Downstream©2016 Petroleum Economist60DownstreamGloom falls on Kurdish oilIraq’s autonomous northern province had bold energy plans, but mounting debts, conflict and subterranean trouble are taking their toll, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTUnfreezing Russia's oil productionIt was keeping to the pledge not to lift oil output. Now the battle is to sustain recent highs, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMTTanks, gluts and contangosA rush on storage capacity to deal with oil’s excess is buoying storage rates, from Rotterdam to Cushing and beyond, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTRiding the railsIdle cars are giving some traders a place to store their oil, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMTDiesel demand heading eastAs Europeans are falling out of love with diesel, market share elsewhere will keep rising, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe next glut for refinersMargins will suffer, with refiners about to add even more distillation capacity that the world probably won’t need, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTFalling margins, rising maintenanceA busy season of refinery turnarounds is about to weaken crude demand, again, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTIraqi oil sector: Fighting against all oddsIraq’s myriad troubles will not stop its crude output from growing again in 2016, says oil minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTWill Iraq fall apart as political problems continue?With Islamic State in control of large swathes of territory, Kurdish Iraq pushing autonomy and Basra itching for more money, Baghdad is losing control of its country – and its oil sector, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTCanada looks to reset strained US ties with North American energy pactCanada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, wants his ‘bromance’ with Obama to yield some concessions on energy, 12 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 KRG, 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 discounted, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMTUncertainties persist over African pipeline routeA pipeline to ship oil from Kenya and Uganda to Africa’s east coast has become essential, but agreements on the route are far from settled, 19 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 minister, 18 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 louder, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTIraq’s expansion goals under pressure from lack of investmentAmbitious production expansion plans under threat as a lack of investment in southern Iraqi infrastructure disrupts progress, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTHopeful Kurdish oil battles challenges in IraqFinancial and political troubles are delaying the expansion of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) oil production, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTHovensa enters deal after filing for bankruptcyThe oil storage facility in the US Virgin Islands, a sought after site in the oil storage trade, could be back up and running soon after agreeing to a deal with Limetree Bay Holdings, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTDivision in Libya slows production as east aims to capture oil exportsLibya’s Zueitina terminal has been shut again amid an effort by the east to wrest control of the country’s crude-export revenue, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMTObama calls off the Keystone XL projectAfter seven years, the Keystone XL project has been called off by President Obama, surprising few, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMTChinese firm buys Texas oilfields for $1.3bnYantai Xinchao is to buy oilfields in Texas’ Permian basin from producers Tall City Exploration and Plymouth Petroleum for around $1.3bn, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTTwo major fields reopen in Libya as disputes are settled, says NOCState firm NOC says it can recover output quickly and add to capacity, but some believe the country’s political disintegration makes this unlikely, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTElection result shifts Canada to the leftJustin Trudeau led his Liberal Party to a surprisingly strong victory in Canada’s national election on 19 October, ending the Conservative Party’s decade in power, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTUK capacity margins slimmer than everThe UK’s National Grid is having to enlist the support of standby generators and big consumers for the second year running, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTKuwait expansion plans in doubt; measures being takenKuwait announces plans to raise oil production capacity from around 2.9m barrels/day to 4m b/d by 2020, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTKazakhstan is the second worst country for investors, says YerginAward winning author of The Prize, Daniel Yergin, says Kazakhstan needs to change what they're offering to secure investments, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTMultiple explosions rock Turkish gaslinesThe ability of pipelines to resist hostile attack is being sorely tested in Turkey, with Kurdish separatists attacking the gaslines, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMTIraq struggles to plug the financing gap amid low oil pricesBaghdad is facing a cash crisis, while losing control of its northern oil assets, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMTHovensa files for bankruptcy, ending a long-running disputeThe shuttered Hovensa Refinery in the US Virgin Islands has filed for bankruptcy, closing a long-running dispute between the owners of the facility and the Virgin Islands, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMTPetroleum Economist Awards 2015 winners revealedOn 17 September 2015, the winners of this year's Petroleum Economist Awards were presented with their trophies at a black-tie ceremony held at the Banking Hall in the City of London, attended by their colleagues and peers from across the energy industry., 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT