Urals gets a benchmark
26 November 2016
Russia wants a contract for its main export blend. Petroleum Economist talks to the head of the exchange that will offer it
South America - the after-party continent
3 December 2016
Oil's price bust forced yet more change in Latin America's energy sector. Venezuela was worst hit
Tumult/Reform in the Middle East
1 December 2016
Weak oil prices hung over the region in 2016, a year of more war but also some efforts at renewal
Weaker China, stronger India
1 December 2016
It was a mixed year in Asia's energy sector, where the oil market's gaze shifted away from its stalwart to a new rising economy
After the car wash
30 November 2016
A modest oil-price rise, and pro-investor reforms, should spark a recovery for Brazilian energy and Petrobras in 2017
Limited options for Venezuela
30 November 2016
Venezuela's oil output is falling and fundamental change is needed to rescue it in 2017
Cracks appear in Brazil
9 November 2016
As Brazil competes for international investment it is opening up its trove of pre-salt reserves to foreign majors
Kurdistan's lustre fades
8 November 2016
The haste for the region's assets has given way to a much more realistic view of its potential
Some pain, some gain for Africa
2 December 2016
Crude prices hurt exporters and LNG plans idled. Violence flared in the Niger Delta. East African oil and Senegal were bright spots
The slippery slope
2 December 2016
Europe's upstream struggled in 2016, leaving the continent more dependent on imports
Stress tested
1 December 2016
North America's oil and gas sector suffered in 2016, but survived its trial of strength
Hungover down under
3 December 2016
Australia came good as an LNG powerhouse in 2016, but started to feel the effects of the boom's aftermath
Bargain basement
3 December 2016
A global supply surfeit made 2016 a bad year to sell LNG but a good one to buy it
Time for the revival
29 November 2016
After a rough couple of years, new pockets of demand and new methods of consumption will lift prospects for gas exporters
Too much LNG... for now
29 November 2016
The global glut will persist in 2017, but recovery is only a few years away
Canada steps up coal phase-out plan
23 November 2016
The country plans to eliminate coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 and start to rely on clean energy for power
Turkey - stuck in the twentieth century
22 November 2016
Turkey enters 2017 with an energy strategy that looks increasingly anachronistic
Latin America’s NOCs fall from grace
28 June 2016
The state’s heavy hand will slow recovery for the region’s state firms, hurting production and new exploration for years to come
Nuclear power in the EU has fallen out of fashion
25 May 2016
Nuclear is more prone to popularity peaks and troughs than many other energy sources, and it’s not looking good at the moment
The breakthrough
25 November 2016
The Paris Agreement was ratified in 2016, making it a pivotal year for the world's climate
Greener and greener
24 November 2016
The Paris Agreement and a sharp fall in costs cheered investors in renewable energy
Forward march
24 November 2016
Renewable energy has proved its credentials. The coming year will only add more momentum to the global rollout
Resilient Russia
1 December 2016
In 2016, the country defied the doubters. Oil production kept rising and new energy-export plans made progress
Opec tells the market: we’re back
30 November 2016
Saudi Arabia has accepted Iran’s terms for a deal. Now Russia has to keep its pledge to cut too
Back in business, probably
30 November 2016
Opec will try to restore some control over oil markets in 2017. Quite how remains uncertain
Known unknowns
25 November 2016
Opec's efforts to cut supply will be the main theme of 2017 and prices will rise. But the outlook is still fraught with risk and uncertainty
Will Opec surprise the market?
23 November 2016
Deeper-than-expected cuts are on the table and the momentum is behind a deal
Opec - now for the hard part
21 November 2016
Opec's Algiers deal has put a floor in prices - but the group must give the market real details at its end-November meeting
Bring on the deals
25 November 2016
Conditions are right for a surge in M&A activity in 2017, despite lingering uncertainty over valuations
ONGC's lucky mascot
16 November 2016
India's multinational oil and gas firm bought its first offshore rig in 1973. Since then, the Sagar Samrat has become a stalwart for the country's oil output
Baker Hughes shareholders do maths over GE deal
15 November 2016
General Electric's plan to merge its oil and gas division with Baker Hughes should be a boon for the oilfield services company amid testing times for the sector. But Baker Hughes shareholders may need some convincing
Canada's high-flying juniors fall to earth
9 November 2016
Smaller companies that push at the frontiers of technology and geology are going bust
Loosening the purse strings in the Permian
7 November 2016
The Permian and pipelines are hotspots as transactions picks up
ExxonMobil - the oil world's champion
8 November 2016
ExxonMobil hasn't exactly sailed through the downturn. But it remains convinced by oil's long future and undeterred by commodity cycles
Better by design?
18 October 2016
Europe’s evolving energy market needs to focus on effective mapping
Energy gets brighter
18 October 2016
As the world’s population increases its energy consumption will grow, but much more efficiently
Ecuador taps into water
18 October 2016
Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy explains ambitious plan to develop hydro resources
Nigeria to go all out for biofuels
18 October 2016
As the country’s crude production continues to suffer, it is turning to alternative fuels
All eyes on Turkey ahead of WPC
18 October 2016
The country’s importance as an energy hub will continue to increase. Istanbul was a natural choice to hold the upcoming World Petroleum Congress
Artificial intelligence and rural African power
18 October 2016
The energy sector has enjoyed great benefits from technological developments over the last few decades. That could be just the beginning