Posts Tagged ‘África’


Crise na Costa do Marfim reduz capacidade de refino de petróleo no país

31 de março de 2011

Petroleum Africa
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cote d’Ivoire Refinery Running out of Feedstock

Continued fighting and the resultant sanctions in Cote d’Ivoire have put a strain on the country’s refining capacity. The West African country’s only refinery may have to close completely as sanctions imposed on the country following the dispute over its November elections have dried up its crude supply.

“By mid-April if we have no crude the whole refinery will be shut down,” Joel Dervain, managing director of the Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage plant was quoted in a Bloomberg article. “We have no financial means to purchase the crude because all the assets were frozen. We have been under sanctions. We have filed legal proceedings. We are waiting for the results.”

The refinery, located in Abidjan, has a capacity of 80,000 bpd. The plant is currently operating at a rate of 25,000 to 30,000 bpd and is fast running out crude.

Vigilância seletiva contra países petrolíferos: Tariq Ali critica política do “ocidente” para o mundo árabe

30 de março de 2011

The Guardian,
Tuesday 29 March 2011

Libya is another case of selective vigilantism by the west

Bombing Tripoli while shoring up other despots in the Arab world shows the UN-backed strikes to oust Gaddafi are purely cynical

Tariq Ali

The US-Nato intervention in Libya, with United Nations security council cover, is part of an orchestrated response to show support for the movement against one dictator in particular and by so doing to bring the Arab rebellions to an end by asserting western control, confiscating their impetus and spontaneity and trying to restore the status quo ante.

Libya's European ties … a man holds a British and a French national flag in Benghazi. Photograph: Manu Brabo/EPA

It is absurd to think that the reasons for bombing Tripoli or for the turkey shoot outside Benghazi are designed to protect civilians. This particular argument is designed to win support from the citizens of Euro-America and part of the Arab world. “Look at us,” say Obama/Clinton and the EU satraps, “we’re doing good. We’re on the side of the people.” The sheer cynicism is breathtaking. We’re expected to believe that the leaders with bloody hands in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are defending the people in Libya. The debased British and French media are capable of swallowing anything, but the fact that decent liberals still fall for this rubbish is depressing. Civil society is easily moved by some images and Gaddafi’s brutality in sending his air force to bomb his people was the pretext that Washington utilised to bomb another Arab capital. Meanwhile, Obama’s allies in the Arab world were hard at work promoting democracy.

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Tropas das Forças Especiais inglesas íniciaram ataques na Líbia

22 de março de 2011

Sunday Mirror

Crack SAS troops hunt Gaddafi weapons inside Libya

by Mike Hamilton,

 'Sunday Paper Pics 20 03 2011' gallery

Hundreds of British SAS soldiers have been operating with rebel groups inside Libya for three weeks, the Sunday Mirror can reveal today.

Two special forces units, nicknamed “Smash” teams for their destructive ability, are hunting Colonel Gaddafi’s long-range surface-to-air missile ­systems, which could launch attacks on jets or commercial airliners.

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Sanções à Líbia causam prejuízo de US$ 4 bi à Rússia

1 de março de 2011

Russia Today
27 February, 2011

UN sanctions on Libya to cost Russia US$4 billion


Russia’s military industrial complex could lose up to $4 billion once the international community introduces sanctions against Libya and weapons supply to the country becomes unlawful.

­Interfax news agency has informed that Libya is one of the most considerable buyers of Russia’s weapons in North Africa and the Middle East.

The already-signed arms deals between Moscow and Tripoli amount to $2 billion, while deals for another $1.8 billion are in the final stage of readiness.

In January 2010 the two sides agreed on supply of Russia’s small arms, six operational trainers Yak-130 and some armored vehicles for total of $US 1.3 billion.

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As disputas pelo controle do petróleo líbio

26 de fevereiro de 2011

McClatchy Newspapers
February 24, 2011

Who’ll control Libya’s oil economy if Gadhafi falls?

By Kevin G. Hall 

WASHINGTON — If Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi falls, his nation’s ability to return to normal will depend in no small part on who controls its production of oil, which is synonymous with the Libyan economy.

Oil accounts for anywhere from 70 percent to 90 percent of Libya’s earnings from exports, and the shutdown of oil deliveries amid a widening conflict has sent global prices soaring.

Though it has Africa’s largest reserves, Libya isn’t a major oil producer. It exports only about 1.2 million barrels a day, largely to Europe, while daily world demand totals about 88 million barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency.

Libya is, however, the first member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to teeter on collapse. Several others_ including larger producers Algeria and Iran_ face growing unrest, and markets are alarmed at the possibility of instability spreading perhaps even into Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest producer.

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Lukoil anuncia plano de investimentos internacionais de 9 bilhões com destaque para África

6 de janeiro de 2011

Petroleum Africa
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lukoil Dangles Billions for African Frontier Exploration

Russian independent Lukoilis planning to funnel cash into Africa as part of its $9 billion overseas investment program. The firm has been in top-level discussions with three West African countries, including Ghana a Moscow Times report said.

Lukoil Overseas president, Andrei Kuzyayev and Ghana’s energy minister, Joe Oteng Adjei, met for discussions regarding the expansion of the company in Ghana, including the development of new projects. The company is already partnered with Vanco Energy in Ghana.

Following his discussions in Ghana,Kuzyayev held talks in Sierra Leone, while the company’s senior vice president Dmitry Timoshenko visited Liberia’s capital of Monrovia.

“Tempos de Mudança na África Ocidental”

2 de novembro de 2010

Petroleum Africa
Monday, November 1, 2010

Time for Change in West Africa

West Africa is undergoing several political changes as several countries are holding elections. Cote d’Ivoire makes the top of the list with its first presidential election since its civil war in 2002. However, while many are hopeful that the elections will have a positive effect on the war-torn country, others remain leery as to the uncertainties that could soon follow.

The current president Laurent Gbagbo is facing 13 challengers with the main candidates being Alassane Ouattara, popular in the pro-rebel north, and Henri Konan Bedie, former president toppled in 1999 in the country’s first coup. If someone fails to win the majority vote, the top two finishers will face off in a second election round set to be held on November 28.

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