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A New Scramble for Africa?: The Rush for Energy Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa

By: Soren Scholvin(Editor)

11 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Feb 2015 | #219510 | ISBN-13: 9781472430762
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Global energy consumption will increase rapidly in the next decades. The discrepancy between demand and supply is worrisome within the old and new cores of the world-economy. Sub-Saharan Africa meanwhile possesses vast potential for energy resources to be further exploited. Whilst the Global North is a traditional player in the sub-Saharan energy sector, new actors from emerging economies – especially China's state-owned enterprises but also Brazilian, Indian and South African giants – have entered what appears to be a scramble for the largely untapped energy resources of the region.

A New Scramble for Africa? is the first to bring together comparative perspectives on: the strategies of state and non-state actors involved in the exploitation of sub-Saharan energy resources; the potential and pitfalls of new forms of cooperation on energy southwards of the Sahara; and the domestic opportunities and challenges of the present energy resource boom. Dynamics on the international level are brought together with local developments to provide up-to-date insights on the scramble for energy resources in sub-Saharan Africa. A New Scramble for Africa? also advances a materialist approach applicable in geographical and political-scientific research, showing that much insight can be gained by concentrating on the material environment that shapes economic and political phenomena.


- Introduction, Soren Scholvin
- British and US strategies in the competition for energy resources in sub-Saharan Africa, Stefan Andreasson
- China and Brazil in sub-Saharan African fossil fuels: a comparative analysis, Ana Cristina Alves
- Energy and regional integration: the Grand Inga Project in the DR Congo, Agathe Maupin
- Energy from across the border: explaining South Africa's regional energy policy, Soren Scholvin
- Mammoth dams, lean neighbours: assessing the bid to turn Ethiopia into East Africa's powerhouse, Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez
- The resource curse debate after Mozambique's emergence as an energy exporter, Artur Colom-Jaen and Eduardo Bidaurratzaga-Aurre
- Fracking the Karoo: the barriers to shale gas extraction in South Africa based on experiences from Europe and the US, David Fig and Soren Scholvin
- Conclusion, Soren Scholvin


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Soren Scholvin (PhD, University of Hamburg) is a research fellow at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography at the University of Hanover. He is also an associate research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. He has published The Geopolitics of Regional Power: Geography, Economics and Politics in Southern Africa in the same series as this edited volume. Soren's research is focussed on the geopolitics of emerging powers, and regional cooperation on energy and transport in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

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