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Big Promises: Ghana Election Special

Ghana's new government promised change – what does it mean for the oil and gas sector? Just weeks into the start of Ghana's New Patriotic Party government, and the changes for the oil and gas industry are already piling up — new government officials have been appointed, new leadership positions for ...

Aydanur Akkurt - Africa Oil & Power


Posted 10 months agoOpinion > GhanaElectionJubilee +10

Ghana power sector stumbles

Not too long ago, Ghana was a frontrunner in African energy. The country boasts an average access to electricity rate of 74 percent — far above the average rate of 47 percent for West Africa. But in recent years, Ghana's progress has stalled, as it wrestles with power outages and struggles to insta ...

Aydanur Akkurt - Africa Oil & Power


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > GhanaNana Akufo-AddoAmandi IPP +2

Benedict Peters: The fate of Nigeria’s oil future hangs in the balance

The workings of the oil sector in Nigeria had been in need of a rethink long before the Obasanjo government decided to take action nearly a decade ago. Passed from government to government in the years since, we're barely any closer to the promised alignment and clarification of the regulatory frame ...

Benedict Peters - Aiteo Group


Posted 9 months agoOpinion > OilPIBNigeria +10

Benedict Peters: What can we expect from Nigeria Energy Week 2017?

This week sees the launch of the 16th Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference and Exhibition and Nigeria Power Forum , the annual gathering of the leading figures and organisations in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. In another challenging year for resources in Nigeria, will this year's conference pro ...

Benedict Peters - Aiteo Group


Posted 9 months agoOpinion > NigeriaOilDiversified Gas & Oil +6

Benedict Peters: No shortage of ambition at Nigeria Energy Week – but what of the challenges ahead?

It is clear that Nigeria's Petroleum Minister, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a man undeterred by adversity. But what sets him apart is that, in spite of his bold ambitions for the oil sector, he is under no illusions about the scale of the challenge. That challenge is being explored in detail this w ...

Benedict Peters - Aiteo Group


Posted 9 months agoOpinion > OilNigeriaoil & gas conference +6

Benedict Peters: Nigerian firms fuelling the recovery

When Nigeria emerges from recession, the way we do business must change forever. This does not just mean an emphasis on diversification; though as the recession has bitten over the last 12 months, the need for diversifying the source of government revenues and our export base has never been more urg ...

Benedict Peters - Aiteo Group


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > NigeriaAiteoBenedict Peters +6

On the brink of progress in the Delta?

Last month I was very interested to read the announcement from our esteemed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu. He may have been speaking at the Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference , but in reality he was addressing the world. His message was this: that the Federal Go ...

Derby Omokoh - Upstream Consulting Company Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > 2017 Oil industry PredictionsNigerialegislation +2

Nigeria’s local firms flex their muscles overseas

Nigeria's local content capacity is regularly overlooked. Our home-grown companies are cast in the shadow of the multinational oil majors like Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Total SA and Eni SpA, which currently produce about 90 percent of our crude. But change is afoot and ...

Derby Omokoh - Upstream Consulting Company Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > South SudanlocalcontentNigeria +6

Fresh sleaze in Nigerian oil?

The Nigerian oil sector has been hamstrung by corruption, inefficiency, macroeconomic suppression and self-inflicting uncertainty over the regulatory environment. Legislation has so far done very little to change this. And on the corruption front, there are worrying new claims  that – despite makin ...

Bayo Okoya - Delta Analytics Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > NigeriaBuhariNNPC +2

Fries with that?! The US takes a big bite out of the Nigerian pie

It's not been an easy couple of years to be in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The last government seems to have given away enormously under-valued concessions to anyone that asked, the currency has fallen off a cliff and no one really knows what it's worth, and oil prices have hardly been kind t ...

Derby Omokoh - Upstream Consulting Company Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > USANigeriaJapan +6

Nigerian oil: overpromising and under-delivering

What the Nigerian administration possesses in its ability to propose ambitious promises, it ultimately makes up for in a lack of ability to execute its very well-intentioned plans. And it is now clear to everybody that the price of crude oil has very little to do with the country's problems. Among ...

Bayo Okoya - Delta Analytics Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > OilNigeriaPIB +6

Grab your popcorn - the PIB debate begins!

It's finally happening! The most eagerly-anticipated piece of legislation in the tumultuous history of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria is moving forward. Like a steam train pulling out of a station, it has taken a seemingly infinite amount of time to start but it now looks as though Nigeria's sena ...

Derby Omokoh - Upstream Consulting Company Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > PIBOilNigeria +3

What Brexit means for Nigeria

Speaking in Nigeria last week, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas Arkwright , was very keen to remind us of what Britain had done – and continues to do – with Nigeria. As Britain begins to negotiate a messy exit from the European Union, what seemed in part as a sales pitch to the ...

Bayo Okoya - Delta Analytics Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > BrexitNigeriaEmbassy +4

Deadline threatens self-sufficiency in Nigeria

Nigeria has been something of a playground for the International Oil Companies (IOCs) since the oil boom began here in the 1960s. The resources they brought, the scales of production to which they were accustomed to and the reach of their extraction and distribution networks meant that returns were ...

Derby Omokoh - Upstream Consulting Company Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > NigeriaPIBjoint venture +5

Nigeria says 'Power to the people!'

Like many working in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, I am crossing my fingers that much-needed new legislation will be passed in the days ahead. Not only would it provide a confidence boost for the global investment community, but it would sure-up the domestic market and at last allow it to grow. ...

Bayo Okoya - Delta Analytics Lagos


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > NNPCPowergeneration +1
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