Author: Vincent Lauerman
Plastics ban hits Alberta’s gas strategy
16 October 2020
Federal measures to limit plastics pollution could frustrate the province’s petchems plans
Desperation fuels Canadian M&A activity
1 October 2020
Offloadings accelerate as many domestic oil firms struggle to stave off bankruptcy
Letter from Canada: Alberta waits for a boom that may not come
17 September 2020
The Edmonton administration assumes that there will be another oil bull cycle. It may be wrong
Canada’s oil sands under siege
28 August 2020
A scarcity of investment options is compounding the rapid exodus of international firms
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s petchems strategy could backfire
17 August 2020
The Kenney administration seems to be ignoring any warning signs on future demand growth
Canadian oil firms fight back
13 August 2020
The sector’s biggest companies staunched some of their losses across the second quarter, but the results still made for depressing reading
Canada to announce blue hydrogen blueprint
30 July 2020
The federal and Alberta governments are seeking to build on existing hydrogen and natural gas production, with longer term plans for green hydrogen
Biden tacks left on energy
28 July 2020
The Democratic candidate has a healthy lead heading towards the November US election and a manifesto that will strike fear into the heart of the shale patch
Canadian oil sands compound their image problem
25 July 2020
Emission pledges are being rolled back to counter adverse economic conditions, reinforcing a sense the sector is not serious about lowering its carbon footprint
Piling the pressure on US LTO
21 July 2020
The country’s production may struggle to return even to its pre-pandemic levels, while growing to new heights seems a distant prospect
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s oil sands in the rifle hairs
3 July 2020
The Alberta government and Western Canadian oil industry love to blame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government for the lack of oil pipeline capacity leaving the region, but in fact they should largely blame themselves
Canadian pipelines to nowhere
16 June 2020
Lack of midstream takeaway capacity had been a growing concern for years, but Covid-19 has reversed the danger
Pandemic risks slowing the energy transition
12 June 2020
Beyond the forecast of a ‘new normal’ that accelerates the move to a lower-carbon future, there is also a scenario where change is retarded
Different horses for the oil sands course
22 May 2020
Norway pulls funding from Canada’s heavy, sulphurous crude as Saudi Arabia expands its footprint
Tough times ahead for US refiners
20 May 2020
Slumping global oil consumption, tightening margins and throttled-back throughput pile on the pressure
Canadian oil firms battle for survival
14 May 2020
Profits plunged during the first quarter for a sector already struggling to contend with growing debt and a shortage of midstream takeaway
Canadian oil industry in dire straits
7 May 2020
Production across the country is in freefall, prompting oil-rich province Alberta to plead for financial support
Gas and LNG brace for tougher times
1 May 2020
The global gas market faces choppier waters on demand uncertainty, overbuoyant supply and lower-for-longer oil
Alberta’s orphan well crisis
17 April 2020
The province is seeing a sharp rise in the number of inactive wells without operators, and the problem will be expensive to fix
Ovintiv faces test of staying power
26 March 2020
The Canadian firm has rebranded and joined the US shale revolution. But the oil price crisis is raising doubts about whether recent acquisitions will be economically viable
Canadian LNG faces finance fight
17 March 2020
The exodus of international partners and the global gas glut raise doubts about the economic viability of an already challenged sector
Teck gives up amid Canadian tensions
27 February 2020
The miner abandons its oil sands plan as long-term fissures between opposing lobbies claim another investment casualty
Alberta suffers loss on crude-by-rail contracts
14 February 2020
Canadian province reverses policy after financial burden begins to mount
Row engulfs Canadian oil sands project
13 February 2020
Battle lines are drawn as the contentious Frontier project awaits ultimate verdict
Canada takes methane emissions reduction lead
7 February 2020
The country’s oil and gas industry, often maligned for an overall high carbon footprint, is setting the pace on a GHG hot button issue
Canadian oil primed for modest recovery
30 January 2020
Reversal of crude curtailments and improved capex spending are encouraging signs for the country’s principal producers
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