Author: Robert Olsen
Demand favours low cost transportation from Marcellus
21 August 2014
Low natural gas prices mean the most viable plays remain those close to market
Output expected to rise from the Gulf of Mexico
24 April 2014
Output from the Gulf of Mexico is about to soar. Costs and the US crude oil export ban remain dark clouds on the horizon
Tight oil bonanza
6 February 2014
US oil production will rise by another 1 million barrels a day in 2014, defying sceptics and suggesting the tight oil surge still has momentum
Canada’s unconventional oil: a bounty needing new outlets
3 February 2014
Hemmed in by insufficient export pipeline capacity, rising output from Alberta’s vast oil sands also faces a saturated US market
Canada’s unconventional oil: a bounty needing new outlets
24 January 2014
Hemmed in by insufficient export pipeline capacity, rising output from Alberta’s vast oil sands also faces a saturated US market
US shale gas still thriving
14 January 2014
More efficient drilling has kept the industry afloat despite cheap gas prices. But rapid demand growth and cheap financing remain key
Canada’s heavy oil hits a price wall
18 May 2011
Burgeoning oil-sands supplies have run into insufficient refining and pipeline capacity, depressing the price of Canadian crude. Solutions are on the horizon, but heavy discounts will persist
Brazil tightens its grip on Petrobras
30 September 2010
Deep-water specialist Petrobras is now further under the Brazilian government's control, after a high-cost purchase of new oil reserves
Ecuador clashes with foreign oil, again
1 September 2010
Ecuador's uneasy relationship with foreign oil firms has again slipped towards threats and recriminations, complicating the smallest Opec nation's production outlook
New laws place Brazil's oil and gas firmly under state control
1 July 2010
Policy decisions hand Petrobras significant control of Brazil's offshore oil resources, pushing private-sector explorers to look to shallower waters
Venezuelan gas plans hit by rig sinking
1 July 2010
Venezuela's PdV found itself briefly in the spotlight when a contracted drilling rig sank in the Gulf of Paria
Oil-price volatility brings together producers and consumers
4 May 2010
Wild swings in the price of oil in 2008 and 2009 have nudged the debate between oil producers and consumers forward, but the sides remain fundamentally apart on the main issue
Back to square one for Pemex's challenging Chicontepec oil project
4 January 2010
Mexico's ambitious Chicontepec oil project risks turning into a multi-billion dollar boondoggle, but executives and regulators still think the project can be salvaged
Mexican energy reforms a start, but not enough to halt declining output
9 March 2009
Officials are hailing Mexico's recent energy reforms as a significant step towards reversing sliding oil production, but doubts abound outside government circles