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3 December 2020

That the Eastern Mediterranean has sufficient volumes of discovered and discoverable gas reserves to become a globally relevant supply centre has not been in doubt for several years. The challenge has always been how to monetise discoveries that lie in multiple jurisdictions and often in deep water, in a region that has both geographic advantages but also geopolitical challenges.

This webcast explores the latest developments in the area and examines why there might now be more reasons than ever to be positive hitherto elusive export solutions might be found.

19 January 2021

The energy transition is set to transform the economic fundamentals of energy production over the next 30 years. The paradigm is shifting from being dominated by finite hydrocarbon resources to virtually infinite renewable energy, which also offers extremely low marginal costs.

Renewables are already outcompeting fossil fuels in many applications, and this is set to accelerate throughout the energy sector. But the optimal pathway remains far from certain, including the role of gas and LNG to reduce emissions on the road to net-zero.

We are delighted to welcome on board Berkeley Research Group LLC for this Transition Economist webcast along with experts Christopher Goncalves and Matthew Tanner. Alastair O'Dell, editor of Transition Economist, will moderate this webcast for PE Media Network.

25 November 2020

Energy transitions around Asia Pacific are as varied as the countries of the region but several themes are emerging. Gas is set to play a major role in displacing coal, new renewable projects are emerging regularly and the potential of hydrogen is being seriously considered in the most developed economies. While there are huge differences in the pace of transitions around the region, the direction of travel is now indisputable.

An expert panel of leading lawyers and financial professionals from across the region will discuss: the factors driving energy transitions in particular nations, from domestic industrial demand to geopolitical considerations, as well as an inevitable focus on cost and profitability.

18 November 2020

Committing to the Paris Agreement is just the first step in the move to a lower-carbon future. Energy and industrial companies must soon commit, in a world of unprecedented uncertainty, to long-term strategic decisions that may have existential consequences.

The development of the global energy system is beyond the control of even the largest organisation. Every company must therefore make sense of a world that is too complex and interconnected for every factor to be modelled—from social and political forces to environmental, economic and technological constraints.

A new methodology is needed to cut through this overwhelming flow of data and to support strategies that are durable enough to succeed across multiple transition scenarios and be adapted as the world changes.

We are delighted to welcome speakers:

  • Geoff Tuff, Principal, Deloitte
  • Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor
  • William Zimmern, Head of Energy Transition and System Analysis, bp
  • Moderator – Stuart Broadley, CEO, Energy Industries Council (EIC)


5 November 2020

Since the landmark energy reforms were introduced in late 2013, sweeping change has reverberated across Mexico’s oil and gas industry. After 75 years of tight government control, the energy sector was pried open to foreign involvement for the first time as international companies surged to participate in a series of breakthrough bidding rounds.

Fast forward and again much has changed. Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador, after taking office in December 2018, quickly froze all licensing rounds, set ambitious upstream targets and prioritised the construction of a new refinery in Tabasco. At the same time, Mexico has rapidly become an upstream hotspot, with major discoveries from Spanish explorer Repsol and Italy’s Eni earlier this year.   

The expert panel assembled will discuss some of these key themes, examining the state of Mexico's energy reforms, as well as the challenges that the sector faces. Topics include:

•    How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected E&P and what does this mean for the regulatory environment? 
•    What does the outcome of unitisation discussions mean for private sector E&P?
•    What current issues does the midstream and downstream face in Mexico?
•    How have international treaties impacted Mexico's energy reforms and what does this mean for foreign investment

29 October 2020

The International Maritime Organization has set an ambitious target to reduce the CO2 emissions of international shipping by at least 40pc by 2030 and towards 70pc by 2050. But how can the industry be decarbonised at a cost that is not unduly detrimental to global trade?

Momentum to meet this goal is certainly building, but industry players are still searching for workable strategies and business models. Shell, in collaboration with Deloitte and working with many leaders in the industry, has completed a major new piece of research that investigates what needs to be done to unlock the changes necessary for decarbonisation.

This webcast will draw on this research to establish the current state of the industry, the attributes of lower-carbon alternatives and economically viable pathways to a decarbonised future.

An expert panel has been assembled to discuss:

  • Potential CO2 gains from decarbonising shipping
  • Current efforts being made by the industry
  • The role of cross-industry collaboration among regulators, fuel suppliers, shipping firms and others
  • The viability of leading low-carbon contenders such as LNG and ammonia
  • Strategies and business models for companies seeking to contribute to decarbonisation


21 October 2020

Digital technologies are rapidly transforming every aspect of oil and gas value chains. New tools are being leveraged to help drive down costs, improve efficiencies and disrupt legacy business models and strategies. Covid-19 and volatile market conditions have only accelerated the importance of laying down the digital groundwork for future value creation.

Petroleum Economist, in association with Publicis Sapient, will host a PE Live webcast to explore the outcomes of our extensive survey of industry leaders. You can download a summary of the results HERE. ​​Respondents identified the technologies that they believe have the greatest impact and the main barriers to further adoption, among many other themes.

This webinar will unpick the central findings of the survey and use them as a springboard to a wider conversation surrounding digitalisation in oil and gas. The expert panel will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the appetite for digitalisation, the importance of digital investment amid volatile oil and gas market, greatest ROI opportunities in midstream and downstream sectors, barriers and risks to digital transformation project, case studies of successful implementation

9 July 2020

The widespread application of hydrogen solutions will be an essential contributor to countries being able to achieve their carbon-emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. Hydrogen has vast potential as a versatile fuel that can be applied to a wide variety of sectors, from heavy industry to urban settings, and is particularly useful in sectors unsuitable for electrification.

The panel will discuss cutting-edge developments in creating profitable uses for hydrogen, moving towards commercial applications that decarbonise a range of specific sectors without the need for government support.

16 July 2020

Production of low or zero-carbon hydrogen on an industrial scale needs to be built in tandem with the emerging sources of demand across the economy. The ultimate goal is to be able to create hydrogen on a cost-competitive basis with grey hydrogen, which uses a carbon-intensive methane steam reforming process and currently dominates industrial supply, as well as conventional fuels/sources for power generation. 

The panel will discuss the viability of different sources of hydrogen supply, energy storage solutions and renewable power generation, including from wind farms. It will consider recent technological developments and remaining challenges, as well as the economic and legal foundations necessary to facilitate its widespread adoption.

18 June 2020

The science behind the hydrogen economy has been around for many years, but only now are the necessary real-world factors coming together to support its implementation. Is this the right time to start building a hydrogen economy?

Governments, companies and electorates are increasingly viewing hydrogen as the most workable solution to the challenge set by the Paris Agreement. It offers huge potential gains over fossil fuels for power and transport and in terms of supporting renewables in power grids and storing energy. The challenge is how to make it all economically viable. 

The expert panel will discuss the progress made in developing a hydrogen economy and the challenges that remain. It will cover:

  • The potential pathways to a hydrogen economy
  • Legal and regulatory issues for developing a new market
  • Capital market funding and investor perspectives
  • Technological developments and cost reduction


4 June 2020

It has certainly been an eventful year for the global economy and energy markets. Many oil and gas producers had set out plans to transition to lower carbon fuels—but will this trend accelerate or lose momentum?

  • Would cheap oil for the foreseeable future help or hinder the energy transition?
  • The contrast between European Green Deal and US state-level approaches
  • How could the transition can be funded amid low oil revenues?
  • Would investors and the public accept a slowing of the transition?
  • Geopolitical considerations of a shift to China-based renewables supply chains
21 May 2020

This webcast looks at the positives that remain for the UKCS even during the depressed price environment, but also examines the risks it poses for the MER strategy. We will ask what happens to assets that have changed hands in recent years and how the M&A landscape looks for the future.

Moving forward, we will confront the challenges facing the UKCS supply chain and think too about the importance of the role of the OGA. Longer-term, we will consider what the future might hold for a lower carbon North Sea, as well as discussing what next for decommissioning.

14 May 2020

The OFSE sector is under severe pressure globally - given sharply lower oil prices, c.30pc capex cuts across the industry and continuously declining rig counts - and the challenges are particularly acute in the US shale oil sector. How should participants respond and how will the industry evolve?

The expert panel will consider:

•    The challenges the OFSE sector faces and the potential solutions
•    The role of technology, including digital transformation
•    The lessons that can be learned from the post-2014 era
•    How decarbonisation of production will be impacted
•    What the industry will look like when the crisis is over


23 April 2020

The relationship between oil and gas producers and their customers is going through the biggest change in a generation. Petroleum Economist, in association with King & Spalding, is hosting a webcast on how the Covid-19 pandemic and oil price crash is impacting existing contracts and the negotiation of new ones in this new era.


14 April 2020

The second webcast of the 'PE Live' series, in association with Shearman & Sterling will cover:

  • The prospects for and challenges of M&A in the current swiftly evolving market
  • The way forward for M&A as the post-coronavirus picture becomes clearer
  • The strategy of majors and other large IOCs
  • Learnings from the aftermath of previous price collapses and their relevance this time round
  •  Potential acquisition targets
7 April 2020

Join Petroleum Economist and special guests on the first PE Live webcast on Tuesday 7th April.

Some key questions our expert panellists will be answering:

• Is there a scenario where a sustained production war combined with unprecedented global demand impact changes the oil market forever?

• Do Saudi Arabia and Russia have any choice but to step back, given the escalation of Covid-19’s demand impact?

• What does the future of the US shale patch look like in various supply and demand scenarios?

• How do other production centres cope in the new price environment?

• Is cheap feedstock enough to protect refined products and petchems markets from the demand shock?

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