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For a few trillion barrels more
Today, Scotland will vote on the following question: Should Scotland be an independent country? Answer YES and the vote is for independence, answer NO and the vote is to stay with The United Kingdom. Energy has not figured at the top of the debating issues that have been dominated by currency unio...
» Written by Euan Mearns on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Oil price, Scotland, Caza and finally...
Oil price The oil price remains relatively week but looks to be trying to form a bit of a base around here, after the Fed stated yesterday that 'accommodative interest rates would remain for a considerable time' the greenback strengthened again... The EIA stats mirrored those of the API, a...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Oil price, Northern Petroleum, Petroceltic, Sound Oil, Sundry -BP-Tangiers and finally...
Oil price The first thing to say is that the Brent price is really around $99, the price above not reflective of realité. The two dollar turnaround was mainly started by the Opec Secretary General who gave an interview after a meeting with the Russian Oil Minister yesterday. Whilst saying th...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
How do you spend $35 billion in a town of 13,000 people?
The LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) countdown is on in Canada. Within weeks, there are three major catalysts happening that could reshape the entire economy and labour market of western Canada. The British Columbia government outlines its fiscal regime for LNG The environmental assessment for the Petron...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Oil price, Ophir, Ithaca and sundry- FOGL-Thalassa- And finally...
Oil price Technical differences to WTI and Brent yesterday, the latter fell as few physical buyers were around as the old contract expired but this morning the new contract is up over a dollar. I saw the North Dakota July production numbers yesterday which at 1.1m b/d of oil and 1.3m TCF of gas wer...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Yes or no? Implications for the UK Oil & Gas Industry
After one of the longest political campaigns in British political history, the end is in sight. On 18 September, 2014, the Scottish people will vote on whether Scotland should leave the union and become an independent country. A “yes” vote would have enormous strategic, political and ...
» Written by Uisdean Vass on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Oil price, Scotland, Hurricane, Bahamas Petroleum, Tangiers and finally...
Oil price The fall in the oil price is relentless and shows no sign of changing although a bounce of some sort, either bear closing or of the dead cat variety will inevitably happen soon. Do not confuse this with equilibrium returning, that may take longer. This morning Brent is nearly a dollar eas...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, September 15, 2014
The Importance of Public Image to the Petroleum Industry
Public attention to the petroleum industry may never have been higher and more critical than it is today. The intrusiveness of operations in unconventional plays, the climate change debate, deepwater operational risk, growing interest in Arctic deposits and the search for renewables are all hot top...
» Written by Angus Warren on Monday, September 15, 2014
How does BP's gross negligence affect the pending criminal cases against its 'company men'?
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s finding that BP was grossly negligent in the Deepwater Horizon disaster raises troubling questions about the criminal trial of the BP “company men” on the ill-fated drilling rig, Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza. As BP’s representatives, Vi...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Monday, September 15, 2014
Big Data is a solution looking for an Upstream problem
According to my friend Neil McNaughton at OilIT, annual Upstream spend on IT may reach as much as $60bn by 2016. And if you were to believe everything you read, “Big Data” is going to swallow a big part of that, with even Aberdonian academics getting in on the act! After all, the argum...
» Written by David Bamford on Monday, September 15, 2014
Oil price and sundry round up - Eni-Amec-Premier-Alkane Energy and finally...
Oil price A very modest rebound, certainly in Brent yesterday and this morning, WTI is performing much better than most other crudes especially as Opec countries are touting big discounts for October deliveries. This small bounce is partly due to a rebound after five bad days and partly due to worr...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, September 12, 2014
Oil price, Scotland, Aminex and finally...
Oil price This could well be one of the shortest blogs on record so scarce is the news today. The oil price continues to drift as reports from Opec say that some trimming of production has occurred from Saudi Arabia, demand is weakening and October sales are down as prices are cut again. Barry spok...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, September 11, 2014
Recognizing the golden age of Texas oil and gas while we're in it
James Lebas, former chief revenue estimator for the Texas Comptroller’s office, made news recently when he told the state’s House Committee on Energy Resources that, working with the Comptroller’s office, he had determined that output from the oil and natural gas industry now accou...
» Written by David Blackmon on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Oil price, BP, Genel, Tangiers, San Leon, Sundry Shell-Eland-Caza-Sound and finally...
Oil price Precarious it is, that is Brent, sitting like a tight rope walker on the brink of falling into the circus held up only by Chinese imports. Well it's not quite that bad but the US Labor data on Friday took away one of the few remaining props on the demand side although those Chinese im...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, September 8, 2014
Oil price, BP, Sundry- Gulfsands-Tullow-Aminex-Northern Petroleum and finally...
Oil price Yesterday was all about the ECB and the rate cut and bringing in asset backed security purchases. Not that any of this has much influence on the oil price, we knew European demand was flat all the time, the biggest effect was that the Euro tanked particularly against the dollar making it ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, September 5, 2014
The arguments for and against shale oil and gas developments
The energy debate is full of controversy. Whether it is about the pros and cons of renewable energy, nuclear power or fossil fuels (FF) there are a range of arguments made on either side. If it was clear cut which arguments were best, there would be no controversy to discuss. And so it is the case w...
» Written by Euan Mearns on Friday, September 5, 2014
Ovepriced oil - the fundamental facts
Andy Hall Takes a Bet Sometimes dubbed the Billionaire Better who always gets things right, Andy Hall has come out swinging. Bloomberg, September 3, reports Hall as saying US shale oil (and even shale gas) 'are a dud' and will play down and out much faster than most people think. Hall says ...
» Written by Andrew McKillop on Thursday, September 4, 2014
Enbridge's end run points to Keystone protests' futility
One of the biggest flaws in environmentalists’ strategy of attacking the Keystone Pipeline has been the assumption that if the pipeline isn’t built, global warming will be reduced somehow. That, as I’ve explained before, isn’t likely to happen. But it’s also becoming in...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Thursday, September 4, 2014
Oil price, Genel, President and finally...
Oil price A game of two halves yesterday as the oil price ran up sharply on the news of a possible peace deal in Ukraine as well as seeing good economic stats in the US. Factory goods orders showed better than expected growth and auto sales were at a near nine year high after another record gain. ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, September 4, 2014

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