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Do we need to re-think UK energy policy?

The future shape of the UK's energy market - including sources of domestic supply and pricing strategies - is subject to a new inquiry launched yesterday. Led by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, the inquiry will assess whether a combination of policy and subsidies have led to failures...
» Written by Paul Harris on Friday, July 22, 2016

Oil price, Ithaca Energy, Rockrose Energy, Cairn/Far, Sundry-Providence-Gulfsands- And finally...

Oil price Apparently a fairly quiet day yesterday as the market mulled over the inventory stats, crude was ok coming in with a draw of 2.3m barrels, higher than the 1.3m forecast but it was the build of 911/- in gasoline that started people worrying. Right in the middle of the holiday season and at...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, July 22, 2016

How revenues from oil and gas in Africa can be made to work for ordinary people

Critics point out that ordinary people have not benefited from oil and gas exploitation in many African states. Billions of dollars in revenue have had little positive impact on the lives of most people in countries like Angola and Nigeria. Local content policies have been expanding across Africa an...
» Written by Jeremy Lind on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Oil price, Cape, Pantheon, Sundry-Halliburton-Providence Resources- And finally...

Oil price WTI expires at the close tonight so there maybe unusual movements and the Brent differential usually widens then narrows with the new contract. Weakness yesterday was put down to the oversupply situation but that was a bit tame as Libya lost 100/- b/d with a facility out for strike action...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Brexit latest: Disentangling energy policy after UK votes to leave EU

UK energy policy has become rather entangled in the dramatic reorganization of government that has taken place since the nation opted out of the European Union. It's barely a week since Theresa May became the new leader of the Conservative party, and by extension the new Prime Minister. By all acc...
» Written by Paul Harris on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What's at stake in China's claims to the South China Sea?

It's now official: the South China Sea does not belong to China. Official, that is, according to a new ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Not so official, however, for China itself, which has summarily rejected the rulin...
» Written by Scott L. Montgomery on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Australia's energy sector is in critical need of reform

A federal election is an opportunity to take stock of how Australia is doing, where it's going, and what governments can do about it. This series, written by program directors at the Grattan Institute, explores the challenges that Australia faces and advocates policy changes for budgets, economic gr...
» Written by Tony Wood on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The future of the oil industry: an insight from oil and gas professionals

Since the drop in oil prices the general feelings within the oil and gas industry have continued to remain relatively negative. Unfortunately many oil and gas companies have admitted that further reductions in oil and gas jobs will occur this year. As a consequence of these cuts some oil and gas wor...
» Written by Matt Cook on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

M. King Hubbert and the future of peak oil

Almost synonymous with the term 'peak oil' is M. King Hubbert, perhaps the foremost geophysicist of the 20th century, who first theorized about the eventual decline of oil production in the 1930s. His life has now been chronicled by science writer Mason Inman in a new biography entitled The Oracle o...
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Monday, July 18, 2016

Oil price, Sound Energy, Range Resources, EnQuest, Sundry-Exxon-Europa O&G-And finally...

Oil price In the end oil finished up on the day and on the week after the US and Chinese data was better than expected. WTI was up only 54 cents on the week though and Brent only 65c. The news from Turkey over the weekend had a modest but immediate effect as the Bosphorus Strait was shut for a few ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, July 18, 2016

2067: The end of the oil age

The fear of losing a market share makes the oil countries play the oil price wars, glut the market while the low prices reducing investments in the new oil reserves exploration for the second year. The world proved oil reserves increased by only 2.5 times up to 1.7 trillion barrels during active cru...
» Written by Vagif G. Sharifov on Monday, July 18, 2016

Keep on Drillin'?

This year has seen US land drilling activities fall to the lowest levels on record. Globally we are seeing a very nuanced and regional reaction to the current oil price downturn. Examination of the global land rig fleet (which Douglas-Westwood tracks on a rig-by-rig basis) reveals some key themes. ...
» Written by Michael Green on Monday, July 18, 2016

Oil Prices Lower Forever? Hard Times In A Failing Global Economy

Two years into the global oil-price collapse, it seems unlikely that prices will return to sustained levels above $70 per barrel any time soon or perhaps, ever. That is because the global economy is exhausted. The current oil-price rally is over as I predicted several months ago and prices are head...
» Written by Art Berman on Friday, July 15, 2016

Oil price, Faroe Petroleum, Cairn/Far, BP, And finally...

Oil price This week, as before has been an up down, up down week so today should be down and therefore I wont guess as to whether crude will be up on the week as it is too close to call. This has been made worse by the terrorist action in Nice overnight which has yet again increased volatility in t...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, July 15, 2016

Why you can't explain the Iraq War without mentioning oil

Well before the US and UK led the invasion of Iraq, the two countries were under suspicion about their intentions for Iraq's oil. When asked on February 6 2003 in a BBC Newsnight programme whether the war in Iraq was about oil, Tony Blair responded: Let me just deal with the oil thing ... the oil c...
» Written by Bulent Gökay on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going Dry: Why Quickly Quitting Fossil Fuels Won't Work

The Volstead Act, which outlawed alcohol with the aid of a Constitutional Amendment (the Eighteenth), lasted a mere 14 years. It was repealed by yet another Constitutional Amendment (the Twenty-First) and with that, the United States' grand experiment with going dry came to an abrupt end. Its failu...
» Written by Terence C. Gannon on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Oil price, Cairn/Far, Gulf Keystone, Sundry- Circle Oil-Independent Oil & Gas- And finally...

Oil price Indifferent news dominated oil markets yesterday, Chinese trade data was poorer than expected, the inventory data was slightly worse than forecast and the IEA produced a bullish report with a sting in the tail. The EIA inventory stats showed a draw of 2.5m barrels but the market had hoped...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Canadian Upstream Oil & Gas M&A Finally Takes Off Again in June 2016

In June 2016, the total value of announced M&A deals in the Canadian E&P sector totalled Cdn$2.7 billion, according to CanOils' new report that looks at all upstream deals involving Canadian E&P companies in June. This resurgence in value comes on the back of an upward trending WTI oil price that su...
» Written by Mark Young on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Oil market resists: BREXIT presses, OPEC ruins

The dynamics of the North Sea Brent oil prices in June showed the smallest lag for the recent year and a half and the highest average price since early 2016 - $48.24 per barrel. The last month was the first in a period of low prices when Brent average spot price (FOB) decreased by a minimum of $13.2...
» Written by Vagif G. Sharifov on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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