Trends
Ecopetrol: Ready for Wall Street
1 July 2008
ECOPETROL plans to offer shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by the end of the year, giving foreign investors their first chance to buy directly into Colombia's largest oil company.
Prices firm amid supply worries and dollar weakness
1 July 2008
Oil futures held firm above $145 a barrel on Tuesday as weakness in the US economy triggered another drop in the dollar's value, pushing crude prices up in its wake. News about supply disruptions added to the bullish momentum.
Challenged in the near term, but too early to write off
1 July 2008
GTL has the potential to be a viable alternative to LNG for monetising gas reserves, especially in today's high oil-price environment. But an essential prerequisite to rekindle interest in the industry will be to address the issue of technical risk. By Rajnish Goswami, vice-president, gas and power consulting, Asia and Middle East, and Alan Gelder, vice-president, downstream oil consulting, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wood Mackenzie
Putting a premium on marketing
1 July 2008
GTL products have properties that make them more valuable than conventional refinery products. So how do you persuade customers that a premium price is worth paying, asks Petroleum Economist's Alex Forbes?
An enduring spectacle – with a serious side
1 July 2008
Le Mans has been described as a "24-hour party with one hell of a race attached". But there is more to it than that. For the companies behind the racing teams it's a chance to try out engineering and fuels in a gruelling and very public arena, writes Alex Forbes
Is the oil market's bull-run over?
1 July 2008
Less than two weeks ago, oil futures were setting records at close to $150 a barrel. Now they are trading almost $20/b below that level at comfortably under $130/b.
IEA: "Oil burden" threat to global slow-down
1 July 2008
OIL-PRICE inflation is in danger of triggering a global economic slow-down, with China and India at particular risk, the IEA's executive-director told the World Petroleum Congress last week.
Cap, trade, capture and store carbon, please – but no EU subsidies
1 July 2008
A COMBINATION of systems to cap and trade emissions, and to capture and store carbon, is the only sustainable way to meet the world's demand for energy over the next 50 years, but don't expect the European Commission to subsidise this, delegates at the World Petroleum Congress were told last week.
Opec: supply adequate; IEA lacks transparency
1 July 2008
OPEC went on the offensive last week, dismissing the IEA's claim that prices have brought the world into a "third oil shock" and saying the agency's figures lacked sufficient transparency to encourage producers to bring more oil on stream in the long term.
Alberta defends environmental record
1 July 2008
CANADA will employ the "best and latest technology and engineering available" to solve environmental problems arising from its development of the oil sands, and is to launch an aggressive programme to reduce emissions and air pollution.
Angola needs $100bn to keep output steady
1 July 2008
ANGOLA'S production will "soon" plateau at 2m barrels a day (b/d), but the country will need another $100bn of investment to keep it at that level in the medium term, according to Sonangol.
The subsidisers' dilemma
1 July 2008
Fuel subsidies around the world are distorting the oil market. But with oil prices now so high, something has to give. Derek Brower reports
It's the fundamentals – stupid
1 June 2008
Little has changed since last week: neither the oil price nor the explanations for why oil is at record highs. At around $136 a barrel, prices are off last week's record levels, but only by $4/b or so.
Market higher on IEA demand predictions
1 June 2008
Predictions of higher-than-expected demand for crude pushed oil prices up on Tuesday.
Too little, too heavy, too late
1 June 2008
Consumer governments have long been begging Saudi Arabia to help them out of the economic bind of high oil prices by pumping more crude. But the kingdom appears to have lost its legendary influence over the markets.
Market volatile ahead of US data
1 June 2008
OIL PRICES weakened again on Tuesday amid evidence that demand is responding to the recent bull-run in the market. In New York, the contract for July delivery of light sweet crude oil traded down as low as $125.20/b, a fall of more than $9/b since record highs last month.
Opec and the dollar
1 June 2008
If Opec pulled the plug on the dollar, the financial turbulence of the last year could be eclipsed by even greater problems. That is one of several reasons why the cartel will not take the step
Problems pending
1 June 2008
Oil sets new high as Nigeria problems continue
1 May 2008
Oil futures have set new record highs above $122 a barrel, amid continuing attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure.
Market pauses for breath
1 May 2008
OIL PRICES fell on Tuesday, following Monday's record high of $126.40 a barrel. Traders expect data from the US Department of Energy, to be released tomorrow, to show a 2.5m barrel build in crude stocks, taking them to over 325m barrels – above the five-year average.