Energy

South Sudan pushes for oil fields to reopen

African Energy – 11 September 2014 The government of South Sudan is pushing for the restart of production from outlying fields in the critical oil territory in Upper Nile, and is evaluating the resumption of output from shut-down fields in Unity State, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. Production [...]

Block B in Jonglei, South Sudan

ExxonMobil set to pull out of consortium for South Sudan Block B

African Energy – 7 August 2014 ExxonMobil plans to withdraw from a consortium lined up to explore three oil blocks in South Sudan, according to sources in Juba. The blocks together make up Block B, a 118,000km2 area of Jonglei state divided into three in 2012.

Algeria has the third-largest shale gas resevers in the world

Algeria looks to develop shale gas sector

New wells could be critical to boosting the country’s standing as an international gas exporter, but challenges persist. Al Jazeera – 28 July 2014 Algeria has announced plans to drill four shale gas wells by the end of 2014 as it begins assessing the commercial viability of a resource base estimated to be the third-largest [...]


Richard Nield talks on CNBC about South Sudan budget

South Sudan budget sets unrealistic expectations

CNBC – 25 July 2014 This is an interview I did on South Sudan’s unfathomable war budget for CNBC’s Closing Bell Africa programme.

In Amenas gas plant Algeria

Algeria opens new territory to oil drilling

Energy companies remain wary, though, after deadly 2013 attack on natural gas facility Al Jazeera – 28 January 2014 One year ago, a terrorist attack on a natural gas facility in southern Algeria led to the deaths of 67 people after Algerian troops tried to rescue hundreds of hostages taken by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Now, [...]

In Amenas gas plant in Algeria the target of a terrorist attack in January 2013

Business and Terrorism in Algeria

The Atlantic Council – 24 January 2014 A year after forty workers were killed in a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest gas facilities on January 16, 2013, serious reservations remain about the provision of security at the site. The government’s partners on the project, the UK’s BP and Norway’s Statoil, have not yet [...]


Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan

South Sudan plays dangerous game of politics with Khartoum

African Energy – 16 January 2014 Reports that both the government of South Sudan and nominal opposition leader Riek Machar have been in talks with Khartoum over securing control of South Sudan’s oilfields have roused fears that the already bloody fight could escalate further. Speaking at Juba airport on 6 January at the conclusion of [...]

In Amenas gas plant Algeria

Foreign oil and gas workers in Algeria – not yet back at work

The Economist – 15 January 2014 A YEAR has passed since a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest natural gas facilities resulted in the deaths of 39 foreign workers. Yet the Algerian government has yet to convince international oil companies that it is safe enough for overseas staff to return to the site at [...]

Oil production has been slashed by 100,000 b/d after the outbreak of fighting in December 2013. Photo by Charlton Doki

Sudan fighting slashes oil production

African Energy – 9 January 2014 A rebellion in South Sudan has already slashed oil output by around 100,000 b/d. Production from Unity State, amounting to more than 40,000 b/d, has completely ceased and there has been an estimated drop in output of more than 50,000 b/d from fields in Upper Nile State. In Unity [...]


Algerian government seeks to salvage energy trade after attack

The Independent – 26 January 2013 Until a few days ago, workers at the In Amenas gas plant in the Algerian Sahara lived a simple, if confined life. Working 12-hour shifts and seven-day weeks offered little opportunity for leisure. But when there was down time, workers had at their disposal state-of-the art training and sports [...]

Algeria moves to bolster oil and gas reserves

Sonatrach plans five new refineries and accelerated gas exploration as part of $80bn spending programme In early November, Algerian state energy company Sonatrach announced plans to invest $80bn in oil and gas projects over the next five years. The plans include a 50 per cent increase in the firm’s annual spend, to $15bn in 2013 [...]

South Sudan plans to resume oil production in September

Sudan intransigence on border issue could affect vital oil deal between Sudan and South Sudan South Sudan is planning to resume oil production in September, after a transit deal was reached with Sudan in early August, according to Pagan Amum, the country’s lead negotiator with Sudan at the African Union. It shut down exports of [...]


Gas still a challenge for resurgent Middle East market

The combination of the global economic crisis and political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa made 2011 a tough year for investment in the region. But the significant increase in oil prices and the return of a degree of stability to several of the affected markets means the outlook for the coming year [...]

Debt fears loom over Dana Gas

One month after the United Arab Emirates’ Dana Gas issued its preliminary 2011 financial results, the crucial question of how the company plans to address serious liquidity problems remains unanswered. A $1 billion sukuk (Islamic bond) taken out by Dana Gas in 2007 is due for repayment in October. But the combination of a poor [...]

Unrest hits Europe gas strategy

Civil war in Libya and uncertainty over available gas from Egypt and Algeria means major additions to supply from the three major North African markets is unlikely For several years, one of the key aims of Europe’s energy strategy has been to secure a diverse and reliable gas supply. The continent’s own gas production is [...]


Turkey: A strategic route for energy

Turkey is making the most of its geographical location between the energy-rich Middle East and Central Asia region and consumers in Europe Compared with its Middle East neighbours, Turkey’s oil and gas resources are negligible. According to the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2009, Turkey produced an average of just 53,000 barrels a [...]

Power integration gains popularity in Egypt

Egypt is embarking on an ambitious plan to link up its electricity grid with Saudi Arabia. But full regional integration is a long way off due to perennial power shortages and pricing issues Egypt’s plans to link its power network with Saudi Arabia are the latest in a growing network of electricity grids in the [...]

Algeria’s renewable energy challenge

The government has unveiled an ambitious plan to reshape Algeria’s energy mix by 2020. But the necessary foreign investment is likely to be hard to come by given the country’s nationalistic tendencies When it comes to its plans for the development of renewable energy, Algeria certainly does not lack ambition. At the beginning of January, [...]


Beirut eyes offshore oil and gas round

Lebanon hopes to launch a licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration this year, but translating unproven potential into genuine resources will require more political unity Lebanon is planning to hold its first licensing round for offshore oil and gas contracts by November 2011, according to a statement by energy and water minister Gebran [...]

Algeria frustrates BP asset sales plan

The Algerian government is frustrating the proposed sale of assets in the country by BP to its Russian joint venture partner TNK-BP as it looks into buying the acreage… To view this article in full, please visit FT.com