Global Markets

Oil – nine times more important than gas?

Shale oil and gas discoveries in the US are still insufficient to offset risks to the country’s economy from Middle East oil shocks.

5 March 2012
Exploration & Production

Feeding the dragon

The news that China’s January LNG imports were up significantly in volume and value was glad tidings for LNG exporters around the world.

2 March 2012
Policy & Regulation

Australia’s cashed-up bogans

Australia’s oil and gas industry is making millionaires of miners, but not everyone’s happy.

27 February 2012
Policy & Regulation

Hollywood and hydrocarbons

Can Sean Penn change gas prices? Perhaps not, but his willingness to wade into Latin American issues has brought the region’s energy politics onto the world stage.

24 February 2012
Companies & Finance

What’s the ‘super’ in ‘supermajor’?

Humility and humour are in plentiful supply at one of the oil and gas industry’s marquee events in London.

22 February 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

South Stream questions remain

The South Stream looks more viable than the EU-backed Nabucco pipeline, but there are still concerns about the project’s implementation.

17 February 2012
Exploration & Production

A dead cow bounce

YPF’s resource revelation this week was a thinly veiled riposte to the Argentine government, which publicly attacked the company earlier this month

10 February 2012
Exploration & Production

Australia’s fading magnetism

While two of the big majors this week emphasized their intent to continue pouring money and resources into their immense – and growing – Australian LNG developments, analysts are warning that Australia’s booming sector is entering a period of discontent.

3 February 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Shah Deniz choice far from clear

The Shah Deniz consortium is rapidly approaching its self-imposed deadline to reach a final decision on which pipeline will secure the right to pump gas volumes from the second phase of the Azerbaijan

27 January 2012
Supply & Demand

A tale of two demand growth patterns

Two main factors stand out when looking at BP’s Energy Outlook 2030, which was released this week.

20 January 2012
Exploration & Production

Loosening the grip

China watchers will have noted with interest the recent announcement of pilot reform to gas pricing in Guangdong Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region.

13 January 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

An electric future for gas

The electrification of the global transport sector could see gas demand soar in coming years as it offers the best option for power generators to increase capacity without the carbon emissions associa

6 January 2012
Policy & Regulation

Meet the gas ‘BRICs’

Investors are keen to keep an eye on a number of new economies, which are benefitting from their newfound worth in the oil and gas world.

9 December 2011
EU Energy Policy

REMIT throws a lifeline to non-transparent gas markets

Stricter regulation to combat price manipulation in European gas and power markets would not have been tabled if wholesale markets were trustworthy and functioning as they should

2 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

A lot of hot air

There are many theories as to why ExxonMobil signed six oilfield contracts with Kurdistan without, apparently, the consent of either the US or the Baghdad governments, but few provide a satisfactory e

25 November 2011
Companies & Finance

Investment fund seeks Israeli offshore licences

Itay Rubin, the CEO designate of Katzir Investment Fund, speaks to Interfax about attracting investors.

23 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Europe must show leadership on gas efficiency beyond Durban

Investment in low-carbon technologies including gas efficient power stations and smart grids will have positive knock on effects for the EU economy and pave the way for a global approach to a low-carb

18 November 2011
Exploration & Production

A vote of confidence in KRG

ExxonMobil has signed six exploration contracts with the Kurdish Regional Authority (KRG), making it the first of the supermajors to venture into northern Iraq. This suggests investment in the KRG may

11 November 2011
Supply & Demand

Italy’s precarious position

The GreenStream pipeline’s full return on Thursday actually had little effect on the already oversupplied Italian gas market. Still, the link’s prolonged closure highlighted the risk Italy runs ev

4 November 2011
Companies & Finance

Majors weather storm amid uncertainty

In a busy week for company earnings results, Shell came out as one of the winners after beating analysts’ expectations with a juicy $7.2 billion quarterly net profit – a 106% increase on the same quarter last year.

28 October 2011

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