Opinion
Letter from China: Covid resurgence compounds economic concerns
3 August 2021
China’s economy faces headwinds that go beyond than the arrival of the Delta variant
Letter from China: Gas boom comes with an expiry date
12 July 2021
China’s gas market is poised for rapid expansion, but decarbonisation efforts may end the party sooner than previously expected
Letter from London: Shipping GHG targets not all plain sailing
8 July 2021
The IMO’s ambitious emission goals are still reliant on as-yet unproven technology
Letter from South America: Colombia needs to act on declining output
6 July 2021
The Andean country’s recent troubles highlight the need to encourage exploration
Letter from Africa: Upstream opportunities abound as majors step back
5 July 2021
There are plenty of large sellers and smaller buyers, but there may be a medium-size missing piece
Letter from Australia: Upstream industry commits to net zero
24 June 2021
Climate and carbon dominated the recent Appea conference
Letter from Canada: The oil sands revolution has begun
22 June 2021
Oil Sands Pathway offers sector renewed long-term hope
Letter from Houston: Fiscal discipline has positives and negatives
9 June 2021
No rush for a production rebound makes sense. But it may impact on the long-term attractiveness of a career in oil
Russian producers set for good year
8 June 2021
First quarter results thus far point to a solid recovery. The rest of the year could be even better
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
Letter from London: How will scope three emissions work in practice?
7 June 2021
Carbon intensity of upstream production could become a mere sideshow as and when decisions are made over the allocation of a barrel of oil’s carbon footprint across the value chain
How will scope three emissions work in practice?
7 June 2021
Carbon intensity of upstream production could become a mere sideshow as and when decisions are made over the allocation of a barrel of oil’s carbon footprint across the value chain
Letter from the Middle East: Green shoots of recovery
27 May 2021
There are many reasons to be cheerful across the Mena oil and gas patch
Letter from China: Beijing targets Australian spot LNG
18 May 2021
LNG is the latest Australian export targeted by China in its trade spat with Canberra. Even limited moves represent an escalation in the standoff
Algerian upstream remains not for the fainthearted
14 May 2021
Even after the hydrocarbons law passes, would-be partners will not have troubles to seek
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
Algeria rearranges the deckchairs while the ship sinks
11 May 2021
The country’s latest spat with a foreign investor is likely to be just as self-defeating as previous disputes
Letter from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia ponders oil privatisation
11 May 2021
The Kingdom is weighing up a potential midstream asset sale following an innovative funding move in the UAE
Letter from Australia: ‘Gas-led recovery’ under the microscope
5 May 2021
The government has made remarkably little progress on its plans since unveiling the agenda in September 2020
Clock ticks on Algeria
29 April 2021
Time to ponder the value of its hydrocarbons is a luxury the North African state may no longer have
Letter from China: Coal phase-out raises energy security risk
28 April 2021
Coal’s long goodbye means Beijing will need to brace for reduced energy security
Letter from Amsterdam: Europe’s IOCs first out of the blocks
27 April 2021
As investor sentiment shifts, companies that align with the transition have a significant competitive edge
Europe’s IOCs first out of the blocks
27 April 2021
As investor sentiment shifts, companies that align with the transition have a significant competitive edge
Letter from the US: offshore gets that sinking feeling
6 April 2021
Low-carbon ambitions could jeopardise national energy security if drilling moratorium proves permanent
Letter from the Middle East: UAE unveils Murban benchmark
30 March 2021
Pivot towards Asia paves the way for a new crude futures contract, offering an attractive alternative to long-established grades
Letter from China: Five-Year Plan puts energy over decarbonisation
28 March 2021
China’s reluctance to ease back on fossil fuels highlights the contrasting narratives of energy security and decarbonisation
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