Company profiles
Oil industry's increasing focus on CSR
1 February 2010
Are oil companies acting responsibly yet? Professor Jedrzej George Frynas from Middlesex University Business School writes
Anadarko's award-winning year
1 February 2010
With valuable exploration acreage in the US and overseas, and oil and gas production on the rise, Anadarko is one of 2010's prime acquisition targets, writes NJ Watson
Oil, money and greed
4 January 2010
A new book tells the story of the oil industry's boom-bust cycle through the personalities of its main protagonists. It isn't always a flattering portrait, writes Derek Brower
ExxonMobil plays the long-term game
4 January 2010
Despite falling profits, ExxonMobil's long-term, global approach to the oil and gas industry ensures the company remains highly valued by large institutional investors, writes NJ Watson
Mol's downstream delivers
25 November 2008
An increased stake in Ina provides upstream potential, but it is Mol's refineries that are delivering profits, writes NJ Watson
Gazprom: the mighty is falling
1 November 2008
With its share price in free fall, how will Gazprom's plan for world domination be affected? Derek Brower reports
Gas – and Gazprom
1 October 2008
With its vast untapped gas reserves and proximity to European markets, the new investment-welcoming Libya is top destination for Europe's big gas companies. Hence the chill in the air after Gazprom went public with its plans for the country, Martin Quinlan writes
Marathon Oil restructuring to unleash upstream potential
1 September 2008
The negative affects of high oil prices on its downstream business mask Marathon's upstream upside, writes NJ Watson
Schlumberger sees talent
1 August 2008
Assailed at home, Petronas looks abroad
1 August 2008
Petronas has received some domestic flak following fuel-price rises in Malaysia, but continues its impressive international expansion, writes NJ Watson
Market looks down on Lukoil
1 July 2008
Despite a slump in its share price, many analysts believe Lukoil is undervalued, their optimism is based on substantial Caspian resources, writes NJ Watson
ConocoPhillips: The conservative
1 April 2008
ConocoPhillips, like all the majors, is feeling the pinch of petro-nationalism. It's prepared to wait it out, writes Derek Brower
Total: the controversialist
1 March 2008
Peak oil, human-rights controversy, nuclear power: Total has its own way of doing things, writes Derek Brower
Chevron: still an oil company
25 November 2007
Like its peers, Chevron has had to acclimatise to a world where life is increasingly difficult for private-sector energy investors. It is making a good fist of it, writes Derek Brower
Gains tempered by North America caution
25 November 2007
RISING oil prices and strong demand for production increases worldwide ensured a strong third quarter (Q3) for the international oilfield services sector. But weakness in North America is keeping market exuberance in check, writes Ian Lewis.
Brazil: Targets missed as costs rise
1 October 2007
Petrobras will miss production targets because of cost inflation and tightness in the services sector. Robert Cauclanis reports
Back to petroleum
1 October 2007
The last two years have been rough for BP, its employees and its shareholders, writes Derek Brower. Can its new leader, Tony Hayward, turn the company around?
A positive picture
1 July 2007
With a budget of $25.7bn this year, Petrobras is outspending most of the world's supermajors, writes Robert Cauclanis
Oil's number one
1 June 2007
Saudi Aramco is the world's biggest company, but it is not resting on its laurels: it is continuing its ambitious expansion to retain its surplus-capacity buffer well into the future. Profile by James Gavin
Responding to market needs
1 June 2007
Saudi Aramco is revising its downstream ambitions. It claims it may be involved in a quarter of additions to global refining capacity in the next five years. James Gavin writes