Oil and Gas: Public Property of State and National Patrimony
Aubin Nzaou, Oil and Gas: Public Property of State and National Patrimony, The African Institute of Legal and Critical Thinking_Energy & Climate Law Research Paper Series, 2019.
Posted: 15 Jun 2020
Date Written: September 2, 2019
One of the issues that relate directly to the exploitation of oil and gas in the Republic of Congo, alongside that of sovereignty, is their appropriation by the state. Indeed, it turns out that the national priority — which is given to their exploitation — entails incidentally that the strategic importance of the state's action remains first to affirm the full control of oil and gas resources through their appropriation. The latter does not, however, as in state-owned law or property rights, aim to classify oil and gas resources in the domain of the state in order to make them inalienable and imprescriptible. Above all, having regard to the new conception of the management of public property of the state, it is a question of managing these fossil resources as economic resources of their owner. This paper addresses the issue of Oil and Gas as a public property of the state and its incorporation in the national patrimony in Republique of Congo.
Keywords: Oil and Gas, National Patrimony, Public Goods, Public Property, Republic of Congo, Energy Law
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