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  • A crude oil pipeline in South Sudan. (Photo: Gurtong)

    Bashir threatens South Sudan, again

    A crude oil pipeline in South Sudan. (Photo: Gurtong)

    Sudan’s President Omar Bashir has once again threatened to halt South Sudan’s crude oil exports through Sudan, claiming that the South is supporting rebels against his government.

    Sudan has given the South sixty days, as provided for in a cooperation agreement between the two countries last September, to drop its alleged support for the Sudan Revolutionary Forces rebel group or find another route to the sea for its crude oil. South Sudan, however,  denies supporting the rebels. Read More

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    Ghana government approves Development Plan for new oil fields

    Tullow Oil plc announced yesterday that the Ghana government had approved the Development Plan for the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme Development (“the TEN Project”), paving the way for Tullow and its partners to go ahead and develop the discoveries, and dispelling media reports of a disagreement between the partners and government. Read More

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    Ghana leads Africa in resource governance-Report

    The Kwame Nkrumah Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility in Ghana’s offshore Jubilee Field, operated by Tullow and partners. Ghana had earned 3 billion dollars from oil exports by the end of 2012 (Photo: Tom Fowler)

    A report released by the Revenue Watch Institute has ranked Ghana highest in sub-Saharan Africa in good natural resource governance.

    The Resource Governance Index measured the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors of 58 countries worldwide, and Ghana emerged 15th, ahead of Liberia, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among other African countries. Read More

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    Tanzania’s fourth licensing round slated for October

    Tanzania is set to launch its fourth licensing round for its deep water offshore and north Lake Tanganyika acreage, as the country seeks to expand its vast proven natural gas reserves, currently at over forty trillion cubic feet.

    Last week, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced that seven offshore blocks and one onshore block would be up for grabs come this October. Read More

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    Uganda to join EITI soon, says Energy Minister

    Hon. Irene Muloni (left) poses with the Council for African Policy’s Patrick Ongodia and another Ugandan delegate, Don Binyina, at the EITI conference in Sydney.

    The sixth global conference of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) ended today in Sydney, Australia, with all member countries and prospective member countries, including Uganda, re-affirming their commitment to the initiative. Read More

  • The Nigeria Stall at the EITI exhibition in Sydney. Nigeria has recovered two billion dollars of mismanaged funds as a result of EITI.

    EITI unveils revised standards

    The Nigeria Stall at the EITI exhibition in Sydney. Nigeria has recovered two billion dollars of mismanaged funds as a result of EITI.

    The sixth Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) global conference opened today in Sydney, Australia, with the watchdog unveiling revised, more stringent standards for member countries and those intending to join.

    Perhaps the most significant of the revised standards is the requirement for member states to make their contracts with the companies, including the Production Sharing Agreements, more transparent. Read More

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    Name and shame corrupt mining companies, urges Aid Chief

    Mr. Erik Solheim

    The 2013 Mining for Development Conference closed today in Sydney, Australia, with speaker after speaker emphasising the role of good political and business leadership in the sustainable exploitation of natural resources.

    While speaking on the final day of the two-day event, the Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Erik Solheim, told delegates that bad governance was the main reason why some countries remained under developed, despite possessing vast amounts of mineral wealth. Read More

  • Recently elected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

    Anadarko not yet lucky offshore Kenya

    Recently elected Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta promised sweeping but expensive reforms during the campaigns and must be eager to have Kenya on the list of the world’s oil producers.

    Exploration news coming out of Kenya this month indicates that the country will shelve the champagne, for now, as international oil companies intensify their treasure hunt on and offshore.

    Last week, United States major Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced it had failed to find oil in its ‘Kubwa’ well on Block L-07 offshore Kenya. Read More


    EITI Board suspends DRC

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board suspended the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mid this month following concerns that it was not fully disclosing financial information and the disclosed financial figures were not reliable.

    EITI is an international initiative that operates on the principle that companies working in the extractives sector of member countries must publicly disclose payments they make to governments and governments disclose whatever revenues they receive from those companies. Read More

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    CNOOC in record-breaking Canadian acquisition

    The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced on Tuesday that it had acquired Canada’s loss-making Nexen Inc., at a price of about 15 billion dollars.

    This is the largest overseas acquisition ever made by a Chinese company, as China seeks to deepen its footprint in developed countries.

    According to Xinhua News Agency, China’s three major energy companies-China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and CNOOC – closed acquisition deals overseas worth a total of $25.4 billion in 2012. Read More