HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS ATTENDS AFRICA ENERGY FORUM IN LISBON

Author: Joanne Elson  The 21st Africa Energy Forum (AEF) took place on the 11th to 14th June 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The annual AEF is the largest Africa energy gathering of the year and easily draws over a 1000 delegates from all over the globe, including many government officials, public private sector representatives, developers, dealmakers, … Read more

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY

Author: Stéphane Brabant The hereunder presentation is adapted from a speech given during a seminar on ‘Mining and Oil and Gas Law: Transactions and Dispute Resolution’, jointly organised by the International Association of Lawyers and the Senegalese Bar Association in February 2017. A few years ago, it was still unrealistic to raise the topic of … Read more

ANPG TAKES OVER FROM SONANGOL E.P. AS ANGOLA’S NATIONAL CONCESSIONAIRE

Authors: Rebecca Major, Sharif Abousaada and Matthias Steiner The Angolan government has taken a further step in restructuring the hydrocarbons sector in Angola with the creation of the National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis) (“ANPG”), which was approved by Presidential Decree (no.49/19) on 6 February 2019. With … Read more

MINES AND ENERGY MERGER: TOO MUCH ON GWEDE MANTASHE’S PLATE? – LEYDEN

Author: Patrick Leyden In a move that is likely to be welcomed by the mining industry, President Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Minerals and Energy (which now combines the Ministries of Mineral Resources and Energy). During his short erstwhile tenure as Minister of Mineral Resources, Mantashe made significant progress in addressing … Read more

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