Trends
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
Over to you, Texas
13 December 2016
The Opec-non-Opec deal will help prices – but even if everyone complies, it can’t on its own be decisive
The bear necessities
8 December 2016
Opec has tried to put a floor in the price. But further strength in 2017 will depend on the reaction of other suppliers and aversion of many risks
Oilmageddon
7 December 2016
Prices down or up – it doesn’t matter. The world’s oil sector is in the endgame
Structural uncertainty
6 December 2016
The drivers of global oil consumption are changing. Demand will rise in 2017, but risks lurk beneath the surface
Resilient Russia
1 December 2016
In 2016, the country defied the doubters. Oil production kept rising and new energy-export plans made progress
Opec tells the market: we’re back
30 November 2016
Saudi Arabia has accepted Iran’s terms for a deal. Now Russia has to keep its pledge to cut too
Back in business, probably
30 November 2016
Opec will try to restore some control over oil markets in 2017. Quite how remains uncertain
Will Opec surprise the market?
23 November 2016
Deeper-than-expected cuts are on the table and the momentum is behind a deal
The China coal-to-gas effect
15 November 2016
The country's policy to cut coal production capacity has sent prices around the globe soaring. It’s good news for Europe's decarbonising efforts
Gas rallies
7 November 2016
Prices are on a bull run and demand looks robust
Promising future for US shale
7 November 2016
The tide is turning, slowly, for America’s beleaguered shale industry
Divided oil world
24 October 2016
The global crude supply landscape has transformed over the past two years, bringing some blessings and many curses for producers
Back to the new normal
13 October 2016
Judging by history, and reflecting rampant supply, tepid demand and a passive Opec, $50 oil is about where the price belongs
Swing states
20 September 2016
Is American tight oil really now the world’s swing supplier?
Coming down
31 August 2016
In the third of our six-part series, our trader navigates a plan with deal-altering drugs
Is Opec just talking up the market again?
19 August 2016
A deal is likelier now than it was before, but hurdles remain