Author: Matt Smith
Ambiguities dull lustre of carbon-neutral LNG
22 September 2020
The complexity and cost of pricing carbon emissions from LNG’s full lifecycle will likely deter adoption—so a narrower approach may work better
Government policy key to investors’ gas concerns
18 September 2020
Slumping prices and imminent capacity expansion have dented investor confidence despite bullish long-term demand forecasts
Decarbonisation imperils long-term LNG contracts
17 September 2020
Failing to incorporate greater flexibility into LNG purchase agreements could spell trouble as nations get tough on carbon emissions
Dogma undermines South Africa’s renewables push
10 September 2020
As blackouts worsen, government launches flawed emergency power procurement plan and fails to liberalise sector
Losses mount at idle Nigerian refineries
8 September 2020
There is little hope that state-owned refiners will resume production, partly due to Covid-19, while the new Dangote refinery is insufficient to meet demand
Germany eyes DRC hydrogen project
8 September 2020
Scheme is at very early stage and depends on a long-delayed mega-dam for which funding is uncertain
Central bank holds key to Gabon’s oil future
30 July 2020
If oil companies are forced to hold revenues in the local currency—combined with mandated Opec cuts—the Central African country will struggle to attract the new investment it desires
Repsol repositions for green hydrogen
15 July 2020
The Spanish refiner will build a €60mn pilot plant to make synthetic fuels as it strives to meet its 2050 decarbonisation pledge
Congo’s disappearing discovery
9 July 2020
The Republic of Congo’s announcement of a major discovery appears to be targeted more at extorting EU environmentalists and multilateral lenders than attracting IOCs
Nigeria has a major problem
5 June 2020
Opec production cuts matter far less than international companies deciding to scale back production and capex
Angola revival stalled by global demand slump
26 May 2020
Sharply lower oil prices mean the West African country will find it difficult to finance the investment needed to replace its ageing offshore fields
Equatorial Guinea prepares for new era for oil
15 October 2019
‘Drill or drop’ policy will soon result in a new set of license holders that the government hopes will kick-start the West African country’s oil industry
Kenya enters the oil business
26 September 2019
The East African country exports its first consignment of oil while Tullow prepares for 2020 FID
Discoveries boost Angola upstream mood
27 August 2019
Prospects for a first licensing round in almost a decade will be buoyed by new finds