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Shell expected to appeal court ruling blocking its seismic campaign

A recent court ruling in South Africa halting Shell’s plans to continue with a 3D seismic campaign could force a rethink in the way operators engage with local communities, but fears that environmental campaigners’ successes could quash hydrocarbons developments appear wide of the mark, writes James Gavin

Issue 453 - 20 January 2022

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DR Congo oil hopes point to policy dilemmas in a world in transition

President Félix Tshisekedi’s efforts to revive Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s attraction to international oil companies (IOCs) are admirable on paper, as are his efforts to revive – and bring improved governance to – the crucial energy and mining sectors. Having broken with his alliance of convenience with ex-president Joseph Kabila, Tshisekedi’s government is looking for takers for blocks 1 and 2 in the Albertine Graben, and there is talk of a new licensing round (see Upstream page 18), with plans to tender for 16 oil and three gas blocks in the onshore Atlantic basin, Cuvette Centrale and the western Rift Valley.

Issue 450 - 24 November 2021

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