Exxon, Chevron and BP's blocks: João Lourenço hoodwinks Félix Tshisekedi
With Angola determined to be the sole owner, it looks as though the new DRC president Félix Tshisekedi will have to be content with mere crumbs of offshore blocks 0 and 14 (Chevron), block 15 (ExxonMobil), in production for over [. [...]
Kabila's chief of staff, Nehemie Mwilanya, puppet master of oil deals
President Joseph Kabila's chief of staff, Nehemie Mwilanya Wilondja, has been involved with all of the country's main oil files since first joining the president's office for another position 14 years ago. A behind-the-scenes look at the Comico, Caprikat and [. [...]
Will Cohydro have to repay Sonangol $150 million?
The positive outcome of recent talks between Luanda and Libreville on extending the continental shelf made a collateral victim: Congo-K. The sharp about-turn on its claims regarding the continental shelf will, paradoxically, have a negative impact on the joint interest [. [...]
A promising oil region lies untended
The recent postponement of a seismics survey on Total’s block 3 in the Ituri region conceals a fierce struggle between the local authorities and the much-weakened central government in Kinshasa. The episode underscores the multitude of logistical, political and security [. [...]