Exploration & Production

European hub prices hold steady

The NBP day-ahead price was down to 36 p/th on Tuesday, a 6% decline from the highs seen last week.

By Catriona Scott 7 June 2017
A drilling rig off the Brazilian coast. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

Brazil’s gas sector lurches from crisis to crisis

A political crisis unfolding in Brazil has the potential to adversely impact the country’s oil and gas sector.

26 May 2017
Egypt has been struggling to market LNG from Idku since it started allowing Shell to export cargoes from the plant last year. (Shell) Exploration & Production

Egypt makes a comeback with West Nile Delta gas

The startup of Egypt’s West Nile Delta marks a major milestone in the country’s journey to become self-sufficient in gas production.

12 May 2017
Shale gas operation in New England (Nexen) Exploration & Production

Challenges ahead for Canadian gas

Canada’s struggle to find customers for its gas will persist as growing shale output in the US provides tough competition.

21 April 2017
LNG carrier Golar Viking delivering LNG at Map Ta Phut LNG terminal, Thailand. (Qatargas) Exploration & Production

Thailand faces a growing need for LNG

Thailand is set to become increasingly dependent on imported LNG and could be vulnerable to price spikes as the market tightens.

21 April 2017
Ras Laffan in Qatar. Qatar’s liquefaction plants are running at capacity. (Statoil) Exploration & Production

Qatar eyes greater exports as North Dome moratorium ends

Qatar is intent on defending its share of LNG and gas exports after lifting a self-imposed moratorium on North Dome.

7 April 2017
An oil rig in the Permian Basin. US production is offsetting OPEC cuts. (Devon Energy) Exploration & Production

OPEC should be worried about dollar strength

US oil production and the strength of the dollar could prove a double whammy for OPEC when the oil producers group meets in May.

5 April 2017
US oil production is rising and a backlog of uncompleted wells raises the risk of further price weakness later in the year. (Stockvault) Exploration & Production

OPEC cuts fuel US production growth

US oil production is rising and a backlog of uncompleted wells raises the risk of further price weakness later in the year.

22 March 2017
Drilling for oil in the Permian Basin. (Devon Energy) Exploration & Production

Permian drives US oil and gas production growth

The Permian Basin is at the epicentre of oil and gas production growth in the US, accounting for nearly half the wells drilled in the country this year.

15 March 2017
Cameron LNG plant. The US will become a leading exporter of both gas and liquids. (Sempra LNG) Exploration & Production

US ratcheting up exports of crude oil and NGLs

US NGL and crude oil exports may have an even bigger impact on global markets than US LNG, Interfax Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart told an LPG conference in London this week.

2 March 2017
Futtsu thermal power station. Gas faces challenges in the power sector from nuclear in both Japan and South Korea. (Tepco) Exploration & Production

Warm summer weather in NE Asia to boost demand

A hot summer in Northeast Asia will boost demand for air conditioning, supporting requirements for gas-fired power generation and total gas consumption.

27 February 2017
Delays to the commissioning of Australia’s LNG export projects will ease the glut this year. (Chevron) Exploration & Production

Australia LNG – delays will not stop the deluge

Delays to the commissioning of Australia’s LNG export projects will ease the glut this year, but the influx of supply will only be slowed, not stopped.

16 February 2017
Fessenheim nuclear plant, France (EDF) Exploration & Production

France – pressure on gas ahead

Stronger nuclear output and weaker demand will weigh on French gas prices.

26 January 2017
The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite. (PA) Exploration & Production

Trump and China: on a collision course?

The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite.

24 January 2017
Overemphasis on shale gas production in the US could derail prospects for cheap gas in the country. (Encana) Exploration & Production

US reliance on shale gas a risky strategy

Overemphasis on shale gas production in the US could derail prospects for cheap gas in the country by boosting Henry Hub prices over the coming years.

18 January 2017
The US has more than 5,000 wells drilled but not completed, meaning production could be in for a boost if the oil market rebalances in 2017. (PA) Exploration & Production

Next year’s well completions may boost US oil and gas

The US has more than 5,000 wells drilled but not completed, meaning production could be in for a boost if the oil market rebalances in 2017.

19 December 2016
An Anadarko drilling rig in the Eagle Ford shale play. (Anadarko) Exploration & Production

OPEC decision will boost US production

OPEC’s decision to cut production in the first half of 2017 marks an end to Saudi Arabia’s two-year experiment with unrestrained output. Ironically, shale production in the US looks set to benefit.

7 December 2016
Mexico's reliance on pipeline gas imports from the US is set to rise until 2018. (Gazprom) Exploration & Production

Mexico’s gas output resurgent in the long term

Mexico intends to eventually become self-sufficient in gas production, but its reliance on pipeline gas imports from the US is set to rise until 2018.

17 November 2016
Trump's protectionist stance could depress global oil and gas demand during his presidential term. (PA) Exploration & Production

Price dip from Trump poll victory likely to be short-lived

It is ironic that Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election should have revived talk of $20 per barrel oil. Wasn’t he supposed to revive the fortunes of fossil fuel companies?

17 November 2016
Offshore Resolute jack-up rig offshore Bangladesh. The country is facing a crisis in gas supply. (Seadrill) Exploration & Production

Bangladesh climate plan gives mixed message for gas

Bangladesh urgently needs to solve its gas and power supply problems, but its plans to reduce emissions under the Paris agreement appear to prioritise coal over gas.

16 November 2016
An INEOS Dragon-class ethane carrier. A shipment of the fuel arrived in the UK last week. (INEOS) Exploration & Production

Costs may constrain transatlantic ethane trade

Transatlantic ethane shipments look set to grow, but shipping and plant constraints may limit the petrochemical feedstock’s market share.

5 October 2016

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