Africa
Nigeria: Back to the future?
19 April 2017
The government faces some tough decisions as it decides how to handle the corruption allegations surrounding the acquisition by Shell and Eni of offshore block OPL 245
Nigerian output recovery still distant
24 February 2017
As export routes remain blocked, local producers get creative
Libya's political chaos deepens
14 February 2017
An Islamist militia attack on the Sirte Basin was repulsed. But more conflict looks likely
Cairo tries to calm riled Riyadh
27 January 2017
A delayed and much-needed $23bn oil-products package from Saudi Arabia to Cairo is part of a complex political narrative with few signs of an easy fix
Will rising Libyan oil production ruin the Opec deal?
16 January 2017
Exempt from the cuts, the country could still help decide their success or failure
Libya’s oil war flares up
12 December 2016
NOC’s plans to lift output are under threat after renewed fighting in the Sirte basin
Libya - only the brave
8 December 2016
Libyan oil-output growth will eventually need the return of foreign firms
The Rovuma wait
17 November 2016
Political instability and infighting will force gas onto the back burner in 2017
Cairo crunch
11 November 2016
Fast-rising fuel demand is a problem for a country relying increasingly on products imports
Nigeria's dilemma
10 November 2016
The economy is struggling, investors are nervous and a ceasefire in the Delta seems to be over, threatening production
Insecurity and conflict still hampering South Sudan’s oil
12 October 2016
The country wants to push production up to pre-war levels, but chances are slim
Nigeria is no longer Africa's top dog
5 October 2016
Delta violence has forced Nigeria to cede its place as the continent’s top oil producer to Angola—for now
Libya: A ceaseless campaign
19 September 2016
Our report on the country’s energy infrastructure is the definitive guide to Libyan oil, politics, and civil unrest
Oil crescent endgame
19 September 2016
The political disintegration since 2014 has led inexorably towards a final battle for control of Libya's commanding heights
Libya's oil war starts
14 September 2016
The east's capture of four ports gives it a huge victory in the battle for the country. Oil exports may rise and the conflict could deepen
Newer face, older problems
14 September 2016
A new energy minister will try to end the stagnation in Algeria's upstream
Why waste a crisis?
31 August 2016
Under the pressure of scandal and renewed conflict, Mozambique’s government is keener than ever to speed up its gas-export project
NOC’s Sanallah: ports deal with ‘criminal’ Jadhran threatens Libyan oil recovery
11 August 2016
The UN’s agreement to pay off militia controlling oil terminals will ‘contaminate’ its reputation in the country and sets a dangerous precedent, says NOC chief
NOC pleads for money from Tripoli
11 August 2016
Unity government’s refusal to transfer funds pledged to state firm is stalling oil-output recovery, says NOC chief
Sanallah: Keep NOC out of the war
11 August 2016
Oil is now driving the conflict in Libya, says the state company’s boss, and dragging the firm into it will worsen the situation
Libya’s dangerous oil deal
3 August 2016
The UN-brokered ports deal with Jadhran cannot, on its own, increase the country’s oil output. But it may worsen the conflict
Action time for Nigeria's government
19 July 2016
Nigeria’s government is pressing on with plans to liberalise key parts of the economy. The downstream is a priority
Slipping off the radar
13 July 2016
Slow-moving legislation, political risks and the weak oil price have damaged West Africa as an investment destination. Senegal may be the exception
Waning Algeria
8 July 2016
Hit hard by the oil-price collapse, Algeria’s energy sector and economy are struggling with political inertia, giving investors little to cheer
Distress ahead in the Nigerian delta?
8 July 2016
Far from hitting a 2.2m b/d output target this year, Nigeria’s entire onshore production is now at risk
Libyan oil unity?
8 July 2016
A deal to unite the eastern and western NOCs could lift output quickly – or crumble in a battle over revenue