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OPEC Debates Oil Production Cut

Speculation continues to mount that a deal to cut oil production can be reached when OPEC producers meet in Vienna on 30 November, but any agreement still faces major hurdles, with Iran and Iraq showing signs of resistance and the Saudi-Iranian rivalry may also come into play.

Marrakech: The Next Step in an Increasingly Active Process to Combat Climate Change

It remains to be seen if COP22 will achieve the necessary actions, the outcome of which may take many years to confirm.

South Africa: No End in Sight to Strained Electricity Grid

4 February 2015 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The South African economy will continue to suffer as a result of unplanned power outages and the need for continued rolling stoppages. The crisis will deter foreign investors and may also render President Zuma’s ambitious plan for economic growth of five per cent by 2019 unachievable.   Background South African electricity supplier Eskom is struggling more...

Tanzania in Battle to Tackle Corruption that Hinders Energy Plans

3 December 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), formed to plug the haemorrhaging of public monies, has presented a report accusing key energy companies of malpractice. In response, the international community is threatening aid withdrawals if action is not taken, vindicating the warnings of PAC Chairman and opposition spokesman, Zitto Kabwe. Background Since independence, Tanzania has been dogged...

India Taking Steps to Transform its Coal Industry

26 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

India plans to transform its coal industry with denationalisation and by confronting the corruption within the sector. The transformation is not complete, however, as the state continues to protect its virtual monopoly on this critically important, yet stagnant, sector. Background The Indian Supreme Court ruled on 24 September that 214 of the 218 coal blocks...

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Iran’s Nuclear Programme

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Falling oil prices and the threat of sanctions have given the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) greater negotiating power in their talks with Iran. Iran needs to reach an agreement by 24 November to avoid further sanctions on its economy, which is already suffering from a combination of...

The Economic and Strategic Goals of Modi’s Energy Reforms

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The removal of India’s diesel subsidies caused a price drop, bringing it in line with global prices. On the other hand, increased gas prices will drive new capital investment and could be used to subsidise state-owned oil and gas projects, some of which are in the South China Sea. Background The global price of crude...

Coal Seam Gas Mining on Agricultural Land – The Fork in the Road for Australia’s ‘Transitional’ Economy?

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The recently-released Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper outlines the concerns of farmers over the impact of mining operations in agricultural areas. As Coal Seam Gas (CSG) operations intensify in rural areas of Queensland and New South Wales, the federal government must back the paper’s commitment to protect the sustainability Australia’s farmland and water assets. Background CSG...

India Takes Steps to Transform its Coal Industry

29 October 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

India plans to transform its coal industry by denationalising and eliminating the corruption within it. The transformation is not complete, however, with the state still protecting its virtual monopoly on this critically important yet stagnant sector. Background On 24 September the Indian Supreme Court ruled that 214 of the 218 coal blocks allocated to private...

Oil Oversupply Highlights Discord within OPEC

15 October 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Oversupply, slowing demand, a strong US dollar, and OPEC discord as to what to do about these factors are culminating in sliding oil prices. Wealthy Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, will likely push to maintain current output and oil prices will continue to slide. Background The price of oil is at a multi-year low. A...

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