Politics & Economics

Iraq wrestles with water supply dilemma
13 November 2018
Iraq’s goal of increasing southern crude oil output could be stymied by a shortage of water—a critical issue for the country as a whole
North Dakota's gas flaring challenge lingers on
13 November 2018
Nearly a decade into its hydrocarbons boom, North Dakota, the US’ second-largest oil producing state, still struggles to limit natural gas flaring
Kitimat go-ahead gives Canadian LNG welcome respite
13 November 2018
After years of missteps and doubt, Shell is finally to move ahead with the Kitimat LNG project
USMCA designed to keep Canada from China's orbit
9 November 2018
Despite the deal's benefits, the US veto raises increased uncertainties over trade and investment
Malaysia rebuttal reflects mistrust of China's 'Belt and Road' plan
8 November 2018
Is Malaysia’s repudiation of China’s “unequal treaties” a sign of things to come?
North Dakota's gas flaring challenge lingers on
13 November 2018
Nearly a decade into its hydrocarbons boom, North Dakota, the US’ second-largest oil producing state, still struggles to limit natural gas flaring
Kitimat go-ahead gives Canadian LNG welcome respite
13 November 2018
After years of missteps and doubt, Shell is finally to move ahead with the Kitimat LNG project
USMCA designed to keep Canada from China's orbit
9 November 2018
Despite the deal's benefits, the US veto raises increased uncertainties over trade and investment
Majors eyeing lucrative plays outside the Gulf of Mexico
6 November 2018
ExxonMobil isn’t alone among majors in turning its gaze from the US Gulf of Mexico to significant deep-water and onshore shale opportunities elsewhere
US carbon fight moves to Washington state
23 October 2018
The lack of political enthusiasm for a federal-level US carbon tax contrasts with more positive undercurrents in Washington state’s heated carbon referendum
Chill in the air for Canadian drillers
10 October 2018
Labour day heralded the unofficial start of the Canadian drilling season. This year it’s beginning amid uncertainty
Petrobras turns page as corruption saga draws to a close
25 October 2018
An SEC fine as part of the firm’s long-running corruption scandal looks the least-worst outcome and may mark the beginning of the end of its international headaches
Brazil's energy reform at stake in election showdown
25 October 2018
The energy sector will see a reform agenda gain momentum from a Bolsonaro win, but a change in direction if Haddad can pull off an unlikely comeback
Ecuador: In a hurry to mend the past
15 October 2018
After a decade marred by corruption and legal disputes, Ecuador’s reformist government wants a more investment-friendly exploration regime
Life with Amlo
4 October 2018
Mexico's upstream has boomed in recent years, and a bullish new president wants to drive growth
Deep-water feeding frenzy in South America
28 September 2018
Brazil and Guyana lead enthusiasm in continent’s deep waters
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
UK industry flags Brexit rig shutdown threat
8 November 2018
North Sea activity is unlikely to halt when the UK leaves the EU, but the uncertainty isn’t helping the planning process
Norway's offshore sector boosted by wave of mergers
29 October 2018
Strategic tie-ups are providing some badly needed lifeblood for the Norwegian offshore sector
UK resumes fracking after seven-year hiatus
23 October 2018
Fracking is underway again in northern England, but don’t expect a US-style shale boom any time soon
Novatek Arctic LNG project defies US sanctions
17 October 2018
Novatek’s Arctic LNG projects are continuing apace, despite Washington’s so-called “bill from hell”
Unions flag North Sea safety fears
16 October 2018
Changed working terms have triggered strikes in both the the UK and Norwegian North Sea oil industries
Big guns boost UK North Sea commitments
12 October 2018
Shell and Equinor have bolstered their offshore presence in the UK, while Total has made a sizeable discovery
Malaysia rebuttal reflects mistrust of China's 'Belt and Road' plan
8 November 2018
Is Malaysia’s repudiation of China’s “unequal treaties” a sign of things to come?
Exploration is back on the agenda in Australia
8 November 2018
A landmark energy report warns that Australia must go back to drilling
Australian shale play faces rocky ride
9 October 2018
The Northern Territory, a key LNG centre, holds huge reserves of shale gas. But will regulations stifle development?
Australia’s Dorado: A black gold bonanza
9 October 2018
After three decades without sizable discoveries, Western Australia is now the country’s most exciting exploration province
Australia's gas race has begun
2 October 2018
Three potential LNG projects are competing to fill eastern Australia's gas-demand supply gap
Australia's LNG comes of age
2 October 2018
Western Australia has the potential resources and infrastructure to supply the world with LNG for decades
Iraq wrestles with water supply dilemma
13 November 2018
Iraq’s goal of increasing southern crude oil output could be stymied by a shortage of water—a critical issue for the country as a whole
Bartering is Iran's best hope to bypass sanctions
5 November 2018
With oil exports in freefall, the country is hoping that a new EU-backed plan to help companies continue trading will work. But optimism is low
Iran sanctions: Tehran is no stranger to oil's upheavals
25 October 2018
US sanctions will target Iran’s energy industry from November. But the country where the first Middle Eastern oil discovery was made has faced many past vagaries in oil fortunes
Saudi Arabia hoping 'business as usual' strategy holds
24 October 2018
Although some prominent figures stayed away from a major investment conference in Riyadh, the meeting went ahead with many global firms represented
One step forward, two back in Libya
5 October 2018
An IS attack on the Tripoli HQ of Libya’s battered oil industry has presented the sector with its sternest test yet
Map: Libya's conflict
5 October 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Lagos eyes LNG imports to launch private power plan
7 November 2018
Nigeria’s most economically successful state wants to go it alone, improving gas feedstock supply in a bid to woo private power project investors
Senegal’s energy hub ambitions gather pace
2 November 2018
Two big hydrocarbons projects are heading for FID with Woodside stepping up to take operatorship of the SNE development
Big hitters betting on Mozambique to be global LNG player
1 November 2018
After a protracted process, new licenses have been signed, while onshore LNG projects are edging closer to realisation
South Africa urgently seeking gas as energy transition stalls
18 October 2018
South Africa’s power sector plans envisage a big role for gas, but first the country needs to find the feedstock
Senegal and Guinea-Bissau deal faces domestic pressures
17 October 2018
Guinea-Bissau is eager to kick start exploration in acreage shared with oil-rich Senegal, but it’s slow going
Use it or lose it, Equatorial Guinea tells drillers
3 October 2018
The West African state wants to see more activity from oil firms now the oil price has recovered, and is launching a new bid round
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