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The Secret Scheme To Skim Millions Off Central Asia’s Pipeline Megaproject

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an insightful look at a secret scheme to skim millions off central Asia’s pipeline megaproject: A Gazprom director profited from a secret scheme linked to the construction of a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline between central Asia and China, according to documents seen by the Financial Times. The documents indicate that staff and consultants […]

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Angola: The OPEC Producer Looking To Sell A Stake In Its Oil Company

Via OilPrice.com, a report on Angola’s Sonangol: OPEC producer Angola plans to raise much-needed cash via selling a stake in its state oil firm Sonangol by early 2022 as the crash in oil prices—and the pandemic—severely weakened the country’s finances. Angola is considering selling part of Sonangol, as well as a stake in the national […]

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Drying Up: Venezuela’s Oil Industry

Via The Wall Street Journal, a look at how Venezuela has seen its production dwindle after decades of graft and mismanagement under Chávez and Maduro regimes, and now the burden of U.S. sanctions: Venezuela’s oil industry—rich in reserves, a crucial Allied resource in World War II, a founding member of OPEC—is grinding toward a halt. Venezuela […]

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Pemex’s Losses Deepen Mexico’s Financial Woes

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), a short report on Pemex: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s failure to strengthen Pemex’s finances and shore up domestic oil production will exacerbate Mexico’s public finance woes from COVID-19.  On Aug. 24, Mexico’s state-owned energy giant Pemex reported its lowest level of monthly crude oil production since 1979, with the company’s […]

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Mongolia’s Energy Alliance with Russia and China

Via The Diplomat, a look at the Power of Siberia 2 project involvingRussia, Mongolia, and China: Mongolia, geopolitically and physically land-locked between two regional powers — Russia and China — is paving the way to secure an energy alliance. In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee […]

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China’s Gas Cuts Raise Pressure On Central Asia

Via Eurasia Review, a look at the impact of China’s gas demand reductions on Central Asia: As China cuts back on its commitments to import natural gas, it is trying to spread the shortfall among its increasingly hard-pressed suppliers. Hints of tensions have been rising since early March when reports first surfaced that PetroChina, the […]

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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.