Politics & Economics

US sanctions debilitate Venezuelan oil output
17 June 2019
President Nicolas Maduro is standing firm, despite oil production falling to levels not seen since the infamous oil lockout of 16 years ago
Mauritanian elections promise little upstream change
14 June 2019
The expected winner of the presidential poll is unlikely to rock the boat for players in the country’s fast-expanding offshore sector
Mozambique nears FID under insurgency cloud
14 June 2019
A decision is rapidly approaching for the first of the long-awaited Rovuma Basin LNG projects
Libya sends out warning signs
13 June 2019
Uncertainty over the fate of Tripoli and recent statements by the government there are sending negative messages to IOCs
Oil revenue access drives conflict
13 June 2019
General Khalifa Haftar's LNA is battling the GNA for control of Tripoli. But what are his options and what are the longer-term implications for the oil sector?
Druzhba's lasting impact
7 June 2019
Oil contamination on a key Russian export pipeline that shocked the markets may echo long after the fuel has been cleaned up
RWE warns on European gas demand
7 June 2019
The German utility paints a sobering picture for the future of the fuel, even in a lower price environment
Canada's uncivil war
17 May 2019
A big win for populist conservatives in Canada’s oil heartland threaten national energy and environmental policies
Canada at a crossroads
26 April 2019
Regional election in the country’s largest oil producing province will have lingering impacts on national energy policy for years to come
Anadarko battle heats up
26 April 2019
Occidental’s hostile counter-bid throws a potential spanner in Chevron’s big Permian bet
Canada tries out bitumen 'road apples'
28 March 2019
A novel way of transporting bitumen could help overcome Canada’s export pipeline shortage
US sanctions debilitate Venezuelan oil output
17 June 2019
President Nicolas Maduro is standing firm, despite oil production falling to levels not seen since the infamous oil lockout of 16 years ago
ExxonMobil's Midas touch
10 April 2019
Guyana’s exploration success shows no sign of slowing. But the promise of oil revenues is also driving political division
Rival presidents face off as Venezuela's economy crashes
22 February 2019
Despite severe US sanctions, President Maduro is standing firm. But how long can the political impasse last while oil production continues to decline?
Seesawing year for Latin American producers
17 December 2018
Brazil was hoping to start a new page in 2018, while Mexico’s new president also announced changes. But Venezuela continued its precipitous decline
Guyana's governance gap
11 December 2018
The oil-rich country is the world's biggest new deep-water play. But can the government develop a transparent energy policy?
Colombia's fracking plans take on a new urgency
10 December 2018
The new administration is turning to shale deposits to hold back the threat of imports
Cyprus offshore: Turkey turns up the heat
12 June 2019
The prospects for monetising natural gas discovered off Cyprus have risen, but so has the geopolitical temperature
Mind the divestment gap
10 June 2019
Oil and gas majors are setting increasingly ambitious divestment targets, despite volatile market conditions and questions over the size of the buyer pool
OMV Petrom calls for Romanian fiscal stability
7 June 2019
New deepwater gas play needs greater clarity on terms
Third time lucky for Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline?
6 June 2019
Financial and institutional obstacles to the project appear at last to be clearing
Nationalisation hurdles in the UK
31 May 2019
UK opposition Labour party threatens to nationalise the national grid at below fair value
Exit stage left for Nazarbayev
30 May 2019
Kazakhstan's president departs after decades of tight control. Could it kickstart a privatisation push?
Chinese LNG faces headwinds
30 May 2019
Huge expansion in imports masks challenges for the future
Papua LNG seals deal
21 May 2019
Agreement with Papuan New Guinean state is an important milestone for an unusual project
LNG in firing line of climate advocacy
9 May 2019
Energy firms are coming under increasing pressure to take radical steps to reduce emissions
Fracking tsar quits after government inaction
3 May 2019
The UK shale gas industry has long struggled to gain traction and sees no green light in sight
Chinese government holds unconventionals key
3 May 2019
The only independent oil and gas operator in China stresses the importance of policy and partnership with Beijing
Majors and US independents leave southeast Asian gap
12 April 2019
A rush to US shale has left opportunities for others in areas left behind
Libya sends out warning signs
13 June 2019
Uncertainty over the fate of Tripoli and recent statements by the government there are sending negative messages to IOCs
Oil revenue access drives conflict
13 June 2019
General Khalifa Haftar's LNA is battling the GNA for control of Tripoli. But what are his options and what are the longer-term implications for the oil sector?
The long road to the rig
11 June 2019
New entrants to Aramco’s upstream arm are trained to be multi-skilled
Old facility, new lease of life in Saudi Arabia
10 June 2019
Global media attention on Saudi Aramco's bond sale and acquisition of Sabic obscures progress on routine ventures
Map: Libya's conflict
20 May 2019
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Turkish resentment sours East Med gas mood
17 May 2019
A municipal election setback for Turkey’s governing party could trigger a more aggressive energy policy towards Cyprus
Mauritanian elections promise little upstream change
14 June 2019
The expected winner of the presidential poll is unlikely to rock the boat for players in the country’s fast-expanding offshore sector
Mozambique nears FID under insurgency cloud
14 June 2019
A decision is rapidly approaching for the first of the long-awaited Rovuma Basin LNG projects
Sierra Leone opens up most of offshore to explorers
28 May 2019
A new government has brought a new approach to licensing
Can Brulpadda find deliver on high hopes?
23 May 2019
Total has made what could be a major discovery in South Africa, but there is a long way to go before the commercial prospects become clear
Waiting for the dust to settle in Algeria
23 May 2019
Political turmoil is unsettling Algeria’s energy sector and its IOC investors
Angola reforms set to survive Sonangol sackings
14 May 2019
The new boss of Angola’s state oil firm is seen as another safe pair of hands
The volatile 10
21 March 2018
As the oil market regains balance, risk will affect the price. Here's where to watch
Powder keg year for geopolitics
9 March 2018
Iran, Venezuela and North Korea are all potential flashpoints in 2018
Energy risk in all shapes, all sizes
27 February 2018
Geopolitics may be bullish or bearish. But it will almost certainly bring volatility to the oil market
Volatile world
23 January 2018
Trump ditched Paris, Paris got Macron, Isis lost Mosul
The clock is ticking
1 December 2017
Harald Welzer's predictions in his book Climate Wars may be intellectually sound, but we hope he's wrong
The paradox of energy security
2 November 2017
Efforts to secure the flow of energy often do the opposite, reinforcing injustice and historical resentments, argues a new book