See also:
» 05.11.2013 - Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam
» 08.10.2010 - "Multinationals flee Ethiopia oil fields"
» 14.05.2010 - Nile water resource dispute splits region
» 13.05.2010 - Chinese bank to fund controversial Ethiopian dam
» 23.03.2010 - Ethiopia dam to "devastate entire tribes"
» 19.02.2010 - EU support clean energy production
» 14.01.2010 - Ethiopia launches hydro-power plant
» 30.11.2009 - Ethiopia saves million from Sudanese oil imports

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Economy - Development | Politics

Ogaden rebels challenge Ethiopia oil deal

afrol News, 14 November - Somali rebels in Ethiopia's troubled eastern Ogaden province have warned the Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum, which signed a large-scale exploration deal with Addis Ababa last week. The Swedes were engaging in a war zone, the rebels noted, adding that oil exploration activities at the current stage were "both unrealistic and unwelcome."

In a message to chairman Ian Lundin of the Swedish oil company - of which afrol News has received a copy - the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) warns against any oil deals in the troubled Ogaden province of Ethiopia. The ONLF fights for autonomy or inclusion into Somalia for the Ogaden region, which is dominated by ethnic Somalis and only became Ethiopian in the 20th century.

Somalia and Ethiopia have fought several wars over Ogaden and the Somali Islamist currently ruling in Mogadishu want to include the province in a Greater Somalia. The province now experiences a low-profile armed conflict between the Mogadishu-supported ONFL and the Ethiopian army, with occasional ONLF sabotage of infrastructure and Ethiopian mass arrests of alleged rebel supporters.

The Ogaden province is also Ethiopia's most promising region regarding mineral resources, and international oil companies are highly optimistic on finding commercially exploitable reservoirs of hydrocarbons here. Ethiopia is predicted to become an oil exporting nation within short, basing most of its hopes on Ogaden.

Only one week ago, the Stockholm-based oil company Lundin and the Addis Ababa government heralded a wide-ranging production sharing contract for two blocks in the onshore Ogaden Basin, spanning over 24,000 square kilometres. Lundin said it held a 100 percent share at Blocks 2 and 6 for the duration of the exploration period, while the Ethiopian government had an option to participate with up to a 10 percent interest following any commercial discovery. Lundin pointed to "documented" indications of light oil, gas and condensate at the two blocks.

One week after the optimistic notions released by the Swedes, however, the ONLF insists on cooling down the euphoria. "While you may have been given security guarantees by the Ethiopian government it is imperative that you understand that the regime is not now nor has it ever been in effective control of the Ogaden," the rebels told Mr Lundin.

According to the rebels, the ongoing armed conflict in Ogaden "makes for an insecure environment for any mineral exploration to occur," as clashes between the ONLF and Ethiopian armed forces occur "on a regular basis throughout Ogaden."

"The areas covered by the Production Sharing Contract signed between you and the Ethiopian regime are well within our scope of military operations and as such the security of your operations cannot be guaranteed," the ONLF statement says. "We therefore strongly advise you against this planned investment given the current conflict which exists between our troops and those of the Ethiopian regime."

The Ogaden rebels claim that they have been in contact with several other oil companies that previously had been interested in signing a similar contract with Addis Ababa authorities, and had managed to convince them against such a deal due to security problems. Petronas of Malaysia, Gail and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation of India among others earlier had "expressed a similar interest in Ogaden," the rebels say.

In a more reconciling tone, the ONLF letter to Mr Lundin emphasises that the Ogaden rebels "have no dispute with Lundin Petroleum." However, the ONLF as a matter of policy could "not permit the exploitation of mineral resources in Ogaden until such time that a legitimate form of self-government exists in Ogaden," the statement says, indicating Lundin's investments and installations could become the aim of ONLF attacks.

While both Lundin Petroleum and the ONLF emphasise on the special role of the Swedish oil company in Ogaden following last week's production sharing contract, Ethiopian Mines and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu in a statement late last week held that a total of five international companies were by now engaged in petroleum exploration and development activities in the country. He in particular mentioned Malaysia-based Pexco as a company operating in Ogaden, while not mentioning Lundin.

According to Minister Tegenu, negotiations were in progress between the Ethiopian government and Petronas, another Malaysian company, for the development of Kalub and Hilala natural gas deposits in Ogaden, where also Lundin is operating. Other official Ethiopian sources last week claimed Petronas had already won a bid for the development of Kalub and Hilala.

- Create an e-mail alert for Ethiopia news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at