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Standing still is not an option for oil firms

Next year will not see a return to business-as-usual. Companies should not deny the new paradigm, but embrace it

The global economy and capital markets have rebounded strongly—and much faster—than many predicted in the second half of 2020. But the optimism seems to be bypassing the oil and gas (O&G) industry. The Brent crude price benchmark, for example, remained largely rangebound around $45/bl since June 2020 and, even on the back of Covid-19 vaccine optimism, has struggled to decisively breach $50/bl as the year ends. Similarly, oil demand, which has recovered from April’s 25pc fall, is still 8pc below its pre-pandemic levels. In fact, the recovery in road and jet fuel demand growth moderated in late 2020 as Europe and the US struggled with second and third waves of Covid-19 infections respecti



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