Africa
Out of Africa
1 December 2008
"The barbarians have long since arrived at the gates of world oil, have achieved control of many commanding heights and should not now be expected to retreat." Derek Brower speaks to author Duncan Clarke
High hopes for new deal
1 May 2008
A long-running contractual problem limiting operations in the Niger delta could be resolved under a new arrangement proposed by the government. Finding an end to the terrorism problem could take longer, Martin Quinlan writes
The cost of oil
1 May 2007
It is not oil that curses an economy. It is having too many people and not enough oil to go around, writes Derek Brower
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