Congo's $619m hot potato: who's to deal with Dig Oil over crippling arbitration award?
The DRC is coming under increasing pressure to comply with a 2018 arbitration award of hundreds of millions of dollars in favour of South African junior Dig Oil over the delayed attribution of Cuvette Central blocks. [...]
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 [. [...]
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 [. [...]
Total, Caprikat & Soco caught up in tumult
Security problems in the eastern part of Congo-K are such that some oil companies like France’s Total are seriously thinking of declaring force majeure. To that can be added the controversy over Soco International’s exploration in the Virunga national park, [. [...]