Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Mostert, Hanri en_ZA
dc.contributor.author van den Berg, Hugo Meyer en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-08T14:28:22Z
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dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation van den Berg, H. 2015. Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16924
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Controversy surrounds the upstream petroleum industry. Although the benefit of petroleum resources is beyond dispute, the exploitation of petroleum resources comes at a price, as history has shown time and again. Not only does petroleum exploitation have detrimental effects on the environment, but host countries often are worse off than countries with little or no petroleum resources. This "resource curse" is partially the result of flawed regulatory frameworks for petroleum resource extraction in host countries. This thesis identifies three elements that must be present in a country's regulatory framework for petroleum extraction if the resource curse phenomenon is to be avoided and benefit s from petroleum are to be maximised. These elements are: transparency, accountability and a balance of interests between the petroleum companies and the host nation. Namibia and South Africa are not yet major players in the international upstream petroleum industry. There is accordingly not much academic engagement with petroleum law in these two jurisdictions. The courts have also not yet had the opportunity to scrutinise the legislation regulating the upstream petroleum industries of South Africa and Namibia. There are, however, indications that both countries may possess viable quantities of petroleum resources. In anticipation of the possibility of finding commercially viable quantities of petroleum, South Africa and Namibia have enacted legislation to regulate the upstream petroleum industry, but the efficiency of the legislation, specifically how it reflects the elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest, have not yet been considered. The research for this thesis is driven by the question of how the regulatory framework for petroleum exploitation in South Africa and Namibia embraces the elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the regulatory frameworks for upstream petroleum resources in South Africa and Namibia in anticipation of the demands that will be placed on law as the sectors grow. In doing so, this thesis scrutinises the legislation in South Africa and Namibia to determine the extent to which the three crucial elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest between the petroleum company and the host nation are reflected in the regulatory frameworks for petroleum resources. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Petroleum resources en_ZA
dc.subject.other regulatory frameworks en_ZA
dc.title Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Law en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Private Law en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation van den Berg, H. M. (2015). <i>Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Law ,Department of Private Law. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16924 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation van den Berg, Hugo Meyer. <i>"Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Law ,Department of Private Law, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16924 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation van den Berg HM. Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Law ,Department of Private Law, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16924 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - van den Berg, Hugo Meyer AB - Controversy surrounds the upstream petroleum industry. Although the benefit of petroleum resources is beyond dispute, the exploitation of petroleum resources comes at a price, as history has shown time and again. Not only does petroleum exploitation have detrimental effects on the environment, but host countries often are worse off than countries with little or no petroleum resources. This "resource curse" is partially the result of flawed regulatory frameworks for petroleum resource extraction in host countries. This thesis identifies three elements that must be present in a country's regulatory framework for petroleum extraction if the resource curse phenomenon is to be avoided and benefit s from petroleum are to be maximised. These elements are: transparency, accountability and a balance of interests between the petroleum companies and the host nation. Namibia and South Africa are not yet major players in the international upstream petroleum industry. There is accordingly not much academic engagement with petroleum law in these two jurisdictions. The courts have also not yet had the opportunity to scrutinise the legislation regulating the upstream petroleum industries of South Africa and Namibia. There are, however, indications that both countries may possess viable quantities of petroleum resources. In anticipation of the possibility of finding commercially viable quantities of petroleum, South Africa and Namibia have enacted legislation to regulate the upstream petroleum industry, but the efficiency of the legislation, specifically how it reflects the elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest, have not yet been considered. The research for this thesis is driven by the question of how the regulatory framework for petroleum exploitation in South Africa and Namibia embraces the elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the regulatory frameworks for upstream petroleum resources in South Africa and Namibia in anticipation of the demands that will be placed on law as the sectors grow. In doing so, this thesis scrutinises the legislation in South Africa and Namibia to determine the extent to which the three crucial elements of transparency, accountability and balance of interest between the petroleum company and the host nation are reflected in the regulatory frameworks for petroleum resources. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia TI - Regulation of the upstream petroleum industry. A comparative analysis and evaluation of the regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16924 ER - en_ZA


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