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US shale producers under oil-price pressure
28 June 2017
US tight oil companies staged a comeback at the first sign of a price recovery last year. Now, as surging US shale activity undercuts the oil price, markets want them to start putting on the brakes.
The blockchain technology challenging the energy world
8 June 2017
As companies queue up to lend their financial support, the rise of this new innovation is unstoppable
Opec: more of the same
26 May 2017
Extending the cuts for nine months is designed to kill off the stock glut, but the pledge to keep going will buoy tight oil
Opec's narrowing options
24 May 2017
An extension to the cuts may not help the group as much as it helps Texas
Opec, cornered
23 May 2017
The group has no real option but to roll over its deal on 25 May. Prices should rise in the second half of the year—and then the policy debate will start again
Greening China's power sector
9 May 2017
The country has shut down domestic output but a shift to cleaner fuels will be a slow one. And its coal import needs are showing no signs of abating
Spikes and troughs
12 April 2017
Only real supply-side intervention has stopped oil-price volatility. But those days are gone, argues Bob McNally's new book
More boom, more bust for oil
12 April 2017
The industry's history suggests that Opec’s latest efforts to stabilise the oil price will not be successful
Bank the cash
15 March 2017
Opec can make or break whole economies. But its news is also a big deal for part-time day traders
Oil on troubled waters in Europe
6 March 2017
Demand has perked up. But politics will weigh on consumers in 2017
Mexico - opportunistic cutter
15 February 2017
Mexico will probably end up losing more oil supply in 2017 than it pledged to cut
South America's desperados
13 February 2017
Latin America's two Opec members needed the deal to cut and Venezuela will probably shed even more output than it agreed
Count on Kuwait
9 February 2017
Kuwait thankful for cuts after missing output targets
Doha will deliver
9 February 2017
Qatar will have no trouble keeping its part of the deal
The UAE is committed, but not enthusiastic
8 February 2017
The UAE could lift oil output but it will likely toe Saudi Arabia's line
Caspian cuts
6 February 2017
The two producers have pledged to trim oil output but the long-awaited Kashagan project will probably boost the region's supply, not crimp it
Relying on Moscow
6 February 2017
Russia holds the Opec agreement's success in its hands
Malaysia committed, Brunei could waver
6 February 2017
Both have pledged to the cuts, but falling public service subsidies could make Brunei jump ship
Expect the unexpected from Sudan and South Sudan
30 January 2017
Stability in South Sudan could raise production much higher than was agreed with Opec
Capacity up, supply down in Angola
30 January 2017
Angola says it has already begun to reduce supply but how and where is unclear
How much can Nigeria add?
30 January 2017
The country has a chance to lift output - but that doesn't mean it will
Saudi dealmaker
23 January 2017
Fiscal pressures and the Aramco IPO were behind the Saudi change of heart. Riyadh needs this deal to work
Baghdad blurs the picture
23 January 2017
Iraq wants the deal to work. But that may not translate into an actual drop in supply
Growth hiatus
23 January 2017
The Opec deal lets Iran increase output. It’s unlikely to breach that limit … for now
Oil data's disruptive hashtag
20 January 2017
If you use Twitter and you're in the energy business, you'll know #OOTT. In his first column for Petroleum Economist, its co-founder tells us how the handle came about
Collateral gain
18 January 2017
The market's gaze may be on tight oil's reaction to the Opec deal. But the agreement buoys Canadian suppliers too