South Africa - 06

South Africa: Gordhan’s Influence Under Pressure from Local Elections

On 27 July Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan provided one of the few official responses to Eskom’s attempt to engage the Department of Energy in discussions on the role of independent power producers (IPPs), stating that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was “not qualified to make policy statements.” Gordhan’s intervention followed a week in which various

Kazakhstan - 04

Kazakhstan: Renewed Caspian Offshore Cooperation: LUKoil’s Leadership Prospects

After years of delays, in mid-July the Russian government gave all necessary approvals for a joint venture between KazMunayGas (KMG), LUKoil and Gazprom to develop the Tsentralnoye field in the Caspian Sea, where the companies own 50%, 25% and 25% stakes, respectively. Horizon recently spoke with two high-level contacts in the Ministries of Energy and

Mozambique - 01

Mozambique: Nyusi Rejects IMF Forensic Audit

On 26 July the Assembly of the Republic discussed a parliamentary commission to investigate the legality of Mozambique’s sovereign debt. Parliament approved the creation of a commission of inquiry, but restricted its membership to MPs, meaning that no civil society organization (CSO) representatives will be able to participate. Notably, one of Renamo’s key demands was

Libya - 02

Libya: Sanalla’s Criticism: Objections to a Jadhran Deal

Within hours of UN envoy Martin Kobler’s 21 July meeting with PFG commander Ibrahim Jadhran in Ras Lanuf, it was clear that the visit would cause major ripples. Not only did angry Horizon contacts at the NOC in Tripoli say they were not informed of the meeting in advance, but the claim at a joint

Indonesia - 04

Indonesia: Cabinet Reshuffle: Golkar’s Growing Role in the Energy Sector

On 27 July President Joko Widodo announced the long-awaited cabinet reshuffle. As Horizon expected, most of the changes carried out by the president seem to be designed to accommodate new coalition partners, in particular Golkar and PAN, while also strengthening loyalists such as NasDem and Hanura.

Mexico - 02

Mexico: Round 2.1: Government Priorities

On 18 July CNH, SENER and SHCP announced the first auction of the second bidding round, known as Round 2.1, that includes 15 shallow-water blocks in the Gulf of Mexico: eight off the coast of Veracruz, six off Tabasco and one off Campeche. Ten of these blocks are for exploration and the remaining five are

South Africa - 02

South Africa: Eskom Escalates Dispute over IPPs

State-owned power utility Eskom recently signaled that it wants to enter into discussions with the Department of Energy over the IPP program. According to Business Day, Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane stated in a letter to Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson that the company will not sign further power purchaser agreements without engagement on the issue.

Mozambique - 04

Mozambique: Renamo-Government Negotiations: Prospects for Peace

On 20 July the first international mediators for the peace talks between the government and Renamo were presented at the Assembly of the Republic, including the representatives nominated by the Catholic Church and South African President Jacob Zuma. Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama insisted that both the Catholic Church and President Zuma, as well as EU