South Africa - 02

South Africa: Corruption Charges Add to Pressure on Zuma

On 29 April the Pretoria High Court found that former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe’s April 2009 decision to discontinue the case against President Jacob Zuma was irrational, and that Zuma should face the charges set out in the indictment. The ruling is another significant blow to Zuma, but given that an

Libya - 04

Libya: The GNA and Oil Sales

The first layer of the UN-backed GNA, the Presidency Council, is having one of the worst weeks of its short existence. The council not only lacks the House of Representatives’ endorsement required under the political agreement that brought it into being, but is also struggling to maintain momentum in Tripoli while bracing itself for the

Russia - 01

Russia: Khloponin Challenges Sechin over Licensing

On 27 April Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin called on the government to eliminate license tenders since this “construct leaves a lot of room for corruption.” Khloponin suggested that in the future, licenses should be allocated only through auctions. The initiative was voiced at the meeting hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and

Kazakhstan - 01

Kazakhstan: Spreading Rallies Test Nazarbayev

On 27 April a few thousand people turned out for rallies in the large provincial cities of Aktobe and Semeya without approval from the authorities. Protestors called against the sale and long-term leasing of farmland to foreigners. The protests first began on 24 April, when several hundred people rallied in the major oil-producing city of

Indonesia - 03

Indonesia: Rosneft and Pertamina: Implications of Sechin’s Visit

On 27 April Rosneft President Igor Sechin visited Indonesia and met with Pertamina President Director Dwi Soetjipto, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno. Their discussion focused on a joint refinery in Tuban, East Java. Sechin stressed Rosneft’s interest in becoming Pertamina’s strategic partner in the development

Mozambique - 04

Mozambique: Frelimo Central Committee Session: Tensions beneath the Surface

On 16 April the fifth session of the Frelimo Central Committee ended in Matola after four days of deliberations. The committee’s agenda was dominated by current affairs and included discussions of Renamo, public financial management, Mozambique’s sovereign debt and corruption. With its 197 members, the Central Committee is the supreme organ of the ruling party,

Libya - 05

Libya: Zintan’s Place in Libya’s New Order

From late 2011 until summer 2014, the small mountain town of Zintan enjoyed outsized influence in western Libya, considering its population of only 50,000. The town’s influence was mainly due to what Zintani militias controlled in Tripoli, including the international airport and other strategic sites they seized after entering the capital as it fell to

Mexico - 07

Mexico: Pemex’s Eroding Autonomy

The terms of Pemex’s recent 73.5bn-peso ($4.2bn) bailout package from 13 April underscore the federal government’s willingness to continue propping the company up in the current oil price environment, but also the erode Pemex’s independence and the rule of law in the Mexican oil and gas sector. Notably, as part of the deal SHCP loosened

South Africa - 05

South Africa: Revised Mining Charter to Complicate Black Economic Empowerment

On 16 April Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane published a draft review of the Broad-Based BEE Charter for the South Africa Mining and Minerals Industry, known as the Mining Charter. Although the Petroleum and Liquid Fuels Charter currently applies to the oil and gas industry, one of the important changes in the MPRDA Amendment

Turkey - 01

Turkey: Ankara and Kiev’s Gas Storage Cooperation

In recent weeks Turkey and Ukraine have demonstrably increased their economic cooperation and policy coordination in light of both countries’ deteriorating relations with Russia. One primary area of potential cooperation emerging between Kiev and Ankara is in the energy sector, and particularly natural gas supplies and storage. On 10 March Turkey and Ukraine signed a