Politics & Economics

Saudi Arabia—on with the lid
23 January 2018
The kingdom will experience austerity and social reform, and clamp down on corruption and dissent
Watershed year in Asia
22 January 2018
Nuclear sabre-rattling shook Asia's security foundations, but 2017 heralded breakthroughs for EVs and LNG
Trump's America
22 January 2018
A new president brought change on the regulatory front while tight oil rose again
Venezuela going for broke
16 January 2018
The Maduro government wants a new deal on its debt. Things are going to get messy
Iraqi Kurdistan sinking fast
11 January 2018
The future of the KRI's oil sector is uncertain, with the federal government determined to bring all the country's production and exports back under its wing
Trump's America
22 January 2018
A new president brought change on the regulatory front while tight oil rose again
Trump and Iran might lift oil prices, for now
9 January 2018
Don't bet against the president's imminent Iran decision lifting oil prices. But don't expect the rally to last either
Mexico's rainy-day fund
12 December 2017
The sovereign-wealth fund is a good idea—now it just needs some wealth to manage. The FMP’s executive coordinator spoke to Petroleum Economist
Republican plan would axe EV tax break
3 November 2017
The roll back of vital incentives would come just before a major push from carmakers to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream
US sound and fury
2 November 2017
Trump's deregulations will only touch the margins of production, but he will generate plenty of geopolitical risk
Perry stirs gas versus coal fight
25 October 2017
US energy secretary's subsidy plan gets a roasting
Venezuela going for broke
16 January 2018
The Maduro government wants a new deal on its debt. Things are going to get messy
Growing pains ahead for Mexico's reforms
1 December 2017
Regulators have won high praise from the industry for progress to date, but the oil opening is still in its early days and fresh obstacles lie ahead
Military moves in on Venezuela's oil industry
28 November 2017
A major general is replacing the oilmen that ran the industry which will worry investors and plunge the sector further into crisis
Venezuelan crunch time
17 November 2017
Venezuela faces steep bond payments before the end of the year. It is looking to Russia to help keep it from default
Venezuela's debt crisis deepens
15 November 2017
It's crunch time in Caracas after the country defaulted on two bond payments and oil output continued its freefall
Panama puts itself forward
10 November 2017
The Central American nation wants to make the most of its geographical position to supply the rest of the continent with energy
Brexit casts dark cloud over UK's North Sea industry
18 December 2017
The UK's oil and gas sector has been the focus of some sizeable asset acquisitions recently, but uncertainty over the terms of the country's withdrawal from the EU is confusing the outlook
Europe's gas security conundrum
23 November 2017
Central Asian countries are eager to pick up the slack, if sanctions hit Russian pipeline supply to Europe
Germany’s Energiewende blowin’ in the wind
29 September 2017
The direction of the country's energy transition policy remains unclear following the general election
Gazprom feels the heat
21 September 2017
New US sanctions on Russia may create problems for the country's gas export giant
Climate change: European disunion
19 September 2017
Consensus across the continent on energy and emissions policy is severely lacking
Norway's political storm warnings prove unfounded
18 September 2017
The country's election result should quell nerves in the oil and gas sector
Watershed year in Asia
22 January 2018
Nuclear sabre-rattling shook Asia's security foundations, but 2017 heralded breakthroughs for EVs and LNG
Hitting China's great wall
3 January 2018
Sri Lanka has presented some unlikely roadblocks to China's Silk Road project
Energy security from east to west
6 December 2017
Oleg Budargin, Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council and former CEO of Rosseti, the biggest energy networks operator in Russia, tells World Energy Focus why it is important for countries to work together in the field of energy integration
Setting Timor-Leste's boundaries
9 November 2017
While settling a maritime border dispute with Australia is a step forward in relations between the two countries, it won't resolve all the issues
Southeast Asia's flashpoint
9 November 2017
Vietnam's need for more energy is reviving the disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea
Flexing India's muscles
3 November 2017
The country will need to import more oil and gas. But, as recent oil and LNG deals show, the advantage is presently with the buyer
Saudi Arabia—on with the lid
23 January 2018
The kingdom will experience austerity and social reform, and clamp down on corruption and dissent
Iraqi Kurdistan sinking fast
11 January 2018
The future of the KRI's oil sector is uncertain, with the federal government determined to bring all the country's production and exports back under its wing
Iraqi Kurdistan's wrong turn
11 January 2018
Burdened by political and economic crises at home, the autonomous region faces difficult talks with a newly confident federal government in Baghdad
Iran's oil sector unfazed by protests
2 January 2018
A lack of clarity about the origins and aims of the country's demonstrations make predictions for their outcome difficult. But, for now, the energy industry is unscathed
Saudi Arabia: Into the unknown
15 December 2017
The crown prince’s domestic and regional policies are taking the kingdom along several new and uncharted paths
Egypt: Clearer thinking
13 December 2017
The country has committed itself to reducing the volume of associated gas that’s flared at oilfields
Clouds are forming in Nigeria
9 January 2018
The prospect of further violence in the Niger Delta risks undermining the country's efforts to woo investors back to the hydrocarbons sector with improved legislation
Happy days ahead for Tullow Oil
14 December 2017
The company's bottom line suffered when crude prices crashed in mid-2014, but a landmark maritime boundary resolution should lead to a welcome boost for company revenues
Kenya's oil pipeline plans stall amid political tension
2 November 2017
A project to build an oil pipeline from reserves in the north of the country to the coast is inching forward - slowly
Tanzania's LNG plans remain stalled
19 October 2017
A decision to split the energy and minerals ministry in two may be intended to dispel uncertainty over future liquefied natural gas export plans, but more than that will be needed
South Africa eyes Rovuma gas
19 October 2017
President Jacob Zuma wants to kick-start the country's economy using Mozambique's offshore gas reserves. But do the numbers add up?
Energising Africa
18 October 2017
Africa's energy suppliers of the future will be more integrated and offer a diverse range of services. Strive Masiyiwa, chairman and founder of telecoms firm Econet, explains
The clock is ticking
1 December 2017
Harald Welzer's predictions in his book Climate Wars may be intellectually sound, but we hope he's wrong
The paradox of energy security
2 November 2017
Efforts to secure the flow of energy often do the opposite, reinforcing injustice and historical resentments, argues a new book
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