Company profiles
Back to petroleum
1 October 2007
The last two years have been rough for BP, its employees and its shareholders, writes Derek Brower. Can its new leader, Tony Hayward, turn the company around?
A positive picture
1 July 2007
With a budget of $25.7bn this year, Petrobras is outspending most of the world's supermajors, writes Robert Cauclanis
Oil's number one
1 June 2007
Saudi Aramco is the world's biggest company, but it is not resting on its laurels: it is continuing its ambitious expansion to retain its surplus-capacity buffer well into the future. Profile by James Gavin
Responding to market needs
1 June 2007
Saudi Aramco is revising its downstream ambitions. It claims it may be involved in a quarter of additions to global refining capacity in the next five years. James Gavin writes
The boss moves to Dubai
1 April 2007
Born in the USA it may have been, but Halliburton is becoming less American. Tom Nicholls talks to Andy Lane, chief operating officer, Vikram Rao, head of technology and Lawrence Pope, head of HR
Eastern promises
1 April 2007
Eni's ambitious growth targets are designed to put the firm in the top flight of IOCs. But its business in the former Soviet Union is putting it under the spotlight. Derek Brower reports from Milan
Chandler: there's no excuse
1 January 2007
Geoffrey Chandler, a former director of Shell International and founder chair of the Amnesty International UK Business Group, says companies with no moral basis do not deserve to survive and probably won't. Interview by Tom Nicholls
Punching its weight
1 October 2006
In five years as chairman, Subir Raha turned a failing, domestic-oriented ONGC into a powerful international operator. But ONGC needs to branch out downstream. Interview by Tom Nicholls
Society in the dock
29 July 2005
A return to profit
1 July 2005
Suez's has finally turned the corner after a terrible period. But a cloud still hangs over the French industrial and services group in the form of a dispute with a minority shareholder over its complex structure, writes Nick Watson
Building impressive results
1 July 2005
Total is a favourite among analysts for its strong business mix and geographically dispersed operations. However, the French company faces the same problem as others majors in replenishing its dwindling reserves, leading it into regions with greater exploration and political risks, writes NJ Watson
ECT and the Yukos case
1 July 2005
Late last year, various newspapers claimed Yukos' shareholders were to sue the Russian government under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) for the dismantling of their company to pay for alleged back-taxes. That led to a polarised debate over how successful such an attempt would be. The question deserves accurate legal analysis and might keep lawyers busy for a long time, writes Andrei Konoplyanik
Projects to finance
1 May 2005
The decision of a Houston bankruptcy court not to deal with the Yukos case has given the merger of Gazprom and Rosneft a fresh start. The deal's structure may have slightly changed since it was announced last autumn, but the consequences for foreign investors remain positive. Andrei Konoplyanik examines the new shape of Russia's energy industry and explains why Moscow must ratify the Energy Charter Treaty
Safe hands
1 April 2005
Two deals – the purchase of North Sea assets from BP in 2000 and last year's take-over of Energy Africa – have changed perceptions about Tullow Oil in both the industry and the City. Aidan Heavey, the company's chief executive, talks to Steve Hawkes
A shrinking giant
1 March 2005
Cantarell, Mexico's largest oilfield, has reached peak output and will soon enter sharp decline. Meanwhile, Pemex, the money-losing state-owned monopoly, is being bled white by an antiquated tax regime and, some say, could become a net oil importer in the near future. Can Mexico retain its place as a major energy supplier? Robert Olson reports
Defying the sceptics
1 February 2005
Newfield Exploration, set up in the late 1980s to focus on oil and gas ventures in the Gulf of Mexico, has grown rapidly since 2000 through a series of bold acquisitions. It is now a $5bn enterprise. Anne Feltus talks to David Trice, co-founder, president, chairman and chief executive