Professor Bekker Quoted in Upstream Magazine

Professor Pieter Bekker, CEPMLP Chair in International Law, was quoted in the December 2016 issue of Upstream, the leading paper in oil and gas. 

In an article entitled “Ghana shows way as African model,” Africa Correspondent Barry Morgan describes the recent peaceful transition of government in Ghana and addresses the outlook for Ghana’s oil and gas industry.  View the article here

While the article observes that Ghana’s “reserves may soon exceed 7 billion barrels of oil in place, alongside 6 trillion cubic feet of gas,” it notes that “activity has fallen amid uncertainty surrounding the maritime border dispute with neighbouring Ivory Coast — which may not see resolution until the end of 2019.”

The maritime boundary case between Ghana and Ivory Coast, which affects Tullow’s $5 billion TEN field development located entirely within the area of overlapping claims, has been pending since early 2016, when the two countries agreed to transfer the case which Ghana had originally filed under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany.

The article refers to a comment attributed to Professor Bekker that extending the countries’ maritime boundary several kilometres to the east into Ghana’s maritime waters remains a real possibility.  The comment was made at a Law of the Sea Workshop presented by Professor Bekker and CEPMLP Honorary Lecturer Robert Van de Poll, a Canadian geoscientist with Fugro NV, at the Africa Oil Week conference in Cape Town on 2 November 2016.

Professor Bekker and Mr. Van de Poll are founding directors of the Dundee Ocean and Lake Frontiers Institute and Neutrals (DOLFIN), a multi-disciplinary research and know-how platform dedicated to the study of the international law of the sea, particularly maritime boundary delimitation.  Find more information on DOLFIN here