Downstream

  • Testing times for Australia’s big gas players

    The country’s major energy firms are looking further afield for growth


  • Facing 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)


  • Cutting the costs of CCS

    Cooperation and collaboration are key to deploying the next generation of carbon capture technology, writes Frank Ellingsen


  • Russia LNG in prime position

    The next few years will see the country’s gas exporters join the race for markets in Asia


  • Carbon 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 Mills


  • Rotterdam business under pressure

    Independent storage operators at the Dutch port are facing a squeeze while Antwerp has seen growth in volumes, Martin Quinlan writes


  • End of Libyan oil blockade comes with risks

    An agreement to resume exports has reassured oil markets. But several hurdles remain, Chris Stephen reports from Tripoli


  • What 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


  • Requiem 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


  • Take that, Russia

    Sanctions targeting key members of Putin’s inner circle are having an effect – but not necessarily the one intended


  • IOCs take the long view

    Despite the sanctions and friction, Western investors aren’t ready to turn their back on Russia’s upstream


  • Nimble services firms fast to take Russian opportunities

    The country’s shift to trickier reserves and enhanced oil recovery is behind a surging oilfield services sector


  • Refinery troubles lead to rising import dependence

    But Australia will benefit from proximity to Asia’s new facilities


  • Climbing up the chemicals cycle

    The chemicals business cycle edged upwards in 2013 and there are hopes for more progress this year, Martin Quinlan writes


  • Uneven progress for chemicals

    The worldwide chemicals business is strengthening but Europe is lagging, Martin Quinlan writes


  • On top of the world

    Their domination of global reserves has put NOCs in control of the oil industry. But they must do more to keep their advantage


  • Driving demand

    As the US witnesses a shift in the use of alternative fuels, Dr Abhishek Deshpande, oil markets analyst at Natixis, explores the trends that may affect demand for and supply of diesel products over the coming decade


  • Sweet and sour prospects for refiners

    With shale crude production escalating and the world's refineries becoming increasingly complex, processing sour crudes is no longer a reliable route to sweet margins, Martin Quinlan writes