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Debt: The Key Factor Connecting Energy and the Economy

There are many who believe that the use of energy is critical to the growth of the economy. In fact, I am among these people. The thing that is not as apparent is that growth in energy consumption is dependent on the growth of debt. Both energy and debt have characteristics that are close to 'magic'...
» Written by Gail Tverberg on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Oil price, Lamprell, Ithaca, Sound, Falcon, Sundry round-up-Amec-VOG-Velocys-Total-Exxon-Chevron-Ophir-GKP-Hal-BH- And finally...

Oil price The oil price was up strongly last week, WTI rose $2.19 and Brent $3.02 before expiry, today they have both settled down as news is for choice, not brilliant. Having said that the fundamentals are still looking obstinately bearish, last week's EIA stats showed a 2m build and 1.7m at Cushi...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Iran strives to join the world shale oil club

Iran, which intends to join the world shale oil and gas club, said about the discovery of shale reserves in the country, though provided no precise figures. Probably the exact figures of reserves are currently being clarified by Iranian geologists or maybe Iran intends to hold the cards waiting for ...
» Written by Vagif G. Sharifov on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Can OPEC 'freeze' production, or is it already frozen?

Between July 2014 and January 2015 the price of OPEC's oil 'market basket' fell from over $100/bbl to less than $50/bbl, causing considerable hardship to the OPEC countries who rely on oil exports to finance their national budgets - which is all twelve of them. Under these circumstances the logical ...
» Written by Roger Andrews on Thursday, April 28, 2016


ENI upstream activities: A strategic management approach

According to the official website of the company ENI is 'a major integrated energy company committed to growth in the activities of finding, producing, transporting, transforming and marketing oil and gas'. ENI corporate structure presented in the below graph. ENI Corporate Profile, Source: ENI C...
» Written by Athanasios Pitatzis on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oil price, BP, Egdon, Victoria Oil & Gas, Ithaca Energy, Sundry-Halliburton-COPL-Plexus-And finally...

Oil price Blogs later this week may be a bit patchy I'm afraid with company meetings in and away from the UK. The WTI price took the brunt of the fall yesterday primarily due to the Genscape figures pointing to a 1.5m barrel increase in the stocks at Cushing. As I said earlier inventory numbers are...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

OPEC's grip might loosen, but it still has pull

OPEC counts 13 countries among its membership, but one of them has long reigned as a first among equals. Saudi Arabia, with its production of around 10.2 million b/d representing about a third of the group's output - and about 11% of world supply - has served as OPEC's de facto leader, its swing ca...
» Written by Herman Wang on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Craze for LNG

Pricing policy of only one man, John D. Rockefeller, led to a decrease in the cost of kerosene in the US oil products' market of the late 19th century from 26 cents to eight cents per gallon during 15 years, while the market share of the Standard Oil Company led by him increased from 4 percent to 80...
» Written by Vagif Sharifov on Monday, April 25, 2016

Oil price, Amerisur, Schlumberger, Sundry-Bowleven-Providence-Andes Energia-Bucket list-And finally...

Oil price Who woulda guessed, five days after the Doha disaster the oil price, despite falling yesterday, is likely to end up the best part of five bucks up on the week? This morning the new June WTI contract is around $44 and Brent is dead on $45, this is despite a strong greenback and handbags ab...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, April 22, 2016

What's behind Timor-Leste's approach to solving the Timor Sea dispute?

In recent years, disputes over the resource-rich Timor Sea have consumed bilateral relations between Timor-Leste and Australia. The Timor-Leste government's key goal is to settle permanent maritime boundaries. In its view, a 'fair' settlement would mean expanding the current eastern lateral line so ...
» Written by Rebecca Strating on Friday, April 22, 2016

Is There A Perfect Storm Coming for Natural Gas Prices?

Even before Tuesday's big jump in natural gas prices, I was intrigued to see some of the leading natgas stocks in the US hold up or go up on days natgas was down this week, like EQT, Southwestern, and Rice Energy, (which my colleague Bill Powers profiled at $9.47/share on Feb. 9 and is now up 80% in...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Oil price, Wood Group, Sound Energy, Range Resources, and finally...

Oil price Clutching at straws or what, the EIA inventory stats showed a build of 2.1m barrels, 200/- less than the market was expecting and the bunting goes out, however these numbers are at an important seasonal tipping point as the driving season is only a month away and demand is certainly stron...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, April 21, 2016

The 2 Questions You Should Ask About Oil Stocks Now

Oil is up. Consensus has changed from a supply glut to a more balanced market by the end of this year-but the Market is in full swing pricing that in now. Energy producers across the board have had a good run in the last month, and it could continue-both Brent and WTI prices rose above their 200 da...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Oil price, Enteq Upstream, COPL, And finally...

Oil price The oil price was up yesterday as you can see but overnight things have changed and as I write WTI is down $1.23 and Brent off $1.18 almost exactly removing that gain. The main thing that has happened is that the Kuwaiti oil strike is over after a late night deal that will bring productio...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

US 2015 Oil Production and Future Oil Prices

Oil production can be confusing because there are various 'pieces' that may or may not be included. In this analysis, I look at oil production of the United States broadly (including crude oil, natural gas plant liquids, and biofuels), because this is the way oil consumption is defined. I also provi...
» Written by Gail Tverberg on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cdn$347 Million of E&P Deals in Canada in March 2016

Analysis in CanOils' new report 'Upstream Oil & Gas M&A in Canada Reaches Cdn$347 Million in March 2016' shows that while March 2016 saw the lowest monthly deal value for domestic Canadian E&P assets since mid-2015, there was a distinct increase in M&A activity involving internationally-focused Cana...
» Written by Mark Young on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oil price, Victoria O&G, And finally...

Oil price After starting the day down more than two dollars after the fiasco that was Doha, crude recovered remarkably well to close down only modestly. Most of that can be put down to Kuwait where the strike I mentioned yesterday took a stronger grip, production is down to around 1m b/d from recen...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oil market rally under threat as Doha meeting fails to agree

Yesterday's failure of the Doha oil producers meeting will hopefully reintroduce a note of sanity into oil markets. After all, Saudi leaders have made it clear, time and time again, that they were no longer interested in operating a cartel where they take the pain of cutting production, and everyone...
» Written by Paul Hodges on Monday, April 18, 2016

OPEC dies in Qatar

'Five brothers' versus 'seven sisters' More than half a century ago, five major oil producing countries - Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia - agreed to work together to deprive seven transnational companies - Exxon, RD / Shell, Texaco, Chevron, Mobil, Gulf Oil and BP - of unlimited inf...
» Written by Vagif G. Sharifov on Monday, April 18, 2016
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