Downstream©2014 Petroleum Economist60DownstreamTesting times for Australia’s big gas players The country’s major energy firms are looking further afield for growth, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTRefinery troubles lead to rising import dependence But Australia will benefit from proximity to Asia’s new facilities, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTWhat now for Iraqi oil? The Islamist-led Sunni surge leaves Iraq on the brink of collapse. Derek Brower assesses what it means for the country’s oil industry, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTFacing up to the challenge The biggest difficulty facing upstream companies is not finding reserves – it is bringing fields on stream on time and on budget, argue Antoine Rostand, Tamás Seregi and Arnold Volkenborn, from Schlumberger Business Consulting (SBC), 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTRequiem for a dream?Three years on, the euphoria surrounding South Sudan’s independence has ebbed away as the country slides deeper into civil war, writes Luke Patey, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTClimbing up the chemicals cycleThe chemicals business cycle edged upwards in 2013 and there are hopes for more progress this year, Martin Quinlan writes, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTUneven progress for chemicalsThe worldwide chemicals business is strengthening but Europe is lagging, Martin Quinlan writes, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTCutting the costs of CCSCooperation and collaboration are key to deploying the next generation of carbon capture technology, writes Frank Ellingsen, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTUK’s Stanlow refinery under threat, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTChevron departure marks Chad decline, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTOil prices hit 2014 highs on Iraq supply fears, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTCan gas see off coal?Without a price on carbon, gas is generally seen as an expensive alternative to cheap coal. But the increasingly fungible nature of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and potential market innovations could see gas overtake coal as Asia’s fuel of choice. Damon Evans reports, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina’s oil risks limited in Iraq crisis, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTRussia LNG in prime positionThe next few years will see the country’s gas exporters join the race for markets in Asia, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTTake that, RussiaSanctions targeting key members of Putin’s inner circle are having an effect – but not necessarily the one intended, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTIOCs take the long viewDespite the sanctions and friction, Western investors aren’t ready to turn their back on Russia’s upstream, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTNimble services firms fast to take Russian opportunitiesThe country’s shift to trickier reserves and enhanced oil recovery is behind a surging oilfield services sector, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTKeeping Gazprom in the gameWestern sanctions haven’t targeted Russia’s gas champion – yet. But other forces are bearing down on the company, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTUntil the last dropIf Moscow doesn't do more to boost investment in its ageing conventional oilfields production could quickly turn south, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTRebel attacks hit Colombian oil outputMajor improvements have been made, but security issues still bedevil the industry. Justin Jacobs reports, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTBrent stays balanced in face of mixed demand picture, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTAsia vulnerable to oil shock, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina's refining boom fadesSlowing oil demand growth, a changing economy and stricter environmental standards are ushering in a new era for refiners, writes Justin Jacobs, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTBack in businessOutput from the Gulf of Mexico is about to soar. Costs and the US crude oil export ban remain dark clouds on the horizon, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTCaribbean refiners under heavy pressureThe economic model behind the region’s processing plants is coming under severe strain, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTPanama Canal expansion overhypedThe wider canal may cut some costs for future US LNG deliveries to Asia but the impact will be limited, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina builds Caribbean energy tiesIn recent years, the country has been boosting its presence in the region although its steps remain cautious, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTOil Search trumps majors in PNG, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTBoom-times for US refinersOver the past five years, US crude oil production has increased by more than the entire output of Nigeria. Refiners are benefiting, Martin Quinlan writes, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTJapan casts net wide for LNG suppliesJapan’s government would like to reduce the country’s dependence on LNG imports for power by bringing the country’s nuclear plants back into operation. But public opposition and policy delays mean securing LNG from all points of the globe will remain a priority for some time yet, writes Justin Jacobs, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT