Archive for October, 2019

The World’s Top 10 Cities in 2035

Courtesy of The Visual Capitalist, an interesting look at the world’s cities in 2035, many of which will be in developing countries:   Cities are the engines of the modern economy. Over half of the world now lives in urban areas, and urbanization continues to shape the trajectory of global growth in unprecedented ways. However, […]

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North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’

Via CNN, an interesting look at North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel: In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views. The Ryugyong Hotel […]

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Broke In Beirut

Via The Economist, a look at Lebanon’s economic woes: In the lobby of a Beirut bank, three customers stuff wads of $100 bills into plastic bags. Each note has its serial number recorded on a receipt, as local law requires. One man’s receipt was so long it trailed on the ground as he left the […]

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Somalia Open for Business, says Petroleum Minister

Via Oil News Kenya, a report on Somalia’s hydrocarbon potential: Rich in hydrocarbons and possessing a favorable geological structure, Somalia holds huge opportunities for investors looking to enter the East African market, said the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Hon. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed at the Africa Oil & Power conference. “Nowhere is the […]

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New Major Gas Field Discovered in Southern Iran

Via Tasnim News, a report on the discovery of a new major gas field in southern Iran: The deputy head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced that a massive gas field has been discovered south of the country. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Reza Dehqan said the huge gas field named […]

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World Bank Supports Critical Private Sector Investments in Afghanistan’s Energy Sector

Via The World Bank, a report on recent private sector investments in Afghanistan’s energy sector: World Bank Group Boards of Executive Directors approved today a financing package of $98.8 million consisting of guarantees, a loan, and swaps to support two gas-to-power energy projects in Afghanistan. The projects aim to increase the amount of domestically generated […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.