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The Future of Global Energy

By Nyonga Fofang on July 2, 2018

OPEC keeps up its attempts to manage oil price fluctuations amid an unpredictable global trade environment. The close of the recent OPEC meetings in Vienna, Austria, were a bit anti-climatic for some of us. Delegates saw the session close with a continuation of the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ – an agreement to coordinate crude production and […]

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Managing Expectations in African Private Equity

By Nyonga Fofang on July 24, 2017

The African oil and gas industry is increasingly turning to private equity for financing. What kind of investor is looking at African energy, and how can they best unlock value in the sector? At last month’s Africa Oil & Power conference in Cape Town, an overwhelming theme was the role of private equity investment in […]

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After a disruptive year, what next?

By Nyonga Fofang on January 27, 2017

With a year of political upheavals in the US and Europe behind us, but predictions of further disruption ahead, what is the outlook for companies in the African energy space? It’s a new year, 2017, following Brexit, the US elections and gyrations in the oil and gas sector, among other sources of turmoil. Despite uncertainty, […]

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Overdue Discussions on Local Content in Africa

By Nyonga Fofang on June 29, 2016

Economic and political uncertainty form the backdrop for recent conversations on local content in African petroleum producing nations. At the end of last week, the world woke up to a fresh round of economic uncertainty in the form of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The economic shock reverberated around the world’s financial markets, […]

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Financing in the Age of Low Oil Prices

By Nyonga Fofang on May 14, 2016

Relatively low oil prices are here for a while longer and at these levels, more oil and gas companies will struggle to service their debts. Interesting deals will come to the table, but investors must gain a better understanding of petroleum industry fundamentals. The inability of major oil producers to agree on a production freeze […]

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Taking Stock of the Oil Price Drop

By Nyonga Fofang on March 24, 2016

Low oil prices are squeezing African producers and the beneficial effects on the continent’s largest importer, South Africa, are difficult to measure. Private equity investors could have much to gain, and exporters should take this opportunity to introduce transformative economic policies. There was a time when it seemed everyone wanted in on the oil game […]

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Mining in South Africa: What to Expect in 2016

By Nyonga Fofang on March 7, 2016

The global commodities downturn is reshaping South Africa’s mining sector, with share prices down and consolidation activity on the rise. The trends ushered in by the events of 2015 mean lean times for some, and deal-making opportunities for a bold and well-positioned few. “It’s déjà vu all over again”, as late US baseball player, Yogi […]

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