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Former Lundin Energy executives denied charges of any complicity in Sudanese atrocities as their trial opened in early September, with hearings in the Stockholm District Court that fit into a growing trend for prosecutors to target companies and senior personnel for war crimes and similar outrages, no matter when they were committed, writes Chris Stephen in Stockholm.

South Sudan | Sudan
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Mpho Makwana will leave Eskom at the end of October, having served for only slightly over a year as chair of the state utility’s board of directors, with further divisions among decision-makers apparent in the protracted search for a new group chief executive officer (GCEO).

South Africa
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Former finance minister Manuel Chang pleaded not guilty in a New York court on 13 July to charges over the long-running ‘tuna bond’ scandal, having been extradited to the United States from South Africa the previous day. Chang was sent to New York after a South African court had rejected his request to be tried in Maputo.

Mozambique
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Energy minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh is resisting calls for electricity tariffs to rise, despite Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) recording an annual loss of at least $400m. 

Ghana
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Washington-based social impact project developer C-Quest Capital (CQC) has secured significant new finance for its deployment of clean cooking stoves in sub-Saharan Africa, in the latest sign of growing interest in the sector.

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The Ministry of Hydrocarbons’ mid-May roadshow event in London was an effort to firm up international interest in a string of blocks across central DR Congo and along its eastern border. In a problematic region, one big element for success could hinge on linking any finds into export infrastructure due to be built in neighbouring Uganda.

DR Congo
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The South African government’s decision to approve state-owned PetroSA’s selection of an affiliate of Russia’s sanctioned Gazprombank as the preferred investment partner for the Mossel Bay GTL plant has sparked controversy.

South Africa
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With crude now flowing through the 1,982km Niger-Benin Export Pipeline, a fivefold increase in oil production beckons for Niger, amid signs that Niamey is emerging from post-coup isolation and has mended ties with Ecowas and the US – a critical factor in developing the greenfield uranium mine at Dasa.

Niger
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Making the most of hydrocarbon resources and tackling perceived governance abuses are among the hot dossiers at the top of incoming President Bassirou Diomaye Faye and Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko’s agenda. Policy-makers and investors need to be acutely aware that Senegal is waiting on radical change from its new Pastef government, write Waly Dione Faye and Jon Marks.

Senegal
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African Energy’s investigation into National Oil Corporation (NOC)’s large budget and the failings at two of its most important upstream oil and gas projects shows how events at the national oil company holds significance far beyond the small number of oil majors and their partners who are directly involved. Understanding how Libya’s hydrocarbons sector is being run is a matter of vital concern to the Libyan people, whose futures are tied to its success or failure. The investigation should also be of prime interest to a wide range of African Energy subscribers, including those involved in renewable and thermal power or the trade in gas and liquid fuels. Sooner or later, resolving the problems that African Energy is exposing will require the involvement of businesses across the whole energy sector spectrum.

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Libya’s oil sector governance is under fire as never before, with Presidential Council head Mohammed Al-Menfi asking National Oil Corporation to explain its multi-billion-dollar spending over the past two years. With oil production flatlining and gas production at risk of severe decline, Libya needs new field developments, but two of its biggest projects have become mired in allegations of corruption. With potential ramifications for all those operating across a range of sectors in Libya, African Energy has been investigating these issues and more for a series of articles based on extensive source enquiries and documentary evidence.

Libya
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Politics are entering uncharted waters after the African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in South Africa’s 29 May general election, leaving the governing party to embark on uncomfortable national coalition-building and some very spiky provincial deal-making. Many grassroots ANC members would prefer a return to more radical roots via deals with Julius Malema’s EFF or ex-president Zuma’s MK Party, but others are hoping President Ramaphosa can secure a stable alliance that promotes economic stability with the Democratic Alliance. Failed coalition-building would lead to another election, in which the ANC might not do better a second time around.

South Africa
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A four-day hearing opened in London’s High Court on 21 November to decide whether the English courts can hear two legal claims on behalf of over 40,000 Nigerians against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria for environmental damage caused by oil pollution in the Niger Delta.The first claim is being brought on behalf of 2,335 individuals from the Bille Kingdom, mostly fishermen who claim their environment has been devastated by oil spills over the past five years.

Nigeria
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Documents disclosed in the ongoing legal battle between Arandis Power and NamPower over the tender award to Xaris Energy have brought to light how the electricity sector has been paralysed by contradictory policy and competing financial agendas. The controversial Xaris scheme, promoted as a fast-track solution for the country’s looming energy problems, was suspended in 2015 amid concerns about the tender process, but the suspension was lifted in December. The 200MW shortage that Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) said would cause rolling blackouts in the winter of 2016 did not materialise, but this has not stopped the competing political factions from undermining each other at every opportunity.

Namibia
Issue 254 - 17 May 2013

Nigeria: Governors on trial

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Former Delta State governor (1999-2007) James Ibori has lost his appeal against a 13-year prison sentence handed down in April 2012 by London’s Southwark Crown Court after he admitted ten counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. Ibori, a powerful southerner, was arrested in Dubai in 2010 and extradited to the UK to stand trial. He is one of the few senior Nigerian politicians to be successfully prosecuted for corruption.

Nigeria