Politics & Economics

Japan tries again for greater flexibility on LNG
15 January 2019
Tokyo renews efforts to push reform in long-term contracts
Militant conflict to constrain Libya's oil resurgence
10 January 2019
The oil recovery will continue, if the civil war and political spats allow it
Reaping the rewards of Egypt's reforms
7 January 2019
Soaring natural gas production and a tourism revival paint a positive economic picture for Egypt
Israel mulls future gas strategy
4 January 2019
Supply and demand scenarios underpin recommendations on the fate of as-yet-undiscovered gasfields
Iraqi Kurdistan begins its recovery after a difficult year
3 January 2019
A resurgent energy sector and likely better relations with Baghdad make for a brighter KRI future
Can US political deadlock benefit oil and gas?
2 January 2019
Potential two-year gridlock in Congress following the mid-term elections may be a good thing for the domestic oil and gas industry
Canada-China ties caught in trade war crossfire
29 November 2018
Canada’s commercial and economic ties with China are becoming a victim of Trump’s trade wars
North Dakota's gas flaring challenge lingers on
13 November 2018
Nearly a decade into its hydrocarbons boom, North Dakota, the US’ second-largest oil producing state, still struggles to limit natural gas flaring
Kitimat go-ahead gives Canadian LNG welcome respite
13 November 2018
After years of missteps and doubt, Shell is finally to move ahead with the Kitimat LNG project
USMCA designed to keep Canada from China's orbit
9 November 2018
Despite the deal's benefits, the US veto raises increased uncertainties over trade and investment
Majors eyeing lucrative plays outside the Gulf of Mexico
6 November 2018
ExxonMobil isn’t alone among majors in turning its gaze from the US Gulf of Mexico to significant deep-water and onshore shale opportunities elsewhere
Seesawing year for Latin American producers
17 December 2018
Brazil was hoping to start a new page in 2018, while Mexico’s new president also announced changes. But Venezuela continued its precipitous decline
Guyana's governance gap
11 December 2018
The oil-rich country is the world's biggest new deep-water play. But can the government develop a transparent energy policy?
Colombia's fracking plans take on a new urgency
10 December 2018
The new administration is turning to shale deposits to hold back the threat of imports
New Petrobras boss gets warm reception
7 December 2018
Appointment of ‘Chicago Boy’ to head state-owned giant reinforces reform agenda optimism
Petrobras turns page as corruption saga draws to a close
25 October 2018
An SEC fine as part of the firm’s long-running corruption scandal looks the least-worst outcome and may mark the beginning of the end of its international headaches
Brazil's energy reform at stake in election showdown
25 October 2018
The energy sector will see a reform agenda gain momentum from a Bolsonaro win, but a change in direction if Haddad can pull off an unlikely comeback
Interview: Neptune champions its diversity
6 December 2018
With assets in Europe, North Africa and Asia-Pacific, the London-based firm sees value in its broad international portfolio
Growth and exit exercise North Sea private equity minds
6 December 2018
The UK and Norway upstream sectors have benefitted from a rush of private equity cash, but the key question is what next?
Interview: Opportunity knocks in the East Med
30 November 2018
Rony Halman, chairman of Israel Opportunity Energy Resources, explains why the region could be on the verge of something big—but some points of contention remain
Israel plans to be powered by natural gas
30 November 2018
Israel has set targets for greater use of gas in power generation and transport over the coming decade
East Siberian oilfields are let off the Opec leash
27 November 2018
Russia's remote eastern fields are ramping up as production shackles come off, but also to drive the growth that mature provinces can’t
Will new sanctions trigger a Russian recession?
15 November 2018
With the economy already wobbling, further curtailment of investment in energy and other sectors would spell trouble
Japan tries again for greater flexibility on LNG
15 January 2019
Tokyo renews efforts to push reform in long-term contracts
How India extricated itself from an energy squeeze
19 December 2018
New Delhi unexpectedly emerged relatively unscathed from this year's oil price volatility, currency fluctuations and geopolitical tensions
Sellers jockey to fill India's Iran void
13 December 2018
Iranian deliveries have dropped significantly despite exemption, but it is not as simple as Saudi Arabia stepping in
China shows its muscle
13 December 2018
The country was at the centre of activity in the Asia-Pacific region, boosting production and imports—though some showed wariness about Beijing’s growing power
Discord in Australian LNG damages Asia export hopes
7 December 2018
Broad collaboration is essential if a new wave of Australian LNG projects is to be competitive
Malaysia rebuttal reflects mistrust of China's 'Belt and Road' plan
8 November 2018
Is Malaysia’s repudiation of China’s “unequal treaties” a sign of things to come?
Militant conflict to constrain Libya's oil resurgence
10 January 2019
The oil recovery will continue, if the civil war and political spats allow it
Reaping the rewards of Egypt's reforms
7 January 2019
Soaring natural gas production and a tourism revival paint a positive economic picture for Egypt
Israel mulls future gas strategy
4 January 2019
Supply and demand scenarios underpin recommendations on the fate of as-yet-undiscovered gasfields
Iraqi Kurdistan begins its recovery after a difficult year
3 January 2019
A resurgent energy sector and likely better relations with Baghdad make for a brighter KRI future
Iran sanctions cycle set to repeat
18 December 2018
The country is no stranger to its energy industry blowing in the political wind
Getting Saudi Arabia back on track
18 December 2018
Saudis want the world in 2019 to refocus on economic investment, after unwelcome and distracting publicity
Angola readies for major oil and gas changes
2 January 2019
With the government steering an overhaul of its oil and gas sector, the west African country is looking to remain competitive despite declining oil production levels
LNG-to-power a hard nut to crack in Africa
2 January 2019
There is strong interest across the industry in making LNG-to-power work in sub-Saharan Africa, but nobody has yet cracked a structure that works
Tanzania ups the pace on LNG project
17 December 2018
Equinor, ExxonMobil and Shell are among the interested parties
South Sudan's oil suitors still skeptical over security
11 December 2018
Major investments in the civil-war ravaged country are likely to depend on the success of a recently signed peace deal
Offshore oil miss fails to dent Gambian optimism
4 December 2018
The West African country’s most recent effort to find offshore oil came up short, but explorers hope to drill more wells in 2019
Tullow’s revival still faces production challenges
4 December 2018
Tullow Oil is to pay a dividend once more. But can it find the barrels to sustain its improving balance sheet?
The volatile 10
21 March 2018
As the oil market regains balance, risk will affect the price. Here's where to watch
Powder keg year for geopolitics
9 March 2018
Iran, Venezuela and North Korea are all potential flashpoints in 2018
Energy risk in all shapes, all sizes
27 February 2018
Geopolitics may be bullish or bearish. But it will almost certainly bring volatility to the oil market
Volatile world
23 January 2018
Trump ditched Paris, Paris got Macron, Isis lost Mosul
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