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Mapping BP (3): Building a global network one affiliate at a time

on July 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

The decision to try and map BP’s global network was based on the fact that the company makes many public filings. We didn’t really appreciate quite how many until we had finished. In the UK jurisdiction alone, the BP network we constructed shows 182 affiliate companies. Of these, the 26 which were second tier companies more »


Indigenous oil companies in Nigeria: business is good, but is governance lacking?

on June 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Sixty years after Shell and BP first struck oil in the Niger Delta, multinational companies still produce more petroleum than local Nigerian companies do. But the long, fitful process of indigenizing the industry – a national priority since the 1970s – has finally, unmistakably, taken hold. In Port Harcourt, the steamy Delta oil hub, I saw more »


Gas flares, blackouts and the paradox of Nigeria’s energy problems

on June 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

The other night on a flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos, I saw what a gas flare looks like from the sky. Against a black backdrop, I counted flares by the dozens – giant, violent looking plumes of burning gas illuminating the night sky. I was struck by the darkness between the flares: I saw more »


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