Europe & Eurasia
High hopes for an independent Scotland's oil wealth
25 March 2013
The Scottish are due to vote in 18 months on whether to leave the UK - taking with them the majority of the UK's oil and gas production
UK offers shale gas tax boost as economy stalls
25 March 2013
A new shale-gas field allowance and lower corporate tax rates could get the shale-gas industry get off the ground
Europe and China warned they must kick the coal habit
18 March 2013
Industry leaders warn over the impact on climate change
Policy and finance contributing to Europe's dying gas demand
13 March 2013
Confusing government policies, financial woes and the resurgence of coal are all impacting upon demand for natural gas in Europe
Europe's shale caution may see it waste its potential
7 March 2013
The EU must speed up development of shale-gas or it risks wasting a valuable resource
Albania's Albpetrol sell-off scrapped as accusations fly
6 March 2013
Albania's attempt to privatise the state oil and gas firm has stumbled
Evergreener lands: tough Nordic emissions reductions
27 February 2013
The Nordic countries are trying to eke out more fuel efficiencies, but it won’t be easy
Final decisions to be made for Shah Deniz expansion
8 February 2013
The partners in the Shah Deniz field must make two important decisions: a final investment decision for the Caspian gasfield's second-phase development and a pipeline to carry production to Europe
UK's vast shale gas stash could slash Europe gas prices
31 January 2013
The UK has vast shale-gas reserves that could cause domestic and European natural gas prices to tumble, according to a new report, due for release in the next few months
European unconventionals sector must forge its own path
3 January 2013
Shale gas holds enormous promise for Europe but producers must adequately address social and environmental concerns
UK gives fracking the green light but controls will be introduced
13 December 2012
The UK will allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to resume, but it will introduce more stringent environmental controls for the process, the government has said
Testing times for Swiss-based traders as scrutiny increases
13 December 2012
Switzerland struggles to adapt to increased regulation and transparency rules
European Commission sets out new road for biofuels
8 October 2012
The EC will limit the consumption of biofuels due to competition with food crops and land use
Tax cut on shallow-water gasfields due to lift UK gas activity
8 August 2012
The UK government has cut tax charges on large shallow-water gasfields
UK government plans a patent box regime
18 May 2012
UK government plans for a ‘patent box’ regime has a number of distinct tax advantages for energy sector firms
UK Budget provides lift for oil producers
25 April 2012
Budget policies look promising for oil and gas producers
How UK oil and gas policy was made
3 January 2012
The volatile history of UK offshore oil and gas policy provides a number of lessons for emerging producers
UK may join France in call for Iran oil export ban
24 November 2011
Crude import sanctions would hit southern European countries hardest
UK upstream investment in peril from legal and commercial hurdles
17 November 2011
Worldwide, oil and gas firms must jump legal and commercial hurdles to secure upstream finance. New UK taxes have raised the bar, threatening offshore development
US warned ExxonMobil of Kurdistan deal risk
14 November 2011
Shell asked UK government to help it secure contract in disputed region
KazMunaiGas EP’s $5 billion spending splash
26 October 2011
Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production (KMG EP) is sitting on a large cash pile and looking for ways to spend it
UK firm lobbies Hague over Libya security deal
23 September 2011
NTC says Heritage Oil offer "unacceptable". Company’s go-between claims inside track with new oil figure
Battlelines drawn over UK energy tax decision
10 May 2011
Opposition to the UK’s controversial decision to increase taxes on the country’s energy industry has gained pace
Further complication for UK upstream tax regime
12 April 2011
The UK government is shooting itself in the foot by raising taxes on the upstream oil and gas sector
UK immigration reform a threat to North Sea operators
31 March 2011
Targets to reduce net migration to the UK could hamper upstream development plans in the North Sea
Gas gains on German vote
29 March 2011
Anti-nuclear sentiment powers Greens to Baden-Wüttemberg win; UK plans carbon-price floor