Editorial calendar 2018

Petroleum Economist writes features each month based on news from the ground. However, we also plan in depth features and reports each year to give you a picture of the energy industry beyond the headlines. Take a look at our editorial calendar to see what's coming up. 

 

July

In depth

American oil and gas

Comprising over half of total US crude output last year, tight oil's importance to the US energy mix is only expected to increase. In the first three months of 2018, the prolific Permian basin added 44 new rigs—more than in the previous seven months. Output leaped from 2.62m barrels a day in September to 3.16m b/d in April. By the early 2040s, US tight oil output could surpass 8.2m b/d and account for almost 70% of total US oil output, the Energy Information Administration forecasts. But can the growth really be sustained? Or will the tight oil surge boom and then bust? This special report will tell you all you need to know.

Reportage

North Sea

E&P on the UK Continental Shelf is enjoying a renaissance. The recently completed 30th offshore licensing round showed strong interest, not just from minnows keen to take maturing assets off the hands of the majors, but also from the majors themselves. Nevertheless, this is an oil province whose best days are probably behind it. This report looks at the new prospects and how well companies based in the regional centre of Aberdeen are rebuilding following several years in the doldrums.     

Report

Indian Offshore

Hit with surging domestic energy demand and a rapidly rising dependence on imports, India faces a growing challenge to rapidly diversify its upstream and attract foreign investment. The government set an ambitious raft of reforms in 2017, planning to reduce oil and gas imports by 10% by 2022. But just how realistic is the target? This profile will tell you all you need to know about the future of India's offshore and upstream plans and where growth will be.  

Company profile

PDO

As the national energy company (with the government owning 60% and major partner Shell 34%), Petroleum Development Oman accounts for around 70% of national oil output and the nearly all gas production. PDO has been the driving force behind a strategy to maximise oil production, keeping it at a plateau of around 1m barrels a day. In achieving this aim, PDO has become a global leader in enhanced oil recovery. In a ground-breaking development, PDO, in partnership with GlassPoint Solar, inaugurated a solar plant at the Amal West oilfield to create steam used for heavy oil production. The Miraah project is one of the largest solar ventures in the world and on completion will deliver 1,021 megawatts of thermal energy to create 6,000 tonnes of steam a day.

The ledger

Iran

The priority of the Iranian authorities is to minimise the effects of renewed US sanctions on its energy sector. They will try to persuade as many of its current customers—in particular EU countries—to continue importing Iranian crude oil. If it succeeds, then production and exports will experience only minimal disruption. But the Iranian oil sector, which was making a significant recovery after the lifting of previous sanctions, will find difficulty in implementing expansion programmes, with access to US equipment and services denied. The Tehran authorities will urge European firms either to ignore US sanctions or seek a waiver from Washington. Iran has told Total, for example, that it has until August to decide whether to continue with its involvement in Phase 11 of the South Pars gasfield development. While Total is unlikely to remain, Iran is comforted by the fact that China National Petroleum Corporation is ready to step in.

Bonus distribution

ONS, Stavanger

September

In depth

Deepwater

Report

Libya

Forward intelligence

Data / Artificial intelligence 
The age of big data and AI is about to hit the energy sector—revolutionalising long established "traditional" industries. Machine learning will drive down costs and improve efficiencies across the upstream, midstream and downstream. This unique report will tell you all you need to know about the disruptive potential of this exciting technology and where investors should spend their cash.  

Company profile

Chevron

The ledger

Mexico

Special publication

Global Energy Elite

Bonus distribution

PE Mexico Forum, Mexico City

October

In depth

Oil supply crunch

Report

India

Forward intelligence

Storage

Company profile

Gazprom

The ledger

Oil sands

Special publication

Top 100 Private Equity

Bonus distribution

ADIPEC, Abu Dhabi

November

In depth

Renewable energy technology

Report

Brazil

Forward intelligence

Finance / M&A

Company profile

Wintershall

The ledger

East Siberia

December/January

In depth

Iran

Report

China

Forward intelligence

Climate policy / stranded assets

Company profile

OMV

The ledger

East Africa

Special publication

Outlook 2019

Bonus distribution

PE Kuwait Forum, Kuwait City