lucent is gaining more and more ground on the African continent. Service and network providers appreciate the focus of our company on the most cost-effective and innovative products, architectures and business models, mastering the totality of topics related to telecom business. We have the strong belief that constant technology innovations in the various domains will lead to the optimal end-to-end network transformation strategy for the service and network providers’ community.”

“Africa has a vast demand for connectivity – more and more broadband – on top of its infrastructure needs in some areas. More developed areas where existing infrastructures must now deliver high-quality broadband connectivity to support services like high-speed Internet access. The globalization of the economy and the growth of the internet have enhanced worldwide communications. End users wherever based in a remote village or in a big city should rely on stable telecommunications connections to enquire about the wider world and make their contribution to it. The convergence of services (broadband internet + video on demand + voice) has become a significant reality. Telecom operators, service providers, enterprises rely on their networks to run their voice, data and internet communication.”

He also added: “Africa is in need of affordable connectivity, which is essential for its social and economic development. Increasing the availability of high-bandwidth connections is crucial for Africa’s future development – also high growth in smart phones sales is dramatically changing usage patterns. On the other hand, the internet continues to become unwired; it remains a catalyst for change, for development and innovation, while operators and service providers are embracing the economic opportunity while coping with the capacity challenge.”

“Having said that, universal access to all will break network barriers to enrich and improve end users mobile broadband experience – The only economical way to satisfy the mass market hunger for mobile broadband is to capture all circuit-switched, packet-switched, fixed access and aggregation networks in a single, end-to-end IP architecture — But operators need more than cutting edge technology, as this challenge requires a technology partner that can translate break through innovation into operational excellence in the field with proven capabilities in wireless and IP with the aim of providing simplified, flexible and cost effective networks.

Alcatel-Lucent promotes diversity, inclusiveness and respect across the world. Its employee base represents a multitude of various nationalities capable to communicate between each other, while carrying Alcatel-Lucent values which are the company’s cornerstones at the heart of everything we do: Customers First, Innovation, Teamwork, Respect, Ethic and Accountability,” the study adds.

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Relyant LLC, Maryville, TN Firm Signs $200M Construction Contract in Africa

Posted on 23 December 2012 by Africa Business

Knoxville, TN, December, 2012 –(PR.com)– RELYANT LLC a Maryville, TN firm has secured a $200M contract to provide construction services in Libreville, Gabon a West African nation. Baghdad Kabi BTP, a Gabonese Construction Management company working directly for the Government of Gabon and Messodie International, a finance organization focusing on Central and West Africa, signed a final contract worth over $200 million with the Maryville firm. RELYANT will build the key supporting infrastructure and horizontal infrastructure in support of the Bikele Housing Project on the outskirts of Libreville, Gabon, to include roads, water delivery systems, electrical hookups, waste management and concrete home foundations home sites. The Bikele Housing Project is a vital step in the Gabonese government’s plan to alleviate the severe housing shortage throughout this country of over a million and a half inhabitants. 

“Regarding housing and in order to address the strong demand for housing in Gabon…a new town development scheme is being put in place, based on urban planning master plans containing a range of housing options for all income brackets, as well as hospitals and public buildings, roads, schools, green areas and shops.” The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, stated during his speech to the Gabonese people on Gabon’s Independence Day, August 17, 2012.

RELYANT LLC was awarded the contract to build out the housing project in a partnership with the Gabonese Prime contractor; Kabi BTP and finance firm Messodie International, stemming from a 2009 initiative by H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon.

RELYANT Chief Executive Officer Dan Smith is hopeful work will being shortly after in the New Year. “In being a part of this noble effort,” said Smith, “I can state without hesitation on behalf of the entire RELYANT team that we hope to not only raise the standard of living for the Gabonese people but strengthen the bond between our two great Nations.”

RELYANT Chief Marketing Officer Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Anderson added, “As a 31 year Army veteran accustomed to bringing the construction and logistics acumen of the US to bear on the challenge of providing high quality of life for our soldiers, it gives me great pride to be part of an effort to do the same for the people of Gabon.” He continues, “It will certainly be an honor and a pleasure to work in the beautiful country of Gabon and leverage our experience overcoming challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan to construct the vital Bikele Housing Project in the Libreville suburbs.”

Gabon is a West African country located on the equator, a major exporter of oil with miles of pristine coastline and aspirations of becoming a prime eco-tourism spot as well as a leader in implementation of green technology in the near future.

The contract calls for RELYANT to provide engineering, management, and infrastructure as well as the horizontal construction of 6500 homes which is projected to take 17 months to complete.

Gabon, a major exported of oil, faces an acute shortage of housing and needs over four hundred thousand (400,000) new homes for its growing population, officials said.

Contact Information
RELYANT
Steve Anderson
865 984 1330
www.gorelyant.com
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Equatorial Guinea Works To Integrate Central Africa Scientists

Posted on 23 December 2012 by Africa Business

Malabo host of the Sub-regional Conference on Surgery in Central Africa

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Equatorial Guinea has opened the Sub-Regional Conference on Surgery in Central Africa, which is aimed at integrating the surgical societies of the Central Africa sub-region as part of the sub-region’s efforts to integrate itself more effectively in the international scientific world.

Surgical society members from Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo and Gabon gathered on December 20, 2012, in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, for the two-day conference.

The conference provides surgeons and surgical specialists with the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas on the practices they undertake in their countries. The conference sessions will focus on tropical surgical pathology, endoscopic surgery in its current situation and prospects, cancer or tumor surgery, and trauma emergencies.

Equatorial Guinea recently hosted the 7th ACP Summit in Sipopo, where Agapito Mba Mokouy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, called his country’s hosting of the meeting part of a foreign policy characterized by greater openness to the rest of the world. The Central Africa Surgery Sub-Regional Conference is part of the West African nation’s commitment to development and an essential axis of solidarity among African countries.

Malabo recently hosted the 96th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and the 7th Summit for African Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State and Government (ACP) on December 10-14. Over the past two years, Malabo has hosted events such as the African Union Summit, African-South America Forum, 9th Leon H. Sullivan Summit, among others in Sipopo.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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VAALCO Energy Provides Update on Mutamba Iroru Block Onshore Gabon

Posted on 08 November 2012 by Africa Business

HOUSTON, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) today announced that the N’Gongui 2 exploration well being drilled onshore Gabon in the Mutamba Iroru concession has encountered hydrocarbons in the objective Gamba sandstone section.

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Robert Gerry, Chairman and CEO, commented: “With our partner, Total Gabon, we have elected to drill this well as a “tight hole” and therefore specifics of the operation will not be released until a later date. Suffice to say that VAALCO is excited about the results as the reservoir encountered is the same oil bearing sandstone that produces so prolifically from our offshore fields in Gabon. We are presently conducting additional operations to ascertain the size of the reservoir, reserves and plan of development.”

The discovery is located approximately six miles south of the producing Atora field operated by Total Gabon, and future development plans will investigate connecting into the field’s export pipeline.

VAALCO, as operator, and Total each share a 50% working interest in the joint operation on the 270,000 acre Mutamba Iroru block, located onshore near the coast in central Gabon. The block is subject to an 18% Gabon government back-in interest in the event of a development.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than historical fact, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that VAALCO expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include prospect evaluations, objectives and timing of future drilling and development, capital expenditures, future production rates, reserve growth and other operations and activities. These statements are based on assumptions made by VAALCO based on its experience perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are reasonable. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond VAALCO’s control. These risks include, but are not limited to, inflation, general economic conditions, oil and gas prices, lack of availability of goods, services and capital, actions by VAALCO’s venture partners, environmental risks, drilling risks, foreign operational risks, regulatory changes and risk factors contained in VAALCO’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other reports filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These risks are further described in VAALCO’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and other reports filed with the SEC which can be reviewed at http://www.sec.gov, or which can be received by contacting VAALCO at 4600 Post Oak Place, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77027, (713) 623-0801. VAALCO disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About VAALCO

VAALCO Energy, Inc. is a Houston based independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil. VAALCO’s strategy is to increase reserves and production through the exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gas properties with high emphasis on international opportunities. The Company’s properties and exploration acreage are located primarily in Gabon and Angola, West Africa and the United States.

Investor Contact

Gregory R. Hullinger

Chief Financial Officer

713-623-0801

Media Contact

Tim Lynch/Jed Repko

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

212-355-4449

SOURCE VAALCO Energy, Inc.

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VAALCO Energy Acquires Working Interest Offshore Equatorial Guinea

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Africa Business

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) today announced that, having received the approval of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, it has acquired a 31% non-operating working interest in a production and development area (“PDA”) in Block P, offshore Equatorial Guinea from PETRONAS CARIGALI OVERSEAS SDN BHD.  VAALCO paid $10 million for the working interest.

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The PDA, which is operated by GEPetrol, the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea, contains the Venus field discovered in 2005. The Venus field is estimated to contain between 15 and 30 million gross recoverable barrels of oil. The PDA also contains a number of exploration prospects that VAALCO believes are highly attractive, primarily the SW Grande Prospect and the Marte Prospect, each of which has the potential to add substantial reserves to VAALCO.

VAALCO expects the near-term plans for the PDA will be the drilling of exploration wells on both the SW Grande and Marte prospects in 2013 followed by completing a plan of development, including the Venus discovery.

Robert Gerry, Chairman and CEO, commented: “With this acquisition, we believe we will expose our shareholders to significant upside potential from the offshore prospects in Block P. Oil is present, as proved by the Venus discovery, and we are of the opinion that additional accumulations are potentially present on Block P in the untested prospects, which are expected to be drilled in 2013.”

Additional partners in the PDA include GEPetrol (38.4%), Atlas Petroleum International Limited (5.6%), and Crown Energy Ventures Corporation (5.0%).  In addition, the government of Equatorial Guinea has a 20% carried working interest.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  All statements, other than historical fact, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that VAALCO expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements include prospect evaluations, objectives and timing of future drilling and development, capital expenditures, future production rates, reserve growth and other operations and activities.  These statements are based on assumptions made by VAALCO based on its experience perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are reasonable.  Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond VAALCO’s control.  These risks include, but are not limited to, inflation, general economic conditions, oil and gas prices, lack of availability of goods, services and capital, actions by VAALCO’s venture partners, environmental risks, drilling risks, foreign operational risks, regulatory changes and risk factors contained in VAALCO’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other reports filed with the SEC.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  These risks are further described in VAALCO’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, VAALCO’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and other reports filed with the SEC which can be reviewed at http://www.sec.gov, or which can be received by contacting VAALCO at 4600 Post Oak Place, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77027, (713) 623-0801.  VAALCO disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About VAALCO
VAALCO Energy, Inc. is a Houston based independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil.  VAALCO’s strategy is to increase reserves and production through the exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gas properties with high emphasis on international opportunities.  The Company’s properties and exploration acreage are located primarily in Gabon and Angola, West Africa and the United States.

Investor Contact

Gregory R. Hullinger

Chief Financial Officer

713-623-0801

Media Contact

Tim Lynch/Jed Repko

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

212-355-4449

SOURCE VAALCO Energy, Inc.

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FORUMESURE, measurement, quality and control professionals exhibit from 22 to 25 April 2013 in Casablanca (Sheraton)

Posted on 25 September 2012 by Africa Business

 

For the first time in Morocco, an international exhibition dedicated to the professionals of measurement

Until now, a part exhibition was organized on the sidelines of international conferences of the African Committee of Metrology (CAFMET) in 2006 in Casablanca, 2008 in Tunis, in Cairo in 2010. The latest edition in Marrakech (April 2012 – CAFMET 2012) brought together 17 exhibitors:

VSL Netherlands, Sika France, Sartorius, Bae System, Milmeatest, Fluke, Nikon, Wika, Cafmet, Symia Hbm, LPEE, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Maroc, L2mi & Air Metrologie, JLAM, Mettler Toledo, MCINET Et Zwiebel

 

Several of them have already confirmed their participation to FORUMESURE.

FORUMESURE, new annual trade show, is aimed at companies and institutions to present their know-how, new products and services to hundreds of Moroccan and international visitors (35 countries represented) expected at the show.

 

For about thirty exhibitors expected, FORUMESURE is 4 days of exchanges and networking with visitors, to develop technical projects, provide innovative equipment / services and consider new collaborations in an area with a strong industrial potential monitoring constant technological innovation and scientific research.

 

Access is free for visitors who may also attend free lectures given by the exhibitors.

Alongside the exhibition are organized practical trainings (available on registration).

 

FORUMESURE targets include:

  • Industries of agri-food, chemical, pharmaceutical, mechanical, energy, petrochemicals, textiles, transportation, construction, etc…
  • Testing laboratories (human and animal health, environment, etc…)
  • Calibration laboratories
  • Universities and research laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Suppliers of equipment and measuring instruments

 

Events organized by the CAFMET usually are supported both by public and private stakeholders local and international such as LPEE, PTB, AFRIMETS, Mettler Toledo, Sartorius, OCP…

 

Why exhibit at FORUMESURE? Exhibitor testimonials:

Andreas BAUMANN, Market Manager – Sales International, METTLER -TOLEDO AG

“As exhibitors in 2012, we met a lot of potential customers and discuss all their projects. The exhibition is a way to present our newest technology and to get in contact with other suppliers. We will probably participate in next edition.”

 

Christian WEIDNER, Marketing Lab Products & Services, SARTORIUS

“Once again Sartorius has been represented as exhibitor on the CAFMET. For us it is an important trade fair for the entire African market. In personal discussions we have seen directly the needs and wants of our customers. Everyone was able to explore our products and learn about the benefits.”

 

Information and registration to attend FORUMESURE: http://www.forumesure.com/en/

The CAFMET: Africa connector between stakeholders in the world of measurement

 

The CAFMET aims to spread the metrological culture in Africa.

This in mind the CAFMET has connections in Africa and beyond with the various regional metrology organizations.

 

The CAFMET Africa organizes events that bring together professionals of measurement (training, forums, conferences, trade shows) and more recently CAFMET also organizes interlaboratory comparisons.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

4th African Forum of Metrology

Libreville, Gabon – 28 > 31 October 2013

Information : www.ac-metrology.com (events – activities)

5th International Conference of Metrology – CAFMET 2014

Pretoria, South Africa – From 31th March to 3rd April 2014

www.cafmet2014.com

 

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FORUMESURE, les professionnels de la mesure, du contrôle et de la qualité exposent du 22 à 25 avril 2013 à Casablanca (hôtel Sheraton)

Posted on 24 September 2012 by Africa Business

 

Pour la première fois au Maroc, un salon international dédié aux professionnels de la mesure

 

Jusqu’à présent, une partie exposition était organisée en marge des conférences internationales du Comité Africain de Métrologie (CAFMET) : en 2006 à Casablanca, en 2008 à Tunis, en 2010 au Caire.

La dernière édition à Marrakech (avril 2012 à l’occasion de CAFMET 2012) a regroupé 17 exposants :

Vsl Netherlands, Sika France, Sartorius, BAE System, Milmeatest, Fluke, Nikon, Wika, Cafmet, Symia Hbm, LPEE, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Maroc, L2mi & Air Métrologie, Mettler Toledo, JLAM, Mcinet Et Zwiebel

 

Plusieurs d’entre eux ont déjà confirmé leur participation à FORUMESURE.

 

FORUMESURE, nouveau salon annuel, s’adresse aux sociétés et aussi aux institutions qui souhaitent présenter leur savoir faire, leurs nouveaux produits et services à plusieurs centaines de visiteurs Marocains et internationaux (35 pays représentés).

 

Pour la trentaine d’exposants attendus, FORUMESURE c’est 4 jours d’échanges et de mise en réseau avec les visiteurs, pour développer des projets techniques, proposer des équipements / services novateurs et envisager de nouvelles collaborations dans une zone à fort potentiel industriel en veille constante sur l’innovation technologique et scientifique.

 

L’accès est gratuit pour les visiteurs qui peuvent également assister librement aux conférences animées par les exposants.

En parallèle du salon sont organisées des formations pratiques (sous conditions d’inscriptions).

FORUMESURE s’adresse notamment aux :

  • industries des secteurs agroalimentaire, chimique, pharmaceutique, mécanique, énergie, pétrochimie, textile, transport, bâtiment, etc.
  • laboratoires d’essais et d’analyses (santé humaine et animale, environnement, etc.)
  • laboratoires d’étalonnages
  • universités et aux laboratoires de recherche
  • agences gouvernementales
  • fournisseurs d’équipements et d’instruments de mesure

Les évènements organisés habituellement par le CAFMET sont soutenus autant par des acteurs privés et publiques locaux qu’internationaux tels que LPEE, le PTB, AFRIMETS, Mettler Toledo, Sartorius, OCP…

Pourquoi exposer à FORUMESURE ? Témoignages des exposants :

Andreas Baumann, Responsable des ventes à l’international, Mettler -Toledo AG

«En tant qu’exposants aux évènements du CAFMET, nous avons rencontré beaucoup de clients potentiels et nous avons pu évoquer avec eux des projets. L’exposition est une manière de présenter notre toute dernière technologie et aussi d’entrer en contact avec d’autres fournisseurs. Nous allons probablement participer à la prochaine édition. »

 

Christian Weidner, Marketing Lab Products & Services, Sartorius

«Pour nous, c’est un salon professionnel important pour l’ensemble du marché africain. Au cours des discussions personnelles, nous avons vu directement les besoins et les désirs de nos clients. Tout le monde a pu découvrir nos produits et leurs avantages. »

Renseignements et inscriptions pour participer à FORUMESURE : www.forumesure.com

 

Le CAFMET : connecteur en Afrique entre les différents acteurs du monde de la mesure

Le CAFMET, organisme indépendant, a pour mission de diffuser la culture métrologique en Afrique.

Dans cet esprit le CAFMET a des connexions en Afrique et au delà avec les différentes organisations régionales métrologiques.

 

Le CAFMET organise en Afrique des évènements qui rassemblent les professionnels de la mesure (formations, forums, conférences, salons professionnels) et depuis peu le CAFMET organise également des comparaisons inter-laboratoires.

 

Evènements à venir :

FORUMESURE: Exposition d’équipements de mesure et de contrôle

Casablanca, Maroc du 22 au 25 Avril 2013

www.forumesure.com

 

4ième Forum Africain de Métrologie (en partenariat avec l’Agence de Normalisation et de Transfert des Technologies – ANTT du Gabon)

Libreville, Gabon du 28 au 31 Octobre 2013

www.ac-metrology.com (rubrique évènements – activités)

5ième Conference Internationale de Métrologie – CAFMET 2014 (en partenariat avec le National Metrology Institute of South Africa.

Prétoria, Afrique du Sud du 31 mars au 3 Avril 2014

www.cafmet2014.com

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