News analysishttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=2186©2014 Petroleum Economist60News analysisEnd 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 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 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 Pateyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3354893/Requiem-for-a-dream.htmlFri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTWPC delegates take hard look at Russia’s energy future http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3357898/WPC-delegates-take-hard-look-at-Russias-energy-future.htmlThu, 03 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 writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3357558/Climbing-up-the-chemicals-cycle.htmlWed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMTUneven progress for chemicalsThe worldwide chemicals business is strengthening but Europe is lagging, Martin Quinlan writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3351729/Uneven-progress-for-chemicals.htmlWed, 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 Ellingsenhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3355206/Cutting-the-costs-of-CCS.htmlFri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTAustralian climate policy thrown into disarray http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3355725/Australian-climate-policy-thrown-into-disarray.htmlThu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTGazprom and OMV forge South Stream Austria http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3355235/Gazprom-and-OMV-forge-South-Stream-Austria.htmlWed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTPetrobras adds to pre-salt cache http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3355233/Petrobras-adds-to-pre-salt-cache.htmlWed, 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 reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3352776/Can-gas-see-off-coal.htmlTue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTTaking a betInterest in Morocco's hydrocarbons sector is growing. Yet with only a number of high-profile exploration failures to its credit, will explorers take the chance? Sherelle Jacobs reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3351736/Taking-a-bet.htmlFri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTIEA sees Golden Age for China gashttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3351316/IEA-sees-Golden-Age-for-China-gas.htmlThu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTPipelines, not LNG, for East Med gashttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3350441/Pipelines-not-LNG-for-East-Med-gas.htmlTue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTRenewable sources key to cheaper energyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3350260/Renewable-sources-key-to-cheaper-energy.htmlTue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTExplorers gear up for 2015 Falklands campaignhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3350252/Explorers-gear-up-for-2015-Falklands-campaign.htmlTue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTNovatek's growing painshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3349335/Novateks-growing-pains.htmlFri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTBoom times for Bolivian gasProduction and exports are on the rise, but the country urgently needs to find new reserves and markets, writes Justin Jacobshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3347428/Boom-times-for-Bolivian-gas.htmlMon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMTRisky RussiaTo build on recent success in its energy sector, the country needs more Western capital and technology. Vladimir Putin is putting that in jeopardyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3347046/Risky-Russia.htmlFri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTThe mega-deal: win-winRussia has long craved the Chinese market and China needs gas. The $400 billion deal opens a new tradehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3347044/The-mega-deal-win-win.htmlFri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMTEastern promiseRussia’s strategic shift to Asia will put the world’s largest energy producer at the centre of the world’s biggest energy markethttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3347043/Eastern-promise.htmlFri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT