Company profiles
Angola's state firm Sonangol: Africa’s rising star
23 August 2013
With new gas exports and plans to increase oil output, Angola’s state firm is trying to overcome recent setbacks and vested interests
NNPC pushes forward despite awaiting restructuring
23 August 2013
Nigeria is revamping its state firm and hopes a new petroleum law will rejuvenate its upstream. Investors aren’t so sure
George Mitchell leaves larger-than-life legacy
19 August 2013
The godfather of fracking passes away aged 94
Tullow hopeful for a big summer after recent disappointments
18 June 2013
Analysts hope the struggles of late will pass, and Tullow's major successes of the past will be seen again
GE steps up oil and gas game with services provisions
5 February 2013
As oil and gas companies have stepped up their spending on major oil and gas projects in recent years, GE, one of the world's largest conglomerates, has carved out an increasingly prominent role providing the equipment and services for some of the industry's most ambitious ventures
Aubrey McClendon quits Chesapeake Energy
1 February 2013
The chief executive will leave Chesapeake Energy, the company which he founded
Noble makes a splash with major production goals
16 January 2013
The US independent has set itself major production goals – and has piqued investors’ interest.
Russia’s grandmaster Igor Sechin is back at Rosneft
31 October 2012
Sechin was originally forced to resign from the company, but on 22 October a deal was made that proves he still holds influence in the Russian energy industry
BP and Rosneft shift the Russian landscape
23 October 2012
A new agreement gives the UK major another crack at Russia’s upstream, ends its fraught TNK-BP partnership, and may turn Rosneft into the world’s largest oil company
North America becomes Statoil’s growth engine
22 June 2012
Statoil will look to North America as the driver of future growth, with plans to triple oil output by 2020
New book by Steve Coll looks inside ExxonMobil’s Empire
18 May 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll’s corporate biography is a meticulously researched and incisive analysis tracing the shifting fortunes of the US’ biggest and most powerful oil company
Woodside Petroleum has a renewed drive to succeed
10 May 2012
The Australian firm has a new chief executive and, it seems, a renewed drive to succeed
Lukoil's ambitious plans face execution risk
20 April 2012
Russia’s second-largest oil producer has high hopes for its future growth, but there are difficulties ahead
Gazprom faces challenges amid Europe's big freeze
14 February 2012
Europe’s big freeze – and Gazprom’s inability to meet the spike in gas demand – illustrates the challenges and inherent complexities the Russian gas firm faces
Repsol sows seeds for organic growth
15 December 2011
From small things, good things grow, says Antonio Brufau. Repsol’s chief talks to Anthea Pitt, about the strengths of not-so-big oil
BP still under pressure 20 months after Deepwater Horizon
12 December 2011
It’s 20 months since the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Anthea Pitt and Kwok W Wan ask: has BP really turned the corner?
Repsol at war with itself amid shareholder disputes
13 September 2011
Shareholder wrangling and a dip in profits and production mark a difficult year for Spain’s Repsol
Reshaping the business: The two faces of ConocoPhillips
17 August 2011
On the verge of a momentous move to split in two, ConocoPhillips must deal with the same old dangers facing majors worldwide – oil spills and hostile host governments
Statoil’s quest for production growth
13 May 2011
With Norway’s oil output set to decline, finds such as Skrugard are vital to Statoil, but so is more risky overseas expansion
Gazprom loosens its domestic grip
31 March 2011
Russia's Rosneft has given a strong indication that it may be edging towards closer co-operation with the country's gas monopoly, Gazprom, for offtake of the oil producer's associated gas.
BP: Grim results but brighter prospects as company cuts back
24 February 2011
BP's retreat from the US looks more certain with each passing week, a move that will reinforce its strategic shift to more prospective regions and may signal the beginning of the end of its troubles in the country. But pruning must yield new growth, especially upstream
Shell has more to do to satisfy investors as share price falls
24 February 2011
Shell may have unveiled an almost doubling in profits, but as far as investors are concerned, the Anglo-Dutch major must try harder
Marathon Oil: A long-term value story
14 December 2010
A problematic well in US deep waters dented Marathon's share price, but upstream-growth predictions bode well for the long term, reports NJ Watson
BP on the mend, but recuperation will take time
28 October 2010
BP is working hard to rebuild its shattered reputation and has a big new Caspian gasfield on its books, but it will take more than that to comfort investors, writes Miles Lang
SilverBirch: Tackling the oil sands in a fresh guise
28 October 2010
HAVING shed its most cumbersome, problematic asset, a new company has surfaced in Alberta's oil sands, eager to develop its remaining 0.9bn barrels of mineable bitumen resources
Gas to drive Shell's rising global production
28 October 2010
NATURAL gas will play a "very prominent role" in Shell's future, says chief executive Peter Voser, with the company pledging to "enhance energy security and cut carbon emissions"