Africa
Angola: alarm-bells ring in Cabinda
1 March 2010
The recent murderous attack on a foreign football team has allowed the Cabindan separatist movement to take the world stage – and it raises security concerns for about a quarter of Angola's oil production, Martin Quinlan writes
Egypt: oil firms taking the rough with the smooth
1 March 2010
Modest increases in Egypt's oil and gas reserves are keeping IOCs interested, despite concerns over investment terms, writes Digby Lidstone
Nigeria's gas conundrum
4 January 2010
The Nigerian gas sector remains short on investment and direction, but IOCs remain committed to the country and now Russia's Gazprom is securing its position, writes Ian Lewis
Libya slides back into petro-politics
2 November 2009
Political interference in Libya's energy sector is on the rise, but, for now, it remains business-as-usual for IOCs, writes James Gavin
China in Africa: the honeymoon is over
2 November 2009
China's national oil companies remain a central feature of energy operations in Africa, but their influence has been tempered, writes Ian Lewis
Libya tightens control over energy sector
5 October 2009
A shake up at the top of Libya's oil and gas sector could spell a harsher climate for foreign investors
Bribery charge hits Halliburton profits
1 May 2009
Without a $308m charge, Halliburton's Q4 profits would have registered a healthy 12.5% rise. The firm's international expansion is helping it weather the economic crisis, writes NJ Watson
Glimmers of hope for Nigeria
1 May 2009
Unreformed energy agencies and a difficult economic and funding outlook make it hard for investors to enthuse about Nigeria's energy sector. But Gazprom is undeterred, writes Ian Lewis
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