Archive for April, 2021

$1 Billion Investment to Revamp Mining In The DRC, Build Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

Via SportTechie, an article on a planned large-scale investment in the DRC: BlueTech Investments, a private equity firm led by Hall of Fame basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, is investing $1 billion toward ethical mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funds aim to support conflict-free mining of copper, cobalt and other minerals needed […]

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How Afghanistan’s President Helped His Brother Secure Lucrative Mining Deals with a U.S. Contractor

Via OCCRP, a report on President Ghani’s involvement in a special mining license issued to his family member: With the stroke of a pen, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani put his sibling into the chromite business with a tarnished U.S. defense contractor. Afghanistan’s crags and valleys hold at least a trillion dollars’ worth of minerals, first […]

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Who Will Control Iran’s Chabahar: India Or China?

Via Eurasia Review, an interview with Behrouz Aghaei, Director General, Ports and Maritime Department, Sistan-Baluchestan province of Iran on Chabahar: Iran calls Chabahar port the “Gate of Nations” and that is an indication of its view about this port’s future. Chabahar is going to be one of the top trade hubs in the region, linking the West Asian […]

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Prospects of Iran-Afghanistan Railroad Evaluated

Via The Financial Tribune, an article on the potential of an Iran-Afghanistan railroad: A new railroad running between Khaf in Iran and Herat in Afghanistan has generated much optimism in the two countries, as it has the potential to boost bilateral travel and trade.  The rail link, part of the ambitious Five-Nation Railway Corridor project, […]

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North Korea’s Oil Procurement Networks

Via The Diplomat, an interesting interview on the subject of North Korea’s oil procurement network: Briefly explain North Korea’s fuel-procurement strategy. North Korea is completely dependent on foreign sources of fuel for its economy, military, and weapons program. The U.N. Security Council first imposed caps on North Korea’s fuel imports in 2017, but it has […]

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Did Egypt Make Oil Bloc Concessions In Halayeb and Shalateen To Satisfy Sudan?

Via Al Monitor, an article on a recent annoucement by Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Oil regarding an update of the map of the oil blocs in Sudan to be put up for international oil and gas investment, which includes blocs in the disputed area of Halayeb and Shalateen with Egypt: The head of Sudan’s […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.