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European Investors Steer Clear from Moroccan Solar Projects in Disputed Western Sahara Territory

The North Africa Journal | Morocco has managed to raise so far about $1 billion to fund its mega solar project. Half of that money is a donation from Saudi Arabia, largely to enable Saudi companies to win contracts in Morocco.
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Despite Security Vacuum in Libya, Oil Exploration Goes On, Repsol Finds New Reserves

The North Africa Journal | There have been high profile cases of companies leaving Libya in droves. The actions of armed militias and those of the Islamist militants active in the country, overwhelming the weak government in place, have scared a great number of companies. But for those willing to stick around, eventually it will all pay off....
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Wanted: Algerian Court Issues International Warrant for the Arrest of Ex-Oil Minister Chakib Khelil

The North Africa Journal | Chakib Khelil, the once top powerbroker in Algeria’s oil and gas sector, woke up this Tuesday morning with news that the judicial authorities in his country of origin want him in jail....
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Algeria to Beef Up Security in Oil Fields

The North Africa Journal: Recognizing the increase risk in and around oil and gas fields, the Algerian government is planning to strengthen security in these key economic infrastructures....
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Despite Security Concerns, Oil Companies Position Themselves for Leadership in Libya

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | In all our discussions with corporate executives, we end up with two critical conclusions regarding their exposure to the region and beyond. First, doing business in North Africa is important to them and their companies given the oil and gas sector, and the vast amounts of money governments there have to spend on economic buildup and reconstruction. Ignoring the region is not the smart option, and they know it. Secondly, however, the risk factor in the region is a permanent one, requiring higher operational cost and perpetual reassessment of postures and exit strategies....
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Oil and Energy Sectors Vulnerable to Corruption in North Africa

The North Africa Journal | Corruption in North Africa is a widespread and is a deeply rooted problem. So much so that the activists that are driving the revolts in the Arab world say many of ills that have been crippling economic, social and political progress originate from corruption. While corrupt acts such as paying bribery are widespread in administrations and bureaucracies, the business sector is particularly affected by corrupt practices as well. ...
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Despite Revolt and New Politics, it’s Business as Usual for Energy Sector in Egypt

Having been affected in early 2011 by what they call “Force Majeure,” oil companies remain very active on the Egyptian exploration front. With violence erupting in January, most major companies had to scale back their expectations, only to resume normal activities after the departure of Hosni Mubarak....
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Growing Concerns Over Transparency of Oil Sales by Libyan Rebels

[The North Africa Journal] Reports that opposition forces in Libya will begin exporting crude oil from areas under their control raise concerns about the transparency of oil revenues, Human Rights Watch said today. Libya’s people have a right to information about a major national resource, Human Rights Watch said. The New York-based organization called on the self-appointed opposition authority, the Interim Transitional National Council, to respect internationally accepted standards of transparency for all sales of crude oil and gas that it arranges. In contrast, oil and gas transactions by the Gaddafi government have been opaque and lacked accountability for many years....
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Why Desertec Could Succeed

There is no doubt that the development of Desertec will be a challenge for its architects, promoters and supporters. Technical difficulties will add to financing and regulatory issues never anticipated before, further magnified by cultural differences that exist between countries involved in this giant project. But despite all the difficulties of the world, the project must succeed and there is plenty of evidence and good reasons why I think it will....
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A Nuclear North Africa

Oil and gas remain critical sources of power and energy for North African nations. In the medium term, hydrocarbons will remain the predominant sources of energy, whether it is for the OPEC countries of Algeria and Libya or the less-oil-endowed nations of Tunisia and Morocco. But in the longer term, the nuclear option appears interesting to all as oil reserves are depleted and securing new sources of energy is a strategic priority. ...
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European Investors Steer Clear from Moroccan Solar Projects in Disputed Western Sahara Territory

The North Africa Journal | Morocco has managed to raise so far about $1 billion to fund its mega solar project. Half of that money is a donation from Saudi Arabia, largely to enable Saudi companies to win contracts in Morocco.
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Despite Security Vacuum in Libya, Oil Exploration Goes On, Repsol Finds New Reserves

The North Africa Journal | There have been high profile cases of companies leaving Libya in droves. The actions of armed militias and those of the Islamist militants active in the country, overwhelming the weak government in place, have scared a great number of companies. But for those willing to stick around, eventually it will all pay off.
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Wanted: Algerian Court Issues International Warrant for the Arrest of Ex-Oil Minister Chakib Khelil

The North Africa Journal | Chakib Khelil, the once top powerbroker in Algeria’s oil and gas sector, woke up this Tuesday morning with news that the judicial authorities in his country of origin want him in jail.

Algeria to Beef Up Security in Oil Fields

The North Africa Journal: Recognizing the increase risk in and around oil and gas fields, the Algerian government is planning to strengthen security in these key economic infrastructures.
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Despite Security Concerns, Oil Companies Position Themselves for Leadership in Libya

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | In all our discussions with corporate executives, we end up with two critical conclusions regarding their exposure to the region and beyond. First, doing business in North Africa is important to them and their companies given the oil and gas sector, and the vast amounts of money governments there have to spend on economic buildup and reconstruction. Ignoring the region is not the smart option, and they know it. Secondly, however, the risk factor in the region is a permanent one, requiring higher operational cost and perpetual reassessment of postures and exit strategies.
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Oil and Energy Sectors Vulnerable to Corruption in North Africa

The North Africa Journal | Corruption in North Africa is a widespread and is a deeply rooted problem. So much so that the activists that are driving the revolts in the Arab world say many of ills that have been crippling economic, social and political progress originate from corruption. While corrupt acts such as paying bribery are widespread in administrations and bureaucracies, the business sector is particularly affected by corrupt practices as well.

Despite Revolt and New Politics, it’s Business as Usual for Energy Sector in Egypt

Having been affected in early 2011 by what they call “Force Majeure,” oil companies remain very active on the Egyptian exploration front. With violence erupting in January, most major companies had to scale back their expectations, only to resume normal activities after the departure of Hosni Mubarak.
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Growing Concerns Over Transparency of Oil Sales by Libyan Rebels

[The North Africa Journal] Reports that opposition forces in Libya will begin exporting crude oil from areas under their control raise concerns about the transparency of oil revenues, Human Rights Watch said today. Libya’s people have a right to information about a major national resource, Human Rights Watch said. The New York-based organization called on the self-appointed opposition authority, the Interim Transitional National Council, to respect internationally accepted standards of transparency for all sales of crude oil and gas that it arranges. In contrast, oil and gas transactions by the Gaddafi government have been opaque and lacked accountability for many years.
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Why Desertec Could Succeed

There is no doubt that the development of Desertec will be a challenge for its architects, promoters and supporters. Technical difficulties will add to financing and regulatory issues never anticipated before, further magnified by cultural differences that exist between countries involved in this giant project. But despite all the difficulties of the world, the project must succeed and there is plenty of evidence and good reasons why I think it will.
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A Nuclear North Africa

Oil and gas remain critical sources of power and energy for North African nations. In the medium term, hydrocarbons will remain the predominant sources of energy, whether it is for the OPEC countries of Algeria and Libya or the less-oil-endowed nations of Tunisia and Morocco. But in the longer term, the nuclear option appears interesting to all as oil reserves are depleted and securing new sources of energy is a strategic priority.
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Arezki Daoud

Arezki Daoud is a leading analyst on North African affairs. He has been editor of The North Africa Journal since 1996. The publication reaches over 50,000 decision makers worldwide. Having lived and worked in North Africa, Mr. Daoud's analytical expertise on the region spans from the energy and industrial sectors to security and political affairs. Arezki is familiar with the speech circuit and briefing the business and government communities on the countries of the Maghreb region and is widely quoted in the press.
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