ESG Tracker SADC Region August 2021

There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF is now publishing a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments. The primary focus of the tracker is on developments that may be of most interest to or which are likely to impact … Read more

Legal developments in the energy and mining sectors in Francophone Africa

Our Paris-based partner Mathias Dantin has contributed to the International Energy and Natural Resources Law chapter of The Year in Review 2021, an annual survey of the law from around the world published by the American Bar Association (ABA), by writing on recent legal developments in the energy and mining sectors in each of Algeria, … Read more

ESG Tracker SADC Region June-July 2021

There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF is now publishing a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments. The primary focus of the tracker is on developments that may be of most interest to or which are likely to impact … Read more

CLEARING THE WATERS: THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL, 2021

∨ Introduction ∨ Key differences between the 2019 Bill and the 2021 Bill ∨ Conclusion INTRODUCTION Total S.A.’s (Total) initial discovery just over two years ago of gas concentrate in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B) offshore South Africa – a deposit reportedly containing around one billion barrels of oil equivalent1 – has placed … Read more

AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE: THE CEOs’ VISION

HSF is a proud supporter of The Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA) and recently participated in a roundtable debate which discussed how to achieve sustainable infrastructure for all in Africa. The following is an extract of that discussion published in the Financial Times (FT) on 1 June 2021 in its special report on Investing in … Read more

AFRICA EUROPE FORUM

Herbert Smith Freehills was a proud supporter of the Africa Europe Forum which was held virtually on 17 – 18 May 2021. Thomas Kessler, a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office, joined a panel discussion on the “Role of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Supply” together with Mario Ledic, Director Governmental Affairs, ANDRITZ HYDRO … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA’S TRANSITION TO ELECTROMOBILITY : A ZERO SUM GAME

On 18 May 2021, South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) published its initial discussion paper on the country’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The Auto Green Paper was published in response to the submissions which the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition received from South Africa’s major motor vehicle manufacturers following his … Read more

HYDROGEN AND AFRICA

As part of the energy transition, clean hydrogen has emerged as a critical tool in decarbonising our economies. In this article, we discuss the hype around hydrogen, provide a quick recap of hydrogen technology and explore reasons why the African continent is well placed to leverage the opportunities that the push for clean hydrogen will … Read more

WHERE NEXT FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S UPSTREAM SECTOR AND WOULD-BE INVESTORS?

It has now been over two years since Total made its significant gas condensate discovery in the Brulpadda block, offshore Mossel Bay. The announcement led to much anticipation for the rapid development of an upstream petroleum industry in South Africa. Recognising the need for a dedicated legislative framework for the oil and gas sector (which … Read more