Politics & Economics

Equatorial Guinea throws down the gauntlet
18 April 2019
The west African state’s hopes of restoring oil output rest on the reception given to its 2019 licensing round
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
Pakistan's energy headache shows no sign of lifting
12 April 2019
Gulf and Chinese cash will not solve Pakistan's oil and gas crisis as domestic demand continues to rise
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
Rattray could hold the last great North Sea oil reserves
8 April 2019
Vulcanism was supposed to have scuppered the oil potential of a large area of the central North Sea, but academics say it may be worth another look
Canada tries out bitumen 'road apples'
28 March 2019
A novel way of transporting bitumen could help overcome Canada’s export pipeline shortage
US midstream boom gathers pace
21 March 2019
Short-term expansion is baked in, but the new decade could pose challenges
Canada's indigenous tribes consider pipeline stake
21 March 2019
Canada's native population, long marginalised from the oil and gas boom, is proposing to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline
Canada divided by carbon conundrum
22 January 2019
Canada’s plans for raising carbon tax face mounting political and popular opposition
Can US political deadlock benefit oil and gas?
2 January 2019
Potential two-year gridlock in Congress following the mid-term elections may be a good thing for the domestic oil and gas industry
Canada-China ties caught in trade war crossfire
29 November 2018
Canada’s commercial and economic ties with China are becoming a victim of Trump’s trade wars
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
New Petrobras boss gets warm reception
7 December 2018
Appointment of ‘Chicago Boy’ to head state-owned giant reinforces reform agenda optimism
Rattray could hold the last great North Sea oil reserves
8 April 2019
Vulcanism was supposed to have scuppered the oil potential of a large area of the central North Sea, but academics say it may be worth another look
Treasures in the basement?
8 April 2019
Untested geological formations known as ‘fractured basements’ could be hiding a vast store of hydrocarbons, but explorers need to overcome logistical challenges and industry scepticism
Italy imposes offshore exploration moratorium
26 March 2019
The industry’s future hangs in the balance as the government considers a new energy transition strategy
Norway leans greener
22 March 2019
Public enthusiasm for the oil and gas industry is on the wane, with potentially significant effects
Equinor buffeted by transition winds
22 March 2019
The re-branded Norwegian state-owned firm needs to convince that its renewables sector can one day compete with its fossil-fuel based upstream revenues
European gas: an industry in denial?
12 March 2019
The natural gas sector needs to be prepared for declining demand after the mid-2020s—and there are doubts that it is
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
Pakistan's energy headache shows no sign of lifting
12 April 2019
Gulf and Chinese cash will not solve Pakistan's oil and gas crisis as domestic demand continues to rise
US LNG eyes eastern Australia market
19 February 2019
Trans-Pacific shipments might compete to fill the country’s regional supply shortage
Japan tries again for greater flexibility on LNG
15 January 2019
Tokyo renews efforts to push reform in long-term contracts
How India extricated itself from an energy squeeze
19 December 2018
New Delhi unexpectedly emerged relatively unscathed from this year's oil price volatility, currency fluctuations and geopolitical tensions
Sellers jockey to fill India's Iran void
13 December 2018
Iranian deliveries have dropped significantly despite exemption, but it is not as simple as Saudi Arabia stepping in
Libya's oil fields fall into Haftar's hands
3 April 2019
The latest military moves leave the government in Tripoli increasingly under siege
Saudi exit strategy
2 April 2019
The Kingdom faces a tough task to extricate itself from the ongoing war in Yemen
Gulf states' cooperation quest falters
2 April 2019
The GCC will struggle in 2019 to resolve the many issues that divide it and threaten its survival
Syria desperately seeks fuel
28 March 2019
The Assad government is reasserting control over territory, but still faces huge problems sourcing sufficient volumes of oil and gas to meet domestic demand
Book review: When power grows out of the oil barrel
27 March 2019
Can the Gulf’s ruling families survive the post-oil era?
All change in Kuwait's energy sector
13 March 2019
Kuwaiti energy officials are hoping that the recent wholesale shake-up of senior management will herald a calmer future
Equatorial Guinea throws down the gauntlet
18 April 2019
The west African state’s hopes of restoring oil output rest on the reception given to its 2019 licensing round
Another step forward for Tanzania's LNG plans
29 March 2019
The East Africa state is keen to conclude an agreement later this year.
Back to business as usual with Buhari
29 March 2019
The Nigerian president is likely to remain a difficult partner for oil firms in his second term in office
Uganda oil inches forward
19 March 2019
Uganda hopes to see its first crude oil exports by 2022
Gabon's licensing round in limbo
19 March 2019
Bidders are awaiting clarification on implementation of a new hydrocarbons code
Somalia’s first licensing round could be a tough sell
15 March 2019
The former “failed state” needs to deliver on its promises if the bidding process is to be a success
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