Helping Africa help itself
1 February 2007
Why are Africa's energy producers still so poor? Bad governments making poor decisions, says Paul Collier, professor of economics at Oxford University. Interview by Derek Brower
Lands of plenty for Asian tigers
1 January 2007
Asia on Africa - the scramble continues
From bad to worse
1 November 2006
The Niger Delta's troubles will grow worse in the run-up to April's general election. Beyond that, it is anyone's guess, writes Tom Nicholls
Prospects far from certain
1 September 2006
Cameroon hopes its reclamation of the Bakassi peninsula, after a long-running border dispute with Nigeria, could open up new oil and gas prospects. But no-one yet knows the extent of commercial deposits and much remains to be done before exploration can recommence, Ian Lewis writes
Forward, with China
1 May 2006
Billion-dollar investments by US and European companies have made Angola a high-volume oil producer, flowing crude through innovative structures installed in the country's deep waters. But now the authorities are favouring Chinese firms, Martin Quinlan writes
All change in Tripoli
1 April 2006
Libya has experienced a bout of musical chairs, with the replacement of National Oil Corporation chief Abdulla El-Badri with the former prime minister, Shukri Ghanem, and the dissolution of the energy ministry. James Gavin looks at the implications for future developments
Trouble at the top
1 January 2006
A bitter row between the World Bank and the government of Chad over the management of oil revenues could carry wider implications for investment in major oil and gas projects in Africa, writes Martin Clark
All change
1 September 2005
The new hydrocarbons law gives foreign companies control over the exploitation of new acreage in the country. But will it be effective enough to keep Sonatrach at arm's length? Ayesha Daya reports
Redrawing the map
1 May 2005
Little-explored Southern Sudan has huge oil potential. But despite January's peace deal, which brought 21 years of civil war to an end, the ownership of resources remains a contested issue. Steve Hawkes visited the leaders of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, in southern Sudan
Pipelines and peace talks
1 February 2004
The prospect of further oil and gas investment is opening up in Sudan as the guns fall silent on Africa’s longest-running civil war. Martin Clark reports
$2.7bn apology whets oil company appetites
1 October 2003
The lifting of UN sanctions is a first step towards bringing in the new investment the country needs to re-invigorate its oil and gas sector. But obstacles still remain, not least the unilateral US sanctions that prevent the country’s oil companies investing in Libya, writes James Gavin
No longer the dry-hole capital of the world
1 September 2003
It may still be a high-risk exploration area, but interest is rising in offshore gas, where confirmation of a 2 trillion cf field may come in January. The imminent results of a licensing round will demonstrate the extent of international excitement. The country could be on the verge of shedding its old reputation as the dry-hole capital of the world. Nigel Ash investigates
Everything to play for
1 June 2003
Within a few years, Nigeria should see its oil production capacity rise by a third and its LNG exports double. By the end of the decade – if government plans are fulfilled – it could even be the second-largest oil producer in Opec and the world’s second- or third-largest LNG exporter. Political and tribal tensions, corruption and an ideological resistance to foreign companies being involved in the exploitation of its mineral wealth will be the most likely causes of failure, Martin Quinlan writes
Broadening horizons
1 November 2002
Oil production has grown exponentially in the last few years, transforming the country’s economic fortunes, and exploration efforts in the Gulf of Guinea are continuing. Based on known resources, production should continue to rise for the next three years, says Cristóbal Mañana Ela, the energy minister. Tom Nicholls reports
Peace hopes lift Talisman
1 September 2002