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Fueling the future of oil and gas infrastructure

Fueling the future of oil and gas infrastructure

By Stephan Burger, Vice President
MOGS Oil & Gas Services.

The continents premier platform for energy investment and policy, Africa Oil & Power (AOP) conference and exhibition will take place from 9 – 11 October at CTICC 1 in Cape Town.

AOP’s theme #MakeEnergyWork will showcase the energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, jobs and opportunity for Africa’s people and private sectors.

Ministers from 20 African nations and global leaders in petroleum and power are expected to speak at AOP 2019.

In this Op-Ed piece MOGS Oil & Gas Services (MOGS) Vice President Stephan Burger speaks to the theme of Africa Oil and Power, the continent’s premier platform for energy investment.

MOGS is a Pan-African operator, investor and developer of oil and gas midstream infrastructure across the African continent. The company develops and operates fuel import terminals, storage and blending facilities.

A subsidiary of African investment company Royal Bafokeng Holdings, MOGS is a majority partner in the South Africa-based energy infrastructure company, Sunrise Energy, which is responsible for Africa’s largest open-access Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) import terminal.

On the African continent, MOGS has a presence within the West, East and Southern African regions as a capital and technical partner to Governments and the private sector. Its operations are based in Tema, Ghana; Maputo, Mozambique; and Saldanhna, South Africa.

Through its open-access terminals, MOGS owns, operates and maintains oil and gas infrastructure, but it does not trade in any of these commodities. The company handles fuel products on a tariff basis in line with the country’s regulator, aiming to facilitate upstream and downstream access to the market.

As global markets move towards increased competition in the energy sectors, the MOGS Oil & Gas approach is expected to boost access to LPG and other fuels. This approach also promises to ensure continuous maintenance of infrastructure through companies owned and operated by MOGS.

The Sunrise Energy LPG import and storage facility is accessible to all third-party LPG importers, distributors and bulk consumers. Located in Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape province of South Africa, the facility enables the import of LPG in large quantities, boosting regional energy security and increasing downstream competition.

In recent years, the Western Cape Province has been experiencing shortages amounting to half its monthly 11,000 metric ton peak demand for LPG. With a capacity of 200,000 metric tons of LPG per annum, the new terminal is anticipated to meet the shortfall.

In addition to the Sunrise Energy terminal, Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha – a joint venture company created by MOGS and tank storage logistics company, Oiltanking GmbH – reached final investment decision for its crude oil blending storage terminal in Saldanha Bay in February 2017. The 12-tank project with a 1.1-million-barrel capacity per tank is expected to be completed and operational by the third quarter of 2019.

The facility’s oil tanks are interlinked, with blending nozzles and equipment in each tank allowing for efficient on-site blending of different crude oils. The OTMS facility, which is strategically located near an existing crude oil jetty and pipeline, provides access to valuable foreign exchange through storing and blending and transshipping crude oil for bulk building and for balancing production and offtake.

As South Africa works towards establishing a stable and sustainable energy mix, and developing a globally competitive energy sector, the projects at Saldanha Bay will serve to change the perception of South African design and technology.

With a long-term vision of investing in midstream infrastructure to boost capacity, MOGS will develop operating capabilities in different countries in a range of fields, including storage, pipelines, natural gas and LPG.

Having established itself in South Africa, MOGS hopes to create more opportunities to develop the sector and contribute to the governments’ ambition of implementing a more sustainable energy mix.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.