This paper considers the bi-regional relations between Europe and West Africa in the field of energy. As its point of departure, the paper begins by acknowledging the ferocity with which today’s energy landscape is changing. As important producers and consumers within this landscape, Europe and West Africa are subject to change, both intra- and inter-regionally. How will this 60- year old energy relationship adjust to this new landscape? And what obstacles stand in the way of securing a mutually-beneficial, sustainable relationship for the next 60 years?
That is the intro to a pretty nice article [pdf] that you should look at. Plus it is not too long. Even tho the focus is mainly on relations between Europe and West Africa, it touches on important developments in West Africa, including US shale gas, China, etc.