North America
Mexico’s reforms signal a changing oil industry
9 January 2014
Mexico’s oil industry has entered a brave new era with the passage of landmark energy reforms
Crude prices tumble on US government shutdown
22 October 2013
Brent and WTI prices slipped in October as a partial US government shutdown threatened to depress crude demand from one of the world’s largest oil consumers
US primed to achieve net energy self-sufficiency
17 October 2013
The US looks set to achieve net energy self-sufficiency within two decades, but it could be a lot faster than that if innovation is allowed to flourish in a stable business environment, according to a panel of US politicians and business leaders
China’s Yanchang makes Canada move despite restrictions
11 September 2013
Despite new restrictions on the role of state-owned enterprises in Canada, Chinese oil companies remain keen to gain a foothold in the country’s oil patch
Petrobras target of US National Security Agency spying
9 September 2013
The US National Security Agency spied on Brazil's state oil company, as well as a number of other high-profile corporate targets
Shale will reduce US deficit by a third in a decade
5 September 2013
A new report says unconventional oil and gas production will bring long-term benefits to the manufacturing and energy sectors in addition to reducing the country's deficit
New era for Pemex as government wants foreign investment
23 August 2013
The government wants foreigners back in the upstream. What will the reform mean for Pemex?
Mexico cracks open the door with energy reforms
19 August 2013
President Enrique Peña Nieto is hoping to transform the country’s energy sector
US sees shift due to changing supply and demand
12 August 2013
As the US witnesses a shift in the use of alternative fuels, Dr Abhishek Deshpande, oil markets analyst at Natixis, explores the trends that may affect demand for and supply of diesel products over the coming decade
US looks to Canada for oil sands advice
30 July 2013
Governors from Mississippi and Alabama are seeking help developing their oil-sands deposits, writes Shaun Polczer
Mexico moves on energy reforms to reverse declines
1 July 2013
But questions remain over whether the major changes needed to reverse declines in the oil and gas sector will be able to pass. Justin Jacobs looks at the challenges that lie ahead
North America steps on the gas with new investment
27 June 2013
The four largest shale gas plays in the US will account for more than 10% of all North American upstream spending in 2013, according to UK consultants Wood Mackenzie
Obama’s climate conundrum: Oil and gas versus low emissions
26 June 2013
Barack Obama wants to cut carbon emissions. The US president also wants to increase domestic oil and gas production. Can he do both?
EIA expecting losses in Gulf Of Mexico in hurricane season
13 June 2013
The agency expects around 19.3 million barrels of oil will be lost to storms in the season which began on 1 June and runs to 30 November
Canada is cleaning up the image of its oil sands
31 May 2013
Big industrial projects are ugly. Under pressure, Canada is taking steps to improve the image of its oil sands
Don’t discriminate against Canada’s crude
31 May 2013
The oil sands are critical to world supply and new technology can make them greener. The EU must not discriminate against them
Marcellus tops Haynesville as leading US gas play
25 March 2013
A new IHS report points to a new leader for the North American market, writes Shaun Polczer
Obama vows clean energy shift for US in State of the Union
14 February 2013
If there were any doubts about US president Barack Obama’s determination to tackle climate change, it was put to rest in his State of the Union speech on 13 February
Suncor rethinks strategy as unconventionals' rise changes supply mix
7 February 2013
North America's changing supply mix is prompting Canadian oil-sands producer Suncor Energy to rethink its strategy
Obama sets ambitious energy agenda for his second term
29 January 2013
The US president used his inaugural address to reaffirm his commitment to tackling climate change
The fiscal cliff and its threat to US oil
9 November 2012
With the election over, Obama faces what may be the toughest economic decision he will ever make. And the effects of that choice will be played out in the oil markets
Election brings certainty to US oil sector
8 November 2012
The US’ top oil-producing states - Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alaska and North Dakota – remained firmly Republican in 6 November’s presidential election, yet they stand to benefit from Barack Obama’s second term
What Obama's second term means for global oil markets
7 November 2012
As the US gets back to business after a hard-fought presidential election campaign, the market may well turn bearish
The US and its strategic petroleum reserve dilemma
31 October 2012
For almost 40 years the US’s strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) has been the front line of defence against global oil-price shocks
A question of balance: US energy independence or security
26 September 2012
Mitt Romney’s energy strategy promises to reach for the stars. Barack Obama’s may be more realistic. Shaun Polczer reports on the US election
Obama's options to ease oil prices: Iran or a risky stock release
30 August 2012
An oil price beneath $110 a barrel is no threat to the world’s economic growth, Opec’s secretary-general Abdalla El-Badri told Petroleum Economist after the group’s meeting in June.