Author: Vincent Lauerman
Letter from Canada: Time for Biden to end hypocrisy
30 November 2021
The US president talks the talk on urgent decarbonisation, but cannot ignore bilateral midstream dispute between Michigan and Canada
Oil sands producers keep the reins tight
23 November 2021
No extravagant spending is planned ahead of a capital-intensive push towards a lower carbon footprint
IEA and Opec out of step on long-term perspective
1 November 2021
The Paris-based intergovernmental organisation has its eyes firmly on a net-zero future. Opec not so much
Energy crises will not derail transition
26 October 2021
Veteran analysts conclude that short-term risks to the longer-term trend towards net zero are overblown
Western Canada’s gas revival
19 October 2021
Midstream pipeline expansion and cautious operator spending is fuelling an uptick in prices
Letter from Canada: Kenney gives Alberta a clean energy image problem
21 September 2021
The home of Canada’s oil and gas sector is seeking to reposition itself but is being hamstrung by the record of its provincial government
US shale upsurge put on hold
14 September 2021
Domestic production has gradually crept up since the worst of the pandemic, but significant growth is unlikely to take place before 2023
Oil set to miss out on supercycle bounty
19 August 2021
Consultancies warn that a sluggish demand outlook will largely prevent crude from joining in any sustained post-Covid price spikes
Letter from Canada: Kenney hits accelerator along dead-end road
10 August 2021
Positive CCS dialogue highlights an alternative path if the populist provincial leader can stomach it
Letter from Canada: The oil sands revolution has begun
22 June 2021
Oil Sands Pathway offers sector renewed long-term hope
Letter from Canada: Net zero poses existential threat to oil sands
8 June 2021
Oil sands producers will need to make drastic changes if they are going to survive the next few decades
Worst is over for US refining
24 May 2021
Wave of recent refinery closures and competitive edge make consolidation increasingly less likely
Saudi Arabia looks positively to the future
18 May 2021
The president of Riyadh-based thinktank Kapsarc sees the Kingdom as well-positioned for the industry changes to come
Letter from Canada: Alberta concedes to energy transition
12 May 2021
The region’s hydrocarbons sector grudgingly accepts the inevitable rise of low-carbon energy, and the government is taking steps not to be left out
BP and Shell prepare for the worst
28 April 2021
The UK-headquartered majors are pursuing strategies that assume the future plays out least favourably for hydrocarbons
BP and Shell prepare for the worst
27 April 2021
The UK-headquartered majors are pursuing strategies that assume the future plays out least favourably for hydrocarbons
IEA cries wolf again
25 March 2021
The agency may be overestimating demand and lowballing Opec supply to foresee a tighter market than will materialise
Canadian oil sands in shackles
12 March 2021
Producers tighten their belts even as financial conditions rally and midstream expansion looms
Letter from Canada: Alberta’s debt quagmire
8 March 2021
The province’s strategy of stimulating economic diversification through oil revenue largesse has largely proved a failure
Opportunity knocks for Canadian consolidation
18 February 2021
Recent M&A deals and recovering oil prices showcase the potential for further activity in 2021
Shell sees common trends in its transition scenarios
17 February 2021
Certain themes dominate across the range of the major’s view of potential futures
Shell sees common trends in its transition scenarios
16 February 2021
Certain themes dominate across the range of the major’s view of potential futures
Letter from Canada: Last chance for Newfoundland offshore
4 February 2021
The province has potential, but it needs big finds and it needs them fast
Letter from Canada: Keystone XL’s demise a fiasco and opportunity
26 January 2021
The Canadian oilsands industry should now be clear where it stands and plan accordingly
Enbridge challenges Michigan mandate
19 January 2021
Canadian midstream firm rails against federal executive order calling for Line 5 pipeline closure
Opec+ power shift points to lower crude price paradigm
18 January 2021
If Russia can marshal allies to seize control of the producers’ group, it might respond to structural demand concerns with a volume-over-value strategy
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