SOMALIA AND THE OWNERSHIP OF ITS OIL AND GAS

Authors: Rebecca Major, Jeremy Griffin and Mika Morissette Since the collapse of Somalia’s central state in 1991 and the ensuing decades of civil war, the central government’s ownership rights over Somalia’s oil and gas have been called into question, particularly in Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions. As set out below, the central government (the Federal Government of … Read more

DECISIONS BY REGIONAL MANAGERS WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA’S DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES MAY BE UNLAWFUL

Author: Dr Matthew Burnell  We have recently come across decisions made by Regional Managers within South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (“DMR”) in terms of sections 24P (Financial provision for remediation of environmental damage) and 28 (Duty of Care) of the National Environmental Management Act (“NEMA”). The Regional Manager does not have the requisite authority … Read more

THE REVISED LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE UPSTREAM OIL & GAS INDUSTRY IN SENEGAL

Authors: Stéphane Brabant, Bertrand Montembault, Paul Morton and Etienne Marque INTRODUCTION  Senegal has been at the forefront of the emergence of the MSGBC basin (covering Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry) in the global upstream industry. Accordingly, the new revision to the country’s petroleum legislation has been expected with anticipation. On 1 February 2019, … Read more

WILL 2019 ELECTIONS SHAKE UP THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY?

Authors: Paula Hodges QC, Nina Bowyer, Martin Kavanagh and William Breeze What to do about the economy, corruption and oil are just some of the issues dividing Nigerian politicians and splitting voters in the presidential and national assembly elections this year. Will it be more of the same for Nigeria in 2019, or will it … Read more

THE QUEST FOR A BALANCED HOST GOVERNMENT CONTRACT: AN MSGBC BASIN PERSPECTIVE

Author: Stephane Brabant and Etienne Marque  THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR The recent discoveries in the MSGBC basin (covering Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry) have triggered a great deal of hope for the upstream industry, the host States and their populations. Indeed, the development of these fields could potentially contribute … Read more