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Tullow Oil's Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Tullow Oil’s Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Last year we raised some concerns about a new sponsorship deal between Tullow Oil and Sunderland football club, aka Sunderland AFC. Only it wasn’t actually Tullow that was doing the sponsoring, it was a strange body called Invest In Africa, that was all about promoting Africa (homogenous and undifferentiated continent that it is) as a...
Show us the money - will Dodd Frank force oil companies to reveal payments

Show us the money – will Dodd Frank force oil companies to reveal payments

Last Wednesday oil and gas lobbyists had a very bad day in the office when new US laws were introduced requiring the extractives sector to publish the payments they make to host governments. Industry groups had been aggressively lobbying to water down the regulations and succeeded in delaying their introduction by 16 months. But last...
Tullow Oil's foul play in Ghana

Tullow Oil’s foul play in Ghana

  Sunderland FC’s controversial sponsorship deal with a Tullow Oil front group was featured in today’s Independent: There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices on the continent. Tullow...
Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC's oil sponsorship deal

Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC’s oil sponsorship deal

At Platform we’ve been very focused on looking at how oil companies use cultural institutions to plaster over their controversial operations, but just yesterday a UK-based oil company moved into the sports sector. The Guardian reported that Premier League Sunderland AFC had secured “pioneering African sponsorship” with Invest in Africa. The article makes Invest In...
A New Frontier: the rush for oil and gas in East Africa

A New Frontier: the rush for oil and gas in East Africa

This article was written by Taimour Lay who investigated the activities of oil companies in East Africa for Platform. It first appeared on the African Arguments website. When you stand on the island of Rukwanzi at the heart of Lake Albert, your first thought, echoing perhaps the casual rhetoric of the region’s oil men, is...

The Ugandan draft oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight

Platform has released a new briefing analysing Uganda’s draft “Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill” The report – entitled “The Ugandan Upstream oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight”, highlights the lack of parliamentary oversight, transparency, or consultation or involvement of affected communities in the proposed oil law. At the same...

Uganda demands end to oil clause that freezes weak regulation

The Ugandan government is insisting that British oil company Tullow Oil, France’s Total and Chinese group CNOOC drop the stabilisation clause from their oil contract of Lake Albert before approving the $10 billion oil project. The original contracts were leaked by PLATFORM in 2010. Meanwhile Ugandan opposition MPs are unhappy that Museveni’s government allowed disputes...
A Lake of Oil: Congo's contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty

A Lake of Oil: Congo’s contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty

A Lake of Oil analyses confidential oil contracts held by UK companies Tullow and Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were leaked by Platform, revealing the danger of economic rip-off and rights abuses in one of Africa's most unstable countries.
Contracts Curse: Uganda’s oil agreements place profit before people

Contracts Curse: Uganda’s oil agreements place profit before people

Held secret by the Ugandan government and oil companies Tullow and Heritage, Platform has revealed the terms of the contracts for oil operations by Lake Albert on the Uganda-Congo border, and their economic implications. For the first time, Uganda’s Production Sharing Agreements are available to the public to read, after a leaked copy was placed...