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Angola's oil industry

Exploitation of ultra-deep water blocks set to multiply Angola's oil wealth

June 1, 2011

New measures have been put in place to ensure Angola's local economy benefits from moves allowing international oil companies to develop the country's newly licensed deep-water reserves.

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Ghana's finance minister plans to spend oil wealth wisely

May 4, 2011

Ghana's finance minister Kwabena Duffuor tells Brian Caplen how he is taking measures to ensure that his country's new oil wealth is spent on securing its long-term economic prosperity.

Kuwait's Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

Kuwait's energy sector faces political stalemate

March 17, 2011

Oil companies are looking to Kuwait's government for signs that the country's major energy projects are to get under way, but legislative deadlock is hampering their future.

Saila Miettinen-Lähde, Talvivaara’s chief financial officer

Convertible bond fuels Talvivaara expansion

February 14, 2011

A London-listed, Finland-based mining company, Talvivaara, needed additional funds to expand the size and scope of its operations. After considering all the options, a speedy convertible bond issue was seen as the way to do it. 

Deriner Dam was built to reduce Turkey's energy dependency, but was criticised because its impact on key historical sites

Turkey grapples with project finance demands

December 23, 2010

Turkey is facing the task of doubling its installed power-generating capacity in the next decade, while also speeding up reforms in the energy sector to ensure planned projects can gain access to finance. Writer David O'Byrne

Eastern promise

As commodities demand moves to Asia, will banks follow?

December 13, 2010

The statistics are clear: commodity demand is moving east, and fast. For the moment, the bulk of trading and price-setting is done out of New York and London, but will banks, exchanges and physical trading houses move east as well? Joanne Hart reports

Growing need: Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation has made China a major importer of copper

Famine or feast?

December 10, 2010

For more than a decade, commodity markets have attracted increasing levels of investment, a trend that accelerated when returns from equity markets fell away in the financial crisis. Jim Banks asks what Asia's growing appetite means for commodities in the future: will investment lead to oversupply, or will demand from rapidly growing nations mean scarcity and price hikes?

Banks increase physical assets

December 8, 2010

The drive for a cap on position limits in the derivatives markets has led investment banks to increase their presence in the lucrative physical markets. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Food for thought

Who will satisfy commodity companies' hunger for finance?

December 8, 2010

Commodity companies are big and getting bigger, a fact that has not gone unnoticed within global capital markets. David Wigan assesses how the financial needs of these global behemoths are being met.

Building on more stable ground

August 30, 2010

Fluctuations in oil prices have almost spelt catastrophe for Nigeria over the past year. The future of the country's oil industry now looks more secure, but the lessons of the past year have emphasised how important it is for Nigeria to strengthen its non-oil economy. Writer Daniel Maalo

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