Petroleum Economist Iran's resistance stiffens as US pressure grows Minor incidents in and around the Gulf have failed to trigger a major conflict, but diplomats are struggling to ease tensions Sanctions squeeze Venezuela's heavy crude output Latin America's economically troubled oil giant faces the difficult task of significantly raising Asian crude grades Latest licensing rounds The industry's most comprehensive list of current and recent rounds for onshore and offshore licenses Aker's Ghana project secures funding boost Aker Energy’s planned Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points development is benefitting from a regional initiative Majors see opportunity in utility fragmentation PWC sees value for IOCs as the traditional utility model becomes less relevant The climate threat: Will investors exit big oil? Institutional investors are increasingly being required to factor climate change into their decision-making Yemen accord signals first step towards restarting LNG A UN-brokered deal to bolster the ceasefire around the port of Hodeida improves chances of ending the four-year-old conflict Thailand sets its sights on larger LNG share Thai government looks to increase imports as gas reserves continue to slide Dominican Republic aims to drive activity The Caribbean nation hopes that attractive entry terms will spur exploration activity Permian MandA faces challenges Expectations of a post-Anadarko flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the prolific shale basin may be wide of the mark There's still life in coal Recent falls in the price of coal were due to increasing supply rather than declining demand Coal clinging on in South and East Asia Global demand for coal to power continues to be king, but the upside may be limited The disappearing case for coal in the US A large wave of pit retirements may soon be followed by another Lukoil makes inroads offshore Russian-Kazakh waters in the Caspian Sea are central to the company’s plans Russian minnow embarks on Arctic megaproject A Rosneft-linked independent is developing one of Russia’s biggest ever discoveries Wind farms threaten to speed up North Sea decommissioning Oil and gas operators planning to prolong fields’ lifespan may find themselves increasingly in conflict with wind farm developers Incoming government raises Papua LNG doubts Oil minister Kerenga Kua has pledged to re-examine controversial deal following the collapse of scandal-hit government Malabo's dash for gas in Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea has secured fresh supply for its LNG plant, but can it build on that success? Okea IPO hit by market turbulence Private equity-backed North Sea producer cuts price and reduces share volumes as it makes Oslo Bors debut High hopes for Eco Atlantic in Guyana CEO Gil Holzman is confident of a major offshore discovery in Guyana following promising exploration findings