Politics & Economics

Libyan production languishes under ‘illegal blockade’
4 August 2020
National Oil Corporation reports its lowest production since the blockade started in January as external forces gear up for clash over Sirte basin oilfields
Turkey’s ambitions have imperial echoes
4 August 2020
Facing the challenge of a domestic economic crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that successful military interventions in the surrounding region will foster nationalist solidarity
Bolivian election delay further dampens gas investment appetite
31 July 2020
The Andean country’s natural gas sector will be a casualty of a second vote being pushed back yet again
Biden’s big election shake-up
28 July 2020
The Democratic candidate has a healthy lead heading towards the November US election and a manifesto that will strike fear into the heart of the shale patch
Guyana’s deadlock chills the investment climate
23 July 2020
A worsening political crisis risks slowing the pace of oil sector growth in the small Latin American nation
Biden’s big election shake-up
28 July 2020
The Democratic candidate has a healthy lead heading towards the November US election and a manifesto that will strike fear into the heart of the shale patch
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s oil sands in the rifle hairs
3 July 2020
The Alberta government and Western Canadian oil industry love to blame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government for the lack of oil pipeline capacity leaving the region, but in fact they should largely blame themselves
Row engulfs Canadian oil sands project
13 February 2020
Battle lines are drawn as the contentious Frontier project awaits ultimate verdict
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
Bolivian election delay further dampens gas investment appetite
31 July 2020
The Andean country’s natural gas sector will be a casualty of a second vote being pushed back yet again
Guyana’s deadlock chills the investment climate
23 July 2020
A worsening political crisis risks slowing the pace of oil sector growth in the small Latin American nation
Suriname’s election setback
4 June 2020
Development of the country’s oil sector faces a slowdown in the face of political instability and dire economic conditions
Argentinian shale suffers further setbacks
1 May 2020
The government was relying on Vaca Muerta to solve its financial problems. But another default looms as Covid-19 disrupts growth plans
Perfect storm strikes Venezuela
1 May 2020
Oil production poised to plummet as global economic conditions prove nightmarish prospect for the country’s energy sector
Minimising Brazil’s economic pain
30 March 2020
Crucial government steps are needed to offset imminent financial distress caused by bottomed-out oil prices and a global health pandemic
Letter from Moscow: Putin triumphant, but facing choppy waters
6 July 2020
The Russian strongman’s referendum delivered him the expected result. But there are troubles on the horizon
The Kazakh Lion in winter
2 July 2020
Kazakhstan’s former long-time leader is approaching a landmark birthday. But he is resisting any temptation to mark it with a comeback
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
China holds the cards in US-EU poker
15 July 2020
As the US shale industry struggles, energy sanctions targeting China are unlikely
Battlefield China in Russo-Saudi tussle
10 July 2020
Russia and Saudi Arabia have largely buried, rather than settled, their issues. China is a microcosm of the ongoing tension
Letter from Australia: Gas-fired recovery hits turbulence
10 July 2020
The Australian government’s vision is at risk of unravelling under intense scrutiny
Pollution drop could pressure India’s energy policymakers
28 May 2020
The lockdown has markedly cleaned the country’s air. Will citizens demand permanent change or will economics trump climate concerns?
China turns the taps off
1 May 2020
Economic growth may be rebounding, but demand for Latin American crude remains minimal
Uzbekistan broadens its portfolio
24 March 2020
Central Asia’s third-largest gas producer is restructuring its energy mix to solve supply shortages
Turkey’s ambitions have imperial echoes
4 August 2020
Facing the challenge of a domestic economic crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that successful military interventions in the surrounding region will foster nationalist solidarity
Letter from the Middle East: NOCs juggle priorities
8 July 2020
From boosting oil production to throttling it back and with challenging oil and gas dynamics in both the short and longer-term, the region’s producers have their hands full
Turkey drills in troubled waters
25 June 2020
The deployment of the Yavuz in a section of the Mediterranean claimed by Cyprus pushes the region closer to open conflict
Adnoc toasts its resilience
22 June 2020
Reforms in response to the last industry downturn have equipped Abu Dhabi’s oil heavyweight to cope with the current crisis
Turkey strengthens Libyan position
16 June 2020
The Erdogan regime is further shaking up the East Mediterranean geopolitical and energy landscape
Iraq seeks a reset
8 June 2020
The new Baghdad government asks for much in return for a pivot towards Saudi Arabia and the US
Libyan production languishes under ‘illegal blockade’
4 August 2020
National Oil Corporation reports its lowest production since the blockade started in January as external forces gear up for clash over Sirte basin oilfields
Three steps to support good governance
3 July 2020
The oil and gas industry should take action to improve governance and promote sustainable development in Africa
Nigeria dangerously exposed to oil crash
24 March 2020
The recent drop in oil prices will hit Nigeria hard, making a big dent in government revenues and threatening the viability of upstream projects
Somalia ratifies petroleum law
10 February 2020
Final stage in the legislative process paves the way for IOC investment
Power play in West Africa
4 February 2020
The countries in the region would all receive an economic boost if a regional power market can be established
South Africa legislates for oil and gas future
31 January 2020
The Ramaphosa government proposes new rules amid increasing global competition for IOC’s capital
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