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 »

Of Bad Guys and Sharp Accountants

on April 22, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

As I mentioned before, we had no particular reason to seek to map BP in particular. We were simply conducting an experiment into how much could be known about a major multinational from its own public filings. In trying to keep track of oil and mining industries, there are two particular issues that could be more »

Mexico’s oil reforms: transparency now or never?

on April 8, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

A few weeks ago we released the Spanish translation of Oil contracts: how to read and understand them, which we hope will bring some degree of clarity to the subject for our friends in Latin America and elsewhere. The publication is timely, coming just as one of the region’s most important petroleum producers, Mexico, pushes more »

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