Call for Papers: OGEL Special Issue on a "Review of the Energy Sector in Ghana"
17 June 2020
Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL, ISSN 1875-418X, www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a Special issue focusing on a review of the Energy sector in Ghana.
Ghana's energy sector has seen some interesting changes in recent times. 2020 marks a decade of petroleum production in Ghana. With its commercial discovery in 2007, the Government of Ghana undertook a restructuring of the sector, which included amending legislation and the creation of the sector regulator, Petroleum Commission. This restructuring took place with the aim of strengthening the sector to increase upstream investment and to ensure the country was able to maximize benefits received from activities in the sector (in the hopes of using such funds to avoid 'the resource curse'). The result of this restructuring has yielded some incredible results, including the development of locally owned oil companies exploring for and finding commercial quantities of hydrocarbons for development. However, alongside the sector's successes, there are also concerns about transparency in the sector, the effect of volatile oil prices on the domestic market, and the future role of the upstream sector in the development of other sectors of the economy.
In addition to this, renewable energy and power sector reforms have been executed in order to increase efficiency and profitability. These reforms have been possible, in part, because of developments in the petroleum sector, with the availability of gas for power generation. Environmental concerns are also on the increase and increased available financing has created a growing market for renewables.
This OGEL Special Issue seeks to examine the current debate on the status of petroleum development in Ghana after a decade of production as well as any other interesting energy sector development. The topics may cover a wide range of issues such as renewable energy developments, power sector reforms and its relationship to the petroleum sector, upstream petroleum regulatory efficacy/ development, fiscal and petroleum tax issues, geopolitical issues relating to the development of Ghana's upstream oil and gas sector, and health, safety and environmental issues relating to oil and gas production in Ghana.
In particular, we are interested in contributions in the following areas:
- The evolution of policy and regulation in Ghana's upstream petroleum sector
- Evolution of actors in the upstream oil and gas sector
- Management of health and safety regulations
- Petroleum taxation and revenue management
- Assessing local content development in Ghana
- Management of risk in the upstream petroleum sector in Ghana
- Renewable energy developments
- Power sector reforms.
Papers outside of these topics but associated with the broad subject of the call will also be considered. Papers should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org directly with the subject line 'OGEL Ghana'.
The minimum word count of articles should be 5000 words (excluding footnotes, endnotes, appendices, tables, summary etc.). Articles should include summaries (150-200 words). The layout of the articles should conform to OGEL's submission guidelines available at: www.ogel.org/contribute.asp (more information available upon request).
Feel free to forward this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested in contributing to the special issue.
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