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Geopolitics / Africa

Oil More Likely to Divide Lebanon than Unite it

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:07 | Claude Salhani

Lebanon has long been a country divided by its politics and its religion and now it might be further divided by its oil.Many Lebanese are elated by the…

TUNISIA: Salafi Extremism Will Affect Oil Confidence

May 31, 2013 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Developments during the month of May indicate that Tunisia’s Islamist government is preparing in earnest to take on the threat posed by radical Salafi forces. Analysis:…

Next Possible African Petro-State – Namibia?

May 29, 2013 at 16:58 | John Daly

Africa’s fabled mineral riches have excited foreign imaginations for centuries. When in 1324, Mali’s king Mansa Musa, who had converted to Islam 18 years earlier, made his haj…

Africa Ready to Reverse its Resource Curse

May 28, 2013 at 16:46 | MINING.com

Despite current setbacks in the global economy and Africa’s failure to take advantage of the last decade’s resources boom, experts believe agricultural, mining and energy resources can boost the continent’s…

SOMALIA: This New Frontier Isn’t Ready for Oil

May 24, 2013 at 13:43 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Somalia plans to sign 30 PSCs this year with foreign oil companies and auction off over 300 new oil blocks, but oil rights here are not solidified and…

NAMIBIA: First Oil Discovery Overrides Earlier Disappointments

May 24, 2013 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: It’s been a rough ride for Namibia explorers but this week explorers announced their first oil discovery, and while it’s not commercially viable, it could be the first…

Nigeria may be Next OPEC Member to Fall

May 10, 2013 at 18:15 | Daniel J. Graeber

The wealthiest man in Africa said he's secured billions of dollars in loans to help kick start the refinery business in Nigeria. OPEC-member Nigeria is forced to import most of…

GHANA-COTE D’IVOIRE: New Find, Old Maritime Dispute

May 10, 2013 at 15:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new discovery by France’s Total SA (TOT) just inside territorial waters of Cote d’Ivoire will either exacerbate or speed up a resolution for a maritime boundary dispute…

KENYA: Oil Production 6-7 Years Away

May 10, 2013 at 15:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Close to proving commercial viability of its major finds since last year, a new report by the IMF suggests that Kenya will start producing in 6-7 years.

SOUTH SUDAN: More Good News for Oil Production

May 03, 2013 at 15:41 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following a long-awaited agreement with Sudan that has South Sudan ready to continue oil production, other developments bode well for South Sudan output, including the integration of rebel…

Kenya Aspires to be East Africa Hydrocarbon Transit Hub

May 02, 2013 at 17:00 | Charles Kennedy

Kenya is moving forward incrementally with its massive $24 billion regional infrastructure project, the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transit Corridor (LAPSSET), awarding a key tender to a Chinese company.In…

Amid Deteriorating Security, Libya Seeks Higher OPEC Quota

Apr 25, 2013 at 17:14 | Charles Kennedy

A day after Libya announced it would seek to increase its OPEC oil output quota once production reaches 1.7 billion barrels per day, an attack on the French Embassy recalled…

Libya's Security Should Mirror Oil Ambitions

Apr 24, 2013 at 16:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

A U.S. report on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi highlighted longstanding concerns about the threat level in Libya. The interim report from the House of Representatives followed an attack this…

YEMEN: Chaotic Venue Offers Up New Exploration Tenders

Apr 19, 2013 at 14:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Yemen is offering up new oil exploration licenses citing a great interest by foreign oil companies, but the truth is that this venue presents THE HIGHEST political risk…

Ghana Oil Boom Raises Piracy Specter

Apr 18, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Recent significant offshore oil discoveries in Ghana will catapult the nation into Africa’s major producers club, but it will also be a boon for piracy on the high seas, which…

Egypt Lacks Oil and Sense of Humor

Apr 02, 2013 at 18:00 | Claude Salhani

Egypt’s economy is in rather bad shape; practically in a shambles. Unemployment is officially placed at 13 percent, though the reality is certainly much higher. Inflation has almost doubled since…

Sudan-South Sudan: Watch Now as the Oil Flows

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:20 | Editorial Dept

I’ve been skeptical about investing in either of the two Sudans without an oil and border security deal in place. That said, recent developments remove a lot of the political…

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Natural Resources Shape New Govt after Rebel Seizure

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new leadership is emerging for this resource-rich country after Seleka rebels seized the presidential palace in Bangui and forced CAR President Francois Bozize to flee, while French…

Sudan Auctions off Exploration Blocks, Hoping to Revive Energy Industry

Mar 25, 2013 at 18:35 | Geopolitical Monitor

South Sudan may have taken most of Sudan’s known energy reserves with it when it voted for independence in 2011, but that doesn’t mean Khartoum has given up on keeping…

DRC-RWANDA: M23 Gains Strength in Rivalry Reduction

Mar 22, 2013 at 15:45 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) escalates, the surrender to international authorities of a key Congolese general linked to M23 rebels will reshape the…

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