Politics & Economics

Angola announces Namibe Basin awards
16 January 2020
Partial success of 2019 licensing round sees Sonangol, Total, Equinor and BP take interests in blocks, leaving several other blocks open to offers
South Africa to embrace off-grid generation
16 January 2020
Africa’s richest nation will resort to allowing industry to generate its own power, to relieve pressure on beleaguered state utility Eskom amid load-shedding crisis
Map: Libya's conflict
16 January 2020
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Turkey’s dual Libya objectives
14 January 2020
Moscow’s cooperation with Ankara in seeking a Libya peace deal implies Russian acceptance of Turkey’s controversial East Med maritime border claims
A long way to go for Aramco
14 January 2020
The successful initial domestic listing of Saudi Aramco cannot disguise potential challenges—not least security and geopolitical threats—facing the IPO further down the line
Presidential race critical for oil & gas
18 December 2019
The Republican incumbent and Democrat candidates have wildly divergent visions of the future of US energy
US election looms large for energy in 2020
17 December 2019
Foreign policy will pose a range of geopolitical risks to energy markets, while US shale will slacken its breakneck pace
US balances old energy alliances with new
28 November 2019
Washington remains committed to GCC nations but is also strengthening relationships in Asia-Pacific and beyond, says State Department
The US-China trade war may escalate to energy
26 November 2019
A trade reconciliation between Washington and Beijing may come too late for the US oil and gas industry
US-China tariff war to persist: Condoleezza Rice
14 November 2019
Former US secretary of state says a bipartisan consensus against its increasingly assertive rival will be lasting impediment to global trade and keep downward pressure on oil prices
Alberta hopes for better, prepares for worst
4 November 2019
Conservatives’ first budget forecasts a slight uptick in most oil and gas industry measures, but also includes planning for a ‘doomsday scenario’
Maduro further muddies Venezuelan waters
13 January 2020
Regime’s attempt to seize parliamentary control creates yet another fracture in troubled Latin American nation
Venezuela feels the heat
19 December 2019
Punishing US sanctions will continue to inflict heavy losses on the country’s oil sector
Brazil may reap geopolitical uncertainty reward
13 December 2019
Investor interest in the country’s oil sector should grow, particularly given challenges elsewhere
Tullow’s last chance saloon
22 November 2019
Discouraging Guyanese crude appraisal ramps up the pressure on year-ending drill prospect
Fernandez takes centre stage in Argentina
29 October 2019
Vaca Muerta shale risks getting stuck in the middle of the new Argentinian president’s political balancing act
Electoral controversy paralyses Bolivia
24 October 2019
Demonstrations turn violent as president Evo Morales inches to disputed victory
Russian gas pivots east
26 November 2019
The newly completed Power of Siberia pipeline may boost Moscow's options, but it is hardly a geopolitical big win
Investors warn complacent gas industry
11 November 2019
Firms need to step up climate change efforts in new ESG environment
Commission sees ongoing role for gas
7 November 2019
The European Commission expects gas to be in the long-term energy mix, albeit in different ways to today
Russian gas to replace LNG glut: Wood Mac
6 November 2019
Declining European indigenous gas production to be substituted by more Russian imports as LNG market tightens
UK shale suffers potentially fatal blow
5 November 2019
Explorers say they will work with the government to try to revive the nascent shale gas industry, but a new fracking moratorium makes it look like an uphill struggle
Princely aims for the Caspian
1 November 2019
Yashar Latifov, vice president for field development at Azerbaijan’s Socar, outlines the firm’s ambitious upstream development plans
Vietnamese LNG works on politics and price
13 December 2019
Hanoi needs energy security. But US LNG can also tick some boxes for its relationship with Washington
Indonesia moves to slash energy imports
3 December 2019
President Widodo is pushing the upstream and downstream sectors hard to meet domestic demand
Chinese-US trade war threatens globalisation
1 December 2019
Economic tensions may ease over the short term. But critical differences will only continue to divide rival global superpowers
Data revolution before shale revolution
18 November 2019
China needs to replicate the US approach of making more data available before it can hope for game-changing shale production growth
No Asian gas hub imminent: Osaka Gas
6 November 2019
Lack of fully liberalised East Asian downstream sectors and growing linkage to European prices slow progress towards a stand-alone regional gas market
Asian megacities face renewables reality
31 October 2019
Population density and grid constraints could limit renewables’ capacity to power Asia-Pacific's rapidly expanding urban metropolises
Map: Libya's conflict
16 January 2020
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Turkey’s dual Libya objectives
14 January 2020
Moscow’s cooperation with Ankara in seeking a Libya peace deal implies Russian acceptance of Turkey’s controversial East Med maritime border claims
A long way to go for Aramco
14 January 2020
The successful initial domestic listing of Saudi Aramco cannot disguise potential challenges—not least security and geopolitical threats—facing the IPO further down the line
Mena: a region of backhanders
13 January 2020
A new book identifies corruption as a major factor holding back Middle East and North Africa (Mena) development —not least in oil-exporting states
Iran-US conflict: more to come?
9 January 2020
With the US’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the risk of attacks on Mena oil infrastructure is likely to increase
US lobs a grenade into a box of fireworks
3 January 2020
Washington and Tehran may consider their next moves after drone kills top Iranian general, but restraint is the likeliest casualty
Angola announces Namibe Basin awards
16 January 2020
Partial success of 2019 licensing round sees Sonangol, Total, Equinor and BP take interests in blocks, leaving several other blocks open to offers
South Africa to embrace off-grid generation
16 January 2020
Africa’s richest nation will resort to allowing industry to generate its own power, to relieve pressure on beleaguered state utility Eskom amid load-shedding crisis
Tentative reform moves could boost Sonatrach
13 January 2020
Algeria’s new government presents a conciliatory face, which could help revitalise the energy sector and the national champion
Somalia takes big step towards licensing round
10 January 2020
Mogadishu vote pushes major offshore find towards realisation amid rising security concerns
The diverging fortunes of Africa’s crude kings
27 December 2019
Profound differences in governance style will impact the speed and development of future energy projects across Angola and Nigeria
Somalia’s oil may secure the peace
16 December 2019
The federal country is on the verge of launching a licensing round that could be transformative for the country—if IOCs are convinced by improvements to the security situation
Energy transition no grounds for ‘culture war’
15 November 2019
The challenge of re-engineering the global energy system to meet or exceed Paris Agreement commitments is too important and too complex to be reduced to Right-Left squabbling
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