Policy and Politicshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=2157©2016 Petroleum Economist60Policy and PoliticsIs oil really financing IS?The terror group’s crude production, trade and revenue have been vastly over-estimated argues Luay al-Khatteebhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3528442/Is-oil-really-financing-IS.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTUnending conflictThe course of war in Syria will go a long way to determining the wider Mena region’s fate in 2016 http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3528445/Unending-conflict.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTMarket turmoil hits IS-captive IraqSpending constraints thanks to low oil prices and military expenditure are frustrating the federal government and the KRGhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3528449/Market-turmoil-hits-IS-captive-Iraq.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTSaudi Arabia and Iran square upCrisis between the two nations will result in prolonged tension in the Gulf, but a deliberate military conflict can be discountedhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3528450/Saudi-Arabia-and-Iran-square-up.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTBottoming out: the fragile recovery of the oil marketThe good news is that the fundamentals should start to improve. But speculation abounds that oil could get caught in the wider market downdrafthttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3528572/Bottoming-out-the-fragile-recovery-of-the-oil-market.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTCanada's oil sands get a tax reprieveThe slump in crude prices has nixed Alberta's plans to raise royalties. The province retains its generous investment regimehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3527670/Canadas-oil-sands-get-a-tax-reprieve.htmlMon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTShell and BG: 1 + 1 = 5LNG and Brazil will create immense long-term value for Shell and BG Group http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3527672/Shell-and-BG-1-+-1-=-5.htmlMon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTDigging-in time The short-term fundamentals look dire. But producers must not panichttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3527328/Digging-in-time.htmlFri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTNovatek still bullish on Yamal LNG prospectCut off from Western financing, the Russian gas firm is relying on Chinese and Russian backers to fund its export projecthttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3526619/Novatek-still-bullish-on-Yamal-LNG-prospect.htmlWed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTJodi shines light on the oil marketEveryone likes transparency, but not everyone likes to share data. The IEF is still convinced its Jodi database is the answerhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3526632/Jodi-shines-light-on-the-oil-market.htmlWed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTDebts threaten Latin America’s state oil companiesPetrobras, PdV and Pemex facing mounting financial pressures. Expect deep spending cuts http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3526528/Debts-threaten-Latin-Americas-state-oil-companies.htmlWed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTA Saudi-Russia deal to cut?Both countries want higher oil prices. But a troubled history and near-term market dynamics suggest the time is not yet ripehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3526000/A-Saudi-Russia-deal-to-cut.htmlTue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTBears rule the gas patchLow natural gas prices will add to US producers' pain in the year ahead, writes Justin Jacobshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3523153/Bears-rule-the-gas-patch.htmlWed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTEni’s big bet on a recoveryThe Italian major faces a number of headwinds, but its upstream focus should leave it primed to capitalise on any oil-price revivalhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3523148/Enis-big-bet-on-a-recovery.htmlFri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTIs Chinese oil demand starting to crack?Signs of weakness abound. But the country's robust consumption of gasoline remains a wildcard for the markethttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522778/Is-Chinese-oil-demand-starting-to-crack.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTIndonesia’s lucrative market for OpecJakarta wants to clean up its energy sector and hopes big Mideast exporters take up the investment opportunities it createshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522316/Indonesias-lucrative-market-for-Opec.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTUKCS: Still got it at 50Despite low oil prices and extensive job losses, UK North Sea production isn't going into meltdownhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522083/UKCS-Still-got-it-at-50.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlberta feels the painHome to the marginal barrel, Canada’s energy patch is hurting from the price collapse. But oil sands output is still rising and resistance is buildinghttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522296/Alberta-feels-the-pain.htmlWed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTUS oil unleashedExport options will be limited for now, but America's crude producers could eventually lay down new trade routes to Europe and Latin America http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521728/US-oil-unleashed.htmlMon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTSaudi Arabia’s new broom reaches its energy pricesThe partial lifting of fuel subsidies included in the kingdom’s 2016 budget represents a change to the assumptions on which the economy is based, and could eventually prompt calls for greater public representationhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521813/Saudi-Arabias-new-broom-reaches-its-energy-prices.htmlMon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT"The US is now our competitor"Margaret McCuiag-Boyd has one of the toughest jobs in global oil - reviving Alberta's oil sector in the face of wilting prices and persistent opposition. In an exclusive interview, Shaun Polczer meets the province's energy ministerhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521703/The-US-is-now-our-competitor.htmlMon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTPolitical changes in Latin America signal new investmentsEconomic troubles across the continent have opened the door to a new crop of leaders who could be much friendlier to foreign investorshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521394/Political-changes-in-Latin-America-signal-new-investments.htmlFri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTWill Iran's opening be slower than expected?Sanctions are about to be lifted but Iran is finding it difficult to convince foreign oil companies to invest in its ambitious oil and gas programmehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521110/Will-Irans-opening-be-slower-than-expected.htmlThu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTRasGas-Petronet deal heralds a new era for LNGBuyers, not exporters, are now in command of an oversupplied market, as a new Qatar-India supply agreement showshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3520536/RasGas-Petronet-deal-heralds-a-new-era-for-LNG.htmlWed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTSaudi Arabia far from economic crisis, says crown princeMuhammed bin Salman gave an interview with The Economist this month - here's what Petroleum Economist picked outhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3520575/Saudi-Arabia-far-from-economic-crisis-says-crown-prince.htmlWed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTParis climate deal highlights long-term risk for oil and gas as coal staggers COP21 served as a reminder that the energy paradigm is changing, and fossil fuel producers would be wise to stay ahead of the curvehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3520374/Paris-climate-deal-highlights-long-term-risk-for-oil-and-gas-as-coal-staggers.htmlTue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe deepening crisis at Sete BrasilThe Brazilian rig builder once had a bright future. Now the Carwash scandal and mounting debts have left it on the brink of bankruptcy http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3520188/The-deepening-crisis-at-Sete-Brasil.htmlTue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTStill waiting for the UK's shale boomThe reserves are big, the government supports it and frackers are keen. So where is the country's shale gas production?http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3519320/Still-waiting-for-the-UKs-shale-boom.htmlThu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTLibya on the brinkHopes for the UN's unity government are fading, IS is capitalising on the chaos, renewing its assault on energy infrastructure, and the drumbeat for Western intervention is getting louderhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3519249/Libya-on-the-brink.htmlThu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTSaudi Arabia and Iran square upThe Saudi Arabia-Iran crisis will result in prolonged sectarian tension in the Gulf and an escalation in the region's conflict. However, Gerald Butt says a deliberate military conflict between the two can be discountedhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3518831/Saudi-Arabia-and-Iran-square-up.htmlWed, 06 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT