Vehicles
Diesel beats gasoline
1 July 2006
A diesel car running on a blend containing GTL fuel has won the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race. In a landmark year for GTL, it is a dream result for the industry. Tom Nicholls writes
New product hits the road
31 May 2006
The world's first commercial, large-scale facility to make GTL diesel – a high-quality motor fuel, never to have seen the inside of a refinery – is due to start-up this month. But, despite the claimed attractive economics of the new plant, plans for other facilities are making slow progress, Martin Quinlan writes
Gas price woes
1 January 2006
UK gas consumers had a shock in November when spot prices suddenly increased five-fold. They remained high into last month. With nine years of net exports having come to an end in 2004 and North Sea gas production forecast to decline fairly rapidly, some say price spikes will be a continuing feature of the UK market. Others say large-scale imports, through infrastructure due to be completed this year and next, could help to restore price stability, Martin Quinlan writes
Have car, will travel
1 December 2004
Statistically, China looks like a car salesman's heaven. With a population of about 1.3 billion, it has more than four times as many potential customers as the US, the world's largest car market. But the number of individually owned cars is less than one for every 100 people, compared with almost one for every two people in the US, writes Cris Heaton
Biofuels: from tiny acorns ...
1 September 2004
Conventional wisdom holds that only death and taxes are certain in life, but the prospect that one day we will no longer be able to power our vehicles on fossil fuels can safely be added to the list, writes Cris Heaton
Downstream business gets the high-tech treatment
1 June 2000
The downstream oil industry’s traditional business model focuses on selling the output of refineries rather than on satisfying customer needs. Control over the early stages of the value chain has historically been key to long-term success and profitability for the vertically-integrated major oil companies. However, the commodity nature of many refined petroleum products, and the pressures of globalisation are forcing companies rapidly to shift their emphasis, writes Neil Thomas, manager, energy practice, Arthur D Little, London