Petroleum Economist Latest licensing rounds The industry's most comprehensive list of current and recent rounds for onshore and offshore licenses Opec’s imperfect deal Algiers marks a major policy shift. But the market will want real numbers soon The end of producer power The wave of LNG supply hitting the market is putting buyers in control China’s confusing new stockpiling rules The government has told companies they must put aside 10% of their reserves for a supply emergency. Details are vague How an Opec deal could work Iran’s demands can be accommodated with some adjustments of the numbers Ready to deal, Saudi Arabia waits on Iran The kingdom is ready to ditch its laissez-fair market strategy and cut production. Iran needs to come on board, but an agreement is close Taxation, not privatisation ahead for Russia The collapse of the Bashneft sale means Russia's government will wring more cash from producers instead Gazprom's commitments strain the budget The revival of a project to ship gas to Turkey puts more pressure on a company already struggling Is Nord Stream 2 really needed? Rising liquefied natural gas supplies to Europe and better gas interconnection raise more doubts about the project Decommissioning - the elephant in the room Platform operators have for too long ignored their decommissioning plans. But the inevitable is nigh—and to thrive, they must innovate Dirty fuels a health crisis time bomb Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is killing too many people. Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will suffer the most New technologies create challenges for policy-makers As the world embraces technological change, so too must policy-makers Australian LNG sours for the locals Exporters have prioritised foreign markets and the domestic price has spiked, angering consumers back home The end is nigh US power sector demand for natural gas is soaring. The glut could be about to end Expect record global refinery throughput in Q3 Runs may surge but they won’t match demand growth The elusive oil market balance Slow demand growth, bloated stocks and managed money are impeding the price recovery Asia's looming fuel oil supply crunch Higher demand and declining imports will tighten supplies Iranian oil-output is surging, for now The scale of Iran's oil-output growth this year has been startling. Without IOCs, longer-term plans will prove more difficult Swing states Is American tight oil really now the world’s swing supplier? Libya: A ceaseless campaign Our report on the country’s energy infrastructure is the definitive guide to Libyan oil, politics, and civil unrest