Company profiles
Shell upstream investment to deliver production growth from 2011
4 May 2010
Shell has a clear vision for its future and is predicting a new era of oil and gas production growth, writes NJ Watson
John Browne: the man who changed the oil industry
6 April 2010
John Browne has told the story of his life at BP. It is an engrossing insight into the rise and fall of one of the oil industry's greatest leaders, writes Derek Brower
Pemex: running to stand still
1 March 2010
There are signs of change at Pemex, but it remains heavily indebted and doubts over its claim to have stabilised oil production have not gone away, reports Robert Olson
Petrobras targeting supermajor status
1 March 2010
Petrobras continues to defy gravity by maintaining its large investment programme, but must source large numbers of skilled workers to advance its expansion plans, writes Robert Olson
Talisman Energy turns to the shale
1 March 2010
Talisman Energy is reshuffling its portfolio, seeking growth from North America's shale-gas resources. Derek Brower meets the company
CSR is not enough
1 March 2010
Different countries define it in different ways. The Western view – that governments and not companies should generally be responsible for social benefits – sometimes conflicts with that held by populations in third-world countries, which often expect philanthropy
In the vanguard of the shale-gas revolution: EnCana and its vision
1 March 2010
Natural gas can solve North America's energy supply dilemma. EnCana boss Randy Eresman talks to Derek Brower
Oil industry's increasing focus on CSR
1 February 2010
Are oil companies acting responsibly yet? Professor Jedrzej George Frynas from Middlesex University Business School writes
Anadarko's award-winning year
1 February 2010
With valuable exploration acreage in the US and overseas, and oil and gas production on the rise, Anadarko is one of 2010's prime acquisition targets, writes NJ Watson
Oil, money and greed
4 January 2010
A new book tells the story of the oil industry's boom-bust cycle through the personalities of its main protagonists. It isn't always a flattering portrait, writes Derek Brower
ExxonMobil plays the long-term game
4 January 2010
Despite falling profits, ExxonMobil's long-term, global approach to the oil and gas industry ensures the company remains highly valued by large institutional investors, writes NJ Watson
Mol's downstream delivers
25 November 2008
An increased stake in Ina provides upstream potential, but it is Mol's refineries that are delivering profits, writes NJ Watson
Gazprom: the mighty is falling
1 November 2008
With its share price in free fall, how will Gazprom's plan for world domination be affected? Derek Brower reports
Gas – and Gazprom
1 October 2008
With its vast untapped gas reserves and proximity to European markets, the new investment-welcoming Libya is top destination for Europe's big gas companies. Hence the chill in the air after Gazprom went public with its plans for the country, Martin Quinlan writes
Marathon Oil restructuring to unleash upstream potential
1 September 2008
The negative affects of high oil prices on its downstream business mask Marathon's upstream upside, writes NJ Watson
Schlumberger sees talent
1 August 2008
Assailed at home, Petronas looks abroad
1 August 2008
Petronas has received some domestic flak following fuel-price rises in Malaysia, but continues its impressive international expansion, writes NJ Watson
Market looks down on Lukoil
1 July 2008
Despite a slump in its share price, many analysts believe Lukoil is undervalued, their optimism is based on substantial Caspian resources, writes NJ Watson
ConocoPhillips: The conservative
1 April 2008
ConocoPhillips, like all the majors, is feeling the pinch of petro-nationalism. It's prepared to wait it out, writes Derek Brower
Total: the controversialist
1 March 2008
Peak oil, human-rights controversy, nuclear power: Total has its own way of doing things, writes Derek Brower
Chevron: still an oil company
25 November 2007
Like its peers, Chevron has had to acclimatise to a world where life is increasingly difficult for private-sector energy investors. It is making a good fist of it, writes Derek Brower
Gains tempered by North America caution
25 November 2007
RISING oil prices and strong demand for production increases worldwide ensured a strong third quarter (Q3) for the international oilfield services sector. But weakness in North America is keeping market exuberance in check, writes Ian Lewis.
Brazil: Targets missed as costs rise
1 October 2007
Petrobras will miss production targets because of cost inflation and tightness in the services sector. Robert Cauclanis reports