Trends
US gas consumption will rise by 40%, says MIT study
8 July 2010
Gas will dominate US energy consumption in coming decades, replacing coal as the main fuel for electricity generation
A steadier boom for the oil sands
1 July 2010
Thanks to stronger oil prices and Chinese investment, the oil sands are gathering steam again. Alberta says it is better prepared for the rush this time, writes Derek Brower
US limits on energy-derivatives trading unlikely to reduce speculation
1 July 2010
NEW REGULATIONS governing the US' over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trade come into force this month, but are unlikely to have the desired effect on speculation in oil and gas markets
Saudi Arabian power expansion burns up crude
29 June 2010
Refinery expansions should bring perfect equilibrium to a kingdom as addicted to oil as many of its clients
Change at the top for Qatargas, as LNG capacity continues to grow
24 June 2010
Faisal al-Suwaidi's exit from Qatargas is unlikely to prove a significant setback for Qatar's LNG industry
The LNG spot market evolves
24 June 2010
The development of a liquid, transparent LNG spot market is being stalled by a lack of reliable LNG price indices. But the market's evolution is gaining momentum
European LNG pricing uncertainty's threat to investment
24 June 2010
Local gas prices are creeping into European LNG contracts, frustrating exporters and delaying investment decisions, writes Simon Crompton
Gulf oil spill will force industry consolidation
17 June 2010
Expect a wave of M&A in the US Gulf of Mexico, as independents find that new costs and liabilities make deep-water exploration in the region too risky, writes Simon Crompton
Deepwater Horizon: sharing the pain
17 June 2010
It is not just the Gulf off Louisiana that looks dark and cloudy, as oil from BP's blown out Macondo well continues to spread, but the future of US offshore development, writes Anne Feltus
Ghana's Jubilee area grows and grows
17 June 2010
Oil production from Ghana's Greater Jubilee area is on-track to start before the end of the year
A fundamental threat to oil
10 June 2010
Global oil demand will peak within six years and forecasts of relentless consumption growth in China are wrong
Alberta's oil in demand
2 June 2010
Oil-sands operators' profits are surging, Chinese investment is filtering through the patch and the US will increasingly rely on Alberta's bitumen, writes Derek Brower
Saudi Aramco wrestles its domestic energy-consumption problem
2 June 2010
Oil prices are where Saudi Arabia wants them. But rising demand in the kingdom could bring longer-term problems, writes Derek Brower
Chinese demand masked by stocking
2 June 2010
When everyone from ministers to carpet makers is storing oil, Chinese oil demand becomes even harder to predict. Simon Crompton reports
Oil slides as Euro troubles spook the market
2 June 2010
Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks, as soaring inventories in the US, persistent weakness in Western demand and the EU's worsening debt crisis sent bulls fleeing
Global oil production holding steady
2 June 2010
US oil production was relatively unaffected by the Deepwater Horizon accident in the US Gulf of Mexico, says the IEA
Impact of BP's slick spreads to US authorities
26 May 2010
Barack Obama suggests too "cosy" a relationship between the oil industry and the authorities that regulate it may have contributed to lax rules in the Gulf of Mexico, where BP's oil slick continues to spread
Big prospects in the Lower Tertiary GOM
26 May 2010
The Deepwater Horizon disaster has dominated oil-industry headlines since April, but upstream activity in the US Gulf of Mexico otherwise remains brisk, writes Anne Feltus
Peru bidding round: exclusive interview
26 May 2010
Rapid growth in oil and gas production and a competitive fiscal regime should make Peru's forthcoming licensing round a success, says Perupetro
UK: High hopes for extreme-north offshore oil well
20 May 2010
An oil well to be spudded this summer in the UK's far-north waters could, if hopes are fulfilled, lead to a surge of exploration in the new Atlantic-margin frontier province
Oil-price volatility brings together producers and consumers
4 May 2010
Wild swings in the price of oil in 2008 and 2009 have nudged the debate between oil producers and consumers forward, but the sides remain fundamentally apart on the main issue
China and speculators spur oil-price rise
28 April 2010
Crude prices have surged in April, exceeding $80/b with scarcely a backwards glance and hovering around $85/b
Oil price disconnected from market fundamentals
6 April 2010
Oil futures showed fleeting signs of weakness towards the end of March because of a bigger-than-expected rise in US crude inventories, a firmer dollar and concerns about sovereign debt in Europe