The Africa Oil and Gas Programme is committed to providing an in-depth understanding of the current trends shaping Africa’s energy industry, from a national and regional perspective, and deep-look analysis on the main political, socio-economic, and security risks facing the oil and gas industry in African countries.
Historically Africa is one of the world’s most neglected energy provinces. In large part because of its relatively small reserves of oil and natural gas – despite notable exceptions such as OPEC members Nigeria, Angola, Algeria and Libya. However, new discoveries, particularly in Africa’s formerly hydrocarbon-poor east, have sparked a new wave of developments that are likely to change the face of Africa as an energy producer.
The Africa oil and gas programme offers a distinctive research platform to provide industry, government, academia and non-governmental and civil society groups with high quality independent research on the key developments, opportunities and challenges in Africa oil and gas.
A decade of high oil prices were instrumental in unlocking new frontiers on the Africa oil and gas scene with major gas discoveries in Mozambique and Tanzania and new oil finds in Uganda and Kenya. And the completion of new regional pipelines and infrastructure in the coming years in East Africa may open up Central Africa and the Horn of Africa to further exploration activities.
For large oil producers in North, West, and southern Africa, the fall in global oil prices has challenged the development and sustainability of the oil and gas industry. This theme explores how major producers, such as Angola and Nigeria, are coping with the lower price environment in recent years, and the future direction of their oil and gas activities.
For the past two decades, Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and other Asian national and private oil companies have made significant inroads into Africa’s oil and gas industry. The growing presence, strategies, and unique structures of Asian players offers new competition, but also avenues of cooperation, for African and international oil and gas companies.
From 2006 onward, a series of oil discoveries put Uganda on the global energy map. These were the largest onshore oil finds in sub-Saharan Africa in over two decades, and part of an oil and gas surge in East Africa and a wider energy boom on the continent. But almost immediately after the discovery of […]
In 2012, Kenya became the latest East African country to enter the oil and gas scene. The discovery of oil resources in the Turkana County provided an extra boost to Kenya’s already growing and diverse economy. But significant political, social, and security challenges remain. This paper analyses the opportunities and risks facing Kenya’s oil industry […]
The discovery of large natural gas fields in the Rovuma basin offshore East Africa represents one of the most exciting upstream exploration successes of recent years. The period of stability after the cessation of the civil war in 1992 allowed the international upstream companies to successfully apply advanced seismic and deep water drilling technology to […]
Ethiopia has emerged to become one of the economic powerhouses in Africa with overall growth rates averaging around ten per cent in the past decade. As a growing political, economic, and transportation hub, it is rivalling neighbouring Kenya in Eastern Africa and provides investors on the Horn of Africa with a more stable business climate […]
Angolan oil production hit a peak of 2 million b/d in 2010 and averages around 1.85 million b/d since 2012, allowing the country to vie with Nigeria to be Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest crude producer. Sonangol is currently arguably one of the most powerful national oil companies on the continent, with regular access to the international […]
In recent years, East Africa has transformed into an oil hotspot. Across the region, hopes are high that future oil production and exports will energize foreign investment and economic growth. Ongoing exploration and development work will change the face of the African oil map by adding another oil-rich region on the continent alongside West and […]
OIES study quoted: Politicization of EC rules on OPAL threatens undermining credibility of EU regulatory framework https://t.co/oFDSvn9Oxq
New publication: The OPAL Exemption Decision: past, present, and future https://t.co/KpLR99qTAs
J Stern: Gas industry needs new arguments and a credible plan for its European future https://t.co/1CFidWZOF0