Company profiles
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
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
Coming out of its Shell
1 December 2004
Royal Dutch/Shell has done a lot of talking about the need to listen to shareholders, modernise antiquated ways and take hard-nosed business decisions. Last month, the Anglo-Dutch major proved more decisive in its plans for corporate restructuring than most industry observers had expected. Tom Nicholls reports
The lumbering giant. Interview with Leonid Fedun, vice-president
1 December 2004
With the second-largest reserves of any privately owned oil company, Lukoil has massive untapped assets. Yukos' demise has returned Lukoil to the limelight and its $2bn deal with ConocoPhillips could mean the Russian major is ready to shake off its stuffy, bureaucratic image. Steve Hawkes talks to Leonid Fedun, the company's vice-president
Chinese confidence rocked
1 October 2004
Warnings from Yukos that it is running out of cash to support its 85m t/y of production has added to turbulence on world markets. Oil-hungry China, counting on the Russian major to feed it growing volumes of oil by railway, has more reason than most to be concerned by the deepening crisis at Yukos, writes Isabel Gorst
Clearing out the legacy
1 October 2004
The last few years have been tough for Invensys, one of the last remaining conglomerates. Its response was a restructuring, the sale of numerous non-core companies and a £2.7bn ($4.8bn) refinancing. Derek Bamber talks to Rick Haythornthwaite, the CEO appointed to manage the company through the legacy issues of its past
On the up
1 July 2004
Woodside Energy, Australia's largest publicly listed exploration and production company, is 50 years old this year. It celebrates that milestone with considerable momentum behind the ambitious programme of international expansion that has transformed it into a recognised international player. Don Voelte, CEO, and Agu Kantsler, exploration director, talk to Tom Nicholls
Shell hopes worst is out of way
1 May 2004
An independent report makes some devastating revelations about the way the reserves-accounting crisis at Shell was handled. An independent review of reserves has added further downgrades. But with management changes made and remedial actions in place, Shell can begin to rebuild lost credibility. Tom Nicholls writes