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Geopolitics / Africa

The End-Game For Libya’s Oil Crescent

Feb 20, 2019 at 17:00 | Cyril Widdershoven

Libyan officials have stated that the control of the El Sharara oilfield has been handed over by LNA forces to Libyan oil security forces, the state controlled oil guards. Even…

Can China Save South Sudan’s Oil Sector?

Dec 19, 2018 at 13:41 | Tim Daiss

War-torn South Sudan could become a significant oil producer in the region if the country can manage to maintain a peace deal reached between warring sides in September. However, according…

A Storm Is Brewing In The Southern Gas Corridor

Jun 22, 2018 at 17:08 | Vanand Meliksetian

No fewer than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci attended a gathering in…

New Players Enter The European Gas Game

Jun 08, 2018 at 16:58 | Vanand Meliksetian

The expansion of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 indirectly led to several crises at a level not seen since the oil embargo of 1973. The accession of several…

Chevron, Exxon And Total On Niger Delta Hit List

Jan 25, 2018 at 10:50 | Irina Slav

A group of militant organizations calling itself a Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has released a list of oil targets that include fields and infrastructure operated by Exxon, Chevron,…

Is ISIS About To Attack Libyan Oil?

Jan 03, 2018 at 09:22 | Irina Slav

Islamic State forces in Libya may be planning an attack on the country’s so-called Oil Crescent, where its export terminals and many fields are located, a senior official from the…

Nigeria’s Oil Strike Stokes Fear In Markets

Dec 18, 2017 at 14:01 | Nick Cunningham

A Nigerian oil workers union launched a strike on Monday, citing unfair labor practices, threatening to disrupt a significant portion of the country’s oil supply. But the strike was

Sudan To Gain Influence Over South Sudan In Oil Deal

Dec 18, 2017 at 13:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Six years after South Sudan seceded from Sudan, Sudan may regain some of its influence over the south’s oil industry after the two countries agreed to cooperate in order to…

The Battle For Libyan Oil Is Heating Up

Dec 18, 2017 at 13:23 | Damir Kaletovic

Just as oil watchers wonder whether Libya’s ambitious oil production targets could undermine the OPEC deal, Libya’s General Haftar—the man largely responsible for freeing up Libyan oil production after two…

Can Nigeria And Libya Avoid A Production Cut?

Nov 29, 2017 at 16:36 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Beyond discussing the broader terms of the production cut deal, OPEC will crunch the numbers of exempt producers Libya and Nigeria this week to see if their oil production has…

Power Struggles In The DRC Are Hampering Energy Potential

Oct 20, 2017 at 16:32 | Richard Talley

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is known for two dueling realities… Below ground, the DRC sits on immense natural resource wealth, including some of the world’s highest-quality copper…

Who Gets Control Of Libya’s Oil As The Guns Go Silent?

Mar 20, 2017 at 10:42 | Irina Slav

The Libyan National Oil Corporation expects to soon regain control over the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals, which were the point of clashes between the Libyan National Army…

Libyan Oil May Be Slipping Out Of Putin’s Reach

Mar 10, 2017 at 13:29 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Last Friday, news broke that the Benghazi Defense Brigades seized control of two major Libyan ports on the “Oil Crescent,” posing a real challenge to Khalifa Haftar and Russia’s grip…

Geopolitical Time Bomb: Chaos In Somaliland Could Trigger Regional Conflict

Mar 01, 2017 at 12:23 | Gregory R. Copley

The broader conflicts around control of the Red Sea and its littorals are being played out in the new aspects of the transformation of the Republic of Somaliland, which dominates…

Nigerian Ex-President Accused of Backing the Niger Delta Avengers

Aug 09, 2016 at 09:32 | Erwin Cifuentes

A Nigerian rebel group splintered from the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) accused ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and nineteen other politicians of supporting separatist attacks in the oil-rich nation. As…

Giant Helium Find May Spell Trouble For Tanzania

Jul 01, 2016 at 18:44 | Global Risk Insights

The discovery of a massive helium deposit in Tanzania this week has excited both scientists and mining experts, yet for all its potential this new cache holds risks…

Nigeria Prepared To Negotiate With Niger Delta Avengers

Jun 07, 2016 at 12:04 | Lincoln Brown

After a string of attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure, its government plans to open talks with the newly formed militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). As the group continues…

Niger Is Key To West Africa’s Future Security

Oct 14, 2014 at 15:11 | Global Risk Insights

Niger is consistently ranked on the UN Human Development Index as one of the poorest countries in the world. Spiraling population growth along with frequent droughts has made it nearly…

Libya May Be Focus Of Major Rift Between US And Regional Allies

Aug 28, 2014 at 17:34 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

It had become clear by late August 2014 that Libya could no longer be seen as a unified state; at best it was in two parts, even with the communal…

Nigerian Company to Sue Total, Samsung

Feb 04, 2014 at 17:08 | Joao Peixe

An indigenous Nigerian oil company is suing major foreign players for allegedly plotting to exclude the local company from a $3.8 billion floating production vessel that was intended to be…

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