News analysishttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=2186©2016 Petroleum Economist60News analysisNovatek 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 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 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/3523877/Bottoming-out-the-fragile-recovery-of-the-oil-market.htmlTue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTHenry Hub pricing and Brent slump create buyer’s market for LNG The new pricing system in global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets was intended to offer a lower-cost alternative to oil-linked sales contracts. As oil prices have slumped and a global LNG supply glut persists, it has become a buyers’ markethttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3523888/Henry-Hub-pricing-and-Brent-slump-create-buyers-market-for-LNG.htmlTue, 26 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 GMTSuncor doubles down with Canadian Oil Sands takeoverThe company’s $4.5bn deal for Canadian Oil Sands makes it the undisputed champion of the oil sands. It’s a big bet on a recovery in priceshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522628/Suncor-doubles-down-with-Canadian-Oil-Sands-takeover.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTRussian output growth to hit a wall in 2016Production defied expectations last year. But weak prices, sanctions and higher taxes will start to hinder the country’s oil sector in the coming monthshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3522310/Russian-output-growth-to-hit-a-wall-in-2016.htmlWed, 20 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 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 settledhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521940/Uncertainties-persist-over-African-pipeline-route.htmlTue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTQuestions surround oilfield services M&A activity Difficult trading conditions bring uncertainty to M&A activity in a tense oilfield services sectorhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3521923/Questions-surround-oilfield-services-M-A-activity.htmlTue, 19 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 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 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 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 GMTUS exports rise after surge in oil and gas productionThe increase in US oil and gas production will be felt in nearly every corner of the global energy market for years to comehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3515086/US-exports-rise-after-surge-in-oil-and-gas-production.htmlThu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTUsing LNG as shipping fuel is a "game changer"Emission controls in European and North American waters mean more shipowners are ordering vessels that run on cleaner LNG, but it may remain a marginal fuel in global shipping without further instruction from the UN’s International Maritime Organisationhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3515082/Using-LNG-as-shipping-fuel-is-a-game-changer.htmlThu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTChina approves Shell's BG Group takeover The Ministry of Commerce green light marks the last regulatory hurdle for the deal and clearing the way for a final shareholder vote in the coming weekshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3514290/China-approves-Shells-BG-Group-takeover.htmlTue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTChoppy waters ahead for Equatorial Guinea as production declinesMinister of mines, industry and energy, Gabriel Obiang Lima, is taking a hard line with investors amid low oil prices and falling outputhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3513073/Choppy-waters-ahead-for-Equatorial-Guinea-as-production-declines.htmlWed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMTBashneft among Russia's highest oil producers despite troubled historyOne year after being re-nationalised, Russian oil producer Bashneft is out to prove that state controlled companies aren’t always doomed to be uncompetitive http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3513072/Bashneft-among-Russias-highest-oil-producers-despite-troubled-history.htmlWed, 09 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 productionhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3513071/Hopeful-Kurdish-oil-battles-challenges-in-Iraq.htmlWed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT