Downstream©2014 Petroleum Economist60DownstreamColombia courts upstream investment to sustain oil output, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTNew leader brings pragmatism to Venezuela’s PdV, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTPutin opens RusVinyl plant, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTMarine fuel drives second European refinery investment for ExxonMobil, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTVenezuela oil shake-up, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTMalaysia primed to rival Qatar in LNG market shake-up, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTSingapore bolsters its LNG arsenal, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTComrades in oilA proposed crude deal between Russia and China will complicate their relations with the West, argues Anthony Woolich, a partner at law firm Holman Fenwick Willan, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina pushes natural gas price reforms, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTNew rise of the Middle East refinersExports from the new super-refineries of the Middle East – now the world’s fastest-growing refining region – will speed the pace of closures in Europe, Martin Quinlan writes, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTTraders place bets on Singapore hub, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTNew downstream specialist Varo eyes Europe growth, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTEnd of Libyan oil blockade comes with risksAn agreement to resume exports has reassured oil markets. But several hurdles remain, Chris Stephen reports from Tripoli, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTTesting 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 GMT