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Oil and friction in Iraq
Oil continues to be a cause of considerable friction between Baghdad and Irbil, and is most definitely not lubricating relationships. The game of “Texas Hide and Seek” of Kurdish crude continues somewhat bafflingly in the warm waters of Houston, against the backdrop of entrenched politi...
» Written by Anthony Franks OBE on Friday, August 29, 2014
Oil price, Afren, Hunting, Lamprell, Sundry catch up-Tullow-GKP-SOCO-Ophir-Chariot-Salamander and finally...
Oil price The market is quiet ahead of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, WTI went a bit better on the inventory data which showed a 2.1m barrel draw, higher than the analysts consensus of 900/-. Much is being made of the proximity to $100 for Brent and the chances of falling through that psychologic...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, August 29, 2014
Help needed - to figure out the EU's Energy Strategy!
I quite like to try the puzzles that you find in newspapers, often on the back pages – the Sudoku ones for example that are labelled either “Easy”, “Hard”, “Fiendish” or “Super Fiendish”. Here’s something that is “Beyond Super Fiendi...
» Written by David Bamford on Thursday, August 28, 2014
North Sea Oil and Scottish Independence: where does the truth lie?
How much oil and gas is left in the North Sea? 16 billion barrels oil equivalent (boe) according to Sir Ian Wood or 24 billion boe according to Oil and Gas UK? The correct answer for official proved+probable reserves is between 8 and 9 billion boe, a figure that both DECC and Oil and Gas UK agree ...
» Written by Euan Mearns on Thursday, August 28, 2014
Oil price, Cape, Caza, Petrofac, Plexus plus sundry follow up etc, And finally...
Oil price Brent crude broke upwards through $103 last night but couldn't hold it and fell back to finish lower at $102.50. Brent is seriously range bound and I remain bearish for the time being with outside influences creating downward pressure. This will not last forever though and one should ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
US companies benefit from move from natural gas to oil production
The last few years have seen many of the oil and gas companies in the United States change their strategy away from natural gas and focus on oil producing assets due to low gas prices. Despite the steady and gradual recovery in the Henry Hub benchmark gas price in the US since the middle of 2012, se...
» Written by Mark Young on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables
On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy. Of course, the energy source we hear most about is natural gas. We continue to be a net natural gasimporter, even as our own production ...
» Written by Gail Tverberg on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Oil price, Sundry round up, And finally...
Oil price As one might expect on the day before the August Bank Holiday weekend company news is a bit thin on the ground. I have just come back from a couple of days in Aberdeen (more later) where business is still booming. One interesting point came out whilst I was up there and that was in commen...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, August 22, 2014
Yet another suspect Keystone 'study' hits the stage
In the future, honest historians (if such a thing still exists in the future) will look back on the green movement's demonization of the Keystone XL Pipeline as perhaps the single most dishonest advocacy campaign in American history. Never has such a mass quantity of misinformation and outright ...
» Written by David Blackmon on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Deep Water Fields - the end or the end of the beginning?
For the last 20 years - or much longer if you rightly include the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil - the discovery of Deep Water Fields has been the target of much exploration spend and even more development Capex, and as a result production from them now represents a significant slice of global non-Opec p...
» Written by David Bamford on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Oil price, Chariot, Sundry + catch up, And finally...
Oil price The Brent/WTI differential you may have noticed, is swinging around a lot at the moment, yesterday it was down to Brent rallying and WTI weaker ahead of the expiry today. Brent actually looked technically very dodgy during the day, traders are watching the $101.40 support very carefully a...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Clair Oilfield - distilling facts from fiction
In an email last week: Recently a number of friends of mine have been telling me that the largest oil field in the world has been discovered encompassing BP Clair Ridge. They further tell me that the UK government has ordered BP to stay quiet about this until after the independence referendum. Now ...
» Written by Euan Mearns on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Two myths associated with U.S. shale oil
Myth Number 1: The U.S. is approaching energy independence. There is no doubt we are in the midst of a shale oil revolution. But the growth of production has led to reporting that might charitably be described as overly optimistic. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported last week, in an artic...
» Written by Steve Banker on Monday, August 18, 2014
Oil price decline - to what price?
Triple Digit Prices are Not Forever In what is only superficially amazing at a time when Islamic insurgency, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in Iraq may be threatening the state, civil society and the oil sector in major exporter countries, oil prices are declining quite rapidly. The &ldqu...
» Written by Andrew McKillop on Monday, August 18, 2014
Oil price, Sundry news items- Rosneft-Genel-Salamander-Fastnet-Apache and finally...
Oil price Its the silly season alright and with lots of people away its not easy finding much to get ones teeth into. The oil price is without doubt under pressure indicated by the Brent contango and by fairly random movements dictated by news such as the Ukraine attack on a Russian convoy on Frida...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, August 18, 2014
Energy and the economy - twelve basic principles
There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different. It i...
» Written by Gail Tverberg on Monday, August 18, 2014
Using clusters as a regional development strategy for marginal fields in the North Sea
The UK North Sea is a mature basin with an extensive and well-developed network of production infrastructure consisting of platforms, pipelines and onshore processing plants and terminals. The basin has so far produced around 42 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), and it is estimated that up to...
» Written by Chidozie Ewuzie & James Fox on Friday, August 15, 2014
Oil price, Shell, Caza, sundry and finally...
Oil price There was a small rally in the oil price yesterday ahead of the expiry of the Brent contract today but traders tell me that it was a lot of puff and this morning there is already a 50 cent retreat. The EIA stats gave some hope as like the API numbers, analysts were wrong-footed and the fo...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, August 14, 2014
Oil price, Petrofac, President, EnQuest, Talisman and finally...
Oil price - Picnic time for oily bears... The oil market really is well supplied at the moment with everybody who can sell crude doing so, even the speculative traders who normally punt the market with other peoples money have disappeared from the scene. At the risk of repeating the same old story ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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