Petroleum Economist Rival presidents face off as Venezuela's economy crashes Despite severe US sanctions, President Maduro is standing firm. But how long can the political impasse last while oil production continues to decline? Explorers mull Côte d’Ivoire campaignsôte-d-ivoire-campaigns Tullow, BP and CNR are among IOCs with drilling plans Eni and Shell face new Nigeria action The two firms have received harsh criticism from an Italian judge and now await UK court proceedings Turkmenistan looks to gas expansion A new focus on the energy sector aims to boost both the domestic economy and exports Why 2019 will be pivotal for new LNG supply and markets Critical investment decisions will impact on the global demand balance BB Energy sees opportunities in logistics As the US becomes a key export market for crudes and LNG, the complexity of local logistics is creating new trade opportunities US majors’ planned Caspian exit puts Baku in a bind Azerbaijan may find it much tougher to find investment after the departure of Chevron and ExxonMobil US LNG eyes eastern Australia market Trans-Pacific shipments might compete to fill the country’s regional supply shortage Latest licensing rounds The industry's most comprehensive list of current and recent rounds for onshore and offshore licenses Russia’s hunger for second eastern gas outlet grows China’s rampant gas growth revives talk in Russia of Power of Siberia 2 pipeline project Norway’s fiscal stability comes under strain The country faces challenges to the much-vaunted tax regime certainty on which it has built exploration success Arrests could hamper Mozambique LNG funding The impoverished country still faces scrutiny over its ability to handle multi-billion-dollar projects North Sea MandA quick off the blocks DNO’s swoop for Faroe could mark the start of another busy year for changes in asset ownership South Africa's offshore sector finally makes some waves Total plans drilling campaign to establish scale of reserves COP fudges market mechanisms UN climate talks shy away from key implementation issue France faces carbon challenge President Macron will survive the yellow-vests protests, but his energy policy may not The changing landscape of north-west Europe A rebound in the region is happening above and below water Carbon market faces Brexit deal or no-deal conundrum Brexit uncertainty leaves carbon market and climate policy hanging fire Lebanon's energy sector relieved at government formation With a new cabinet in place, offshore operators will feel more comfortable and a new bid round can proceed Three decisions crucial to Russian gas The volume of exports hangs on crucial events at home and abroad