Refining & marketing
Data is king, integration is queen
13 October 2020
Harnessing the power of data science and real-time intelligence offers a powerful single view of the market
Revolutionising the downstream
12 October 2020
Industrial AI will allow plants to reach their autonomous potential
Iran finds more export custom
8 October 2020
As Iran ramps up output, it is beginning to turn the tide on exports too
Iraq faces crude marketing challenges
6 October 2020
The Mid-East Gulf producer may need to take lessons from its peers to achieve best value in a crowded market
Iraqi downstream dreams edge closer to reality
2 October 2020
Refining and petrochemicals development may finally be gathering momentum
Russia pushes harder for refining rationalisation
29 September 2020
Tax changes might force smaller, simpler facilities to the wall
Letter from Australia: Downstream rescue package may be wishful thinking
28 September 2020
The Canberra government has tried to throw the country’s refineries a financial lifeline in an existential struggle
Chinese gas outlook in doubt on weak Jiangsu demand
27 September 2020
Multiple economic impacts of the pandemic are stacked up against the nation’s ambitious gas strategy
Uzbekistan eyes gas-driven downstream growth
27 September 2020
New investment in gas-to-chemicals capacity could add value to an economy hobbled by declining Chinese import appetite
Uzbekistan plans giant leap in refining
21 September 2020
The country is looking to bring its refining industry up to modern standards, but it needs to resolve the problem of oil supply
Buyer walks away from Morocco’s Samir refinery
11 September 2020
Hopes that the country’s only refining facility might re-open are dealt a blow
Window of opportunity for Petrobras asset sales
10 September 2020
Brazilian company has ambitious divestment package but could be thrown off track by adverse economic conditions
Losses mount at idle Nigerian refineries
8 September 2020
There is little hope that state-owned refiners will resume production, partly due to Covid-19, while the new Dangote refinery is insufficient to meet demand
Middle East expansion further clouds global refining picture
27 August 2020
Challenges to refiners are myriad. Another boost in Mid-East Gulf capacity brings more complexity
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s petchems strategy could backfire
17 August 2020
The Kenney administration seems to be ignoring any warning signs on future demand growth
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: Dawn of a new century
3 August 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, taking in the last 20 years up to the present day
Environmental due diligence essential for refinery assets
31 July 2020
In transactions involving petroleum refinery assets, thorough and careful due diligence is critical for identifying and quantifying environmental liabilities associated with the target asset
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: Into the nineties
31 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as a new decade ushers in further changes to the trading landscape
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The scandals
29 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as professionalism grows but deal-making also shows a less salubrious side
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The movers and shakers
27 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as the cast of actors grows
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The rise of London
24 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, looking at the characters that shaped the UK capital’s prominent role
Saudi Aramco pins its hopes on petchems
23 July 2020
The NOC heavyweight wants to the biggest of beasts in the petrochemicals world too
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: In the beginning
23 July 2020
Colin Bryce takes a trip back to where it all began for the oil markets
Gulf NOCs bank on chemical cure
21 July 2020
The current oil market slump validates the increasing focus of the Gulf’s main upstream producers on petrochemicals
China faces refinery consolidation challenge
30 June 2020
A new mega-refinery is meant to concentrate rather than expand capacity. But it may not work out that way, and may have other knock-on effects
Going for green
5 June 2020
Heide Refinery has ambitious plans for green hydrogen, starting with replacing grey hydrogen in the production of its fuels and in the local chemicals industry