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Indonesia’s Oil and Gas Sector Seeks Greater Foreign Investment

Nov 28th, 2022 -

With a need to increase foreign direct investment in its hydrocarbons sector to reach future targets, in recent years Indonesia has been revamping its oil and gas infrastructure and project development, placing it as a key player to invest in Southeast Asia.

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Strategic Energy Projects in the Balkans

Nov 25th, 2022

The following article will touch base on some of the strategic oil and gas, LNG and gas infrastructure, renewable energy, and hydrogen projects currently placing the Balkans’ as a key region between Asian, African and European energy markets.

Opinion

Lessons Learnt from COP27

Nov 21th, 2022

COP27 was dubbed the Africa COP and the implementation COP. It provided an opportunity to table issues critical to the continent and a chance to turn the words, drawn up at COP26, into action. The following article will cover the main highlights achieved during the latest edition of this important event.

Interview

Interview with Cannacord Genuity on the Importance of Educating the Argentine Lithium Industry

Nov 18th, 2022

The following is an interview with Cannacord Genuity on the importance of the mining and metals industry for the company, emerging lithium trends in Argentina, women entrepreneurship, and the company's short to medium goals in the country.

Opinion

BP Signs MoU with Mauritania’s Government

Nov 14th, 2022

On November 8 2022, during the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, BP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mauritanian government whereby the 2 parties will collaborate on research and development as well as project rollout regarding large-scale green hydrogen production in the country.

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Strategic Services Propelling Mauritania Onto the Global Stage

Nov 11th, 2022

The following article will touch base on the relationship forged in the past few months between the British energy consulting firm IN-VR, and Mauritania’s Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy (MPME) in order to help position the West African nation at the forefront of the energy transition.

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Interview with Mariano Mercado, Commercial Manager at Contreras

Nov 7th, 2022

The following is an interview with Mariano Mercado, Commercial Manager at Contreras, touching base on the company's role in Argentina's lithium industry, services offered, and short-to-medium term objectives in this country.

Opinion

A Historical Maritime Border Agreement in the Mediterranean

Nov 4th, 2022

Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid recently signed a maritime border demarcation agreement on 27 October 2022. The United States-brokered pact will allow the 2 nations to share offshore energy exploration fields and marks a diplomatic end to decades of hostility between the two countries, which are technically at war.

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The Uruguayan Open Round for Onshore and Offshore E&P, and Offshore Green Hydrogen and Wind Tender Rounds

Oct 31th, 2022

The following article will cover in-depth information on the 2022 Open Uruguay Round, as well as details on the proposed Uruguayan offshore green hydrogen and wind tender rounds that would take place next year.

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Interview with Ademir Ramírez, Director Minerals & Metals at Ausenco

Oct 28th, 2022

The following is an interview with Ademir Ramírez, Director Minerals & Metals at Ausenco, touching base on the company's role in Argentina's mining sector, new technologies being incorporated, sustainability and ESG performance, and short-to-medium term objectives in this country.

Opinion

Oman’s New Green Hydrogen Regime

Oct 24th, 2022

Both the government and foreign investors have recognised Oman’s potential to develop green hydrogen (based on renewable energy sources). In 2020, the country initiated plans for its first green hydrogen project as more countries and firms look to clean fuels to help solve the challenge of decarbonising economies.

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USD $2 Billion Expected to be Raised by Ecuador’s XIII Oil Round

Oct 21th, 2022

In October 2022, the Ecuadorian Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Xavier Vera, announced that 16 international oil companies are potentially interested in investing in 6 exploratory blocks in Ecuador that could add up to 24,000 barrels of crude per day to national output.

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Morocco: How to Succeed in Decarbonizing an Economy and Reaching Climate Resilience Targets

Oct 17th, 2022

The following article will touch base on Morocco’s regional leadership in energy-related investment, focusing on renewables, green hydrogen, and European and African cooperation to decarbonize its national economy, and reach its climate resilience targets.

Opinion

Highlighting the Sierra Leone Basin’s Potential: a Geological Approach

Oct 14th, 2022

Recent successful deep water discoveries in South America, significantly better reservoir quality than previously indicated, and an increase in deep water global investments, all point towards Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Basin being an excellent opportunity to enter the exciting area of the Equatorial Atlantic Margin.

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Developing an Enduring Timorese Local Content

Oct 10th, 2022

For the past decade, IN-VR has been working closely with the Timorese government to help boost local content participation and contend the ever growing involvement of International Energy Companies (IECs) throughout the island. The following are some of the initiatives led by both parties in the past few years, as well as some of the topics discussed during the latest IN-VR energy and mining summit conducted in Timor-Leste.

Opinion

Main Projects Propelling Uganda in Eastern Africa

Oct 7th, 2022

Since 2018 Uganda has been protagonist to a series of upstream, midstream and downstream projects that have led it to become a prospective oil nation in Eastern Africa. The following article will touch base on the country’s Tilenga and Kingfisher projects and the subsequent East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), as well as the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC), and the Kabaale (Hoima) Industrial Park.

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Mozambique, the World’s Newest LNG-Producing Country

Oct 3th, 2022

Following the introduction of feed gas to the plant in June 2022, Coral-Sul FLNG started producing LNG on October 2 2022 from the 3.4 million tonnes per annum facility, adding Mozambique to the LNG-producing countries.

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Mauritania's LNG Wealth as a Mean to Boost Economic Growth and Address Regional Challenges

Sep 30th, 2022

The African country is positioning itself as a major player in the gas market. The development of this industry could have a favourable impact on the national economy if the government plays its cards right.

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Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan

Sep 26th, 2022

Nigeria, already a political and economic leader on the continent, seeks to take the lead in just and equitable climate action. The following article will focus on the country’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP), which plans to help the nation achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Opinion

Sierra Leone’s Recent Performance Developments

Sep 19th, 2022

Recent developments in Sierra Leone, primarily driven by economic growth, among other important factors, have all allowed the country to design a medium-term strategy that will likely bolster its performance among Western African countries.

Opinion

Europe’s Natural Gas Strategy Amidst Russian Gas Flow Halts

Sep 16th, 2022

The European Union’s (EU) natural gas import dependency from outside of the EU was 84% in 2020, with Russia supplying 40% of total imports of natural gas. Taking the current Russia-Ukraine-NATO crisis, the following article will touch base on the efforts currently being taken by the European continent in order to mitigate risks and reduce its foreign dependency on natural gas in the short-to-middle-term.

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Securing Self-supply and Energy Development in Argentina Through the Gas.Ar 4 and Gas.Ar 5 Plans

Sep 16th, 2022

In September 2022, the Argentine government announced the extension until 2028 of the natural gas production incentive scheme that will guarantee up to 14 million cubic meters per day to supply the Néstor Kirchner pipeline. The construction of the Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline is a clear sign that the country is moving forward in the consolidation of the infrastructure that will guarantee the domestic supply and the availability of exportable gas from the qualitative increase in production.

Opinion

Argentina to Compete in the Global Lithium Battery Production Market

Sep 9th, 2022

In August 2022, the President of Y-TEC (YPF-Tecnología), Roberto Salvarezza, stated that next December the production of cells for lithium batteries will start in Argentina, a project deployed by YPF that aims to develop "from the salt flats to the batteries". The following article will review the company’s plans ahead of this important decision.

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Colombia’s Safe Wager on Geothermal Energy

Sep 12th, 2022

Given that Colombia aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 51% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050, the country has invested heavily in becoming the region’s leader when it comes to energy transition. Leaving other Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Sources aside, the country’s geothermal potential is evident, and has recently attracted the attention of the public and private sectors alike.

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Colombia’s Leading Roadmaps for Regional Leadership in Energy Transition

Sep 5th, 2022

Although Colombia has had an exponential growth in regards to solar and wind projects in the past few years, the country’s green landscape is expected to continue to grow through the development of hydrogen and offshore wind projects. The following article will touch base on the potential and advances made in each of these segments.

Opinion

Mauritania: A-to-Z on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) Project

Aug 29th, 2022

Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) is an offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project based on upstream gas production in 2km-deep waters on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal. It is the deepest offshore project in Africa till date. The following article will guide you on the most important features of this project.

Opinion

Suriname, South America's Next Jackpot?

Aug 26th, 2022

After Guyana’s oil and gas boom in the region, Suriname’s shallow and deepwater offshore blocks have been targeted by majors including TotalEnergies, Shell, and NOC Staatsolie. With multi billion discoveries being made in its neighbouring country, Suriname could easily be the continent’s next jackpot.

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A Bold Message to O&G Investors From the Argentine Minister of Economy While Visiting Nequén

Aug 22th, 2022

The head of the Argentine Treasury announced from Neuquén a package of measures to boost investments in the oil industry, the most relevant being a scheme so that companies that increase production have free availability of foreign currency as of 2023. He also delved into the second stage of the Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline, Plan Gas 5 and offshore.

Opinion

Cyprus and its Bet on Natural Gas in the Mediterranean

Aug 19th, 2022

The following article will cover Cypriot KODAP’s current plans and future projects, the island’s proposed switch to natural gas, and renewables in transport, and the recent offshore gas discovery made by TotalEnergies and Eni off the country’s coast that could boost Cyprus’ commitment to natural gas in years to come.

Interview

Interview with Smart Wires’ Joaquin A. Peirano, on the Company’s Plans to Spearhead Electric Interconnection in LATAM

Aug 15th, 2022

The following is an interview with Joaquin A. Peirano, General Manager - LATAM at Smart Wires, on the Argentine electricity grid, the company’s technology and contribution in Argentina to increase reliability and alleviate congestion, as well as some of their previously developed projects worldwide.

Opinion

Mauritania, the Next Global Gas Hub

Aug 12th, 2022

The following article will touch base on Mauritania’s recent oil and gas discoveries and the projects that are expected to make the northwestern African nation the next global gas hub, specifically with Europe searching for alternative gas suppliers.

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Interview With Max Torres, Founder at Upstream O&G Consulting Firm Plata Energy

Aug 8th, 2022

The following is an interview with Max Torres, Founder at upstream oil and gas consulting firm Plata Energy, where we discuss Argentina's hydrocarbons sector and maximizing its potential, the company's technical and commercial practices implemented in Latin America, M&As in the region, the importance of local content, challenges that must be overtaken by Argentina in order to progress, and the company's main objectives in the short-to-medium term.

Interview

Aug 5th, 2022

The following is an interview with Sun Jun, Manager at BGP Inc. China National Petroleum Corporation (BGP), where we discuss the company's current global strategy, its products and services portfolio, their influence on reaching energy transition and Net-Zero targets, key projects and main objectives in Argentina and the region in the next few years.

Opinion

Argentina, a Lithium Mecca in Latin America

Aug 1th, 2022

As the EV market had a 43% global rise in sales between 2019 and 2020, demand for specific resources such as lithium continues to rise; countries like Argentina are rushing to extract this rare metal throughout the country, and possibly become one of the mining meccas of Latin America. The following article will touch base on the importance of lithium, Argentina’s role in the lithium industry, as well as some of the most important projects, investments and M&As in the country.

Opinion

Ghana’s Growing LNG Scope

Jul 29th, 2022

As stated by the Ghanaian Ministry of Energy, Ghana’s oil and gas sector received a total of USD $666.39 million in 2020, contributing 7% of the government’s total revenue for that year alone. These figures are expected to rise through new discoveries and cutting-edge LNG projects that are currently part of the country’s energy pipeline; the following article will touch base on these projects.

Opinion

Ecuador, Doubling Down on Oil Production While Focusing on Renewables to Appease a Growing Energy Demand

Jul 25th, 2022

The following article will touch base on Ecuador’s new oil and gas deals, Petroecuador, the Ecuadorian NOC’s, plan to double oil production in the next few years, as well as the country’s use of renewable energy sources to appease a growing energy demand throughout the country.

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The Argentine Electricity Grid: Increasing Reliability and Alleviating Congestion Through Innovative Technology

Jul 22th, 2022

The following article covers the complex Argentine electricity transmission network and the need for smart grids, and how international technology providers are currently tackling this issue around the globe by increasing reliability of this critical infrastructure and alleviating system congestion.

Opinion

Sierra Leone Bidding Investor Guide

Jul 18th, 2022

As part of Sierra Leone’s Bidding Investor Guide, the following article will cover the country’s exploration history, geology, current block status and promising prospects, information regarding the country’s licensing process, as well as some frequently asked questions asked by interested parties.

Opinion

Rwanda, a Possible Energy Front-Runner in East Africa

Jul 15th, 2022

Although Rwanda currently relies on imports of oil and gas from international sources, a sound Petroleum Law, new energy strategies such as the replacement of biomass with LPG and a CNG project in Lake Kivu might just position the Easter African nation as a future front-runner in the continent's energy market.

Opinion

Argentina’s Energy Sector, a Clear Beneficiary of Bilateral Relations with China

Jul 11th, 2022

China is Argentina's main trading partner and since a few years back has been increasing its investments in energy. The following article will touch base on Argentina’s recent entry to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s interest in boosting Argentina’s energy transition, as well as some of the investments and bilateral projects between both countries.

Opinion

Bolivia: Gas, Exports and Future Projects

Jul 8th, 2022

Although current hydrocarbon production in Bolivia is low when compared to neighbouring countries, state-owned NOC YPFB is committed to secure domestic demand through JVs with private international players, increase the country’s GDP through gas sales to Brazil and Argentina, and increase onshore project development in the regions of Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Tarija, Beni and Pando.

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Upcoming African Energy Projects and Investments

Jul 4th, 2022

Africa’s energy sector keeps on expanding as it continues to attract investment from investors and International Oil Companies (IOCs) alike. The following is a breakdown of key energy projects and investments taking place throughout the African continent, destined to begin operations in the short-to-medium term.

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Understanding Ghana's Regulatory Framework

Jul 1th, 2022

The following article will touch base on Ghana’s current ease of doing business scores, as well as the country’s internal regulatory framework for the petroleum industry present in Ghana or interested in doing business in it.

Opinion

Angola, Africa’s new Heavyweight Hydrocarbons Producer

Jun 27th, 2022

Angola continues to surprise and lead in the African continent. The OPEC member has become Africa’s largest oil producer, overtaking Nigeria, after a series of discoveries across the last few years. The nation not only boasts a wealth of world-class projects operated by leading international companies in the industry, it has revitalised its bidding process to increase transparency and initiated regional cooperation in the downstream sector. The nation bears all the hallmarks for successful investment.

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Ghana: Bolstering Local Content and Optimising Technology Transfer

Jun 24th, 2022

Ghana’s upstream oil and gas activities dominate the debate on local content policies. This has led the country in recent years to pay special attention on technology transfer towards Indigenous Ghanaian Companies (IGCs), in order to revamp their participation in this important segment of the country’s economy.

Opinion

Recent Solar Energy Projects and Investments in Asia-Pacific

Jun 20th, 2022

The following is a breakdown of recent solar energy projects and investments in the Asia-Pacific region, which are expected to come online in the next few months/years.

Opinion

Upcoming Latin American Energy Projects and Investments

Jun 17th, 2022

The following is a breakdown of influential energy projects and investments taking place in 5 Latin American countries, destined to begin operations in the next few years.

Opinion

Sierra Leone: Reaching Success Through Data, Following in the Footsteps of Neighbouring Countries and Regional Collaboration

Jun 13th, 2022

Sierra Leone continues to focus on attracting investment towards its offshore exploration endeavours through International Oil Companies (IOCs), aiming at previously acquired data, understanding and pursuing recent E&P success stories in other Western African countries, and further developing relationships with its neighbours.

Opinion

Uruguay, Land of Conventional and Non-Conventional Opportunities

Jun 10th, 2022

Uruguay is mostly known as a non-hydrocarbon producing nation, but growth in exploration in the past decade, plus an enviable experience in finalising energy negotiations, have positioned the country perfectly to engage international E&P companies and investors in green energy. The nation, situated between the continental giants of Argentina and Brazil, has a longstanding history of self-sufficiency, and is currently looking to counter the strains in the global hydrocarbon supply chain by investing heavily in its own resources.

Interview

Interview with the Caltech Group, a Timorese Pioneer

Jun 6th, 2022

In this interview, Sheila Abilio Corte Real de Caldas, Co-founder, Proprietor & Advisor at the Caltech Group, discusses the company's extensive experience in the Timorese market, highlighted projects, the importance of local talent, achieving Net-Zero ambitions and their most recent objectives on the island.

Opinion

Algeria's Search for Foreign Partners and New Opportunities

Jun 3th, 2022

The following article will guide you through the hydrocarbon treasure trove on the banks of the Mediterranean, new regulatory changes, Sonatrach's immense local participation, opportunities for European, Asian and U.S. oil and gas companies, and a must needed shift to shale.

Opinion

Argentinian Offshore Exploration, Key Element for Self-Sufficiency and Global Energy Participation

May 30th, 2022

Positive results over its internal offshore E&P debate, current concession extensions, and increasing institutional support, all point towards Argentina becoming a self-sufficient energy producer and a global energy player.

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Interview with the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone on the 5th Offshore Licensing Round

May 27th, 2022

In this interview, the Director General of The Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone (PDSL), Mr. Foday Mansaray, sat down with IN-VR to discuss the announcement of the nation’s newest and most exciting Licensing Round.

Opinion

Sierra Leone, a New Decade of Exploration and Discoveries

May 23th, 2022

The Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone’s recent announcement of its 5th Licensing Round has turned heads within investment circles due to the vast extent of acreage on offer & this acreage’s prospectivity. Sierra Leone’s new dawn is attracting immediate attention for the following reasons

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Ghana, the Rising Star in the West

May 20th, 2022

Added to a continuous government participation, political and economic stability, and a constantly growing GDP, updates in LNG, downstream, renewables, Net-Zero targets and lithium are beginning to place Ghana on the map.

Interview

Interview with Brazil's ANP

May 16th, 2022

In this interview, Ronan Ávila, Deputy Superintendent of Geological and Economic Assessment - SAG at the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) discusses Brazil’s third permanent offer bid round, ongoing onshore and offshore opportunities, and the expected effects of the country’s New Gas Law.

Opinion

Saudi Arabia's Downstream Developments: a Rising Downstream Kingdom

May 13th, 2022

Following its USD $2 trillion market cap and an average production of 9.2 million barrels of oil per day in 2020, Saudi Aramco is paving the way for KSA's downstream segment.

Opinion

Ivory Coast, The New African Contender

May 9th, 2022

In September 2021 ENI had a major oil and gas offshore discovery in its CI-101 Block, which is expected to enter production in Q2 2023.

Opinion

How Argentina is Changing its Gas Industry for Investors

Feb 1th, 2022

One of the biggest priorities in the Argentinian energy agenda is the development of a gas and energy transition-focused industry, generating new projects and incoming LNG investment.

Opinion

Brazilian Pre-Salt: A Gateway to Opportunities and Investment in 2022

Apr 25th, 2022

Brazil has become one of the leading players in the oil and gas industry. What has made the country such an attractive country for investment?

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