28 December 2018
The fate of the Greater Sunrise gas project in Timor-Leste hangs in the balance after two of the main investors pulled out, selling their equity shares to the government of Timor-Leste. This gives Dili much greater control of the scheme, allowing it to demand that the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant is built on its territory rather than in Australia.
12 December 2018
The new government of São Tomé and Príncipe faces the same challenge as all previous administrations in the country: diversifying the economy that has been overly dependent on coffee and cocoa exports, but hoping beyond hope that commercial oil and gas fields will eventually be discovered.
11 December 2018
Even before Portugal decided to take part in China´s Belt and Road strategy, with the signing of a joint statement at the end of Chinese president Xi Jinping´s visit to Portugal last week, the Portuguese government was already in full steam promoting what should be the key Portuguese infrastructure for the strategy - Sines port, in the south of the country.
04 December 2018
As Chinese President Xi Jinping lands in Lisbon for a two-day visit, Portuguese authorities will be extending the warmest of welcomes, even as the ever closer business ties between both countries begin to put a strain between Portugal and the European Union.
03 December 2018
The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) was completed in September, making it the first fibre submarine cable between Africa and the Americas. Running from Fortaleza in north-eastern Brazil to Sangano in Angola it should encourage the Angolan government to press ahead with the reform of its own telecoms sector, which remains underdeveloped in comparison with most other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
28 November 2018
Chinese company Sinopec could take a stake in Portuguese oil company Galp Energia and is one of two major international oil firms interested, according to the weekly Jornal Economico. Angolan oil company Sonangol is considering a sale of its stake in Galp Energia, and Sinopec is reported to be among the strongest suitors for the acquisition.
27 November 2018
After years of delay and deliberation, Mozambique’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry finally looks set to take off. Consortia led by Anadarko and Eni are investing tens of billions of US dollars in liquefaction, while the involvement of China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC) and China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) highlights the fact that China will be one of the main customers.