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PLATINUM SPONSOR INTERVIEW: “Symbion and many other companies from the United States are ready to invest in Africa.”

Posted on 07 May 2013 by Africa Business

Exclusive interview with Paul Hinks, CEO of Symbion Power, platinum sponsors at the upcoming African Utility Week (http://www.african-utility-week.com).

1) Why the recent decision to acquire the stake in the South African company EJP Power?
We wanted a foothold in South Africa and we wanted to strengthen the management of our organization on the Africa continent.  EJ Power has good, experienced management who live in Africa.  We can’t manage day to day business with a whole day of time difference and between 9,000 and 13,000 kms of distance, depending which of our current operations you measure it against.

2) Is this a vote of confidence in South Africa’s economy and future?
It’s a vote of confidence in Africa.  South Africa’s economy is mature compared to many of the emerging economies in Africa but it’s a hub for African business so a good location to have people.  But we don’t consider South Africa as the only hub in Africa these days.  There are others in West Africa and East Africa where the economies are thriving.

3) You already have a good track record in Tanzania.  Can you tell us how your project is progressing there?  How important has your relationship with the government been?
Tanzania is the first country in Africa that we have worked in. Until then we were heavily focused on Iraq and Afghanistan so it has been a pleasure to return to Africa.  We now own 3 power plants in Tanzania generating 217 Megawatts and we have recently signed an agreement with the utility there, TANESCO, to jointly develop a 400MW power plant and a 650km transmission line in the south at Mtwara.  This plant will have the potential to provide natural gas fired power to neighboring countries such as Mozambique and Malawi and eventually it can feed the Southern African Power Pool. It’s an important Public Private Partnership due to the large gas deposits that have been discovered, in addition to the existing gas field at Mnazi Bay.

4) How excited are you about entering the Nigerian market?
Very excited. Nigeria is the most vibrant market in the energy sector in Africa and it’s so very, very different than the Nigeria we used to hear about decades ago.  I tell everyone who is skeptical to just go there and see what’s happening and not rely on old information, or the words of people who haven’t been in recent years.   We will soon open a new office in Lagos that will become the headquarters of our African independent power business.  South Africa will be the headquarters for our construction and engineering business but we intend to pursue IPP opportunities in South Africa too.

5) What is your vision for Symbion in Africa?
I’d like to see Symbion become one of the leading independent power companies on the continent who can also build our own infrastructure at economic costs.  I’d also like us to leverage our origin in the United States to bring other US interests into our developments such as the various government agencies that provide debt funding and credit support as well as other US and African private sector companies.  The name Symbion comes from the word Symbiotic, which means a relationship of mutual benefit between two or more entities.  That’s what we strive to achieve. We have many different partnerships in Africa and elsewhere.

6)  What surprises you about this industry?
What most surprises me is that electricity, a commodity that people all over the world see as being essential for daily life and critical to growth, is so insufficient in Africa.  However, right now I see great efforts being made throughout the continent to change this although some places are still woefully behind the curve.

7)  What has been the secret of Symbion’s success so far?
Symbiotic partnerships with local companies.  Not being greedy and trusting and sharing with our local partners.  Symbion’s men and women are committed and they are courageous.  They aren’t intimidated by adverse news reports about security issues and we make our own judgments about the risks we will take.  Eight years of Iraq and Afghanistan built a very strong team who look out for each other.

8 )  What will be your message at African Utility Week?
My message to everyone at African Utility Week is that Symbion and many other companies from the United States are ready to invest in Africa.  These firms are ethical, they have integrity and they need partners in both the public and private sectors.  The US government wants to support both the US and the African private sector as this is the route to development on the continent.  President Obama’s strategy for Sub Saharan Africa was set out in June 2012 and I am sure that everyone will soon see that he is committed to it.

9)  Anything to add?
Yes,  as well as my duties as the Chief Executive Officer of Symbion Power I am also the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa which is the largest (not for profit) organization in the United States that promotes trade and investment between the United States and Africa.  Until this year it was exclusively American but now we have opened the doors to companies from Africa too.  I’d encourage private sector players who have interests in partnering with US companies to join the CCA www.africacncl.org because this is where you can get the introductions and the information you need to build new relationships with some of the major players in the US.  I’d also encourage public utilities to attend our CCA US Africa Summit in Chicago in October this year.  Details on membership and the Summit can be found on the website.

 

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Posted on 17 April 2013 by Africa Business

  • 5 Ways Drones Could Help In A Disaster Like The Boston Marathon Bombing
    Plus three robots that are already saving lives.

    Yesterday, the President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Michael Toscano told U.S. News: “Whether it is in response to a natural disaster or a tragedy like we saw in Boston, [unmanned aerial systems] can be quickly deployed to provide first responders with critical situational awareness in areas too dangerous or difficult for manned aircraft to reach.”

    Is he right? Well, he’s not entirely wrong. Drones, like manned helicopters used by police and emergency responders, can hover, provide a great overall picture of action on the ground, and direct aid to where it’s needed. The trick is that, right now, drones don’t do that uniquely, which is what a sales pitch on their special capacity demands. Boston did in fact have a police helicopter flying overhead, and the problem of low fuel reportedly overheard on the police scanner is a problem that another helicopter could have solved just as easily. Drones aren’t particularly special in disaster relief-yet.

    As drone tech advances, we could soon see remotely piloted vehicles joining the ranks of police departments and emergency response organizations. Here are five drones that might save a life in a future disaster.

    1. The MQ-8C Fire Scout: This full-size, unmanned helicopter could ultimately replace police or medical evacuation helicopters. The crew compartment can, among other things, be converted to hold an EMS team for medical airlift, or extra fuel to stay aloft longer.

    2. Quadrotors: Drones like the Aeryon Scout provide a wealth of video coverage, spying on rooftops and moving in fearlessly to document a blast zone. (Of course, civilian smartphones did much of that work in Boston.)

    3. Swarm of Swiss robots: By emulating the patterns ants use to hunt for food, these swarming drones can efficiently scan a large area and then converge where they are needed-a strategy that requires an awful lot of manpower when it’s used by human search-and-rescue workers.

    4. Incredible HLQ: This quadrotor is designed to carry relief supplies to places people can’t access, or can’t access fast enough, during an emergency. It’s in development now after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

    5. The Pars Aerial Rescue Bot: While not strictly applicable to Boston, this Iranian lifeguard quadrotor could aid in disasters along coastal areas, flying through severe weather to rescue people from drowning.

    Flying machines aren’t the only rescue robots we can expect in the future. Unmanned ground machines also have a lot to offer. CHIMP, a monkey-tank-robot created by Carnegie Melon, is designed specifically to climb over rubble or up ladders to save people in collapsed buildings. DARPA’s Robotics Challenge, in which CHIMP is an entrant, has inspired several robots designed to take the place of humans in emergency situations.

    Three types of ground robots are already saving lives around the world:

    1. A whole fleet of earthquake-response rescue robots: These are currently at work in Japan, and they include the RoboCue victim-recovery bot.

    2. Talon: QinetiQ’s bomb-disposal robot made a name for itself fighting IEDs in the Iraq War. There’s also a police version available.

    3. The Land Shark EODS: This remotely controlled robot is used to detonate explosives safely away from people. Massachusetts State Police have at least one on hand.

    The future will certainly see more robots rushing to save lives, and undoubtedly some of those will be flying. The future promise of flying rescuers, however, should not distract us from the actual ground robots that are being used in Boston presently.

        

  • FYI: Can Humans Get High On Catnip?
    Samantha J. Kitty fiending for some catnip Evan Kafka via Suzanne LaBarre
    Related: Can cats get high on marijuana?

    While cats may feel effects from marijuana-no word on whether Sir Harry Paus actually likes the experience-”kitty pot” does not have a reciprocal effect on humans.

    In the late 1960s, some researchers reported catnip gave people a marijuana-like high, but it turned out they had simply mixed up the two plants. As veterinarian Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists in New York wrote to me in an email, “Think about it… catnip is cheap and legal. If it had a significant effect on people, everyone would be smoking it.”

    Meanwhile, cats do feel effects from marijuana, but it may be scary for them. “Animals can’t understand they’re being intoxicated, therefore it can cause considerable anxiety,” says Bruce Kornreich, associate director of the Cornell Feline Health Center in upstate New York.

    It’s not clear why the active chemical in catnip, nepetalactone, doesn’t affect humans, Kornreich says. Pot affects cats because like many mammals, including humans and dogs, cats have receptors in their brains for pot’s active chemicals, cannabinoids. Cannabinoid receptors make pets susceptible to feeling symptoms when they inhale secondhand smoke or, more commonly, accidentally eat their owners’ stashes. (It’s actually a bigger problem with dogs, he says, because dogs eat everything.)

    Kornreich has seen pets come into veterinary emergency rooms after marijuana exposure. “The pets are presented for anxiety, active heart rate, acting a little unusual,” he says. “They may react differently to sound and to being touched” perhaps because, like humans, drugs alter their perception.

    Kornreich urges pet owners to take their pets to a vet if this happens, adding that vets are not required by law to report marijuana they run into during their practice. Most veterinarians care more about making pets better, he says. “It’s more just focused on the well-being of the patient.”

    He also strongly discourages purposefully exposing a pet to marijuana. Fido and Kitty can’t consent to getting high. “I don’t think it’s right or fair to make that decision for an animal,” he says.

    If pot affects cats because they have cannabinoid receptors, does that mean people aren’t affected by catnip because they don’t have nepetalactone receptors? Scientists aren’t sure. “While it seems that this is a reasonable hypothesis to explain why humans don’t respond to catnip like cats do, I cannot find any studies that rigorously test it,” Kornreich says. While many brain receptors are common across different animals, many receptors also differ, so it wouldn’t be unprecedented for humans to lack a receptor present in cat brains.

    In cats, inhaled nepetalactone stimulates the olfactory bulb, the part of the brain that processes odors. The olfactory bulb then interacts with the amygdala, the brain region associated with emotion and decision-making, and hypothalamus, which controls a variety of bodily functions. From the hypothalamus, nepetalactone stimulates a sexual response in cats that are genetically predisposed to sensitivity to catnip. (About 20 to 30 percent of cats don’t seem to react to the plant.)

    Some insects seem to react to nepetalactone, too. Strangely enough, chemical companies are studying nepetalactone because it seems to repel mosquitoes, ticks and mites, like a kind of natural DEET. For the insects to change their behavior around nepetalactone, even if negatively, suggests that they have nepetalactone receptors.

    As for smoking catnip: not only does it fail to get people high, it can make them feel pretty awful. Too much catnip, whether smoked or drunk as a tea, could cause headaches and vomiting.

    Have a burning science question you’d like to see answered in our FYI section? Email it to fyi@popsci.com.

        

  • Audi Wants Its Cars To Predict Where Traffic Will Be
    Traffic Jam epSos.de
    Side-stepping traffic by mining data

    At the GPU Technology Conference 2013 show in San Jose, Audi announced some of its plans for its Cars of the Future, The Register reports. One of the coolest ideas: cars that can predict where traffic will be, so drivers can avoid it.

    The amply named Predictive Traffic function would mine traffic records and current reports, including social media, as well as scheduled events like sports games that could bring cars to a standstill. The system, under Audi’s plan, could also predict a driver’s most likely destination based on their traffic history.

    Pretty neat! Along with that, Audi announced a concept for a reworked directions system that would operate in a “human-like” way, giving directions based on landmarks instead of streets. A Smart Parking feature would work similarly to the traffic-predicting system, but do it for parking spots: mapping out available spots and prices for those spots, rather than making you drive around in circles hunting one down.

    We don’t have too many details yet on exactly how these systems would work, but since Audi did make a self-driving car, hopefully we’ll see these projects come to life soon, too.

    [The Register]

        

  • Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes
    Smoking Kills Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin via Wikimedia
    Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt!

    Scientists at Medical University of South Carolina temporarily blunted cigarette cravings among smokers by magnetically stimulating nerve cells in their brains. The procedure, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, is already approved by the FDA to treat depression, though its efficacy is controversial (it’s also been prescribed to stop people from lying and treat adult ADHD.)

    In the experiment, researchers randomly assigned 16 smokers to either a 15-minute session of high-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation (in which coils placed over the forehead send magnetic pulses into the prefrontal cortex), or 15 minutes of sham treatment. The magnetic stimulation isn’t painful and doesn’t require sedation or anesthesia. The scientists told the volunteers not to smoke for two hours prior to the experiment.

    Before the treatment, the researchers showed the smokers both neutral images (such as mountain scenes) and images intended to provoke nicotine cravings (such as a person lightning a cigarette.) Then they asked the volunteers to rate how they felt about statements like “I would do almost anything for a cigarette now” and “I am going to smoke as soon as possible.” After the magnetic stimulation, the participants saw similar images and again rated how much they craved a cigarette.

    The researchers found that the participants who got the real magnet treatment expressed significantly less desire to smoke at the end of the experiment compared with those who got the fake treatment. In fact, the craving reduction was positively correlated with how nicotine-dependent the volunteer was, meaning that those who smoked the most saw the greatest decrease in cigarette craving after the magnetic stimulation.

    The authors of the study note that people trying to quit smoking would need several sessions of transcranial magnetic stimulation per day in order to see longer-lasting reductions in cravings. The paper appears in Biological Psychiatry.

        

  • Everything You Need To Know About Ricin, The Poison Mailed To President Obama
    Ricin (on Breaking Bad) via Breaking Bad Wiki
    Ricin is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth, it’s scarily easy to make, and somebody is mailing it to the President and at least one U.S. senator. What it is, how it works, and more, inside.

    Yesterday, an envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, was found to contain a white granular substance that was identified as ricin. Today, a similar letter addressed to President Obama was found. These envelopes were intercepted off-site–they never got anywhere near their targets–but as a precaution, Capitol Police have shut down mail service until they can figure out what’s going on.

    In the meantime, let’s talk about ricin!

    How poisonous is it?
    Oh, man. Very. It’s dangerous in just about any way it gets into your system, though ingesting (eating) it is about the least dangerous way. Injecting or inhaling requires about a thousand times less ricin to kill a human than ingesting, and that’s a very small amount indeed. An average adult needs only 1.78mg of ricin injected or inhaled to die; that’s about the size of a few grains of table salt–which ricin resembles visually.

    How does it work?
    Ricin, a toxic protein, infects cells, blocking their ability to synthesize their own protein. Without cells making protein, key functions in the body shut down; even in survivors, permanent organ damage is often the result of ricin poisoning. It’s a highly unpleasant way to be poisoned: within six hours, according to the Center for Disease Control, victims who have ingested ricin will feel gastrointestinal effects like severe vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to serious dehydration. Then the ricin infects the cells of the vital gastrointestinal organs as they pass through the body, leading to the failure of the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

    Inhalation of ricin has a different effect, since the ricin proteins aren’t interacting with the same parts of the body. Instead of gastrointestinal problems, you’ll develop a vicious, bloody cough, your lungs will fill with fluid, and eventually you’ll lose your ability to breathe, causing death. Injection, too, is different, depending on where you’ve been injected, but will generally result in vomiting and flu-like symptoms, swelling around the place of injection, and eventually organ failure as your circulatory system passes the protein around the body. Death from inhalation or injection usually occurs about three to five miserable, agonizing days after contact.

    Interestingly, there aren’t any immediate symptoms, and indeed there can be a significant delay before symptoms show themselves, up to a day or two.

    Exposure on the skin is generally not fatal, though it may cause a reaction that can range from irritation to blistering.

    That sounds…horrible. Is there an antidote, at least?
    Haha. No. The US and UK governments have been working on an antidote for decades–here’s a nice article describing the progression of one such antidote–but there isn’t one available to the public. The CDC’s website states bluntly, “There is no antidote for ricin toxicity.” There are some steps you can take if you get to a hospital immediately; for ingestion, a stomach pump can sometimes prevent the ricin from reaching the rest of the gastrointestinal system at its full force. But…that’s about it, really.

    How does it stack up against other poisons?
    Well, that depends on what your aim is. Ricin is much easier to produce than other popular biological weapons like botulinum, sarin, and anthrax, but it is not as potent as any of those, which limits its effectiveness as a weapon. It also is not very long-lived; the protein can age and become inactive fairly quickly compared to, say, anthrax, which can remain dangerous for decades. There were experiments back around World War I attempting to make wide-scale ricin weapons, packaging it into bombs and coating bullets in it, but these proved not particularly effective and also violate the Hague Convention’s agreements on war crimes, so the US discarded ricin.

    It’s much more effective, weapon-wise, as a close-contact, small-target weapon–by injecting, as with Georgi Markov, or by putting small particles into an aerosol spray and blasting a target. It’s also not contagious, which limits its effectiveness as a tool of biological warfare. But it’s considered highly dangerous partly because it’s still outrageously toxic and partly because it takes no great skill to produce.

    So it’s not hard to make?
    Well…no. Like, not at all. It’s made from the byproduct of the castor oil manufacturing process. You take the “mash” of the castor oil seeds, which contain around 5-10 percent ricin, and perform a process called chromatography. Chromatography is a blanket term for a set of techniques used to separate mixtures, usually by dissolving in liquid or gas. The US government has done its best to eradicate recipes for ricin from the internet, sort of; a patent was filed back in 1962 for ricin extraction, and the Patent Office took it off the publicly available server in 2004 for safety reasons. That said, the recipe is super easy to find; here at the PopSci offices, I’m blocked from listening to Rdio on my work computer, but I found a recipe to make an outrageously deadly poison in about a minute.

    The techniques involved are undergraduate-level chemistry, creating a slurry with the castor bean mash and filtering with water and then a few easily-found substances like hydrochloric acid.

    It comes from castor beans?
    Ricin is a highly toxic protein that’s extracted from the seed of the castor plant, often called a “castor bean” or “castor oil bean,” despite not technically being a bean. The castor plant is extremely common; it’s used as an ornamental plant throughout the western world, prized for its ability to grow basically anywhere as well as its pretty, spiky leaves and weird spiny fruits. It’s also an important crop; the seeds are full of oil, and castor oil is used for lots of legitimate purposes. It’s a common laxative, for one thing, and since it’s more resistant to high temperatures than other kinds of vegetable oils, it’s a nice alternative to petroleum oil in engines.

    Wait, but you can eat it? So how is this a poison?
    Ah, yes. Castor oil is perfectly safe, according to the FDA and your grandma, but ricin is not castor oil. Castor seeds are still poisonous; this study says that a lethal dose of castor seeds for adults is about four to eight seeds. But the oil itself does not contain ricin; the ricin protein is left behind in the “castor bean mash” after the oil is extracted from the seed. Poisoning from eating the seed itself is rare.

    Have there been cases of ricin poisoning in the past?
    You mean, beyond the several times it’s been featured as a major plot point in Breaking Bad? Sure! The most famous is probably the assassination of Georgi Markov in 1978. Markov was a Bulgarian novelist, playwright, journalist, and dissident, and was murdered by the Bulgarian secret service, with assistance from the KGB, by ricin injection. He was crossing a bridge when he was jabbed in the leg with an umbrella, which delivered a ricin pellet into his bloodstream. He died three days later of ricin poisoning.

    There are plenty of incidents of people arrested for attempting (or, more often, succeeding) to make ricin; it’s a pretty easy poison to make. In fact, there was even another ricin-in-the-envelope attempt made back in 2003–a person identifying as “Fallen Angel” sent letters filled with ricin to the White House, apparently as a result of some new trucking regulations (seriously). “Fallen Angel” was never found, but the letters were intercepted and did not cause any injury.

    How dangerous are these envelopes filled with ricin?
    The envelope strategy has more to do with potential ease of getting the poison close to targets than its strength as a delivery system. If you’re targeting the President of the United States, it’s easier and more anonymous to mail a letter than to try to get close to him with an umbrella modified for ricin-stabbing. But it’s not a great way to poison someone with ricin. Assuming the letter actually got into the target’s hands, of the three ways ricin can get into a person’s system (inhalation, injection, ingestion), only one–inhalation–is really possible, and it’s not that likely.

    Inhalation as a weapon is best accomplished through a mist, ideally delivered through an aerosol. But that’s not possible in a letter full of powder. It’s possible that small granules of ricin could be released into the air and inhaled when handling the letter, but it is not an effective way to poison someone. And whoever’s sending these letters evidently doesn’t know that the government set up an elaborate mail-screening system after the 2001 Anthrax scare.

        

  • Mystery Animal Contest: Who Is This Fuzzy Sniffler?
    Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us–we’re @PopSci–and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!

    So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:

    Hey @PopSci, is the #mysteryanimal a baboon?

    And then I might say “if you think that’s a baboon, perhaps you are the baboon!” But probably not, because this is a positive environment and all guesses are welcome and also this is not a very common animal so guess whatever you want!

    The first person to get it right wins! We’ll retweet the answer from @PopSci, and also update this post so your amazing animal knowledge will be permanently etched onto the internet. Show your kids! Your dumb kids who thought that was a baboon!

    Update: And the winner is…Logan Copeman, who correctly guessed that this is a viscacha (Lagidium viscacia, also spelled vizcacha)! Specifically, this is a southern or mountain viscacha, a rodent found in South America. Yep, rodent: the viscacha is not related to the rabbit family, though it looks similar; the rabbit belongs to an entirely different branch of the evolutionary tree, and the fact that the viscacha looks so much like a rabbit is an example of convergent evolution. Convergent evolution describes when two species not closely related end up adapting to their environments in the same way.

    The viscacha lives in the southern Andes mountains, and is closely related to the chinchilla. It’s sometimes known as a long-tailed rabbit, thanks to its long ears and fluffy coat. It moves similarly to a rabbit, on very strong hind legs, hopping around its mountain home to eat a variety of grasses, mosses, and lichens. It lives in colonies, like all members of the chinchilla family, which can widely range in size. It’s not particularly rare; it is sometimes hunted for its meat and fur, but is believed to be holding steady, population-wise. Hi viscacha!

        

  • EuropaCity Is The Ultra-Green Mall Of The Future
    EuropaCity BIG
    Imagine a mall. Now imagine a mall in the year 2150.

    The design firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), along with a few added team members (Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue) have won first place in a competition to design an experimental “urban center” in France called EuropaCity. Located in Île-de-France, the wealthiest and most populous region in France, EuropaCity is intended to be a center of culture and retail, combining all sorts of experimental sustainable technologies.

    But as a design–and a pretty spectacular one at that–it’s best experienced through images. Click through to the gallery to see and read more about the proposal!

    Click to launch the gallery.

        

  • Nanosponges In Your Blood Could Soak Up Infections And Poison
    Nanosponge Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a “nanosponge” capable of safely removing a broad class of toxins from the bloodstream, including toxins produced by MRSA, E. Coli, poisonous snakes and bees. The nanosponges are made of a biocompatible polymer core wrapped in a natural red blood cell membrane. Zhang Research Lab
    Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.

    A newly invented “nanosponge,” sheathed in armor made of red blood cells, can safely remove a wide range of toxins from the bloodstream. Scientists at the University of California-San Diego inoculated some mice with their nanosponge, and then gave the animals otherwise lethal doses of a toxin–and the mice survived.

    This is especially interesting because a nanosponge can work on entire classes of toxins. Most antidotes or treatments against venom, bioweapons or bacteria are targeted to counteract a specific molecular structure, so they can’t be a one-size-fits-all solution; this nanosponge can.

    Scientists led by Liangfang Zhang, a nanoengineering professor at UCSD, worked with a class of proteins known as pore-forming toxins, which work just the way they sound: By ripping a hole in a cell membrane. These toxins are found in snake venom, sea anemones, and even bacteria like the dreaded drug-resistant Staph aureus. The proteins come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all work in a similar way.

    They designed a nanosponge to soak up any type of pore-forming toxins. It consists of a tiny (85-nanometer) plastic ball wrapped in red blood cell membranes, which basically serve as a decoy and soak up the poison. The plastic ball holds everything together, and keeps the protein away from its real cellular targets. The entire nanosponge is 3,000 times smaller than a full red blood cell. The devices had a half-life of about 40 hours when the team tested them on lab mice, according to a release from UCSD.

    They injected mice with 70 times as many toxic proteins as nanosponges, and the sponges still neutralized the poison and caused no visible damage to the animals, the team reports. Next up are clinical trials in animals, to verify that it works safely in a wide range of cases.

    The paper is in this week’s issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

        

  • Wearing A Kilt Could Make Your Sperm Stronger
    Temperature regulation is the key to fertility.

    Temperature affects how much sperm a man makes, so there’s been speculation that the freedom offered by a kilt can increase production. Turns out that that at least could be right: a new metastudy says wearing a kilt “likely produces an ideal physiological scrotal environment, which in turn helps maintain normal scrotal temperature, which is known to be beneficial for robust spermatogenesis and good sperm quality.”

    The study (PDF), published in the Scottish Medical Journal, reviewed the literature on the link between scrotal temperature and reproduction. We know sperm fares better in lower temperatures, and some researchers have suggested that restrictive clothing could negatively affect sperm production. Enter: the kilt, which author Erwin J.O. Kompanje describes thusly: “The Scottish kilt is a male garment that resembles (but is not!) a knee-length, pleated skirt.”

    The author hypothesizes that, based on past findings about temperature and sperm production, a kilt, specifically one worn in the undergarment-free “regimental” style, would be an ideal environment for sperm production. Kompanje searched through related research, focusing on statistics in Scotland and noting along the way that 70 percent of kilt-wearers choose to go regimental. Kilts (at least in Scotland or other countries where they’re more commonly worn) might also be psychologically valuable, increasing feelings of masculinity when worn. Kompanje goes so far as to write that a downturn in Scottish fertility is correlated with the frequency of kilts being worn, although he admits it’s still somewhat speculative until a randomized trial happens. Gentlemen, put on your kilts for science.

        

  • We Could Eat Trees: Scientists Turn Inedible Plant Cellulose Into Starchy Snack
    Turning plant byproducts into digestible carbs could feed more people.

    Someday, it will be be summer again and it will be time for fresh sweet corn. In the future, you might be able to eat the whole thing, cob and all.

    This weird possibility is courtesy of some scientists at Virginia Tech, who have transformed cellulose, a mostly indigestible polymer, into helpful, indispensable starch.

    Plants produce cellulose and starch, which are chemically similar, for very different purposes. Cellulose forms the cell walls of most plants, algae and even some bacteria, and we use it for anything from clothing (cotton is almost all cellulose) to paper to ethanol. Starch is a plant’s energy source, and it’s ours, too, in the form of tasty things like potatoes, wheat and corn. The difference between the two is a simple change in the hydrogen bonds that form the molecules.

    Animals like cows and pigs can digest cellulose thanks to symbiotic bacteria in their digestive tracts, but humans can’t. It’s important in our diets as source of fiber, in that it binds together waste in our digestive tracts. Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, set out to make it a food source.

    Since cellulose and amylose are both glucose chains, you would just have to rearrange their hydrogen bonds. This is anything but simple, although essentially Zhang and colleagues used chemistry. They worked with a series of synthetic enzymes to break down the hydrogen bonds in some plant material that would not otherwise be used for food, like corn cobs and leaves. The “enzyme cascade” enabled the cellulose molecules to reconfigure into amylose, which is a form of starch. A key ingredient in this process, a special polypeptide cap, is found in potatoes.

    The resulting product is not exactly the future of bread flour, but it can be used as a fiber source, or food-safe biodegradable packaging, perhaps. The remaining portion of the original material was treated with microbes to produce a form of glucose that can then be used for ethanol. The whole process didn’t require any unusual heat or chemical reagents, other than the enzymes themselves, so it would be easy to reproduce on larger scales, Zhang and his colleagues say.

    Cellulose is the most common carbohydrate–indeed the most common organic material–on the planet, so using it for food could be a superb way to feed millions of people, they argue.

    “There is an urgent need to use abundant and renewable nonfood agricultural and forest residues and dedicated bioenergy crops that can grow on marginal land and require low inputs,” they write. The paper appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

        

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Oil and Gas Industry to Power Industrial Valves and Actuators Market, finds Frost & Sullivan

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Africa Business

Political instability in key growth regions threatens to dampen revenue generation

 

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — The oil and gas industry is the largest revenue generator for the industrial valves and actuators market, globally. As a result, the exploration of new oil and gas fields, with the corresponding increase in investments in refineries and pipelines in key growth regions, is likely to have a high impact on market prospects. The market will also benefit from the rising demand for automation and infrastructure modernisation.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the Global Industrial Valves and Actuators Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $18.37 billion in 2012 ($17.65 billion in 2011 the base year for the report) and estimates this to reach $22.10 billion in 2016.

“Currently, significant oil exploration activity is taking place in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Russia,” noted Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Research Associate Niranjan Paul. “These regions will, therefore, be the focus of industrial valve and actuator manufacturers and provide sustainable growth opportunities.”

In the Middle East, Iraq is emerging as a prime market for major oil companies. The country is also projected to spend nearly $27.00 billion on new power generation, distribution and transmission projects between 2012 and 2017. These trends mark out Iraq as a significant market for industrial valves and actuators.

However, political uncertainty in North Africa and the Middle East is affecting the oil and gas industry. This, together with sanctions imposed on Iran and Syria – major markets for the oil and gas and power generation industries – has the potential to dampen revenues of industrial valve and actuators manufacturers.

In the more developed regions of North America and Europe, environmental legislations are playing an important role in shaping the course of the market. Here, stringent regulations are likely to have an impact across end-user industries.

“In the oil and gas industry, regulations are in place to reduce air pollution by targeting a reduction of smog forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions,” explained Paul. “The design of process equipment such as valves and actuators will be instrumental in achieving lowered plant emissions.”

Even as major industrial valves and actuators manufacturers look to leverage growth opportunities, their profit margins are being squeezed by high price sensitivity across end-user industries. As a result, companies are being forced to adopt aggressive pricing strategies.

“The market is likely to experience increased demand for custom solutions that suit particular end-user industry applications,” concluded Paul. “Market participants need to meet such needs and also address other key customer requirements such as high-quality after-sales service and shorter delivery time.”

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Julia Nikishkina, Corporate Communications, at julia.nikishkina@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

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The Group Sonelgaz confirms its participation at electro, automation & energy 2013

Posted on 01 March 2013 by Africa Business

Tunisia is the Guest of Honor in 2013

Valuable conference program

The preparations for electro, automation & energy 2013 are on a very good way.

Just recently the Sonelgaz Group – the Algerian Company for Electricity and Gas has confirmed its presence as one of the major exhibitors.
The participation of Sonelgaz includes 6 of its subsidiaries:

  • AMC – Société des Appareils de Mesure et de Contrôle
  • CEEG – Compagnie d’Engineering de l’Electricité et du Gaz
  • CREDEG – Centre de Recherche et de Développement de l’Electricité et du Gaz
  • MEI – Société de Maintenance des Equipements Industriels
  • ROUIBA Eclairage
  • SPE – La Société Algérienne de Production de l’Électricité

Tunisia is the Guest of Honor in 2013. After an agreement between the Tunisian Embassy in Algeria, CEPEX-the Tunisian Center for Export Promotion and the organisers fairtrade, Tunisia has been appointed as Guest of Honor of electro, automation & energy 2013.

The cooperation between Algeria and Tunisia will thus be highlighted. Tunisia being one of Algeria’s most important trading partners, its presentation as Guest of Honor will contribute to further enhance this privileged position. On the occasion of the exhibition the Tunisian exhibitors will present their innovations in energy, electrical engineering, industrial automation and lighting technology.

At the occasion of electro, automation & energy 2013, a valuable program of conferences under the title “Les Énergies Renouvelables & l’Efficacité Energétique dans le cadre du développement durable en Algérie – RSE à RGA” will run alongside the exhibition featuring the active participation of the Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines and its related institutions APRUE, CDER, CEEG, CREDEG, NEAL-New Energy Algeria, Sonelgaz, UDES, UPER, and many more.


High Algerian imports of electro-technology (in billion EURO)

Algeria’s 7th electro, automation & energy 2013 takes place on the background of high Algerian imports of power and electro-technology.

According to ZVEI-the German Electrical and Electro­nic Manufacturers’ Association, Algerian imports of power and electro-technology have increased by 14% in 2011, to 3.063 billion Euro, after 2.678 billion Euro in 2010 and 2.759 billion Euro in 2009.

France, China, Italy, the USA, Germany and Spain have been the major supplier countries.

 

Source: ZVEI – the German Electrical and Economic Manufacturers‘ Association, 2011
Graph: fairtrade

Algeria the 3rd largest investor in the energy sector in the MENA region

Investments of 71 billion US $ programmed between 2013-2017

According to Bloomberg (8 October 2012) Algeria will be the 3rd largest investor in the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa-MENA during the coming five years.

“With investments of 71 billion US$ programmed between 2013-2017 in the energy sector Algeria will rank 3rd, just behind Saudi Arabia (165 billion US$) and the United Arab Emirates (107 billion US$)” indicates Bloomberg citing APICORP-the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation belonging to OAPEC-the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Over the five years to come Algeria will outperform Iran, Iraq and Qatar in terms of investments, on a list of 19 producing countries in the region.The total investment of the petroleum producing countries in the MENA region in the energy sector will amount to 740 billion US$ within 2013-2017. 


 

7 KEY FACTORS FOR YOUR SUCCESS!
electro, automation & energy – Algeria’s No 1 energy & electro-technology event!

  1. Numerous quality exhibitors from 12 countries (2012).
    1,948 registered visitors from 18 countries (2012).
    Detailed evaluation of the visitor statistics, visitors by country, by size of company, by function and by sector of activity. See Post Show Report 2012.
  2. 56% of the visitors were decision-makers (2012).
    Managing directors (23%), maintenance engineers (14%), technical managers (11%), project managers (8%), sales and marketing directors (7%), purchasing managers (3%), finance managers (2%), IT production managers (1%) and IT managers (1%).
  3. High satisfaction rates.
    77% exhibitors satisfied with the quality of visitor contacts.
    74% exhibitors would recommend the event.
  4. A valuable conference program.
    At the occasion of electro, automation & energy 2013, a valuable program of conferences on renewables and on energy efficiency runs alongside the exhibition. Just like the conference in 2012 featuring the active participation of the Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines and its related institutions APRUE, CDER, CEEG, CREDEG, NEAL-New Energy Algeria, Sonelgaz, UDES, UPER, …
  5. The Daily.
    For valuable background information, photos and interviews.
  6. Online Market Place. The electro, automation & energy interactive online community allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event.
  7. UFI Approved Event quality label.
    Certification of the highest level of professional exhibition standards (UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). As the provision of data which have been verified by independent auditors is one of the cornerstones of the quality standards of UFI Approved Events, all electro, automation & energy statistical data have been audited.
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Broadband MEA 2013 Gathers Leaders from Unique Emerging Markets

Posted on 22 February 2013 by Africa Business

Visitors to the largest broadband event in the Middle East and Africa will gain insight into how emerging markets are progressing despite challenging circumstances

Part of the successful Broadband World Forum Global Series, 2013′s forum will bring together decision-makers from all corners of the broadband ecosystem from across the Middle East and Africa. Now in its fifth year, Broadband MEA, is the region’s premier broadband conference and exhibition attracting 70 speakers, to address the current issues surrounding broadband.

 

London – As broadband penetration steadily increases across the Middle East, opportunities for operators in the region are growing exponentially through value-added services, mobile broadband and customer retention. As such, the region has witnessed the arrival of emerging markets that, despite facing significant challenges, are successfully delivering broadband services to their customers. This year’s Broadband MEA event brings together the leaders from these unique markets, to highlight how they are delivering broadband services to customers despite facing difficult circumstances, such as times of conflict, strict Government regulation, limited infrastructures, high population densities and geographical spreads.

 

Visitors and delegates will have the opportunity to learn from an exclusive speaker line-up of leaders from Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan and Iran, who will share their experiences on delivering reliable services in a challenging market. This includes Wilson Varghese, CEO of Kalimat Telecom, Iraq; Dr. Shahram Zamani Mortazavi, Senior Adviser to the Board , Iranian net PJS Co, Iran; Tomasz Laudy, CMO, Roshan, Afghanistan; Nima PourNejatian, Chief Technology Officer, MobinNet, Iran; Mohammad Gul Khulmi, CEO, Wasel Telecom, Afghanistan; and Hani Alami, Founder and CEO, Coolnet, Palestine.

 

Hani Alami, Founder and CEO, Coolnet, Palestine, will focus on breeding wireless networks, specifically looking at the battle of media technologies and microwave versus fibre optics in challenging times. Mr Alami comments: “The Israeli occupation left the Palestinian territories with a poor telecom infrastructure, covering only the main cities in Palestine. To have a network that serves the public good, we created a sound engineering design and used best practices in business and network operations. Furthermore, we have overcome the biggest challenges that have been presented to us as broadband becomes a dominant force in the country’s economy. Companies from all sectors who never had broadband before are beginning to require broadband access, and individuals are pushing us to offer high-speed access at a low price.”

 

Wilson Varghese, CEO of Kalimat Telecom in Iraq, forms the Technology Strategy Stream, where he will give a presentation on mobile broadband access evolution. Here he will explore the growth of mobile in Iraq and the opportunities presented by fixed broadband. He will also form a panel discussion on evaluating wireless broadband technology choices in the Middle East and Africa.

 

The agenda also features Nima PourNejatian, Chief Technology Officer, MobinNet, Iran, who will explore the challenges and opportunities in serving a high market volume, and the user experience and its impact on network management. Mohammad Gul Khulmi, CEO, Wasel Telecom, Afghanistan will also provide a presentation on delivering broadband to rural areas, which explains Wasel Telecom’s strategy for delivering broadband across Afghanistan.

 

Included in the line-up is Roshan’s Tomasz Laudy, CMO of Afghanistan, who will examine the right technology choices for next generation broadband delivery, encompassing the strategies that have worked and the lessons learnt from those that have not.

 

Today, Governments across MEA are committed to infrastructure spending and, in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) alone, total infrastructure spending over the next decade has been estimated at over $1 trillion. With such a commitment, infrastructure capacity is developing rapidly, presenting new areas of growth, something that the event will highlight.

 

The conference, which takes place from 19 – 20 March, is co-located with the Cloud World Forum MENA event, giving attendees access to a wider and more diverse network of companies showcasing their products and services.

 

To view the full event programme and register for Broadband MEA, please visit http://mea.broadbandworldforum.com/ or call +44 (0) 20 7017 5506. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter @BBWorldForum or use #BBMEA.

 

 

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Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017

Posted on 06 February 2013 by Africa Business

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Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017

Summary

GlobalData’s energy offering, “Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017″ is the essential source for industry data and information relating to the refining industry in Middle East and Africa. It provides asset level information relating to active and planned refineries in Middle East and Africa. The details of major companies operating in the refining industry in Middle East and Africa are included in the report. The latest news and deals relating to the sector are also provided and analyzed.

This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.

Scope

- Updated information relating to all active and planned refineries
- Provides historical data from 2005 to 2012, forecast to 2017
- Information on refining, FCC, hydrocracking and coking capacities by refinery and country
- Provides operator information for all active and planned refineries
- Identifies key trends and issues in the refining industry
- Information on the top companies in the sector including business description and strategic analysis. Key companies covered are National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Saudi Arabian Oil Company and Kuwait National Petroleum Company
- Product and brand updates, strategy changes, R&D projects, corporate expansions and contractions and regulatory changes.
- Key mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, private equity investments and IPOs.

Reasons to buy

- Obtain the most up to date information available on all active and planned refineries in Middle East and Africa
- Identify growth segments and opportunities in the industry.
- Facilitate market analysis and forecasting of future industry trends.
- Facilitate decision making on the basis of strong historic and forecast refinery and unit capacity data.
- Assess your competitor’s refining portfolio and its evolution
- Understand and respond to your competitors business structure, strategy and prospects.
- Develop strategies based on the latest operational, financial, and regulatory events.
- Do deals with an understanding of how competitors are financed, and the mergers and partnerships that have shaped the market.
- Identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the leading companies in Middle East and Africa.

Table of Contents

1 Table of CContents 2
1.1 List of Tables 8
1.2 List of Figures 10
2 Introduction 11
2.1 What is This Report About? 11
2.2 How to Use This Report? 11
2.3 Market Definition 11
3 Middle East And Africa Refining Industry 12
3.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Overview 12
3.1.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Key Data 12
3.1.2 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Total Refining Capacity 12
3.2 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry: Trends and Issues 15
3.2.1 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry: Key Drivers and Issues 15
3.3 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) 17
3.3.1 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 17
3.3.2 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 19
3.3.3 Refining Industry in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 20
3.4 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia 21
3.4.1 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 21
3.4.2 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 22
3.4.3 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 23
3.4.4 Refining Industry in Saudi Arabia, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 24
3.5 Refining Industry in Kuwait 24
3.5.1 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 25
3.5.2 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 25
3.5.3 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 26
3.5.4 Refining Industry in Kuwait, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 26
3.6 Refining Industry in Iraq 26
3.6.1 Refining Industry in Iraq, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 27
3.6.2 Refining Industry in Iraq, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 28
3.6.3 Refining Industry in Iraq, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 28
3.7 Refining Industry in Egypt 29
3.7.1 Refining Industry in Egypt, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 29
3.7.2 Refining Industry in Egypt, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 30
3.7.3 Refining Industry in Egypt, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 30
3.8 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates 31
3.8.1 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 31
3.8.2 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 32
3.8.3 Refining Industry in United Arab Emirates, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 32
3.9 Refining Industry in Algeria 33
3.9.1 Refining Industry in Algeria, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 33
3.9.2 Refining Industry in Algeria, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 34
3.10 Refining Industry in South Africa 34
3.10.1 Refining Industry in South Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 35
3.10.2 Refining Industry in South Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 35
3.10.3 Refining Industry in South Africa, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 36
3.11 Refining Industry in Nigeria 36
3.11.1 Refining Industry in Nigeria, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 37
3.11.2 Refining Industry in Nigeria, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 38
3.12 Refining Industry in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 38
3.12.1 Refining Industry in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 39
3.13 Refining Industry in Israel 39
3.13.1 Refining Industry in Israel, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 40
3.13.2 Refining Industry in Israel, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 40
3.13.3 Refining Industry in Israel, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 41
3.14 Refining Industry in Qatar 41
3.14.1 Refining Industry in Qatar, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 41
3.14.2 Refining Industry in Qatar, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 42
3.15 Refining Industry in Bahrain 42
3.15.1 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 42
3.15.2 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 43
3.15.3 Refining Industry in Bahrain, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 43
3.16 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic 43
3.16.1 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 44
3.16.2 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 44
3.16.3 Refining Industry in Syrian Arab Republic, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 45
3.17 Refining Industry in Sudan 45
3.17.1 Refining Industry in Sudan, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 45
3.17.2 Refining Industry in Sudan, Coking Capacity, 2005-2017 46
3.17.3 Refining Industry in Sudan, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 46
3.17.4 Refining Industry in Sudan, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 47
3.18 Refining Industry in Oman 47
3.18.1 Refining Industry in Oman, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 47
3.18.2 Refining Industry in Oman, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 48
3.18.3 Refining Industry in Oman, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 48
3.19 Refining Industry in Morocco 49
3.19.1 Refining Industry in Morocco, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 49
3.19.2 Refining Industry in Morocco, Fluid catalytic cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 50
3.19.3 Refining Industry in Morocco, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 50
3.20 Refining Industry in Yemen 51
3.20.1 Refining Industry in Yemen, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 51
3.21 Refining Industry in Jordan 52
3.21.1 Refining Industry in Jordan, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 52
3.21.2 Refining Industry in Jordan, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 52
3.21.3 Refining Industry in Jordan, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 53
3.22 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire 53
3.22.1 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 53
3.22.2 Refining Industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 54
3.23 Refining Industry in Kenya 54
3.23.1 Refining Industry in Kenya, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 54
3.24 Refining Industry in Cameroon 55
3.24.1 Refining Industry in Cameroon, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 55
3.24.2 Refining Industry in Cameroon, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 55
3.25 Refining Industry in Ghana 56
3.25.1 Refining Industry in Ghana, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 56
3.25.2 Refining Industry in Ghana, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 56
3.26 Refining Industry in Angola 57
3.26.1 Refining Industry in Angola, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 57
3.27 Refining Industry in Tunisia 57
3.27.1 Refining Industry in Tunisia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 58
3.28 Refining Industry in Senegal 58
3.28.1 Refining Industry in Senegal, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 58
3.29 Refining Industry in Zambia 59
3.29.1 Refining Industry in Zambia, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 59
3.30 Refining Industry in Gabon 59
3.30.1 Refining Industry in Gabon, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 60
3.31 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo 60
3.31.1 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 60
3.31.2 Refining Industry in Republic of the Congo, Hydrocracking Capacity, 2005-2017 61
3.32 Refining Industry in Chad 61
3.32.1 Refining Industry in Chad, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 61
3.33 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger 62
3.33.1 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 62
3.33.2 Refining Industry in Republic of Niger, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Capacity, 2005-2017 62
3.34 Refining Industry in Republic of Guinea 63
3.34.1 Refining Industry in Republic of Guinea, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 63
3.35 Refining Industry in Uganda 63
3.35.1 Refining Industry in Uganda, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, 2005-2017 63
3.36 Middle East and Africa Refining Industry, Planned Refining Facilities 64
3.36.1 Refining Industry in Middle East and Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity, Planned Refining Facilities 64
4 Profile of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company 65
4.1 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Key Information 65
4.2 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Company Overview 65
4.3 National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Business Description 65
4.3.1 Business Overview 65
5 Profile of Saudi Arabian Oil Company 67
5.1 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Key Information 67
5.2 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Company Overview 67
5.3 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Business Description 67
5.3.1 Business Overview 67
5.3.2 Exploration 68
5.3.3 Oil Operations 69
5.3.4 Refining and Chemicals 69
5.4 Saudi Arabian Oil Company, SWOT Analysis 70
5.4.1 Overview 70
5.4.2 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Strengths 71
5.4.3 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Weaknesses 73
5.4.4 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Opportunities 73
5.4.5 Saudi Arabian Oil Company Threats 75
6 Profile of Kuwait National Petroleum Company 76
6.1 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Key Information 76
6.2 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Company Overview 76
6.3 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Business Description 76
6.3.1 Business Overview 76
6.4 Kuwait National Petroleum Company, SWOT Analysis 77
6.4.1 Overview 77
6.4.2 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Strengths 78
6.4.3 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Weaknesses 78
6.4.4 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Opportunities 79
6.4.5 Kuwait National Petroleum Company Threats 80
7 Financial Deals Landscape 81
7.1 Detailed Deal Summary 81
7.1.1 Acquisition 81
7.1.2 Private Equity 85
7.1.3 Equity Offerings 86
7.1.4 Debt Offerings 87
7.1.5 Partnerships 90
7.1.6 Asset Transactions 95
8 Recent Developments 96
8.1 Strategy and Business Expansion 96
8.1.1 Oct 14, 2012: IOC To Help Raise Output At Nigerian Refineries 96
8.1.2 Sep 01, 2012: Orient Petroleum To Start New Refinery In Anambra State By 2013 96
8.1.3 Jul 02, 2012: Nigeria Signs MoU With Vulcan Petroleum To Build Six Refineries With $4.5 Billion Investment 96
8.1.4 May 21, 2012: PetroSA Signs JSA With Sinopec Group On Project Mthombo 96
8.1.5 Mar 05, 2012: RasGas Opens New Office At Ras Laffan In Qatar 97
8.2 Other Significant Developments 98
8.2.1 Jan 23, 2013: Kuwait To Partially Shut Mina Abdullah Refinery Units For Maintenance 98
8.2.2 Jan 09, 2013: Iran To Build Natural Gas Refinery With $1.6 Billion Investment 98
8.2.3 Jan 01, 2013: Petro Rabigh To Halt Operations At Saudi Refinery For Necessary Maintenance 98
8.2.4 Dec 17, 2012: Eni To Invest $8 Billion Over Next 10 Years To Develop Libyan Operations 98
8.2.5 Dec 05, 2012: Chevron Announces $36.7 Billion Capital And Exploratory Budget For 2013 99
8.2.6 Dec 03, 2012: Suncor Energy Provides Update On 2013 Capital Spending Plan And Production Outlook 101
8.2.7 Dec 03, 2012: NNPC Shuts Kaduna Refinery For Two Weeks Due To Routine Maintenance 102
8.2.8 Nov 06, 2012: Orpic Resumes Operations At Mina Al Fahal Refinery 102
8.2.9 Nov 05, 2012: Kuwait To Invest $100 Billion On Oil Projects In Next Five Years 102
8.2.10 Oct 29, 2012: Sasol And Total Natref Refinery Shut For Planned Maintenance 102
8.2.11 Oct 21, 2012: QInvest Arranges $200m Syndicated Facility For Tupras, Turkey 103
8.2.12 Oct 17, 2012: Nigeria To Invest NGN251 Billion On Refinery Upgrades 103
8.2.13 Sep 26, 2012: KNPC Resumes Operations At Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery In Kuwait 103
8.3 New Contracts Announcements 104
8.3.1 Nov 14, 2012: Saudi Aramco Signs Contracts For Jazan Refinery And Terminal Project In Saudi Arabia 104
8.3.2 Jan 04, 2012: PMFG Secures Three New Project Awards Totaling $11m 105
9 Appendix 106
9.1 Abbreviations 106
9.2 Methodology 106
9.2.1 Coverage 106
9.2.2 Secondary Research 107
9.2.3 Primary Research 107
9.3 Contact Us 107
9.4 Disclaimer 108

List of Tables

Table 1: Middle East And Africa Refining Industry, Key Statistics, 2012 12
Table 2: Middle East And Africa, Refining Capacity by Country (MMTPA), 2005-2017 12
Table 3: Middle East And Africa, Refining Capacity by Company (MMTPA), 2005-2017 14
Table 4: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 17
Table 5: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 (Contd. 1) 18
Table 6: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 19
Table 7: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) (MMTPA), 2005-2017 20
Table 8: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 21
Table 9: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 (Contd.1) 22
Table 10: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 22
Table 11: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 23
Table 12: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Saudi Arabia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 24
Table 13: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 25
Table 14: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 25
Table 15: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 26
Table 16: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Kuwait (MMTPA), 2005-2017 26
Table 17: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 27
Table 18: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 28
Table 19: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Iraq (MMTPA), 2005-2017 28
Table 20: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 29
Table 21: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 30
Table 22: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Egypt (MMTPA), 2005-2017 30
Table 23: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 31
Table 24: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 32
Table 25: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Cracking Unit Capacity in United Arab Emirates (MMTPA), 2005-2017 32
Table 26: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Algeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 33
Table 27: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Algeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 34
Table 28: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 35
Table 29: Middle East And Africa, Fluid catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 35
Table 30: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in South Africa (MMTPA), 2005-2017 36
Table 31: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Nigeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 37
Table 32: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Nigeria (MMTPA), 2005-2017 38
Table 33: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (MMTPA), 2005-2017 39
Table 34: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 40
Table 35: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 40
Table 36: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Israel (MMTPA), 2005-2017 41
Table 37: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Qatar (MMTPA), 2005-2017 41
Table 38: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Qatar (MMTPA), 2005-2017 42
Table 39: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 42
Table 40: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 43
Table 41: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Bahrain (MMTPA), 2005-2017 43
Table 42: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 44
Table 43: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 44
Table 44: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Syrian Arab Republic (MMTPA), 2005-2017 45
Table 45: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 45
Table 46: Middle East And Africa, Coking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 46
Table 47: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 46
Table 48: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Sudan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 47
Table 49: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 47
Table 50: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 48
Table 51: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Oman (MMTPA), 2005-2017 48
Table 52: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 49
Table 53: Middle East And Africa, Fluid catalytic cracking Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 50
Table 54: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Morocco (MMTPA), 2005-2017 50
Table 55: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Yemen (MMTPA), 2005-2017 51
Table 56: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 52
Table 57: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 52
Table 58: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Jordan (MMTPA), 2005-2017 53
Table 59: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Cote d’Ivoire (MMTPA), 2005-2017 53
Table 60: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Cote d’Ivoire (MMTPA), 2005-2017 54
Table 61: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Kenya (MMTPA), 2005-2017 54
Table 62: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Cameroon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 55
Table 63: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Capacity in Cameroon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 55
Table 64: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Ghana (MMTPA), 2005-2017 56
Table 65: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Ghana (MMTPA), 2005-2017 56
Table 66: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Angola (MMTPA), 2005-2017 57
Table 67: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Tunisia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 58
Table 68: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Senegal (MMTPA), 2005-2017 58
Table 69: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Zambia (MMTPA), 2005-2017 59
Table 70: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Gabon (MMTPA), 2005-2017 60
Table 71: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of the Congo (MMTPA), 2005-2017 60
Table 72: Middle East And Africa, Hydrocracking Unit Capacity in Republic of the Congo (MMTPA), 2005-2017 61
Table 73: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Chad (MMTPA), 2005-2017 61
Table 74: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of Niger (MMTPA), 2005-2017 62
Table 75: Middle East And Africa, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit Capacity in Republic of Niger (MMTPA), 2005-2017 62
Table 76: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Republic of Guinea (MMTPA), 2005-2017 63
Table 77: Middle East And Africa, Crude Distillation Unit Capacity in Uganda (MMTPA), 2005-2017 63
Table 78: Middle East And Africa, Planned Crude Distillation Unit Capacity (MMTPA), 2013-2017 64
Table 79: National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Key Facts 65
Table 80: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Key Facts 67
Table 81: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, SWOT Analysis 71
Table 82: Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Key Facts 76
Table 83: Kuwait National Petroleum Company, SWOT Analysis 77
Table 84: Sonangol Plans To Acquire 16.65% Interest In Galp Energia From Eni 81
Table 85: Arab Petroleum Sells 12.5% Stake In Bahrain National To Boubyan Petrochemical For $30 Million 82
Table 86: SOCAR To Acquire 24% Stake In SOCAR & Turcas Energy 83
Table 87: BP And Shell Plans To Sell Its Stake In SAPREF 84
Table 88: Qatar Holding Acquires Additional Stake In Total 85
Table 89: Oando Plans Public Offering Of Shares For $220.5 Million 86
Table 90: Oando Plans For Private Placement 86
Table 91: Tupras Files Prospectus For Public Offering Of Bonds For $1 Billion 87
Table 92: Dolphin Energy Completes Public Offering Of 5.5% Bonds Due 2021 For $1,300 Million 88
Table 93: Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Completes Public Offering Of Islamic Bond For $1,000 Million 89
Table 94: National Iranian Oil Plans To Issue Bonds For $15,000 Million 90
Table 95: Qatar Petroleum To Form Partnership To Develop Oil Refinery In Egypt 90
Table 96: Republic of Equatorial Guinea Plans To Form Partnership With Sinopec To Develop Refining And Petrochemical Complex 91
Table 97: PetroSA Enters Into Partnership With Sinopec To Build Oil Refinery In Africa 92
Table 98: Oman Oil Forms Joint Venture With International Petroleum Investment 93
Table 99: Sinopec Forms Joint Venture With Saudi Aramco 94
Table 100: PetroSA Plans To Acquire Downstream Energy Assets 95

List of Figures

Figure 1: Middle East and Africa, Country Wise Share Vis-à-vis Growth in Refining Capacity (%), 2007-2012 13
Figure 2: Middle East and Africa, Company Wise Share Vis-à-vis Growth in Refining Capacity (%), 2007-2012 14

Companies Mentioned

National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
Kuwait National Petroleum Company

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Frost & Sullivan: Subdued Growth in Traditional Force Protection Markets Offset by the Potential in Emerging Markets

Posted on 10 January 2013 by Africa Business

Strong strategic intent and economic prowess makes Asia-Pacific a hotspot for future growth

 

LONDON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The need for force protection systems increased significantly during the Iraq and Afghanistan war. With operations in Afghanistan now winding down, the demand for such systems, especially among NATO countries, is set to stabilise. In contrast, strong strategic intent and economic prowess are making Asia-Pacific (APAC) and the Middle East the hotspots for future market growth.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.defence.com), Global Force Protection Market Assessment, finds the market generated USD6.1 billion in 2012 and is estimated to reach USD7.55 billion in 2021. The research covers vehicle, soldier and base protection segments. All three segments present multiple, large-scale opportunities, with base protection expected to gross the highest revenues.

“The economic downturn is expected to minimally impact the global force protection market; force protection considerations are set to be the core of all future procurements,” noted Frost & Sullivan Defence Senior Research Analyst Mahendran Arjunraja . “Decreasing troop strength and falling vehicle procurement volumes will change force structures, creating greater demand for advanced force protection systems during 2012-2021.”

Subdued growth is projected in the more traditional markets of Europe and North America. In contrast, the emerging markets in APAC and the Middle East offer brighter growth prospects.

The APAC market is expected to register the highest growth – 10.2 per cent – over the forecast period. By 2015, revenues from the APAC market will surpass that of its European counterpart. The Middle East will rack up a solid compound annual growth rate of 10 per cent over 2012-2021, followed by Latin America and Africa.

“In these regions, market expansion will be promoted by intensifying threat perceptions, regional instability and booming economies,” explained Arjunraja. “Such trends underpin significant shifts in competitive dynamics.”

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Relyant LLC, Maryville, TN Firm Signs $200M Construction Contract in Africa

Posted on 23 December 2012 by Africa Business

Knoxville, TN, December, 2012 –(PR.com)– RELYANT LLC a Maryville, TN firm has secured a $200M contract to provide construction services in Libreville, Gabon a West African nation. Baghdad Kabi BTP, a Gabonese Construction Management company working directly for the Government of Gabon and Messodie International, a finance organization focusing on Central and West Africa, signed a final contract worth over $200 million with the Maryville firm. RELYANT will build the key supporting infrastructure and horizontal infrastructure in support of the Bikele Housing Project on the outskirts of Libreville, Gabon, to include roads, water delivery systems, electrical hookups, waste management and concrete home foundations home sites. The Bikele Housing Project is a vital step in the Gabonese government’s plan to alleviate the severe housing shortage throughout this country of over a million and a half inhabitants. 

“Regarding housing and in order to address the strong demand for housing in Gabon…a new town development scheme is being put in place, based on urban planning master plans containing a range of housing options for all income brackets, as well as hospitals and public buildings, roads, schools, green areas and shops.” The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, stated during his speech to the Gabonese people on Gabon’s Independence Day, August 17, 2012.

RELYANT LLC was awarded the contract to build out the housing project in a partnership with the Gabonese Prime contractor; Kabi BTP and finance firm Messodie International, stemming from a 2009 initiative by H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon.

RELYANT Chief Executive Officer Dan Smith is hopeful work will being shortly after in the New Year. “In being a part of this noble effort,” said Smith, “I can state without hesitation on behalf of the entire RELYANT team that we hope to not only raise the standard of living for the Gabonese people but strengthen the bond between our two great Nations.”

RELYANT Chief Marketing Officer Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Anderson added, “As a 31 year Army veteran accustomed to bringing the construction and logistics acumen of the US to bear on the challenge of providing high quality of life for our soldiers, it gives me great pride to be part of an effort to do the same for the people of Gabon.” He continues, “It will certainly be an honor and a pleasure to work in the beautiful country of Gabon and leverage our experience overcoming challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan to construct the vital Bikele Housing Project in the Libreville suburbs.”

Gabon is a West African country located on the equator, a major exporter of oil with miles of pristine coastline and aspirations of becoming a prime eco-tourism spot as well as a leader in implementation of green technology in the near future.

The contract calls for RELYANT to provide engineering, management, and infrastructure as well as the horizontal construction of 6500 homes which is projected to take 17 months to complete.

Gabon, a major exported of oil, faces an acute shortage of housing and needs over four hundred thousand (400,000) new homes for its growing population, officials said.

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Growing MENA-MED Oil and Gas Market Attracts Investors

Posted on 09 July 2012 by AfricaBusiness.com

 

GENEVA, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

9th MidEast-North Africa Mediterranean Upstream Conference – focuses on new opportunities

With huge gas finds in the Mediterranean, new gas-LNG ventures afoot, accelerating acreage leasing and major capital investment projects across the region, the Middle East and North African oil and gas market remains one of the biggest and most dynamic energy markets in the world. Therefore, the regional exploration, oil/gas-LNG and energy game attracts a growing number of companies and investors who find new business opportunities.

The conference in Geneva focuses on the exploration and development ventures of national oil companies, governments and companies in this vast and complex region. New opportunities have attracted greater commitments from super-majors, a growing suite of independents, including local oil firms, and increased positioning by national oil companies from around the world.

Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman & CEO of Global Pacific & Partners says: ” With the world’s largest oil reserves in the Middle East, major capital investment projects across the region, acreage openings, new oil/gas and LNG strategies across North Africa, plus huge gas finds in the Mediterranean, the meeting will once again highlight significant opportunities for companies and investors, financiers, traders and players across the value chain.”

During the intensive and high-level two-day program keynote speakers from major companies from all over the world report on key themes like state oil/gas policies, discoveries and development, regulation and interventions in the oil/energymarket, strategies of oil-gas/LNG-energy investors, private upstream projects and joint-venture interests, corporate assets/portfolio and strategies, as well as bid rounds, licensing, new ventures, business development, OPEC strategies and reserves, plus critical market issues impacting the Middle East-North Africa-Mediterranean zones.

Speakers like Pascal Laroche, Business Development Manager of Total UAE and Tarik Mokrane, Country Chairman Algeria of Shell International E&P, offer an inside look in their portfolio’s, with presentations including from Wadie Habboush, President & CEO of Habboush Group, and RWE, Apache, Iraq Institute, Botas, Cairn Energy, Noble Energy, MND, Petrogas E&P, MOL Group, Dana Petroleum, New Zealand Oil & Gas (Tunisia), Energean Oil & Gas, Oman Oil Company E&P, and government representatives and state oil companies from Tunisia, Cyprus and Morocco.

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Iraq’s execution of 34 people in one day ‘shocking’ – UN human rights chief

Posted on 24 January 2012 by AfricaBusiness.com

 

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

24 January 2012 – The United Nations human rights chief said today she was shocked at reports that 34 people were executed in Iraq in a single day last week and called on the country to institute an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

“Even if the most scrupulous fair trial standards were observed, this would be a terrifying number of executions to take place in a single day,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated in a news release.

“Given the lack of transparency in court proceedings, major concerns about due process and fairness of trials, and the very wide range of offences for which the Most disturbingly, we do not have a single report of anyone on death row being pardoned, despite the fact there are well documented cases of confessions being extracted under duress.
death penalty can be imposed in Iraq, it is a truly shocking figure,” she added.Most disturbingly, we do not have a single report of anyone on death row being pardoned, despite the fact there are well documented cases of confessions being extracted under duress.

The 34 individuals, including two women, were executed on 19 January following their conviction for various crimes, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

The total number of individuals sentenced to death in Iraq since 2004 is believed to stand at more than 1,200. The total number actually executed since then is not known, although at least 63 individuals are thought to have been executed in the past two months alone.

The death penalty can be imposed in Iraq for around 48 crimes, including a number of non-fatal crimes such as – under certain circumstances – damage to public property.

“Most disturbingly,” said Ms. Pillay, “we do not have a single report of anyone on death row being pardoned, despite the fact there are well documented cases of confessions being extracted under duress.”

She called on the Government to implement an immediate moratorium on the institution of death penalty, noting that around 150 countries have now either abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, or introduced a moratorium.

The High Commissioner also urged the Government “to halt all executions and, as a matter of urgency, review the cases of those individuals currently on death row.”

 

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