Politics & Economics

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Big oil rises to Dutch geothermal challenge
12 March 2019
The quest for clean energy to fill the gap left by declining gas production could be tailor-made for oil firms
Industry optimism is on the rise, but so are costs
7 March 2019
The oil and gas sector feels better able to survive oil price volatility, DNV GL’s boss tells Petroleum Economist, as long as spending is kept under control
US majors’ planned Caspian exit puts Baku in a bind
19 February 2019
Azerbaijan may find it much tougher to find investment after the departure of Chevron and ExxonMobil
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
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
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
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
Eastern forces expand Libyan energy sector grip
5 March 2019
Warlord Khalifa Haftar has captured the country's largest oil field, putting a new question mark over the fragile oil recovery
Egypt lures in IOCs
28 February 2019
The cornerstone of the country's energy reforms aims to tempt foreign firms wary of setting foot in the Egyptian market
Turkmenistan looks to gas expansion
20 February 2019
A new focus on the energy sector aims to boost both the domestic economy and exports
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
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
Sall to oversee Senegal's journey to first production
8 March 2019
West Africa's latest entrant to the hydrocarbons sector is expected to be producing oil and gas from 2022
Left waiting at the altar in Madagascar
27 February 2019
The country’s efforts to kickstart offshore exploration have hit a snag
Explorers mull Côte d’Ivoire campaigns
20 February 2019
Tullow, BP and CNR are among IOCs with drilling plans
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