Trends
UK offers tax incentive for natural gas frontier
10 February 2010
A UK tax break for natural gas developments west of Shetland could unlock a fifth or more of the country's reserves
Oil prices slide, but market still seeks definitive direction
8 February 2010
Oil prices dip on negative US economic news, dollar strength. But where will they go next?
Shale gas could alter European market dynamics, as demand rebounds
4 February 2010
E.On expects gas-demand growth in Europe this year, but shale-gas development could fundamentally alter the continent's market, leaving Gazprom out in the cold
Unconventional gas gaining momentum worldwide
4 February 2010
Developments in the US and Australian unconventional gas sectors have grabbed the headline in recent years, but new regions are about to step into the limelight
Drilling tool boosts CBM potential
4 February 2010
A new horizontal drilling tool has proved a cost effective way to maximise CBM output and increase recovery
Global oil production continues its steady climb
1 February 2010
Global oil supply has risen steadily in recent months
The global glut of LNG
26 January 2010
The LNG business has changed drastically in the past two years, from fears of a production shortfall, to a supply glut
Nigeria: Shell has had enough
26 January 2010
Shell, the company most affected by the years of violence in the Niger delta and the other difficulties of working in Nigeria, has finally had enough
UK awards big offshore wind-power concessions
26 January 2010
Companies have been selected to develop the UK's offshore wind-power sector, but meeting demanding government targets will be tough
US gas' unconventional future
26 January 2010
Studies suggest the US has significantly larger recoverable natural gas reserves than previously estimated. The future for the industry looks bright, write Rick Smead and Gordon Pickering
Natural gas: the Netherlands' transition fuel
26 January 2010
Natural gas will play an essential role as the transition fuel while the Netherlands converts its energy-supply matrix to one dominated by non-fossil sources, writes Hans Overdiep
Cold weather buoys oil and gas prices, draws down stocks
11 January 2010
Oil prices have reached their highest levels since prices began to collapse in October 2008
Finding gives US Environmental Protection Agency power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions
8 January 2010
The US government has authorised itself to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions, with potentially costly consequences for the oil and power sectors, writes Anne Feltus
Russia and Belarus remind Europe that oil and gas supplies are still a flashpoint
8 January 2010
EU oil consumers should not worry about Russia's latest energy dispute – with Belarus. The country is steadily building the necessary oil and gas export infrastructure to by-pass its troublesome neighbours
Rising Opec oil output lifts global supply
4 January 2010
Global oil supply in November rose by 200,000 b/d, according to the IEA. Opec production increased by 135,000 b/d to 29.1m b/d, its highest level in a year, the agency says. Other suppliers are also pumping more than expected
ExxonMobil's surprise move for XTO
15 December 2009
ExxonMobil is prepared to pay a high price to secure XTO Energy's unconventional-gas resources
Iraq celebrates oil licensing success
14 December 2009
Successful licensing of seven upstream oil contracts could see Iraqi production hit 12m b/d says oil ministry
SEC oil reserves reporting revised
11 December 2009
New SEC guidelines on reporting oil and gas reserves are about to come into effect. They're better than before, but grey areas persist
The return of oil market fundamentals
11 December 2009
No sooner had Saudi oil minister Ali Naimi declared that oil prices were trading in a "perfect" range of between $75 and $80/b than the support for such strength disappeared
Colombian oil production on the rise
7 December 2009
The prospects for the oil and industry in Colombia look promising, with production and reserves increasing and investors pumping money into the country