Natural Resources

English Court Rejects Tullow’s Force Majeure Defence to Contract Termination

July 9, 2018

The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales in the case of Seadrill Ghana Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited[1]has rejected a force majeure defence advanced by Tullow in response to an unlawful termination of contract claim by Seadrill.  The relevant facts are as follows. Tullow hired from Seadrill a semi-submersible rig (by name West […]

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Understanding Ghana’s Mining Support Services Regime

December 3, 2017

The mining industry comprises a number of players including mine support service providers. Mine support service providers provide support services to mineral right holders, including drilling and blasting services as well as the supply of mining equipment and spare parts. Under section 59 of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) support service providers […]

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Ghana v. Côte d’Ivoire: What You Need to Know About the ITLOS’ Decision

October 1, 2017

Last weekend’s judgment in the “Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean” by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) is bound to enjoy the spotlight and court both public and media attention at least for the next couple of days, and it […]

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Update: Ghana-La Côte D’Ivoire Maritime Boundary Dispute

September 21, 2017

On 23rd September 2017, the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) will deliver its judgment in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire)[1]. Hearings in respect of the substantive matter commenced on 6 February 2017 and […]

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State Ownership of Minerals in Ghana

June 26, 2017

Minerals are substances that occur naturally in the Earth’s crust. Minerals therefore form part of the land from which they are exploited. Legally, land includes not only the soil, but everything attached to it, whether attached by the course of nature as trees, herbage and water, or by the hand of man, as buildings and fences.[1] […]

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