Upstream

  • Iraq's disintegration should sound alarm bells


  • 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


  • Taking a bet

    Interest 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 reports


  • Risky Russia

    To build on recent success in its energy sector, the country needs more Western capital and technology. Vladimir Putin is putting that in jeopardy


  • Eastern promise

    Russia’s strategic shift to Asia will put the world’s largest energy producer at the centre of the world’s biggest energy market


  • 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


  • Bright future seen for China’s oilfield service companies

    Increased unconventional oil and gas drilling and market reforms are creating new opportunities for China’s oilfield service companies, writes Justin Jacobs


  • North Sea decom whets contractors’ appetites

    Field decommissioning work, particularly in UK waters, is due to accelerate over the next few years, offering a large new market for offshore contractors, Martin Quinlan writes


  • Written in the stars?

    Brazil's prolific pre-salt fairway enters a new era as western majors team up with Petrobras and two of China's state-owned players to tap Libra's bounty. Justin Jacobs reports


  • Cairo looks to ease IOC pain

    With foreign oil companies owed about $6 billion, Egypt's interim, military-backed government must make tough choices as it looks to keep production and investment flowing, reports James Gavin.


  • 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