Ziwase Ndhlovu

Ziwase NdhlovuZiwase Ndhlovu is Zambian and holds an MEng (Hons) in Bio- Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath. She is currently working for an MSc in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Ziwase has already garnered a broad range of experience analysing oil and gas assets not only in Africa but also in Australia, South East Asia and Latin America. She has worked as an oil and gas analyst for Chevron Sasol and Sasol Petroleum International, the South African mining, energy, chemicals and synthetic fuels group. Her work has included benchmarking studies for different assets in the portfolio, reviewing operability and profitability of assets, production lifecycles, additional spend profiles and partnerships viability. She has worked on various oil and gas contracts including joint operating agreements, sale and purchase agreements. Ziwase has also arranged and negotiated crude sales and purchase agreements for West African crude, and advised on the commercial terms of contracts relating to monthly ‘liftings’ of over US$30 million a month.

Papers Published in World Economics:

A New Challenge

Over the last five years there has been a noticeable shift in focus among leading oil and gas companies active in the continent of Africa. Rather than focusing on West and North Africa for investment opportunities, there has been a move to explore new prospects in East Africa. The region is rapidly becoming a prominent investment destination in both the upstream and downstream oil sectors. In 2011 several majors including BG, Eni and Petrobras, are planning to sink wells and all of them are investing significant amounts in search of deepwater gas reserves. Alongside these exploration initiatives the author assesses plans for a new pipeline with a capacity of 450,000 barrels a day, to be constructed from Juba in Southern Sudan to Lamu on the Kenyan coast. Increasingly, as the author notes, the region is emerging as a significant location for investment in hydrocarbon resources.

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