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Mart nears oil discovery on UMU-7 well onshore Nigeriaindependentngonline.com | 04 May 2011
Mart Resources and its co-venturers, Midwestern O&G (Operator of the Umusadege field) and SunTrust Oil, reported encouraging initial test results from the first zone tested on the UMU-7 well located in the Umusadege field, onshore Nigeria.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Judging jatrophaIRIN News | 24 Mar 2011
A new study has put the brakes on a rush by some countries and companies to establish plantations of jatropha, an oil-bearing shrub and cousin of the castor bean bush, as a source of biofuel.
Mauritania, Kuwait, Jordan water said least secureReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan have the least secure water supplies, according to a ranking on Tuesday that says shortages in the Middle East and North Africa might cause political tensions and even higher oil prices.
Transparency International on oil companies and corruption: who is the most open?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Are the world's oil companies fighting corruption - or helping perpetuate it? The report out today by Transparency International and Revenue Watch examines the polices of 44 companies responsible for 60% of the world's oil production. With the focus on the collapse of oil-rich Libya now, the behaviour of these big companies behind the scenes in countries around the world becomes even more important.
Biofuel boom could follow oil price spikeGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
When biofuels match oil on price, production could boom in the developing countries that also have the greatest need to boost food supply. The production of biofuels, good thing or not, will be decided by the setting of targets in the big western energy markets, right?
Two Percent Price-Tag for a Green EconomyInter Press Service | 23 Feb 2011
The present "brown" economic system driven by fossil fuel energy and the serial depletion and degradation of natural resources and ecosystems has no future and must be replaced by a green economy, says the Green Economy report launched in Nairobi, Kenya this week by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Nnimmo Bassey - Right Livelihood Award recipientAfricaFiles | 17 Jan 2011
Nnimmo Bassey has been awarded the Right Livelihood Award "for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally".
Sudan: South Expects New Oil Finds to Boost Its EconomyAllAfrica.com | 14 Jan 2011
Khartoum — South Sudan government expects that new oil finds in the region by European operators would increase its revenue and help to cover important expenditures for the new state which might proclaim its independence next July. The semi-autonomous region is conducting nowadays a referendum on self-determination which would lead to the establishment of a new African state devoid of infrastructure and ravaged by war.
Sudan needs clearer oil-sharing dealBBC World Service | 10 Jan 2011
Sudan needs to have greater transparency over its oil revenues to help preserve peace in the region, according to a new report. Campaign organisation Global Witness says suspicions over how revenues have been shared have added greatly to mistrust between north and south. The report comes ahead of Sunday's referendum on southern independence.
Nigeria: Oil Spill Incidents in Hit 3,700AllAfrica.com | 21 Dec 2010
Lagos — The oil spill incidents in Nigeria have hit 3,700 in mid-December 2010 even as the federal government at the weekend commenced the review of national action plan for oil spill preparedness and response. Director, Department of Oil Spill Detection and Response, National Oil Spill Detection...
Ghana: Oil Flows Amid Legal & Transparency GapsAllAfrica.com | 20 Dec 2010
Government has been told to quickly address huge gaps in the legal framework needed to make the most of the billions in government revenue Ghana will receive from oil as commercial production of the commodity has already began.
New fuel prices take effectDaily Nation | 14 Dec 2010
A litre of super petrol will now cost Sh94.03 with effect from Wednesday in Nairobi as the government moves to rein in profiteering by oil marketing firms. Consumers in Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret and Mombasa will pay Sh96.25, Sh95.10, Sh96.19 and Sh91.08, respectively. The prices, according to Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi, will be reviewed every 30 days.
Uganda: Slippery politics of Uganda's oilThe Monitor | 23 Nov 2010
Long lines of fuel hungry cars and angry motorists are becoming to Uganda what workers strikes are to South Africa, the continents biggest economy. But where South Africas song and dance trade unionists picket the government for better wages- and have been a part of the countrys transition to democracy in the 90s, in Uganda, organised protests rarely occur.
UNEP fieldwork in Ogoniland, Nigeria, still ongoingUNEP | 22 Nov 2010
The fieldwork by UNEP's scientific teams on oil pollution in Ogoniland, Nigeria is firmly focused on collecting samples of water, soil, sediment, air and plant and animal tissue, with the on-the-ground activities due to be completed in December 2010 after which there will be further laboratory analysis.
Tanzania employees accuse govt of betraying them in company takeoverThe East African | 15 Nov 2010
The exit of multinational British Petroleum from the Tanzania market faces stiff opposition from its workers who want to know their fate before any transfer of assets is made. According to sources in the petroleum sector, workers are up in arms accusing management of ignoring their pleas for a...
Coal and climate change negotiationsAfricaFiles | 11 Aug 2010
The race to invent a new energy future is not waiting for the last sack of coal to be dug out of the ground. Ironically, this new energy future is being shaped despite the intensity of coal use in a somewhat out-of-step South Africa today. AB
Nigeria: Minister Advocates Collaboration Against Climate ChangeAllAfrica.com | 27 May 2010
The Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Muhammed Bello Adoke, (SAN), yesterday called for the collaboration of all stakeholders in the country on the fight against the activities of climate change."Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, the...
South Africa: Dirty secret: Eskom and the Medupi power plantAfricaFiles | 13 May 2010
China's per capita carbon dioxide emissions - at five tonnes per person – are far lower than those of South Africa. With just five per cent of the worlds population South Africa consumes a quarter of the worlds oil reserves. Khadija Sharife looks at support for Eskoms plans to build a new coal-fired power plant, Medupi and asks who the project benefits and what it will cost. DN