Politics & Economics

India prepares launch of gas hub
20 September 2018
If all goes to plan, by the end of this year India should have established a gas trading hub
Petronas: To float or not to float?
20 September 2018
Petronas’s financial success makes it a target for a government desperate for new revenue streams
Tight could prove right for Bahrain
19 September 2018
The recent discovery of offshore shale oil and gas deposits could be a welcome energy boost for Bahrain—or remain tantalisingly beyond reach
Iran seeks energy allies as sanctions bite
18 September 2018
Trump’s Iran sanctions target oil. But will all be lost or will Iran find investors in Russia and China?
UK warned on exploration decline
17 September 2018
The country’s watchdog isn’t happy after just four exploration wells were drilled last year
US and Russia duel over production dominance
22 June 2018
Fuelled by shale gains, US output has risen rapidly, now outstripping Russia’s production; but Moscow won’t accept the shift lying down
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?
Mexican play still a guessing game
7 September 2018
Mexico’s energy sector and IOCs are waiting to see if the new president follows through with his anti-reform election rhetoric
Mexico sets new deep-water pace
30 August 2018
Interest in the North American offshore continues, with Mexican deep-water opportunities expected to star
Reforms bring Argentinian self-sufficiency closer
31 July 2018
New energy investments are reducing Argentina’s import needs
China loans make Venezuela’s outlook more precarious
12 July 2018
Patience is wearing thin among both China and other trading partners
Colombia hopes for a revival
10 July 2018
Duque’s victory in June’s elections is likely to open the way for new upstream investment opportunities
Amlo and the realities of Mexico's oil reform
9 July 2018
The Mexican president-elect needs a strong oil and gas sector to fund a promised social transformation
UK warned on exploration decline
17 September 2018
The country’s watchdog isn’t happy after just four exploration wells were drilled last year
East Med's best is yet to come
11 September 2018
The East Med has enjoyed deep water success over recent years and there are new developments to watch out for
Rosneft courts trouble with Sakhalin partners
5 September 2018
Chief executive Igor Sechin has sharpened his knife for another corporate spat
Greece presses the E&P button
3 September 2018
Plans for deep-water exploration have raised hopes of an eventual major natural gas discovery, while onshore oil development is progressing slowly
Battling the Brexit blues
28 August 2018
The UK's planned withdrawal from the EU in 2019 is causing uncertainties for the North Sea industry at a time when it could do without them
Tech firms ride North Sea revival
14 August 2018
Rising technology firms are offering innovations that meet the efficiency needs of North Sea operators
India prepares launch of gas hub
20 September 2018
If all goes to plan, by the end of this year India should have established a gas trading hub
Petronas: To float or not to float?
20 September 2018
Petronas’s financial success makes it a target for a government desperate for new revenue streams
India joins aviation renewables club
30 August 2018
More airlines are starting to use alternative fuels, but still on a very limited basis
Strong uptake for spot LNG trading in Asia
21 August 2018
Singapore-based trading platform Global LNG Exchange has seen a significant ramp up in its membership base
Taiwan’s useful LNG ally
17 August 2018
Strengthening energy links between Taiwan and the US could impact on power dynamics in the South China Sea
Myanmar faces energy crossroads
20 July 2018
Huge potential in the country’s energy sector faces equally sizeable challenges
Tight could prove right for Bahrain
19 September 2018
The recent discovery of offshore shale oil and gas deposits could be a welcome energy boost for Bahrain—or remain tantalisingly beyond reach
Iran seeks energy allies as sanctions bite
18 September 2018
Trump’s Iran sanctions target oil. But will all be lost or will Iran find investors in Russia and China?
Pompeo backs Saudi moves in Yemen
14 September 2018
As government forces make progress in fighting around the port city of Hodeidah, the US has indicated that it will continue backing Saudi Arabia and its allies
Planned Aramco IPO on hold
23 August 2018
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that the partial privatisation of Aramco has been cancelled—but hasn’t said when it will happen
US-Gulf summit hangs in the balance
23 August 2018
President Trump said in April that a postponed meeting with Gulf leaders would go ahead in September. But will it happen?
More energy reforms needed, IMF tells Egypt
20 August 2018
The Egyptian economy continued to improve in 2018, according to the organisation, but further measures are needed
Nigeria's oil sector reforms on hold again
14 September 2018
President Buhari’s decision to delay passage of a petroleum industry bill won’t help investment sentiment, but shouldn’t affect offshore activity in the near term
Senegal seeks to avoid the oil curse
28 August 2018
Offshore oil and gas is set to flow within five years, and Senegal is bracing itself for the impact
Interview: Sonatrach's CEO aims to 'shake trees'
24 August 2018
Head of Algerian firm aims to reorganise it from the ground up
Angola loosens Sonangol’s grip on oil sector
23 August 2018
The new leadership in Luanda is pushing ahead with wide-ranging reforms
Kenya project on track, despite unrest
16 August 2018
Concerns over revenue sharing and security have triggered repeated blockades at the remotely located oil development
Oil firms wary despite South Sudan's peace deal
1 August 2018
Juba is seeking new partners after the government abandoned Total negotiations
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