Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia Global Markets

Saudi Arabia arrests stoke oil price rally

The massive anti-corruption drive launched by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prompted a rise in oil prices.

By Peter Stewart 22 November 2017
Policy & Regulation

OPEC to debate cuts but market share still an issue

Next week, OPEC will hold its first ministerial meeting since Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States.

23 November 2016
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
Policy & Regulation

Trump will roll back Obama’s energy policy

The 2016 US presidential poll result will have profound implications for the country’s energy policy and looks set to undermine global efforts to limit climate change.

9 November 2016
Companies & Finance

Oil majors to keep tight rein on capex in 2017

US and European oil and gas majors intend to keep a lid on capital spending in 2017 as oil prices are expected to remain low. This could have consequences for prices and the companies’ market shares.

2 November 2016
Global Markets

Russia supports OPEC production freeze and cuts

Russia has concluded a round of talks to help coordinate OPEC and non-OPEC efforts to stabilise oil prices, but market sentiment is already looking more bullish.

26 October 2016
Supply & Demand

Asian demand leads coal rally

While coal faces challenges, the recent price rally suggests demand remains resilient in Asia.

19 October 2016
Policy & Regulation

Saudi Arabia adds its weight to the drive for CCS

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says the kingdom remains committed to a plan to develop large-scale carbon capture and storage.

12 October 2016
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
Policy & Regulation

Iran’s tough stand reflects investment ambitions

Iran’s forthright rejection of proposals to freeze oil production reflects its ambitious investment plans for its oil and gas sector now that sanctions against the country have been largely removed.

28 September 2016
Supply & Demand

Syria ceasefire a glimmer of hope for oil and gas

Syria’s failed ceasefire has at least planted a seed for discussing the eventual rehabilitation of the country’s tottering oil and gas sector.

21 September 2016
Supply & Demand

OPEC and IEA say prices will stay lower for longer

The latest market outlooks from oil producing and consuming organisations suggest a significant recovery in oil and gas prices may not happen until 2018.

14 September 2016
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Energy storage may be a Black Swan for gas demand

Energy storage is becoming increasingly competitive, and if this development continues it could have significant consequences for gas.

7 September 2016
Exploration & Production

US oil and gas production to decline in year ahead

A decline in US oil and gas production will tighten the market this winter, but the trend could reverse towards the end of next year as rig counts are improving.

10 August 2016
Exploration & Production

Statoil’s pre-salt deal will boost role of IOCs in Brazil

Statoil’s purchase of a majority stake in the BM-S-8 block offshore Brazil is a pivotal moment for IOCs’ ambitions to acquire a piece of the country’s pre-salt acreage.

3 August 2016
Companies & Finance

Gloomy Q2 results expected for oil and gas majors

The release of Q2 results by major oil and gas companies will offer insight into how they are coping with the current low price environment.

27 July 2016
Global Markets

Turkish coup could have far-reaching impact

The coup attempt in Turkey had little effect on the flow of oil and gas through the country, but the long-term consequences of political instability could be profound.

20 July 2016
Global Markets

South China Sea ruling risks escalating dispute

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague upheld the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea this week, escalating tensions in the region.

13 July 2016
LNG

Panama transit could speed LNG market integration

The expansion of the Panama Canal could accelerate the development of benchmarks for LNG sold into Asia.

6 July 2016
Global Markets

Market volatility will increase on EU uncertainty

The UK’s referendum on exiting the EU has turned the markets volatile, leaving traders facing risks on the oil price, UK-Continental gas spreads and macroeconomics.

29 June 2016
Supply & Demand

Russian economic forum puts focus on Europe

While discussions on supplying Russian gas to Asia continue, Moscow remains focused on northwest Europe as the key market for its gas – despite its geopolitical tensions with the EU.

22 June 2016

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