News analysishttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=2186©2014 Petroleum Economist60News analysisGo-ahead hopes for Namibia's KuduExactly 40 years after it was discovered, the Kudu gasfield is moving towards a development decision, Martin Quinlan writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3374902/Go-ahead-hopes-for-Namibias-Kudu.htmlFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTReforms reshape Sinopechttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3374036/Reforms-reshape-Sinopec.htmlTue, 26 Aug 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 http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3372328/Comrades-in-oil.htmlThu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTTime to take a new approach to manage cost marginsAs upstream margins grow tighter, energy firms are taking a much closer look at their spending. Rather than fighting a rearguard action against spiralling costs, taking on a new suite of cost management tools may very well be the right approach, say Jerome Sevin and Pierre-Antoine Fliche from Schlumberger Business Consulting (SBC)*http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3371366/Time-to-take-a-new-approach-to-manage-cost-margins.htmlThu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTThe fracturing of IraqVast swathes of Iraqi territory are under Islamist insurgent control, the chasm between the Kurds and Baghdad has widened again, and the country's divisive prime minister has stepped down. Kirk Sowell explains how Iraq has reached the brinkhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3371513/The-fracturing-of-Iraq.htmlWed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTPhoenix South find tipped as Australia’s biggest in 30 yearshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3372173/Phoenix-South-find-tipped-as-Australias-biggest-in-30-years.htmlTue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTMexico’s energy reforms race aheadhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3371900/Mexicos-energy-reforms-race-ahead.htmlMon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina pushes natural gas price reformshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3371045/China-pushes-natural-gas-price-reforms.htmlThu, 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 writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3367860/New-rise-of-the-Middle-East-refiners.htmlWed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTHigh hopes for Gabon’s pre-salt A discovery for Eni, a commercial field for Harvest and new licence awards raise the outlook for Gabon’s pre-salt play, Martin Quinlan writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3370015/High-hopes-for-Gabons-pre-salt.htmlMon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTAsian investors circle Aussie playersMore undervalued Australian energy companies with Asian assets could be snapped up as investors prepare to swoop. Damon Evans reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3368705/Asian-investors-circle-Aussie-players.htmlWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTEgypt gives IOCs pause for thought http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3368042/Egypt-gives-IOCs-pause-for-thought.htmlWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTNigeria's Oando jumps up a leaguehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3368356/Nigerias-Oando-jumps-up-a-league.htmlTue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTMOL sees INA slip from its grasphttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3368346/MOL-sees-INA-slip-from-its-grasp.htmlTue, 05 Aug 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 Tripolihttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3364904/End-of-Libyan-oil-blockade-comes-with-risks.htmlFri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTBrazil's gas prospects dimFacing an increasingly costly import dependence its time the country re-thinks its strategyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3364000/Brazils-gas-prospects-dim.htmlTue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTGlobal oil demand to rise on non-OECD growthhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3361160/Global-oil-demand-to-rise-on-non-OECD-growth.htmlMon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTAustralia ready to reap rewardsDespite high development costs the country will soon be the world’s biggest LNG exporter – and offers plenty more in the upstream toohttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359267/Australia-ready-to-reap-rewards.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTAustralia's obstacle course Australia, primed to be the world’s largest LNG producer, will need to overcome soaring development costs and tempt new buyers in India and Southeast Asia to keep momentum going, writes Tony Reganhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359264/Australias-obstacle-course.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTFLNG: Charting a new course Offshore liquefaction facilities can make Australia’s LNG sector competitivehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359263/FLNG-Charting-a-new-course.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTQueensland, the CBM-to-LNG powerhouseThe state is taking advantage of its vast coal resources to carve out a new nichehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359261/Queensland-the-CBM-to-LNG-powerhouse.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTCollaboration on cards for LNGSurging development costs have put the next wave of projects on ice, but gas players are finally teaming up to help trim costshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359262/Collaboration-on-cards-for-LNG.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTCautious explorers still eyeing new opportunitiesHigh costs and mature areas have not deterred investors from Australia's upstreamhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359255/Cautious-explorers-still-eyeing-new-opportunities.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTOil, gas and spy games in the Timor SeaClaims of skullduggery reignite battle for riches in contested watershttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359254/Oil-gas-and-spy-games-in-the-Timor-Sea.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTTesting times for Australia’s big gas players The country’s major energy firms are looking further afield for growthhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359252/Testing-times-for-Australias-big-gas-players.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTVery forward about going backwards The country’s short-term perspective and regressive approach to climate policy is drawing flakhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359251/Very-forward-about-going-backwards.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTRefinery troubles lead to rising import dependence But Australia will benefit from proximity to Asia’s new facilitieshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359250/Refinery-troubles-lead-to-rising-import-dependence.htmlTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTRenewable energy drive in jeopardyThe Liberal-National coalition’s rise has set back the country’s green push. But distributed generation still offers plenty of potentialhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3359249/Renewable-energy-drive-in-jeopardy.htmlTue, 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 industryhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3358613/What-now-for-Iraqi-oil.htmlMon, 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)http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3351318/Facing-up-to-the-challenge.htmlSat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT