Politics & Economics

Russia’s hunger for second eastern gas outlet grows
15 February 2019
China’s rampant gas growth revives talk in Russia of Power of Siberia 2 pipeline project
Norway’s fiscal stability comes under strain
15 February 2019
The country faces challenges to the much-vaunted tax regime certainty on which it has built exploration success
North Sea M&A quick off the blocks
11 February 2019
DNO’s swoop for Faroe could mark the start of another busy year for changes in asset ownership
South Africa's offshore sector finally makes some waves
11 February 2019
Total plans drilling campaign to establish scale of reserves
France faces carbon challenge
11 February 2019
President Macron will survive the yellow-vests protests, but his energy policy may not
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
North Dakota's gas flaring challenge lingers on
13 November 2018
Nearly a decade into its hydrocarbons boom, North Dakota, the US’ second-largest oil producing state, still struggles to limit natural gas flaring
Kitimat go-ahead gives Canadian LNG welcome respite
13 November 2018
After years of missteps and doubt, Shell is finally to move ahead with the Kitimat LNG project
USMCA designed to keep Canada from China's orbit
9 November 2018
Despite the deal's benefits, the US veto raises increased uncertainties over trade and investment
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
Petrobras turns page as corruption saga draws to a close
25 October 2018
An SEC fine as part of the firm’s long-running corruption scandal looks the least-worst outcome and may mark the beginning of the end of its international headaches
Brazil's energy reform at stake in election showdown
25 October 2018
The energy sector will see a reform agenda gain momentum from a Bolsonaro win, but a change in direction if Haddad can pull off an unlikely comeback
Russia’s hunger for second eastern gas outlet grows
15 February 2019
China’s rampant gas growth revives talk in Russia of Power of Siberia 2 pipeline project
Norway’s fiscal stability comes under strain
15 February 2019
The country faces challenges to the much-vaunted tax regime certainty on which it has built exploration success
North Sea M&A quick off the blocks
11 February 2019
DNO’s swoop for Faroe could mark the start of another busy year for changes in asset ownership
France faces carbon challenge
11 February 2019
President Macron will survive the yellow-vests protests, but his energy policy may not
Carbon market faces Brexit deal or no-deal conundrum
8 February 2019
Brexit uncertainty leaves carbon market and climate policy hanging fire
Equinor promises greater resilience, as profits disappoint
7 February 2019
The rebranded Norwegian firm’s results take a hit from the lower oil price
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
China shows its muscle
13 December 2018
The country was at the centre of activity in the Asia-Pacific region, boosting production and imports—though some showed wariness about Beijing’s growing power
Discord in Australian LNG damages Asia export hopes
7 December 2018
Broad collaboration is essential if a new wave of Australian LNG projects is to be competitive
Malaysia rebuttal reflects mistrust of China's 'Belt and Road' plan
8 November 2018
Is Malaysia’s repudiation of China’s “unequal treaties” a sign of things to come?
Lebanon's energy sector relieved at government formation
8 February 2019
With a new cabinet in place, offshore operators will feel more comfortable and a new bid round can proceed
Oman goes for more gas
1 February 2019
BP and Eni are cooperating in a new search for gas close to the successful Khazzan project
Hopes run high for the East Med
31 January 2019
Possible major new discoveries, along with rising production and simmering regional geopolitics, make 2019 a year of reckoning
Qatar prepares for another year under blockade
31 January 2019
Intra-GCC tensions will continue under the cloud of Saudi-Iran hostility
Changing fortunes for Iraq in 2019
31 January 2019
A new federal government has a powerful engine in terms of rising crude output and export capacity, but also faces huge domestic difficulties
Middle East flashpoints on the horizon
28 January 2019
Opportunities for resolving some conflicts in 2019 look more positive than before, but the region's fundamental crises remain entrenched
South Africa's offshore sector finally makes some waves
11 February 2019
Total plans drilling campaign to establish scale of reserves
Political tensions dent Comoros energy ambitions
1 February 2019
Indian Ocean nation hopes to repeat the offshore successes of neighbouring Mozambique
Political risk threatens Nigeria's oil sector recovery
28 January 2019
In Nigeria’s oil sector, debts are being settled—albeit gradually—and financial backing for new projects is being put in place, but investors remain cautious.
Ghana starts to think big
25 January 2019
Big international energy firms’ interest in Ghanaian upstream acreage bolsters hopes for the future
Maersk Drilling eyes African prizes
17 January 2019
An uptick in west African activity holds promise for hard-pressed drillers
Angola readies for major oil and gas changes
2 January 2019
With the government steering an overhaul of its oil and gas sector, the west African country is looking to remain competitive despite declining oil production levels
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