Legal challenges
1 June 2002
Price volatility, deregulation woes, continued industry consolidation and the aftermath of Enron have all made for a challenging year for the energy sector. This has also kept the legal profession busy and more of the same is expected over the next 12 months. David Townsend reports
Oil firms: don’t ditch hedging
1 June 2002
Oil price risk hedging with derivative products may be wrong for certain oil companies, but a failure to manage price risk actively could be a significant missed opportunity. Liz Bossley discusses hedge techniques in the management of company finances with John Walmsley, an energy consultant with oil company finance director and CEO experience
Challenging times
1 May 2002
With a fast-growing economy and rapidly increasing population, India must increase energy production to match expected future consumption. The government has begun an energy sector reform programme and new legislation on oil products market deregulation was introduced last month. David Townsend reports
All eyes on Iraq
1 April 2002
As expected, Opec oil ministers last month decided to maintain their production levels, claiming that the recent spike in prices was mostly due to political events in the Middle East. David Townsend reports
Faites vos jeux
1 March 2002
In case we had forgotten that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, Enron has just proved it all over again. But even when numbers are reported to us clearly and accurately they still have the capability to mislead. Liz Bossley looks at the power and pitfalls of energy statistics
Non-Opec output rises
1 January 2002
Short-term outlook uncertain
1 January 2002
Sideswiped by an enfeebled economy and a steep dive from last winter’s fleeting price spike, the North American natural gas sector is struggling to find any sign of certainty in 2002, writes WJ Simpson
Gently does it
1 January 2001