Associate Research Fellow
- Oil, gas, electrity
- Oil and gas border conflicts
- Countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Angola, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, South Africa
Benjamin Augé has been an Associate Fellow within our program since June 2010. He obtained his Phd in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8), he is otherwise Chief Editor of Africa Energy Intelligence, a newsletter focused on Energy issues in Africa. He is also a guest speaker at the French War College, HEC, Sciences-Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration (National school of administration - ENA).
His research focuses on the economic and political management of the hydrocarbons and electrical sectors in African states. Benjamin Augé takes a particular interest in conflicts between different stakeholders (local, national, and international) for the control of oil zones, as well as in the border disputes linked to shared oil and gas basins. In addition to Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and the Republic of Congo, he studies in particular new and future African hydrocarbon producers such as Sudan, Chad, Mauritania, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. His PhD thesis focused on oil production in conflict areas notably in the Great Lakes and East Africa region.
Since oil was discovered in Uganda in 2006, East Africa has been an arena for a race in the exploration for hydro-carbons. Yet the oil reserves in Uganda, the more recent and modest ones in Kenya and the few pockets of gas in Ethiopia are on a completely different scale from the enormous gas...
8 % of worldwide gas reserves are located on the African continent. Its relative economic weakness and the almost total absence of gas networks leads to a very reduced interior consumption (almost nonexistent outside Algeria and Egypt) which permits an important export capacity of the...