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Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana talks on maritime border dispute continue

Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana talks on maritime border dispute continue

The presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have held talks in Geneva on a maritime border dispute that has frozen new oil drilling in a contested area, a spokesperson for mediator Kofi Annan said in a Reuters report. An international tribunal ruled last month that Ghana could continue developing a $4.9bn offshore oil project in […]

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Political upheavals could affect Kenya’s oil exploration, says report

By on October 15, 2014 in Conflict, Oil & Gas, Politics, Upstream with 0 Comments
Political upheavals could affect Kenya’s oil exploration, says report

Political upheavals blamed for violent flare-ups in Kenya could be a major hindrance to the emerging multi-billion-shilling oil and gas exploration activities, a market research firm has said. In an eight-page report, the UK-based firm Research and Markets says the future looks extremely bright especially after “commercial recoverable reserves” of nearly 1 billion barrels were […]

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Row Erupts over drilling plans by Tullow in Kenya

By on October 13, 2014 in Conflict, Oil & Gas with 0 Comments
Row Erupts over drilling plans by Tullow in Kenya

A fresh row has erupted over the planned oil drilling in Kerio Valley with residents saying they were not involved in negotiations. Tullow Oil has identified the more than 7,000 km² Block 12A, in the Kerio Valley belt, which runs across Elgeyo-Marakwet and Baringo counties, as the potential areas for oil exploration, with the drilling […]

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Conflict puts South Sudan’s economy at risk

By on January 27, 2014 in Conflict, Topical Issues with 0 Comments

Oil output in strife-torn South Sudan has dropped more than 20% since the conflict began, analysts say, as rebels have seized vital oil-producing regions. TheWashington Post says China, which has invested billions in South Sudan’s oil infrastructure, has been forced to shut down operations in some areas and evacuate scores of Chinese workers. Sudan in the […]

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Renamo threatens to disrupt Mozambican coal railway line

By on June 24, 2013 in Conflict, Politics with 0 Comments

Speaking to reporters on 19 June, Mozambique’s opposition party – the National Resistance Movement (Resistência Nacional Moçambicana: Renamo) – has threatened to paralyse the movement of trains of the railway between Beira-Moatize and Beira-Morromeu. The Sena rail line, which incorporates the Moatize mining area, is a key transport route for transporting coal to Beira, while […]

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Nile dam raises tensions between Egypt, Ethiopia

By on June 18, 2013 in Conflict, Geopolitics, Hydro with 0 Comments

Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia are rising after Ethiopia began diverting the water of a Nile River tributary to build the continent’s biggest hydroelectric power plant. Despite criticism from Egypt, Ethiopia says construction of the dam will proceed.Ethiopia summoned the Egyptian ambassador to demand an explanation after Egyptian politicians were overheard on a live broadcast […]

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Sudan, S. Sudan agree to oil flow restart within 2 weeks -mediator

By on March 12, 2013 in Conflict, Politics with 0 Comments

Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to order the resumption of the flow of southern oil exports through pipelines in Sudan within two weeks, an African Union mediator said early on Tuesday. Landlocked South Sudan shut down its 350,000 barrel-per-day output over a year ago in a row with Khartoum over fees. When asked when […]

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South Sudan could resume oil exports through Sudan by the end of the year

By on December 3, 2012 in Conflict, Midstream, Oil & Gas with 0 Comments

South Sudan could resume oil exports through Sudan by the end of the year, the South’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum said yesterday, after meeting with Sudan’s defense minister and other officials in Khartoum. This is according to Reuters. “By the end of this year, it is possible to load the first ship of oil, especially […]

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Tanzania & Malawi agree to mediation over border dispute

By on November 18, 2012 in Conflict, Oil & Gas, Upstream with 0 Comments

Tanzania and Malawi yesterday agreed to appoint an international mediator to resolve a long-running border dispute over Lake Malawi, thought to rest on abundant oil and gas reserves.The dispute has been ongoing for over 50 years but was escalated when Malawi issued exploration blocks on the lake. In 2011, Malawi, awarded oil exploration licences to UK-based Surestream Petroleum […]

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Territorial disputes in Eastern Africa: The Mineral factor

By on October 1, 2012 in Conflict, Mining, Oil & Gas with 0 Comments
Territorial disputes in Eastern Africa: The Mineral factor

Territorial boundaries have always been an emotive issue in Africa and have been one of the contributing factors to civil strife on the continent. Most of this strife has been internal owing to the fact that ethnic groups were mixed up during the partitioning of the continent as the imperial powers scramble for Africa in […]

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