Politics & Economics

Arab summit: Turning a blind eye
30 March 2017
Arab leaders meeting in Jordan failed to address the critical economic challenges facing the region
Canada: Trump OK is not the end of the line for Keystone XL
28 March 2017
The challenges are not over for the pipeline which will run from Alberta to the Gulf Coast
Oil and gas in the new world order
22 March 2017
Geopolitical risks are changing and rising. The energy sector will be in the crosshairs
Slow reset of US-Russian relations
20 March 2017
Trump and Tillerson should help improve US-Russia relations. But an end to sanctions doesn't look imminent
Building walls
20 March 2017
The new White House promises to be generous to energy. Some policies will be anything but
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round
Canada: Trump OK is not the end of the line for Keystone XL
28 March 2017
The challenges are not over for the pipeline which will run from Alberta to the Gulf Coast
Slow reset of US-Russian relations
20 March 2017
Trump and Tillerson should help improve US-Russia relations. But an end to sanctions doesn't look imminent
Building walls
20 March 2017
The new White House promises to be generous to energy. Some policies will be anything but
What would the US border tax adjustment mean for energy?
14 March 2017
A mooted border tax would likely strengthen the dollar and may buoy some oil producers. But it could raise US pump prices, be bearish for world crude markets and disruptive to geopolitics, and spark tit-for-tat trade spats
Taxing times in the US
20 February 2017
A proposed US border levy would lift producers, hit consumers and upend oil markets
Trump's US gas disrupters
15 February 2017
American LNG exporters are already reshaping Europe's gas markets. Will the country's new government accelerate the transition?
Reshuffle in Caracas
13 February 2017
New appointments show Maduro plans to hold his course
Venezuela on the precipice
13 February 2017
The Opec deal is not enough to rescue Venezuela and its indebted state company PdV
Argentina - closing the deal
5 December 2016
Argentina will spend 2017 trying to come good on its upstream promise
South America - the after-party continent
3 December 2016
Oil's price bust forced yet more change in Latin America's energy sector. Venezuela was worst hit
After the car wash
30 November 2016
A modest oil-price rise, and pro-investor reforms, should spark a recovery for Brazilian energy and Petrobras in 2017
Limited options for Venezuela
30 November 2016
Venezuela's oil output is falling and fundamental change is needed to rescue it in 2017
Gazprom's friends in high places
3 March 2017
The Kremlin has killed plans to increase dividends at state firms. Gazprom is off the hook again
Economics of growth
12 December 2016
Regional finances are set for steady growth, but the CEE could benefit from wider geopolitical stability
Urals gets a benchmark
26 November 2016
Russia wants a contract for its main export blend. Petroleum Economist talks to the head of the exchange that will offer it
Taxation, not privatisation ahead for Russia
28 September 2016
The collapse of the Bashneft sale means Russia's government will wring more cash from producers instead
Russian revival unravelled?
5 September 2016
Russia has started to emerge gingerly from recession but don’t bank on it lasting
The UK’s shale carrot
8 August 2016
Will paying people to like fracking change the outlook for UK gas?
China's new fuel standard
21 February 2017
Under pressure, Sinopec launches cleaner Beijing Six gasoline
Weaker China, stronger India
1 December 2016
It was a mixed year in Asia's energy sector, where the oil market's gaze shifted away from its stalwart to a new rising economy
Cleaning and greening Indian energy
16 November 2016
New Delhi has signed up to the Paris climate-change agreement. Now it needs a cogent plan for natural gas
A 'scrap of paper' in the water
6 September 2016
China has not accepted a ruling denying its claim to energy-rich territory in the South China Sea. It may heighten tensions in the area
India's oil minister: 'We want to increase gas consumption'
13 July 2016
Natural gas is cheap, abundant and cleaner than other fossil fuels. It’s the fuel for India, says the oil and natural gas minister, Dharmendra Pradhan
A renminbi threat to oil?
20 April 2016
A major Chinese currency devaluation probably wouldn’t hurt Chinese oil demand as much as some think
Arab summit: Turning a blind eye
30 March 2017
Arab leaders meeting in Jordan failed to address the critical economic challenges facing the region
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round
Deepening conflict in Libyan oil heartland threatens output
7 March 2017
Islamic militias widen their influence, endangering production
Transition time in the Gulf
1 March 2017
Fearful of American shale and electric cars, GCC states want to lessen their oil-revenue dependence
Israeli gas plans move tentatively ahead
27 February 2017
Geopolitics could harm Leviathan export prospects just as the signs are looking good
After Qaboos
27 February 2017
The sultan hasn't picked a successor, creating uncertainties just when the country needs to perk up its economy and find jobs for its youth
Nigerian output recovery still distant
24 February 2017
As export routes remain blocked, local producers get creative
Libya's political chaos deepens
14 February 2017
An Islamist militia attack on the Sirte Basin was repulsed. But more conflict looks likely
Cairo tries to calm riled Riyadh
27 January 2017
A delayed and much-needed $23bn oil-products package from Saudi Arabia to Cairo is part of a complex political narrative with few signs of an easy fix
Will rising Libyan oil production ruin the Opec deal?
16 January 2017
Exempt from the cuts, the country could still help decide their success or failure
Libya’s oil war flares up
12 December 2016
NOC’s plans to lift output are under threat after renewed fighting in the Sirte basin
Libya - only the brave
8 December 2016
Libyan oil-output growth will eventually need the return of foreign firms
Oil and gas in the new world order
22 March 2017
Geopolitical risks are changing and rising. The energy sector will be in the crosshairs
End of the war for Opec
31 October 2016
In the end, the fiscal pressures and income loss were too great for Opec’s members to bear—and the rewards of the market-share strategy too meagre
Opec’s imperfect deal
30 September 2016
Algiers marks a major policy shift. But the market will want real numbers soon
How an Opec deal could work
28 September 2016
Iran’s demands can be accommodated with some adjustments of the numbers
Ready to deal, Saudi Arabia waits on Iran
28 September 2016
The kingdom is ready to ditch its laissez-fair market strategy and cut production. Iran needs to come on board, but an agreement is close
Opec: the market’s new talking shop
2 June 2016
The cartel won’t be cutting at June’s Vienna meeting. It will be trying to salvage some unity