Politics & Economics

Clock ticking on Guyana election
22 August 2019
South America's most exciting new province has yet to call an election, despite first oil rapidly approaching
China looks west to solve energy riddle
22 August 2019
Xinjiang has potentially huge untapped reserves, but exploration in the desert province presents complex geological and political challenges
Dangerous dance in the Gulf
20 August 2019
The US and Iran have thus far reacted to a string of provocative moves more in word than deed, but the potential for miscalculation is high
Heatwave fails to fire up Japan's LNG prices
20 August 2019
Extensive use of term contracts has protected utilities from the cost of extreme weather but looming nuclear shutdowns could leave them exposed
Brazil gets moving on gas competition
16 August 2019
The government has progressed on freeing Petrobras from its unwanted dominance of the domestic gas market
Canada's First Nations vow to continue pipeline push
13 August 2019
The fate of the Eagle Spirit Energy Corridor will either be decided in the courts or by the October general election
Alberta considers bowing to producers
13 August 2019
The Canadian province's new regime sees a way to pivot from a potentially costly repeal threat
Polls point to more Alberta oil patch pain
2 August 2019
Parties less favourable to Canada's oil industry make gains
The disappearing case for coal in the US
18 July 2019
A large wave of pit retirements may soon be followed by another
US energy policies creak in a changing world
2 July 2019
Accepted wisdoms crumble due to energy independence, a capricious administration, Middle Eastern adventurism and the rise of China
Canada's uncivil war
17 May 2019
A big win for populist conservatives in Canada’s oil heartland threaten national energy and environmental policies
Clock ticking on Guyana election
22 August 2019
South America's most exciting new province has yet to call an election, despite first oil rapidly approaching
Brazil gets moving on gas competition
16 August 2019
The government has progressed on freeing Petrobras from its unwanted dominance of the domestic gas market
High hopes for Eco Atlantic in Guyana
9 July 2019
CEO Gil Holzman is confident of a major offshore discovery in Guyana following promising exploration findings
Citgo caught between Venezuela's competing governments
5 July 2019
Authorities reveal a second failed coup attempt, as President Maduro seeks to limit the influence of the opposition
Colombian fracking edges closer to reality
2 July 2019
Mindful of the country's energy security, the government is looking towards its shale assets
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
Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine
30 July 2019
Russian supplies to Europe via Ukraine may be heading for an interruption next year
Germany belatedly joins Europe's war on coal
29 July 2019
Europe’s largest coal consumer illustrates a pathway for the remaining hold-outs
Novatek closes in on Arctic LNG 2
23 July 2019
FID on Novatek’s second Arctic LNG production project, expected in Q3 2019, appears to be a formality
Tax overhaul heaps pressure on Russian refiners
19 July 2019
More expensive feedstock threatens independent operators
Lukoil makes inroads offshore
12 July 2019
Russian-Kazakh waters in the Caspian Sea are central to the company’s plans
Russian minnow embarks on Arctic megaproject
12 July 2019
A Rosneft-linked independent is developing one of Russia’s biggest ever discoveries
China looks west to solve energy riddle
22 August 2019
Xinjiang has potentially huge untapped reserves, but exploration in the desert province presents complex geological and political challenges
Heatwave fails to fire up Japan's LNG prices
20 August 2019
Extensive use of term contracts has protected utilities from the cost of extreme weather but looming nuclear shutdowns could leave them exposed
Coal clinging on in South and East Asia
15 July 2019
Global demand for coal to power continues to be king, but the upside may be limited
Incoming government raises Papua LNG doubts
11 July 2019
Oil minister Kerenga Kua has pledged to re-examine controversial deal following the collapse of scandal-hit government
Manila opens the door to Chinese E&P
9 July 2019
An executive order has reduced the constraints on Philippines’ state oil company working with third parties on oil and gas deals
The Chinese art of persuasion
27 June 2019
Recent Chinese NOC activity in the South China Sea underscores a growing interest in the disputed region, as Beijing seeks to bring regional states around to its way of thinking
Dangerous dance in the Gulf
20 August 2019
The US and Iran have thus far reacted to a string of provocative moves more in word than deed, but the potential for miscalculation is high
Yemen compromise pressure grows on Saudi
13 August 2019
Potentially wavering support from a key ally and the need for Strait of Hormuz alternatives may force the Kingdom's hand
Iran plays naval cat-and-mouse game in the Gulf
5 August 2019
Western military protection for its tankers is expanding, but unconventional tactics remain a threat
Fine words fail to camouflage East Med challenges
1 August 2019
Geopolitical problems and surging global LNG output mean that East Med gas reserves will struggle to reach markets outside the region
Libya's Sharara restarts after brief force majeure
24 July 2019
The fate of the Sharara field has become entwined with a campaign for better basic services for the inhabitants of southern Libya
Immediate threat to Gulf oil flow lifted
23 July 2019
The UK and Iran have shown that they do not want the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker to be the trigger for an armed conflict
Oando under fire from Nigeria's SEC
24 July 2019
The future of one of Nigeria's flagship energy companies hangs in the balance
Tanzania's LNG dreams may be scuppered by mistrust
18 July 2019
IOCs have reengaged in Rovuma Basin discussions—but the East African country will find it hard to get LNG back on track
Aker's Ghana project secures funding boost
17 July 2019
Aker Energy’s planned Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points development is benefitting from a regional initiative
Malabo's dash for gas in Equatorial Guinea
10 July 2019
Equatorial Guinea has secured fresh supply for its LNG plant, but can it build on that success?
Nigeria struggles to realise gas potential
9 July 2019
Africa's biggest economy is set to expand gas exports but domestic distribution remains a trickier proposition
Project Oil Kenya delayed despite fresh agreement
5 July 2019
The FID timetable has slipped due to environmental and social impact consultation hold ups
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