Politics & Economics

ExxonMobil drilling heralds oil era in Guyana
15 June 2018
Keen to add to its production base, ExxonMobil hopes to have the oil flowing from offshore Guyana within two years
Sechin's role in Magomedov arrest under scrutiny
15 June 2018
The arrest of another oligarch with links to the energy industry has raised questions over the motive
Map: Libya's conflict
19 June 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya.
Yemen war enters dangerous new phase
13 June 2018
The Saudi-led coalition has embarked on a high-risk strategy to force the Houthis to the negotiating table
Iran looks to Asia for sanction relief
13 June 2018
European firms will be wary of doing business with Iran under US sanctions, but China and India are among states which won’t back off
Trump's fuel fight
7 June 2018
The administration wants to roll back proposed fuel efficiency standards, but rising consumption would mean fewer barrels available for export
ExxonMobil and Chevron go big in the Permian
16 May 2018
It is a new era for the supermajors and the west Texas shale basin as the companies plot aggressive growth plans
Permian faces pipeline crunch
16 May 2018
The west Texas oil and gas play could see growth crimped if major infrastructure projects aren’t completed in time
Trump lays down Iran gauntlet
9 May 2018
The US administration must win over sceptical European and Asian allies to make oil sanctions bite as hard as last time
Marathon Petroleum bets big on refining growth
1 May 2018
The strategic rationale behind the refiner's deal to takeover Andeavor appears solid, but is the timing right?
US tight oil production moves up a gear
23 April 2018
The Permian is leading America's surging crude production, but there are warning signs in the data
ExxonMobil drilling heralds oil era in Guyana
15 June 2018
Keen to add to its production base, ExxonMobil hopes to have the oil flowing from offshore Guyana within two years
Latin America’s uncertain LNG future
8 June 2018
Old-guard importers are fading, but new markets are opening. The region’s exporters are adapting to the US threat
Ecuador: Holding steady on Opec cuts
15 May 2018
No plans for an uptick in investment and production in the immediate future
Venezuela: Opec's heavy lifter
14 May 2018
The Latin American producer's sharp fall in output has helped hold the cartel’s deal together
Latin America's oil production struggles to recover
11 May 2018
Venezuela and Mexico are still coping with the fallout from the downturn while Brazil is set to start adding barrels again
China oil financing falls in Latin America
11 May 2018
Beijing’s investment in the region is shifting from oil and other commodities to services
Sechin's role in Magomedov arrest under scrutiny
15 June 2018
The arrest of another oligarch with links to the energy industry has raised questions over the motive
A Rhum deal: US sanctions threaten North Sea project
24 May 2018
Uncertainty over US sanctions is causing jitters among oil and gas project developers
Gazprom finds it hard to break with Ukraine
18 May 2018
An international court ruling over gas supply contracts has done little to resolve differences between Gazprom and Naftogaz
BP developments extend North Sea bounce
11 April 2018
The supermajor bucks the trend by investing in two smaller fields.
Horizontal drilling comes to the UK, but fracking must wait
6 April 2018
Pioneering driller Cuadrilla is optimistic over shale gas well prospects
UK gas security safe from Russian reprisals
29 March 2018
Russia is in a weak position to directly hinder UK gas supply in response to diplomatic disputes. Brexit creates more risk for future energy security
Hybrid power plans heat up in India
11 June 2018
Combining wind and solar power at dual-use plants could ease land acquisition and variability issues—which would impact the country’s renewables market growth
Philippines takes carbon emitters to task
1 June 2018
The Southeast Asian nation has launched the world’s first governmental inquiry into the impact of climate change on human rights
Uncertain days for Malaysia's oil industry
18 May 2018
The surprise victory of the opposition alliance in Malaysia could lead to a new relationship between the government and Petronas
Japan's energy shake-up
4 May 2018
The country's energy industry has been thrown into a state of turmoil by 'Abenomics'
Bangladesh in a bind over LNG imports
3 May 2018
More gas is needed to address an energy crisis in Bangladesh, but developing an over-reliance on imported fuel may leave the economy exposed
Australia debates oil-import reliance options
2 May 2018
Rising geopolitical tensions in maritime zones heighten its energy-security risk
Map: Libya's conflict
19 June 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya.
Yemen war enters dangerous new phase
13 June 2018
The Saudi-led coalition has embarked on a high-risk strategy to force the Houthis to the negotiating table
Iran looks to Asia for sanction relief
13 June 2018
European firms will be wary of doing business with Iran under US sanctions, but China and India are among states which won’t back off
China goes for gas in Iran
5 June 2018
Beijing glimpses a Middle East energy consolidation, by replacing France's Total in South Pars gas expansion venture
Iraq: let the bargaining begin
22 May 2018
As Iraq settles in for the sizzling summer heat, the political temperature looks set to stay high well into autumn and possibly winter as well
Iraqi oil's 15 bloody years
15 May 2018
Gary Vogler's memoir of post-invasion Iraq gives context to the many challenges the country still faces
Tanzania playing catch up on LNG project
10 May 2018
The NOC wants to get a stalled LNG project moving, but doubts remain over the operating environment
All eyes on Cameroon's first FLNG project
8 May 2018
Success for Golar's facility could ease the way for further developments off Africa’s coasts
Better times for offshore Nigeria
8 May 2018
Total, Shell and ExxonMobil are among the majors with commercial finds to develop
Nigeria's election hangs over energy sector
19 April 2018
Africa's biggest economy is growing again. But next year's vote is stalling reform and investment in its crucial energy sector
Militant threat looms ahead of Nigerian elections
4 April 2018
The risks to the oil sector are far from over
Trouble at the top for Angola
7 March 2018
A change of political leadership has had a more far-reaching impact on the country's oil sector than anticipated
The volatile 10
21 March 2018
As the oil market regains balance, risk will affect the price. Here's where to watch
Powder keg year for geopolitics
9 March 2018
Iran, Venezuela and North Korea are all potential flashpoints in 2018
Energy risk in all shapes, all sizes
27 February 2018
Geopolitics may be bullish or bearish. But it will almost certainly bring volatility to the oil market
Volatile world
23 January 2018
Trump ditched Paris, Paris got Macron, Isis lost Mosul
The clock is ticking
1 December 2017
Harald Welzer's predictions in his book Climate Wars may be intellectually sound, but we hope he's wrong
The paradox of energy security
2 November 2017
Efforts to secure the flow of energy often do the opposite, reinforcing injustice and historical resentments, argues a new book