Politics & Economics

Plastics ban hits Alberta’s gas strategy
16 October 2020
Federal measures to limit plastics pollution could frustrate the province’s petchems plans
Libyan barrels’ return may be temporary
29 September 2020
Production could ramp up quickly, but the countdown is already ticking on another round of shutdowns
Russia looks to streamline oil taxation
24 September 2020
The Kremlin has made a surprise move to reform its complex system
Letter from Canada: Alberta waits for a boom that may not come
17 September 2020
The Edmonton administration assumes that there will be another oil bull cycle. It may be wrong
Fukushima still looms over energy decisions
11 September 2020
Japan ignores strategic low-carbon energy options and risks muddling through by adding more coal
Plastics ban hits Alberta’s gas strategy
16 October 2020
Federal measures to limit plastics pollution could frustrate the province’s petchems plans
Letter from Canada: Alberta waits for a boom that may not come
17 September 2020
The Edmonton administration assumes that there will be another oil bull cycle. It may be wrong
Biden win poised to reshape US energy policy
21 August 2020
A Democratic victory could spell an end to hostilities with the Islamic Republic of Iran and send a jolt through the global oil market
Biden presidency to cast shadow over shale
17 August 2020
Mounting pressure from Democratic Party to tackle climate change threatens future of the sector
Biden tacks left on energy
28 July 2020
The Democratic candidate has a healthy lead heading towards the November US election and a manifesto that will strike fear into the heart of the shale patch
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s oil sands in the rifle hairs
3 July 2020
The Alberta government and Western Canadian oil industry love to blame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government for the lack of oil pipeline capacity leaving the region, but in fact they should largely blame themselves
Suriname election soothes investor nerves
11 August 2020
Calmer political waters should help turn the country into a global exploration hotspot
Bolivian election delay further dampens gas investment appetite
31 July 2020
The Andean country’s natural gas sector will be a casualty of a second vote being pushed back yet again
Guyana’s deadlock chills the investment climate
23 July 2020
A worsening political crisis risks slowing the pace of oil sector growth in the small Latin American nation
Suriname’s election setback
4 June 2020
Development of the country’s oil sector faces a slowdown in the face of political instability and dire economic conditions
Argentinian shale suffers further setbacks
1 May 2020
The government was relying on Vaca Muerta to solve its financial problems. But another default looms as Covid-19 disrupts growth plans
Perfect storm strikes Venezuela
1 May 2020
Oil production poised to plummet as global economic conditions prove nightmarish prospect for the country’s energy sector
Russia looks to streamline oil taxation
24 September 2020
The Kremlin has made a surprise move to reform its complex system
Berlin faces battle over climate targets
28 August 2020
The German presidency of the EU Council aims for a recovery fuelled by renewables, but there is disagreement among member states over key climate targets
Letter from Moscow: Putin triumphant, but facing choppy waters
6 July 2020
The Russian strongman’s referendum delivered him the expected result. But there are troubles on the horizon
The Kazakh Lion in winter
2 July 2020
Kazakhstan’s former long-time leader is approaching a landmark birthday. But he is resisting any temptation to mark it with a comeback
Russian gas pivots east
26 November 2019
The newly completed Power of Siberia pipeline may boost Moscow's options, but it is hardly a geopolitical big win
Investors warn complacent gas industry
11 November 2019
Firms need to step up climate change efforts in new ESG environment
Fukushima still looms over energy decisions
11 September 2020
Japan ignores strategic low-carbon energy options and risks muddling through by adding more coal
Japan wastes chance for energy rethink
4 September 2020
The end of the Abe era is unlikely to lead the country to increase its unambitious target for renewables
Letter from Australia: Canberra’s gas vision in crisis
21 August 2020
Opposition politicians and media sniff blood over an economic revival strategy driven by natural gas, rather than renewables
Letter from China: US-China trade deal in the last chance saloon
14 August 2020
Presidents Trump and Xi’s compact on rebalancing may be the next domino to fall
Mozambique insurgency jeopardises Japan’s energy security
14 August 2020
The resource-poor nation’s search for a reliable alternative to the long-delayed recommissioning of nuclear power plants continues
China holds the cards in US-EU poker
15 July 2020
As the US shale industry struggles, energy sanctions targeting China are unlikely
Turkey doubles down on upstream adventurism
21 August 2020
Ankara extends timeframes of controversial activities off the Greek and Cypriot coasts, upping the chances of military confrontation
Turkey’s ambitions have imperial echoes
4 August 2020
Facing the challenge of a domestic economic crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that successful military interventions in the surrounding region will foster nationalist solidarity
Letter from the Middle East: NOCs juggle priorities
8 July 2020
From boosting oil production to throttling it back and with challenging oil and gas dynamics in both the short and longer-term, the region’s producers have their hands full
Turkey drills in troubled waters
25 June 2020
The deployment of the Yavuz in a section of the Mediterranean claimed by Cyprus pushes the region closer to open conflict
Adnoc toasts its resilience
22 June 2020
Reforms in response to the last industry downturn have equipped Abu Dhabi’s oil heavyweight to cope with the current crisis
Turkey strengthens Libyan position
16 June 2020
The Erdogan regime is further shaking up the East Mediterranean geopolitical and energy landscape
Libyan barrels’ return may be temporary
29 September 2020
Production could ramp up quickly, but the countdown is already ticking on another round of shutdowns
Libyan production languishes under ‘illegal blockade’
4 August 2020
National Oil Corporation reports its lowest production since the blockade started in January as external forces gear up for clash over Sirte basin oilfields
Three steps to support good governance
3 July 2020
The oil and gas industry should take action to improve governance and promote sustainable development in Africa
Nigeria dangerously exposed to oil crash
24 March 2020
The recent drop in oil prices will hit Nigeria hard, making a big dent in government revenues and threatening the viability of upstream projects
Somalia ratifies petroleum law
10 February 2020
Final stage in the legislative process paves the way for IOC investment
Power play in West Africa
4 February 2020
The countries in the region would all receive an economic boost if a regional power market can be established
IEA’s Birol ‘optimistic’ amid ‘huge challenges’
10 September 2020
Governments need to take a leading role in supporting technological development and tackling the emissions of legacy power and industrial facilities, he says
Energy transition no grounds for ‘culture war’
15 November 2019
The challenge of re-engineering the global energy system to meet or exceed Paris Agreement commitments is too important and too complex to be reduced to Right-Left squabbling
The volatile 10
21 March 2018
As the oil market regains balance, risk will affect the price. Here's where to watch
Powder keg year for geopolitics
9 March 2018
Iran, Venezuela and North Korea are all potential flashpoints in 2018
Energy risk in all shapes, all sizes
27 February 2018
Geopolitics may be bullish or bearish. But it will almost certainly bring volatility to the oil market
Volatile world
23 January 2018
Trump ditched Paris, Paris got Macron, Isis lost Mosul