Politics & Economics

Ecuador muddling on
26 July 2017
The South American producer needs an overhaul to spur new oil growth. Its new president isn't likely to deliver
Yet another Brazilian crisis
26 July 2017
The country's oil reforms are promising, but the president's scandal-plagued term could undermine their longevity
US oil sanctions on Venezuela would escalate crisis
21 July 2017
As Donald Trump threatens to introduce measures against the South American nation's exports, the outcome could be ruinous for all concerned
Nigeria looking up
17 July 2017
Long-awaited legislative progress, peace in the Delta and some astute political management are creating optimism in the country's energy sector
Iraq starts to get grip on security
12 July 2017
Career diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, now chairman of London-based Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory, is optimistic about Iraq's future
Red Washington, greener states
26 June 2017
Market forces will keep hurting coal, strengthening gas and supporting renewables—whatever Trump thinks about climate science
ExxonMobil striking out
7 June 2017
US sanctions against Russia have hit ExxonMobil harder than most and the supermajor is getting no change out of Washington in its efforts to loosen them
Donald Trump's rogue nation
5 June 2017
The US has joined Syria and Nicaragua in rejecting the Paris climate agreement
Trump left isolated by Paris climate deal withdrawal
2 June 2017
The decision rolls back years of progress to mitigate climate change and puts him at loggerheads with major energy firms and most other nations
Why geopolitics still matter to oil
13 April 2017
Trump might not bring more war to the Middle East, but as fundamentals tighten the market is ready to trade such risks
Canada: Trump OK is not the end of the line for Keystone XL
28 March 2017
The challenges are not over for the pipeline which will run from Alberta to the Gulf Coast
Ecuador muddling on
26 July 2017
The South American producer needs an overhaul to spur new oil growth. Its new president isn't likely to deliver
Yet another Brazilian crisis
26 July 2017
The country's oil reforms are promising, but the president's scandal-plagued term could undermine their longevity
US oil sanctions on Venezuela would escalate crisis
21 July 2017
As Donald Trump threatens to introduce measures against the South American nation's exports, the outcome could be ruinous for all concerned
New nationalisation threat in Venezuela?
7 July 2017
The spectre of a state grab of oil assets looms as the nation moves to rewrite its constitution
Latin America and the Caribbean Energy Scenarios: Rock, Tango or Samba?
8 June 2017
There has been much talk of energy integration in Latin America and the Caribbean for decades but progress has been patchy. A new report from the World Energy Council presents potential scenarios for the region
Venezuela courting disaster
17 May 2017
A Supreme Court ruling has given the president broad authority to strike oil deals. Will there be any takers?
Cyprus: gas falls victim to unity failure
10 July 2017
The collapse of UN-brokered talks in Switzerland to reunify the island is a setback for Cypriot offshore gas ambitions
Mayhem: oil and equity markets caught off guard by UK election result
9 June 2017
Yet more uncertainty will be negative for energy demand and stunt policy
Russia is over the worst
15 May 2017
GDP is picking up, partly thanks to higher oil prices. But reforms are needed to consolidate the gains
Time to build Russian-US bridges
19 April 2017
Former Russian energy minister Igor Yusufov says the new US administration will be a boon for hydrocarbons cooperation
Kiev looks east
12 April 2017
Ukraine may have swapped dependence on Russian natural gas for reliance on European supply but diversifying import routes is proving challenging
The UK is officially leaving the EU. What now for energy?
5 April 2017
UK prime minister Theresa May has hailed the dawn of a "Global Britain", but Brexit's critics say it will cripple the economy, kill access to its main market, spark ruinous inflation and shred the country's global influence.
China's belt loosening
10 July 2017
China's economy isn't skipping ahead as it once did, but its role as an engine for global expansion is only rising
Energy diversification is essential for Japan
11 May 2017
Public resistance to nuclear power is a hurdle to overcome for Japan to meet its energy targets
Tide is turning for Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia
11 May 2017
As their economies grow, the three countries need upstream investment to meet rapidly rising demand
Saudi Arabia pivots east
9 May 2017
Asia will remain the driving force behind global energy demand growth, and the kingdom is poised to meet the region's needs
Made in India
5 April 2017
Plans to increase the manufacturing base and sustain high GDP growth will underpin rising oil demand and imports
China's new fuel standard
21 February 2017
Under pressure, Sinopec launches cleaner Beijing Six gasoline
Iraq starts to get grip on security
12 July 2017
Career diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, now chairman of London-based Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory, is optimistic about Iraq's future
Russia is planting flags in the Middle East
3 July 2017
Pragmatism and a tolerance for risk are giving Russian energy interests an edge in the region
Russia is welcome in the Middle East—up to a point
3 July 2017
Arabs encourage Russia's economic advances but are wary of political ones
Iraq: more clouds ahead
30 June 2017
The future of contested oilfields is one issue bound up with Iraqi Kurds' independence hopes
Saudi Arabia gets a new next king
21 June 2017
Mohammed bin Salman will have a free hand as the next Saudi king but faces formidable domestic and regional hurdles. Oil policy is one
Arab oil states: the devil's in Opec's data
20 June 2017
The group's latest figures show Gulf oil states' earnings have plummeted, while the region's population keeps rising
Nigeria looking up
17 July 2017
Long-awaited legislative progress, peace in the Delta and some astute political management are creating optimism in the country's energy sector
Help not hinder Africa
12 July 2017
Oil in Africa has a bad press—but it needn't be that way, argues a new book
East Africa—can we talk?
14 June 2017
East Africa's new oil producers could maximise the industry's potential by working together, but that's easier said than done
Nigeria's Buhari question
23 May 2017
His 2015 election brought hope for Nigeria's struggling oil-dominated economy. Is the president now part of the problem?
Uganda's ambitious oil-export timetable
26 April 2017
The government's keen, the companies are willing—is Uganda's oil boom finally on the way?
Nigeria: Back to the future?
19 April 2017
The government faces some tough decisions as it decides how to handle the corruption allegations surrounding the acquisition by Shell and Eni of offshore block OPL 245
Sustainable energy: Learning from the success stories
19 April 2017
Sharing good examples is the key to change SEforALL’s Rachel Kyte tells World Energy Focus
Energy leaders embrace new frontiers
18 April 2017
Energy leaders are adapting to a rapid change of pace and identifying new priorities
Oil and gas in the new world order
22 March 2017
Geopolitical risks are changing and rising. The energy sector will be in the crosshairs
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