Successful completion of the second cohort of the HNR4D Workshop. The training was jointly opened by the REPOA Executive Director, Dr Donald Mmari and Silas Olan’g, NRGI Co-coordinator Africa, who set the scene in their brief welcome remarks about the workshop. Continue reading REPOA/ NRGI – 2nd COHORT COMPLETES THE HNR4D TRAINING WORKSHOP
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What Mining Can Learn from Oil: A Study of Special Transfer Pricing Practices in the Oil Sector, and their Potential Application to Hard Rock Minerals
This paper looks at whether special practices in the oil sector that provide materially greater protection against transfer pricing risk could be applied to hard rock minerals. These are (1) administrative pricing, where government, rather than the taxpayer sets the price for crude oil; and (2) the no-profit rule, which prevents joint venture partners from charging a profit mark-up on the cost of providing goods and services to the group. The paper finds that administrative pricing may be effective at curtailing undercharging of specific mineral products, for example, base and precious metals. The no-profit rule is a less obvious “fit” for mining given the lack of joint ventures, and alternative rules to limit cost overstatement may be required instead
Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the Period of 09 July 2018 to 22 July 2018
Transparency initiatives and Tanzania’s extractive industry governance
This paper examines Tanzania’s adoption and implementation of transparency in extractive sector governance. The paper examined Tanzania’s EITI implementation process, its reconciliation reports and how these reports are used by the parliament, media and civil society to push for governance improvements in the sector.
Institutional influence on power sector investments: A case study of on- and off-grid energy in Kenya and Tanzania.
With the recent decline of renewable energy technology costs most notably solar photovoltaics off-grid energy systems are becoming increasingly attractive alternatives to grid extension for advancing rural electrification in Africa. However, there are institutional challenges to wider adoption of off-grid solutions. Combining a multi-level perspective with project funding data from the Kenyan and Tanzanian energy sectors, authors assess the extent to which these new off-grid technologies have been incorporated into the existing energy regimes in both countries. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the Period of 11 June 2018 to 24 June 2018
Beneficial Ownership Screening: Practical Measures to Reduce Corruption Risks in Extractives Licensing- Briefing
NRGI reviewed over 50 mining and oil laws and found that about half contained prohibitions on government officials or their close associates – often called “politically exposed persons” (PEPs) – holding interests in companies applying for extractives licenses, but none required regulators to actually check whether or not such PEP interests existed as part of screening license applications. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the Period of 28 May 2018 to 10 June 2018
Status of Power System Transformation 2018: Summary for Policy Makers
Power plants play a critical role in enhancing system flexibility. Based on a wealth of real-life case studies and data, this report provides a comprehensive overview of how power plants can contribute to making power systems more flexible, while enhancing electricity security. It summarises the findings of the Advanced Power Plant Flexibility (APPF) campaign of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The solutions presented in this study have been collected in close collaboration with industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, expert consultancies, system operators and plant operators. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the Period of 14 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
Can Smallholders benefit from the new market opportunities from the extractive industry in Tanzania?
This paper is a baseline Report for an impact study of the project:
“Food Value Chain Development for Gas and Mining Industry in Southern Tanzania”
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Resource nationalism in Tanzania: Implications for artisanal and small-scale mining Several African countries have recently enacted mining laws that could be described as resource nationalist: for example, increasing state investment in the sector, increasing royalty rates, and/or requiring local content. These laws mostly focus on large-scale mining (LSM). Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 20.08.2018 to 02.09.2018
The Role of Natural Gas, Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Decarbonisation in Germany: The need to complement renewables by decarbonized gas to meet the Paris targets
by Ralf Dickel, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
As the European region continues to prioritise the decarbonisation of its energy system, Germany provides a fascinating case study of the potential gains and pitfalls from the introduction of renewables into the energy mix, in particular with relation to gas. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 30.04.2018 to 13.05.2018