News analysishttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=2186©2014 Petroleum Economist60News analysisOil Search trumps majors in PNGhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3331310/Oil-Search-trumps-majors-in-PNG.htmlTue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTBoom-times for US refinersOver the past five years, US crude oil production has increased by more than the entire output of Nigeria. Refiners are benefiting, Martin Quinlan writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3326018/Boom-times-for-US-refiners.htmlTue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTJapan casts net wide for LNG suppliesJapan’s government would like to reduce the country’s dependence on LNG imports for power by bringing the country’s nuclear plants back into operation. But public opposition and policy delays mean securing LNG from all points of the globe will remain a priority for some time yet, writes Justin Jacobshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3332190/Japan-casts-net-wide-for-LNG-supplies.htmlThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTReforms could spur India’s LNG importsMoves to close the gap between domestic gas prices and those of internationally traded gas could boost activity in India’s under-utilised regasification plants. James Gavin reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3332188/Reforms-could-spur-Indias-LNG-imports.htmlThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTLNG’s giant braces for competitionQatar is looking to strike export deals with new customers and extend existing contracts, as it adjusts to the influx of new supply to the global market from rival exporters. James Gavin reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3332186/LNGs-giant-braces-for-competition.htmlThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTBeyond a buyers’ marketFactors affecting the future of global LNG supply are numerous and unpredictable, encompassing infrastructure development, financing, political risk and pricing. But, one way or another, it all comes back to what happens in the US, writes Nikos Tsafoshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3332184/Beyond-a-buyers-market.htmlThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTHome looks best for Lukoilhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3330895/Home-looks-best-for-Lukoil.htmlTue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTIraq’s draft electricity law: what’s right, what’s wrong?The government wants to expand power generation capacity rapidly, but proposed new legislation is inadequate for the task, say Luay Al-Khatteeb and Harry Istepanianhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3328028/Iraqs-draft-electricity-law-whats-right-whats-wrong.htmlMon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMTUK freezes carbon tax to cut energy costshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3322736/UK-freezes-carbon-tax-to-cut-energy-costs.htmlMon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTGas shortage dents Australia's CBM-to-LNG exportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3322174/Gas-shortage-dents-Australias-CBM-to-LNG-exports.htmlFri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTEfficiency and innovation could slash energy demand growthRising costs and improving technology will be the driving forces behind future energyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321531/Efficiency-and-innovation-could-slash-energy-demand-growth.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTDisruptive technologies spark energy revolutionInnovation is happening more rapidly than expected – and it will vastly improve energy efficiency in the next few yearshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321532/Disruptive-technologies-spark-energy-revolution.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTSolar emerges from the shadowsSun comes into its own as power generation sector looks for viable alternatives to fossil fuels http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321533/Solar-emerges-from-the-shadows.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTPlace in the sunIf you're looking to Europe and the US to set the pace for the growth in renewable energy solar generation you're looking in the wrong place. Try the Middle East instead. Chris Nelder explains whyhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321534/Place-in-the-sun.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTDriving in the futureRising fuel-economy standards, shifts in consumer behaviour and new technologies should make road transportation much more efficient, even as the total number of vehicles riseshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321535/Driving-in-the-future.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTTime for a greener Big Oil?The supermajors have fallen on hard times - costs have surged, output has fallen. Investors have grown frustrated by low returns and high oil prices have not proven to be the remedy they had hoped. What comes next?http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321536/Time-for-a-greener-Big-Oil.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTA bridge, not a destinationAbundant gas reserves are here to stay. But can the world afford to burn them all?http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321537/A-bridge-not-a-destination.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTEnergy sector at the crossroadsAs pressure to de-carbonise grows, the industry faces a stark choice http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321543/Energy-sector-at-the-crossroads.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTUncertain times for nuclearWith the rise of cheaper and safer alternatives, in addition to the Fukushima Dai'ichi disaster in 2011, is this the end of the line for nuclear power?http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321545/Uncertain-times-for-nuclear.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTCarbon capture on its way?The ‘unproven’ technology may finally prove its worth as projects around the world are getting the green light, writes Robin M Millshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321544/Carbon-capture-on-its-way.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTChina eyes greener future China could take the lead in low-carbon energy as it battles deadly smog to calm rising social unrest http://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321546/China-eyes-greener-future.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTWater and wind power Brazil’s green growthLatin America’s largest country is blazing a sustainable energy path, despite some objectionshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321547/Water-and-wind-power-Brazils-green-growth.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTThe power to transform Africa?Spurred on by economic factors, renewable energy has seen considerable growth across the continent both at a large and much smaller scalehttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3321548/The-power-to-transform-Africa.htmlThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTShort-term surgeOil output is rising quickly, but many problems still afflict Iraq’s energy sector, writes Derek Browerhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3320947/Short-term-surge.htmlWed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTEast Africa: from niche play to key LNG supplier?As recent M&A activity suggests, Mozambique and Tanzania are in prime position to join the global gas business, write Brian Cassidy and Steven Foxhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3320544/East-Africa-from-niche-play-to-key-LNG-supplier.htmlWed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTAfter the revolution, reformEgyptian policy-makers faces significant challenges - not least stabilising the country's energy sector and encouraging much-needed inward investment. Justin Dargin looks at the optionshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3320135/After-the-revolution-reform.htmlMon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTPutin's Asia playWestern threats against Russian energy give China the perfect chance to seal a long-term gas supply deal on good terms, writes Justin Jacobshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3320257/Putins-Asia-play.htmlMon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTUK warned of carbon investment bubbleA parliamentary committee which audits energy policy has issued a stern warning. Helen Robertson reportshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3318944/UK-warned-of-carbon-investment-bubble.htmlThu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTNorth Sea awaits an exploration liftThe four-country North Sea area is an increasingly mature oil and gas province and needs a lift from stepped-up exploration work, Martin Quinlan writeshttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3315923/North-Sea-awaits-an-exploration-lift.htmlWed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMTArmchair warriors wage a phoney warIgnore the pundits and their answer to the Putin problem - the solution to the EU's energy security worries lie in Europe, not the US, argues Derek Browerhttp://www.petroleum-economist.com/Article/3317637/Armchair-warriors-wage-a-phoney-war.htmlMon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT