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The debt double standard for Canadian vs American energy producers
The 49th parallel isn’t just a border between Canada and the United States. It also represents an important line for the amount of debt investors are willing to tolerate in their energy producers. Investors and CEOs have both learned the hard way. Canadian producers with more than 2X debt t...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Oil price, Halliburton, Chariot, Sundry and finally...
Oil price Oil prices were resilient yesterday but WTI got the better of Brent and you can see that the differential is down to just over three bucks. This is partly because the inventory stats tonight are expected to show another draw and partly as the contract expires today leaving the existing co...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Oil price, Salamander, Caza, Wressle, Sundry, and finally...
Oil price Interestingly the oil price hasn't held the higher levels that both crudes jumped to immediately after the Ukraine air disaster on Friday. This morning's prices are lower than the close by about 75 cents for WTI and 6 cents for Brent ahead of WTI expiry tomorrow. This reflects the...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, July 21, 2014
Tech Talk - and things continue to get worse
It is difficult to see any positive interpretation of the changes and conflicts that are increasingly filling the headlines of the press. Fluctuating optimism over the return to credible export production from Libya, to take but one example, is no sooner reported when the news comes of increased fig...
» Written by David Summers on Monday, July 21, 2014
Are oil and gas companies capable?
Investors, at least those in the UK, are deeply disillusioned with the oil & gas sector, not because they think the oil price is going to drop any time soon, nor because they prefer more fashionable stocks, but because they are mightily disappointed with PERFORMANCE! In some cases, this leads to ver...
» Written by David Bamford on Monday, July 21, 2014
How will independence affect the oil and gas industry in the North Sea?
With Scottish referendum fast approaching, how will independence affect the Oil and Gas industry in the North Sea? It's a question many of the companies based in Scotland have been thinking or even asking the Scottish Government. In one hand it might be seen as step forward moving away from cons...
» Written by Matthew Foster on Friday, July 18, 2014
Oil path signals wrong way for world energy
Energy Worlds Apart Recent publication of this year's BP Statistical Review of World Energy illustrates several mega trends in world oil and for energy in general. The Review provides time-series charts where the key change decade of 2003-2013 is covered. These underline how the primacy of oil ...
» Written by Andrew McKillop on Friday, July 18, 2014
The rise of Saudi TexKota
I am fascinated by this report by Dr. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, and not solely because he quotes from a piece that appeared in this space last year (see Item #4). That piece deals with my belief that, although virtually all the attention related to America’s ongoing Sha...
» Written by David Blackmon on Thursday, July 17, 2014
Ethanol vs. Natgas-the Summer 2014 Duel
How do you invest in the weather? When it comes to weather, what’s bad for natural gas is good for ethanol. These two commodities are almost exactly opposite trades each summer. Hot weather–especially on the populated east coast–makes for lots of air conditioning demand in North Am...
» Written by Keith Schefer on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Oil price, Shell and finally...
Oil price A short blog this morning, there is virtually nothing going on company wise which is a good thing as I am off to the smoke to see three companies, plenty to report back on in the next few days. For those of you and there are many who are waiting for an update on Faroe, I have been playing...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Would breaking the 'Glass Closet' have been good for BP?
One of the greatest unrecognized contributors to the blight of deforestation must be the unchecked ego that drives so many chief executives to write memoirs. Rarely do the CEOs write these books themselves, of course, and even more rarely do they really have anything to say. John Browne is an excep...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Oil price, Bowleven/Petrofac, Falcon Oil & Gas, Sound Oil and finally...
Oil price I have to admit that when I heard the reports of further fighting in Libya, with rebels attempting to seize the airport, that the oil price might just have a bounce, albeit a dead cat one, but it is not to be. Last nights close which a very modest rise on the day has been lost already and...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Will earthquake findings shake up the oil industry's response?
A new study has found a link between earthquakes in Oklahoma and underground wells used to dispose of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. The study, released in the journal Science, doesn’t draw a direct connection between the quakes and fracking itself, and it found only a possible link be...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Oil price, Halliburton, Sound Oil, Gulf Keystone and finally...
Oil price Its a good thing that there is some news on the oil price front as there is nothing doing on the company news front, officially the start of the silly season. Both WTI and Brent are falling sharply for a number of reasons but primarily as explained here all last week, the physical market...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, July 14, 2014
Tech Talk - Here we go again, again
A couple of posts or so ago I mentioned that there are three major problems sitting relatively un-noticed as we head into the mess of Peak Oil. Of these, perhaps the one that gets the least attention is the steady decline in production from existing wells. We are just about at the point where the Al...
» Written by David Summers on Monday, July 14, 2014
Orwellian Newspeak and the oil industry's fake abundance story
When what you are saying is so obviously at odds with the plain truth, it is useful to choose your words carefully to obscure this fact. This was the strategy of the Ministry of Truth, the propaganda arm of the authoritarian government depicted in George Orwell's novel 1984. The altered language...
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Monday, July 14, 2014
Reality blows oil seriously off course
Friday the 13th For Oil Came On Friday 11th July In classic fashion market operators and manipulators gave a false signal to hopeful speculators, by nudging up oil prices on the Nymex, ICE and other oil markets, on Thursday 10th July. Then the market riggers crushed them, Friday 11th, with a 2.2% o...
» Written by Andrew McKillop on Monday, July 14, 2014
Brazil - Samba Energy
In Brazil (2013), 29% of all energy consumed and 69% of electricity consumed came from hydroelectric power. Biofuel and other renewables contributed a further 10% to renewable energy consumption bringing the renewables total to 39% making Brazil one of the world leaders in renewable energy. Since...
» Written by Euan Mearns on Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oil price, Maersk, Shell, Providence Resources, Victoria O&G, Ascent Resources and finally...
Oil price Brent is taking a bit of a beating and is now back to pre-crisis levels as inexperienced traders head for the hills and long liquidation means that support levels are being taken out, next key support is at $108. With supply still plentiful and Libya increasing everyday there is no reason...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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