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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Oil and Gas in Africa: A Legal and Commercial Analysis of the Upstream Industry

Edited by: Marc Hammerson, John LaMaster

ISBN13: 9781909416680
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Globe Law and Business
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £135.00

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Although there has long been oil and gas activity in Africa, there has been a recent renewal of interest in the continent – particularly in jurisdictions without existing production. Countries with established industries continue to mature, develop and indigenise.

However, many problems (eg, security concerns, corruption, political risk and environmental issues) constrain production levels and have resulted in acquisition and disposal activity as companies rebalance their portfolios to reflect these risks.

Beyond these established players, the pool of African producing nations is expanding and the next few years will see countries with no or limited production becoming an important source of global supply.

Much of this new activity is taking place in East Africa – particularly oil production in the north (Kenya and Uganda) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas projects in the south (Tanzania and Mozambique). Infrastructure, legislation and contractual and fiscal terms are being put in place in these developing countries in anticipation of production starting before the end of the decade. Other countries such as Namibia and Somalia are exploring for their first significant discoveries.

As an oil and gas province, Africa is clearly a region of growing importance. This book discusses the opportunities and challenges. Chapters describe the production sharing contract (PSC) and economic terms governing regional exploration and production activity.

Although PSCs are not an exclusive host government instrument, they are of growing importance for countries looking for greater control over, and societal benefits from, petroleum production. The book also covers financing, M&A, valuation, local content, state participation, security and decommissioning issues in an African context. Additional chapters deal with OHADA – an attempt to harmonise business laws across 17 countries in West and Central Africa – and natural gas and LNG projects.

The book has been authored by leading industry participants, petroleum consultants, lawyers and security advisers with experience of working in Africa. It will benefit other industry participants and advisers pursuing oil and gas opportunities across the continent.

Energy and Natural Resources Law
Table of contents
General Jones
Upstream petroleum agreements in Africa
Local content
Comparative economic and fiscal analysis
Oil & gas mergers and acquisitions in Africa
State participation and local participation in oil and gas in Africa
Chasing shadows: security of oil and gas projects in Africa
Anti-corruption initiatives
Financing of oil & gas operations in Africa
The growing and evolving role of national oil companies
Dispute resolution involving oil & gas assets in Africa
Decomissioning in Africa
About the authors