Public oil prospecting in Yemen 3: what happens if it succeeds?

Suppose you’ve won the policy argument and even managed to persuade a donor to put her money down while simultaneously managing an incomprehending and at times openly hostile public opinion and media. Suppose also it all happened: terms of reference were set, a bid process launched and a reputable exploration company won the bid and more »

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Public oil prospecting in Yemen 2: how would it work?

The most appropriate public role might be to step in at the earliest stage in the value chain, with seismic data acquisition and processing, and perhaps also some reprocessing of old perhaps data, not even progressing to appraisal work and exploration wells (certainly not in the case of the offshore fields where the cost would more »

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Public oil prospecting in Yemen 1: why bother?

I have been invited to speak at Chatham House in November on Yemen. The discussion will be somewhat about Yemen’s EITI process, which is struggling if truth be told. But also there will be a rare chance to discuss publicly funded oil prospecting – and in this case, whether the international community should entertain the more »

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