Mexico - 05

Mexico: CNH Authorizes New Set of Seismic Exploration Permits

On 26 May CNH approved seven seismic exploration permits for four Norwegian companies: Dolphin Group ASA, Petroleum Geoservices, Spectrum ASA and TGS. The permits, called Authorizations for the Surveying and Surface Exploration of Hydrocarbons (abbreviated ARES after their Spanish title, Autorizacion para el Reconocimiento y Exploracion Superficial de Hidrocarburos), are restricted to a certain period

South Africa - 06

South Africa: Forced Leave for Senior Executives Deepens PetroSA Leadership Vacuum

This week the board of PetroSA imposed a leave of absence on three senior executives, allegedly to enable an inquiry into the company’s poor performance to take place. According to a report in the national daily newspaper Business Day on 28 May, PetroSA CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, CFO Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and Acting Vice President of Upstream

Libya - 02

Libya: Cairo Meeting Raises Question of Tribes’ Conflict Resolution Role

A four-day meeting of Libyan tribal leaders took place in Cairo this week, ostensibly aimed at exploring ways to unite warring factions. However, the fact that the gathering was organized and sponsored by the Egyptian government, with support from controversial tycoon Hassan Tatanaki, made it look rather one-sided, as did the list of attendees. Most

Kazakhstan - 02

Kazakhstan: Security and Political Concerns Follow Kyrgyzstan’s EEU Accession

On 20 May the Kyrgyz parliament approved the country’s accession to the EEU to join the union’s four member states: Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. While the decision is not yet finalized, as the four members must approve Kyrgyzstan’s entry through their own parliaments and the country must meet certain requirements, its accession reflects the


Mozambique: Despite “Unsatisfactory” Governance Review, G19 Donors Continue Funding

On 15 May Minister for Finance and Economy Adriano Maleiane attended the annual review meeting between the Mozambican government and the “G19,” the group of development partners and countries that provide assistance through direct budget support (DBS) of Mozambique’s state budget. The annual meeting serves to evaluate the Mozambican government’s progress and funding from the

South Africa - 02

South Africa: Final Technical Regulations Due for Release

On 7 May Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi indicated that the Technical Regulations on Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation had been finalized while speaking to the media with Deputy Minister Godfrey Olifant and Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Director General Thibedi Ramontja. The three officials were addressing the press that day ahead of the DMR’s