Politics & Economics

China's new fuel standard
21 February 2017
Under pressure, Sinopec launches cleaner Beijing Six gasoline
Nigerian output recovery still distant
24 February 2017
As export routes remain blocked, local producers get creative
Taxing times in the US
20 February 2017
A proposed US border levy would lift producers, hit consumers and upend oil markets
Trump's US gas disrupters
15 February 2017
American LNG exporters are already reshaping Europe's gas markets. Will the country's new government accelerate the transition?
Memo to Washington: Don't mess with the booming US-Mexico energy trade
15 February 2017
Relations are on the rocks in the early days of the Trump administration. Jeopardising the energy relationship would be a loss for both sides
Libya's political chaos deepens
14 February 2017
An Islamist militia attack on the Sirte Basin was repulsed. But more conflict looks likely
Taxing times in the US
20 February 2017
A proposed US border levy would lift producers, hit consumers and upend oil markets
Trump's US gas disrupters
15 February 2017
American LNG exporters are already reshaping Europe's gas markets. Will the country's new government accelerate the transition?
Memo to Washington: Don't mess with the booming US-Mexico energy trade
15 February 2017
Relations are on the rocks in the early days of the Trump administration. Jeopardising the energy relationship would be a loss for both sides
Plus ça change: Quebec reverses fracking ban
18 January 2017
The province will allow the technique. But it may be too little too late
Big Oil will get a bigger voice under Trump
16 January 2017
Oil's stock is on the rise in Washington DC as industry backers prepare to take the reins of power
Mexico's reformation leader
9 January 2017
In October, Petroleum Economist met with Mexico's Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, during our strategy forum in Mexico City. In the following weeks, we carried out an interview over email with the minister. The questions and answers follow
Reshuffle in Caracas
13 February 2017
New appointments show Maduro plans to hold his course
Venezuela on the precipice
13 February 2017
The Opec deal is not enough to rescue Venezuela and its indebted state company PdV
Argentina - closing the deal
5 December 2016
Argentina will spend 2017 trying to come good on its upstream promise
South America - the after-party continent
3 December 2016
Oil's price bust forced yet more change in Latin America's energy sector. Venezuela was worst hit
After the car wash
30 November 2016
A modest oil-price rise, and pro-investor reforms, should spark a recovery for Brazilian energy and Petrobras in 2017
Limited options for Venezuela
30 November 2016
Venezuela's oil output is falling and fundamental change is needed to rescue it in 2017
Economics of growth
12 December 2016
Regional finances are set for steady growth, but the CEE could benefit from wider geopolitical stability
Urals gets a benchmark
26 November 2016
Russia wants a contract for its main export blend. Petroleum Economist talks to the head of the exchange that will offer it
Taxation, not privatisation ahead for Russia
28 September 2016
The collapse of the Bashneft sale means Russia's government will wring more cash from producers instead
Russian revival unravelled?
5 September 2016
Russia has started to emerge gingerly from recession but don’t bank on it lasting
The UK’s shale carrot
8 August 2016
Will paying people to like fracking change the outlook for UK gas?
Trouble on the steppe
28 July 2016
Major new investment in Tengiz cannot mask deeper problems in Kazakhstan
China's new fuel standard
21 February 2017
Under pressure, Sinopec launches cleaner Beijing Six gasoline
Weaker China, stronger India
1 December 2016
It was a mixed year in Asia's energy sector, where the oil market's gaze shifted away from its stalwart to a new rising economy
Cleaning and greening Indian energy
16 November 2016
New Delhi has signed up to the Paris climate-change agreement. Now it needs a cogent plan for natural gas
A 'scrap of paper' in the water
6 September 2016
China has not accepted a ruling denying its claim to energy-rich territory in the South China Sea. It may heighten tensions in the area
India's oil minister: 'We want to increase gas consumption'
13 July 2016
Natural gas is cheap, abundant and cleaner than other fossil fuels. It’s the fuel for India, says the oil and natural gas minister, Dharmendra Pradhan
A renminbi threat to oil?
20 April 2016
A major Chinese currency devaluation probably wouldn’t hurt Chinese oil demand as much as some think
Keeping the lid on Iraq
14 February 2017
Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq
What happens when Mosul falls?
7 December 2016
The battle for the city is the prelude to wider struggles for political influence in the region and control of northern Iraqi oil production
Tumult/Reform in the Middle East
1 December 2016
Weak oil prices hung over the region in 2016, a year of more war but also some efforts at renewal
Iran - the great return: part two
28 November 2016
Iran's energy sector is making progress, but political threats are lingering
After Mosul
28 November 2016
Competing claims for northern Iraq will leave the post-IS settlement rife with new geopolitical risks
Iraq - over the worst
28 November 2016
Iraqi oil output has continued to rise despite turmoil in the north. Further growth will be more difficult
Nigerian output recovery still distant
24 February 2017
As export routes remain blocked, local producers get creative
Libya's political chaos deepens
14 February 2017
An Islamist militia attack on the Sirte Basin was repulsed. But more conflict looks likely
Cairo tries to calm riled Riyadh
27 January 2017
A delayed and much-needed $23bn oil-products package from Saudi Arabia to Cairo is part of a complex political narrative with few signs of an easy fix
Will rising Libyan oil production ruin the Opec deal?
16 January 2017
Exempt from the cuts, the country could still help decide their success or failure
Libya’s oil war flares up
12 December 2016
NOC’s plans to lift output are under threat after renewed fighting in the Sirte basin
Libya - only the brave
8 December 2016
Libyan oil-output growth will eventually need the return of foreign firms
End of the war for Opec
31 October 2016
In the end, the fiscal pressures and income loss were too great for Opec’s members to bear—and the rewards of the market-share strategy too meagre
Opec’s imperfect deal
30 September 2016
Algiers marks a major policy shift. But the market will want real numbers soon
How an Opec deal could work
28 September 2016
Iran’s demands can be accommodated with some adjustments of the numbers
Ready to deal, Saudi Arabia waits on Iran
28 September 2016
The kingdom is ready to ditch its laissez-fair market strategy and cut production. Iran needs to come on board, but an agreement is close
Opec: the market’s new talking shop
2 June 2016
The cartel won’t be cutting at June’s Vienna meeting. It will be trying to salvage some unity
Five things to bear in mind about the Opec meeting
1 June 2016
Opec will gather in Vienna on 2 June to talk about freezing oil production. Few expect a deal will be made