Archive for February, 2022

France’s TotalEnergies Makes ‘Significant’ Oil Discovery Off Namibia

Via Al Arabiya News, a report on a ‘significant’ oil discovery off Namibia: France’s TotalEnergies on Thursday announced a “significant discovery” of light oil and associated gas off the coast of Namibia, saying it would start assessing potential exploration. The discovery comes after the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned last year that all fossil fuel exploration […]

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Russian Energy Giants Gazprom, Rosneft Fuel Moscow’s State Coffers

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an article on how London-listed Russian energy companies not only finance the Russian government, they have also assisted Putin’s foreign policy: Russia’s financial system was under siege Monday, but the country is still pumping and exporting vast amounts of oil and natural gas to the rest of the world, delivering cash […]

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China’s Investment Setbacks in Panama

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report on China’s investments in Panama: Since the 2013, China has made major infrastructure investments worldwide as part of President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). One significant recipient of Chinese investment has been Panama, which under former President Juan Carlos Varela switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to […]

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Some Smaller African Nations Becoming More Business-Friendly

Via How We Made It In Africa, a report on how some smaller African nations are becoming more business-friendly: Smaller African nations are racing to develop business-friendly policies and economic reforms to bolster their investor attractiveness. Smaller African economies have begun flaunting their colours, particularly in the form of economic reforms and business-friendly policies as they […]

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Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul, Peshawar Rail Project To Be Expedited

Via the Frontier Post, an article on the Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul, Peshawar Rail project: The government of Pakistan and Republic of Uzbekistan in a meeting agreed on the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for expediting the Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar Rail project. This was decided during a meeting of a delegation led by Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister for Investment […]

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Pipe Dreams In Uganda

Via The Economist, a report on a large scale Ugandan oil project: Soon more than 200,000 barrels of oil a day will flow through Fred Lubowa’s garden: past his tin-roofed house, under his banana trees, and beneath the spot which currently houses the family graves. But for now the only sign of the disruption to […]

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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.