Why #Tanzania Needs to Be Careful about Gas Revenues
"With the gas industry expected to be the largest player in Tanzania’s economy, the Tanzanian government could face substantial losses if they do not act to curb bad policies and practices. Here are three major issues Tanzania needs to tackle in order to ensure they capitalize on upcoming gas revenues:"
#Kenya: Firms to Get Mining Licences Within 90 Days
"Mining prospectors will be able to apply for licences online and get feedback within 90 days, according to new amendments to the Mining Bill."
South Sudan draws up ‘War Budget’, but oil production targets unlikely to be reached
"By the evidence of South Sudan’s budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country’s finance ministry has lost its mind."
#Norway Offers Oil Advice to #Ghana
The Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Hege Hertzberg, has urged the Ghana government to use the oil resource to transform the country's economy from import dependent, to become a leading exporter on the African continent.
#SouthAfrica Launches One of #Africa's Biggest Wind Farms
"Built by a consortium led by British company Globeleq, the 138 megawatt (MW) wind farm is one of Africa's biggest - larger than the 120 MW Ashegoda windfarm that was unveiled by Ethiopia in October 2013, though not as big as the Tarfaya wind farm in south-western Morocco, which started producing energy in April and will eventually generate up to 300 MW of electricity."
#Ethiopia's Nile dam project signals its intention to become an African power
"Some neighbouring countries are less upbeat about the project. Citing two treaties, dating from 1929 and 1959, Egypt claims a historic right over the Nile. It fears that the dam will restrict the flow of water. […] "These treaties are now obsolete. We are entitled to build the dam," says Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopia's minister of water, energy and irrigation. "For a long time we derived no benefit from our river."
Tullow Oil strikes 4th dry well, will leave #Ethiopia
"Unfortunately, Tullow could not repeat its African success story in Ethiopia. […] Sources told The Reporter that executives of Tullow decided to suspend drilling operation in Ethiopia. "They will pull out their drilling crew out of Ethiopia. They will take out their core staff to other projects in other countries and lay off the rest of the staff in their Ethiopia office."
#Zimbabwe: International Cotton Prices Continue to Tumble
"Zimbabwe's cotton industry will remain under pressure as international lint prices continue to wane with China's imports expected to decline in the 2014/2015 season as the Asian nation shifts to domestic cotton for national reserves."
#Rwanda: New #Mining Law Targets Large Scale Investors
"The duration of license now depends on the size and nature of mineral deposits, as well as the size of investment to be injected in a concession. This will be shown through a feasibility study conducted by the investor."