Malawi’s Oil Exploration Licences and Agreements should be cancelled according to Attorney General

Mining in Malawi

The Nationrevealed today that Malawi’s Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale produced a legal opinion on the 6 oil exploration blocks the government has awarded and the subsequent production sharing agreements the government signed on 12 May 2014.

Kaphale raised concerns that production sharing agreements were signed before production licences were awarded and oil and gas discoveries were made. He has also called for further investigation into the corporate relationship of three companies (Hamra Oil, RAK Gas and Pacific Oil) that control five out of six blocks, even though related parties by law (Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act 1983) can only control a maximum of two contiguous blocks.

The government through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is currently reviewing these licences to

ensure that the Licences that were granted or the Agreements that were signed are for the benefit for the people of Malawi and were in accordance with all…

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