Company profiles
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
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
Mind the gap
1 September 2006
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