Outlook
Testing time ahead for Opec
2 June 2011
Market woes and procedural headaches ahead as cartel meets in Vienna
Oil prices take a hammering
6 May 2011
Crude oil plunged yesterday, recording its biggest loss for two years, with an influential US job report, due out later this afternoon, likely to extend the drop
Demand destruction is on its way
31 March 2011
Which ends first: the oil market's bull run, or the global economic recovery?
Oil market is talking itself into demand destruction
27 January 2011
The oil market is talking itself into another bout of demand destruction
Oil's bulls running into inflation worries
27 January 2011
A bull run that looked set to push oil above $100/b has met resistance
2011: The year of the dragon
14 December 2010
OIL PRICES above $100 a barrel are unsustainable. But a market once again gripped with speculative fever will test this psychological barrier in 2011. A battle between bulls and bears will be one of the themes of the year
The way out of the global gas glut
14 December 2010
Efforts to resist the world's gas-supply overhang are futile. Exporters should embrace the glut and reap the long-term rewards of cheap gas, writes Derek Brower
Crude differences: The changing global energy order
14 December 2010
A new Petroleum Economist graphic shows which countries have done nicely in the high-oil-price era – and which haven't. It's a snapshot of the changing global order, explains Derek Brower
The age of cheap oil is over, says the IEA
14 December 2010
Oil prices could reach $135/b by 2035 says the IEA, as conventional output declines, while China drives rising demand, reports Helen Robertson
Crude strong as Opec predicts $100 oil
14 December 2010
Oil prices were strong in the first two weeks of December, as bullish talk from Opec ministers ahead of their meeting in Quito combined with a sharp draw on US crude stocks and more weakness in the dollar to support crude markets
US stalemate hits carbon markets
28 October 2010
Globally, carbon trading is in the doldrums, driven down by the collapse of a US initiative, writes Ian Lewis
Mideast oil reserves soar, as Iran and Iraq claim higher Opec quotas
28 October 2010
THE WORLD has more oil than previously thought
The world is on the verge of an energy break point, says Tertzakian
28 October 2010
Peter Tertzakian says the world is on the verge of an energy "break point" that will change the way we live and work. He talks to Derek Brower
Opec looks East
28 October 2010
IF $80/b oil is a threat to the US economy, as some analysts claim, then prepare for a rocky few months. The world's dominant producers are in no mood to soften the market, even as it threatens to breach $85/b
Shell's Voser: Governments must legislate to boost gas market
30 September 2010
NATURAL gas can displace coal and slash global emissions, but governments must enact new policies to support the market, according to Shell's chief executive, Peter Voser
Opec hits middle age
30 September 2010
At 50, Opec has mellowed. But remains a formidable geopolitical force, writes Tom Nicholls
Ethical oil and Opec
30 September 2010
Power in global oil markets doesn't rest in Ottawa or Calgary, but in Riyadh and Vienna – the headquarters of Opec
Oil-price spikes don't shock any more
29 July 2010
First-hand experience with oil crises, and attempts to model them since, have shown the OIES' Chris Allsopp that high oil prices hold little danger for the world economy today. He explains to Simon Crompton
Hopes for global growth lift oil prices
1 July 2010
Crude oil futures spent the first weeks of June in recovery mode, regaining most of the value they sustained during the steady bearish run in May
Cycling along
1 July 2010
The chemicals business appears to be at the start of an up-cycle, but few are forecasting a boom, Martin Quinlan writes
A fundamental threat to oil
1 July 2010
GLOBAL oil demand will peak within six years, says an influential energy analyst. Forecasts of relentless consumption growth in China are wrong, claims Peter Tertzakian, head of Arc Financial, an energy-focused private-equity firm and an authority on global energy markets. And oil's dominance of the transportation market will be eroded by the growth of alternative energy sources
China and sovereign debt could dwarf Gulf spill's market impact
1 July 2010
The spill is not the only problem facing the oil industry
Deep trouble in deep water
3 June 2010
The long-term implications of the Gulf of Mexico's disastrous oil spill for the offshore industry could be as far-reaching as the spill itself, writes Anne Feltus
Volcanic ash and black swans
4 May 2010
Natural phenomena occasionally threaten the oil industry, but most of its problems are man-made, writes James Gavin