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.
Angola is one of Africa’s most established petro-states, with initial forays into the country’s oil acreage predating national independence. A failure to diversify the economy significantly away from the now well-established oil industry proved disastrous during the global financial crisis of 2008-9: the plunge in oil prices by nearly two thirds from a high of USD147 forced […]
East Africa has followed a long road of highs and lows in developing its oil resources. On the back of high global oil prices between 2004 and 2014, a rush of new exploration put the region on the map as a new frontier for African oil. But it did not take long for the momentum […]
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 […]
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 […]
B Fattouh on Saudi oil consumption: High growth rates of consumption & crude burn seen in past decades are behind us https://t.co/UhB2IpQSpt
0IES' @thierry_bros to speak at the Africa Energy Forum #AEF17 on 7 June in Copenhagen https://t.co/YvSXBH3Sn6
Tough market conditions for new final investment decision in FLNG. @thierry_bros quoted in @LesEchos https://t.co/vPAGy9qYKW