Politics & Economics

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
Syria: ruthless business as usual
18 April 2018
The joint US-UK-French strikes on chemicals targets in Syria won’t affect the war—but they could damage Trump's image in the region
Elections a new rupture point in Venezuela crisis
16 April 2018
A Maduro loss in May's election could be a turning point, but recovery will be lengthy
Financing Mexico's oil opening
12 April 2018
Reserve-based lending could help bring cash into the country's oil patch—if regulators can get the rules right
Algeria's expansion strategy
12 April 2018
The country's energy sector has big ideas for the future—if the creaking political establishment will approve them
Life after Nafta
10 April 2018
With talks over the deal at loggerheads, Canada's oil industry is contemplating what comes next
How much Iranian oil will be lost if Trump scraps the JCPOA?
6 April 2018
The range of estimates is wide and the White House isn’t giving much thought to what happens next
China-US trade war heats up
5 April 2018
Energy isn't at the core of current trade tensions, but US exports could emerge as a bargaining tool as the spat moves toward negotiations
Tillerson ouster shakes up energy diplomacy
15 March 2018
American policy towards Iran and Venezuela will likely grow harsher, injecting more risk into energy markets
CERAWeek: Shale surge puts Opec in a bind
9 March 2018
Tight oil producers were buoyant and Opec accommodating as the global oil industry gathered
Canada's climate wars
9 March 2018
Chris Turner's new book is a thorough account of how Alberta's oil sands became one of the energy world's hottest properties—and its most controversial
Elections a new rupture point in Venezuela crisis
16 April 2018
A Maduro loss in May's election could be a turning point, but recovery will be lengthy
Financing Mexico's oil opening
12 April 2018
Reserve-based lending could help bring cash into the country's oil patch—if regulators can get the rules right
Brazil reaps reforms rewards
6 April 2018
Efforts to recalibrate oil concession rules to be more market-friendly and open to foreign investment are starting to bear fruit
Majors snap up Mexico's shallow-water offering
28 March 2018
Industry heavyweights have piled in after large discoveries in the Sureste Basin, which has emerged as the country's most promising area outside the deep waters
Venezuelan oil's volatile year
27 March 2018
A steep production decline from the country is already priced in, but things could get even worse
Reforms at risk in Latin America's elections
26 March 2018
A busy political season will put recent market-friendly energy changes to the test
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
UK's unclear post-Brexit emissions strategy
23 March 2018
The shape of future EU carbon trading hangs in the balance
North Sea oil and gas bounce may be short-lived
22 March 2018
The UK oil industry’s trade body is cautious over prospects for the maturing oil province
UK shale sector seeks revival
21 March 2018
Sentiment towards fracking remains lukewarm
Back to the futures for Chinese crude
4 April 2018
The successful opening of a long-awaited yuan-denominated oil futures contract bodes well for the country’s aim to create a regional benchmark
China advances in the South China Sea
27 March 2018
Beijing has seized the initiative in the contested area. But Australia and Timor-Leste are nearing agreement in their zone of dispute
Thailand joins Asia gas-reserves search
12 March 2018
Facing voracious demand for energy, Asian countries are planning either to increase imports or seek new upstream opportunities
India struggles to expand its upstream
2 March 2018
The Indian government is hoping that new regulations will encourage investment in the upstream oil and gas sector to offset rising imports
Chinese bear trap
12 February 2018
Oil demand is in for another good year, but gas will be the standout. And the country's oil majors are coming back to the market
Watershed year in Asia
22 January 2018
Nuclear sabre-rattling shook Asia's security foundations, but 2017 heralded breakthroughs for EVs and LNG
Syria: ruthless business as usual
18 April 2018
The joint US-UK-French strikes on chemicals targets in Syria won’t affect the war—but they could damage Trump's image in the region
Algeria's expansion strategy
12 April 2018
The country's energy sector has big ideas for the future—if the creaking political establishment will approve them
Saudi Aramco looks far and wide
12 April 2018
The Saudi state oil company seeks new joint venture opportunities across the energy chain
Saudi economy sends mixed signals
5 April 2018
While the overall economy is picking up, Saudis are feeling the pinch from subsidy cuts
Houthis turn up the heat on Saudi coalition
28 March 2018
Saudi Arabia is considering its response after intercepting seven missiles launched from Yemeni soil
Qatar keeps on keeping on
21 March 2018
With the energy sector operating normally, the country is adjusting to life under sanctions
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
Senegal—the start of a beautiful friendship
21 February 2018
A victory for Macky Sall in the presidential elections in 2019 would cement the future of his country's hydrocarbons industry and bring more exploration
Clouds are forming in Nigeria
9 January 2018
The prospect of further violence in the Niger Delta risks undermining the country's efforts to woo investors back to the hydrocarbons sector with improved legislation
Happy days ahead for Tullow Oil
14 December 2017
The company's bottom line suffered when crude prices crashed in mid-2014, but a landmark maritime boundary resolution should lead to a welcome boost for company revenues
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