Africa
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
Egypt's petroleum minister: a man with a plan
8 June 2016
Tarek el-Molla believes his country will be a major oil hub, and self-sufficient in natural gas
Buhari’s Delta gamble
25 May 2016
Fresh violence in Nigeria’s oil heartland is cutting output and threatening upstream investment
No end in sight in the war for Libya’s oil
25 May 2016
Production and exports have collapsed and may fall further. The country may be split in two. Oil is at the centre of the zero-sum conflict
Algeria’s deepening energy problems
13 April 2016
Insecurity, economic malaise and uncertainty about the presidential succession are hindering the country’s oil and gas sector
Libya’s enduring calamity
24 March 2016
A new unity government seems destined to deliver neither unity nor government
Libya on the brink
7 January 2016
Hopes for the UN's unity government are fading, IS is capitalising on the chaos, renewing its assault on energy infrastructure, and the drumbeat for Western intervention is getting louder
Choppy waters ahead for Equatorial Guinea as production declines
9 December 2015
Minister of mines, industry and energy, Gabriel Obiang Lima, is taking a hard line with investors amid low oil prices and falling output
Division in Libya slows production
18 November 2015
Libya’s Zueitina terminal has been shut again amid an effort by the east to wrest control of the country’s crude-export revenue
Nigeria to renegotiate fiscal terms for offshore PSCs
19 October 2015
The timing of renegotiation of fiscal terms for offshore production-sharing contracts (PSCs) signed two decades ago is questionable for state-owned NNPC
Key petroleum legislation delayed in South Africa
30 September 2015
Until the Mineral Petroleum Resource Development Act (MPRDA) is passed investments are uncertain
Ghana is attempting to stabilise economy amid low oil prices
22 August 2015
Ghana is seeking to boost investment in its oil and gas industry, as misjudged government spending, infrastructure delays and low prices dull the optimistic mood
Nigeria appoints new head of NNPC to crack down on corruption
13 August 2015
Nigeria’s president has made good on his promise to reform the energy sector with key appointments already announced, but the legislative workload ahead is daunting
Hope for peace negotiations in Libya
29 June 2015
Talks between Tobruk and Misrata offer more hope than the UN-led negotiations