Upstream

  • New rise of the Middle East refiners

    Exports from the new super-refineries of the Middle East – now the world’s fastest-growing refining region – will speed the pace of closures in Europe, Martin Quinlan writes


  • 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.