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Tanzania firms up new reserves as companies consider bid round terms, gas policy

BG Group has announced an increase in total recoverable resources for the Mzia discovery and across blocks 1, 3 and 4 offshore southern Tanzania, marking the conclusion of a drilling and testing campaign that confirmed the Mzia field as a second...

Ethiopia edges towards power agreement with Sudan and Egypt

Ethiopia’s 6,000MW Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile River is the centrepiece of the country’s five-year Growth and Transformation Programme, which aims to turn the country into a middle-income nation by 2015, expanding its electricity...

South African resource plan puts flexibility at heart of power sector

A draft of the updated integrated resource plan (IRP) 2010-2030 has been released by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) for public comment. The document revises downwards the 2030 electricity demand forecast from 454TWh in the 2010 IRP to...

Saudi Arabia: Nazaha back in the news

The head of Saudi Arabia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha – integrity) Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Sharif has said he will quit his job if the agency does not perform. “I will be the first to quit this position if Nazaha becomes a...

Bahrain: Dahdaleh corruption trial collapses

The trial of Victor Dahdaleh, the Jordanian-born businessman accused of paying bribes on behalf of companies seeking contracts with Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), collapsed on 10 December, in a major embarrassment to Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (...

‘Zonda cars for all’? Dispute over payments sheds light on Kurdish energy deals

For such a young sector, Iraqi Kurdistan’s energy industry has given rise to an astonishingly high number of court cases. Some relate to arguments over payments owed to those who felt they helped oil companies into the region (Excalibur v Texas...

Questions over Iran at the forefront of GCC minds

It has been an eventful year in the Gulf. Against a backdrop of wider regional turmoil – the civil war in Syria and the overthrow of Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi (GSN 951/1) – the six Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states have been broadly stable,...

Yemen: Attack on defence ministry kills 56, wounds 215

In a brazen show of force, militants attacked Yemen’s Ministry of Defence compound on 5 December. The attack and subsequent clashes killed 56 people, according to state news agency Saba. A preliminary report submitted to President Abd-Rabbu...

Political change afoot as South Africa prepares for Mandela funeral

South Africans, with President Jacob Zuma at their head, have long dreaded Nelson Mandela’s death, as not only a sad close to a major chapter in history, but also because it will force the nation to look more closely at its values, leadership and...

Oil blockades threaten Libya’s financial security

At the end of November, prime minister Ali Zeidan warned that the government will need to borrow on the international markets to pay salaries. A blockade of most of Libya’s oil export terminals means that since July, revenues have at most been...

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