Politics & Economics

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
Turkey pushes East Mediterranean boundaries
9 December 2019
The Erdogan regime’s maritime border agreement with Libya can only serve to ramp up regional tensions
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
Saudi oil diversification hits turbulence
1 December 2019
Vision 2030 spearhead PIF damaged by high profile investment setbacks at key MbS ally Softbank
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’
Canadian election puzzle for oil industry
28 October 2019
Industry bugbear Justin Trudeau may have lost his majority, but a minority government could be even less helpful for oil and gas
Tellurian bets the ranch on LNG demand
17 October 2019
The Driftwood facility is edging towards FID on a bullish outlook for global demand
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
China spurns Venezuelan exports
18 October 2019
US sanctions are forcing Asian refiners to abandon the Latin American nation
Ecuador reverses fuel subsidy decision
15 October 2019
Government backtracks after seizure of key oil fields and infrastructure decimate production
Brazil sets licensing round record
11 October 2019
South American nation collects over $2bn in signing bonuses from opening oil auction
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
Turkey pushes East Mediterranean boundaries
9 December 2019
The Erdogan regime’s maritime border agreement with Libya can only serve to ramp up regional tensions
Saudi oil diversification hits turbulence
1 December 2019
Vision 2030 spearhead PIF damaged by high profile investment setbacks at key MbS ally Softbank
Egypt’s stability rests on economic gains
28 November 2019
Unless Cairo can consolidate economic progress, upcoming elections could become a focal point for mass protests
Opec down but not out
22 November 2019
A new history of Opec says the organisation is being undermined in part by the ambitions of national oil companies
Oman LNG debottlenecking yields results
21 November 2019
Oman’s thriving gas sector is set to receive a further boost to both upstream and downstream investment
GCC moves to mend Qatar rift
21 November 2019
There are strong indications that Saudi Arabia and the UAE intend to normalise relations with Qatar
Uganda battles to revive oil project
21 November 2019
The energy ministry’s aim to achieve FID in early 2020 looks ambitious
IOCs retain Algerian caution
12 November 2019
Sceptical Western investors adopt wait-and-see attitude even after Algeria’s interim government agreed a draft hydrocarbons law
Nigeria waits for promises to be fulfilled
12 November 2019
The National Assembly has waited more than six months for the president to give his assent to anti-corruption legislation
Capital demands African regulatory stability
11 November 2019
Financial fundamentals and sustainability considerations will also be key to attracting the project financing required to develop recent discoveries
Ghana aims to speed up
7 November 2019
Stranded asset concerns encourage west African nation to get its oil out as quickly as possible
Somalia’s energy sector poised for take off
6 November 2019
Somalia’s Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources says the upcoming offshore 15 block licensing round is a ‘game-changing development’ that will benefit the entire population
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