Trends
European oil refinery closures get serious
16 March 2010
With European oil refining capacity in surplus and demand falling, Total is closing a refinery in France and other majors are likely to follow
Saudi Aramco steps up oil-export programme
12 March 2010
Saudi Arabia will spend $170bn in its energy sector in the next five years as it bets on a global resurgence in economic growth and energy demand
Gas discovery with Mozambique's first deep-water well
12 March 2010
The first deep-water well drilled offshore Mozambique has come in as a substantial gas discovery for Anadarko
Opec: give us certainty to invest
1 March 2010
Crude oil prices are in the range Opec wants. But uncertainty about the demand outlook remains a worry. Derek Brower interviews the group's secretary-general, Abdalla El-Badri
Dip in non-Opec oil output leads world total lower
1 March 2010
World oil production dropped by 45,000 b/d in January, to 83.63m b/d, says the IEA
Dawn of the gas economy
23 February 2010
The world could be in its biggest energy-transition phase since the start of the oil economy, the new focus: natural gas
Oil-price volatility spreads through market
23 February 2010
Crude-oil futures markets are volatile, with intra-day ranges in price surging in recent days
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23 February 2010
The world could be in its biggest energy-transition phase since the start of the oil economy; the new focus? Natural gas
Majors return to Venezuela's heavy-oil patch in a marriage of convenience
18 February 2010
Hugo Chavez has accepted that he needs to be pragmatic and bring in foreign oil companies' expertise and capital to develop Venezuela's Orinoco heavy-oil belt
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