In depth
A new role for NOCs
10 October 2017
To cope with an era of lower oil prices, state-owned firms must put value above volume and focus less on production, more on their commercial position
Latin America's hobbled oil giants
6 October 2017
Plagued by debt, low oil prices and political turmoil, times have been troubled for Latin America's state-run energy firms
Downstream to the rescue for China
5 October 2017
China's NOCs have had a few difficult years. But restructuring and a modest oil-price recovery are helping
Gazprom feels the heat
21 September 2017
New US sanctions on Russia may create problems for the country's gas export giant
Middle East NOCs under pressure
21 September 2017
Moves to privatise state energy firms in the Middle East have begun, but progress will be slow and patchy
Clock ticks on Canada's pipeline debate
14 September 2016
The oil sands need new outlets to grow. Will it get them?
Digging deep
14 September 2016
Conventional wisdom suggests Canada's oil sands producers should be in full retreat in the face of falling world oil prices. That hasn’t happened—yet
Can Senegal rejuvenate West Africa’s upstream?
19 July 2016
Relative stability and promising geology may yield another new frontier in the region
Ghana's prospects brighten
19 July 2016
After some offshore problems, the country’s upstream should see significant growth in the coming months
Nigeria: making gas work
19 July 2016
A recent IPP deal suggests Abuja may have a way to come good on promises to provide power to the people
Action time for Nigeria's government
19 July 2016
Nigeria’s government is pressing on with plans to liberalise key parts of the economy. The downstream is a priority
Nigeria: delta of trouble
19 July 2016
Nigeria planned to clean up its oil sector and increase production, but the optimism is fading
Slipping off the radar
13 July 2016
Slow-moving legislation, political risks and the weak oil price have damaged West Africa as an investment destination. Senegal may be the exception
Oman production plugs on
3 June 2016
Strong output, but keeping it there is the challenge
Back to black in Qatar
3 June 2016
Having achieved its LNG output targets and focused on the downstream, Qatar is turning its attention to upstream oil again
UAE upstream standing still
3 June 2016
To judge from the slow progress of the Adco concession renewals, the UAE is in no real hurry to expand its upstream
Iranian oil gushing forth
3 June 2016
Oil output and exports are rising fast. But longer-term gains will need the support of the IOCs
Growth pause in Iraq
3 June 2016
Iraq’s output soared in recent years. But the price slump and politics mean further rises are getting harder
Kuwait's big plans, tricky politics
3 June 2016
Kuwait still hopes production will rise considerably between now and the end of the decade, but must overcome a number of hurdles
More and more Saudi oil
3 June 2016
Saudi Arabia has the capacity and resources to significantly increase production, should it want to
Chopping up Saudi Aramco
3 June 2016
Selling part of the state-owned firm will be just the start of a broad divestment project that turns the firm into a huge holding company
Saudi Vision 2030: take it seriously
3 June 2016
The plan aims to transform the kingdom. It won’t be easy, but no one should doubt the commitment
Business as usual for the Saudi economy
3 June 2016
Whatever Mohammed bin Salman says, oil will remain central to the Saudi economy for the coming years
Saudi Arabia's revolutionary vanguard
3 June 2016
Deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is the face of the new Saudi Arabia. But who else is running the kingdom?
Yamal LNG's slow sailing
3 June 2016
The development is moving ahead, but Russia’s broader LNG-export plans are off course
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