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OPEC Cuts Inadequate for Oil Market, Prices

Friday, December 14, 2018

OPEC Cuts Inadequate for Oil Market, Prices

Production cuts of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies will be inadequate to push prices higher, which have only shown limited gains so far. The cartel and its allies, dubbed as OPEC+, announced on Dec. 7 that they would curb their production by a total of 1.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) from their October 2018 levels starting on Jan. 1, 2019 for six months.

Gulf Rift Hits OPEC With Qatar's Exit

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gulf Rift Hits OPEC With Qatar's Exit

The rift between the Gulf nations has hit the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Monday with Qatar's decision to leave the cartel after 57 years. The move could be a point-of-no-return in the medium-term for Qatar, given its strained relations with Saudi-led countries in the Middle East. The country could have burned all its bridges leaving it isolated in the Arab world in the long-run.


OPEC's Dilemma: Lose Market Share or Revenue

Friday, November 30, 2018

OPEC's Dilemma: Lose Market Share or Revenue

As crude prices fell to their lowest level over a year on Nov. 23, OPEC is facing another dilemma - a Deja Vu of the price slump in 2014, but this time the choice looks harder for the cartel that faces the full force of greater U.S. shale oil output.
The choice for the cartel is a difficult one when member states and other producers, including Russia, Kazakhstan and Mexico, also known as OPEC+, meet in Vienna on Dec. 6.

Hub-Based Pricing or Oil Indexation, Which to Choose?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Hub-Based Pricing or Oil Indexation, Which to Choose?

Two competing price mechanisms - oil indexation and hub-based pricing are contributors to shaping the global gas market. The debate over which indexation can better represent the fundamental values of the gas market continues to be a subject for discourse not only throughout academia but also among industry practitioners


Militarization of Mediterranean Rises With Exploration Disputes

Friday, November 9, 2018

Militarization of Mediterranean Rises With Exploration Disputes

Tensions are rising quickly in theeastern Mediterranean oversharinghydrocarbon reserves in the area. The latest developments signal increasing volatility. On Nov. 4, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called certain foreign oil companies"bandits of the sea"and warned them against conducting exploration activities near Cyprus.Turkey controls the northern third of the divided island

Talking AI: Is Data Really the ‘New Oil’?

Friday, November 2, 2018

Talking AI: Is Data Really the ‘New Oil’?

From enhanced stock picking to sharpening our picture ofESG, Big Data is already being used by investors to addvalue, and given the ever-expanding pool of information, itsimportance to asset managers can only grow.Our columnist Elisabetta Basilico investigates


Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set to Increase in 2018, IEA Warns

Friday, October 26, 2018

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set to Increase in 2018, IEA Warns

Global greenhouse gas emissions are – yet again – set to increase in 2018 and “aggressive action” is needed to peak emissions, mainly with the help of energy efficiency and renewables, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned at PreCOP24 talks in Krakow, Poland, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said in a tweet

Saudis Skeptical About Russia's Oil Production Prospects

Friday, October 19, 2018

Saudis Skeptical About Russia's Oil Production Prospects

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated in a recent interview with Bloomberg that within the next 19 years, Russia’s role in the oil market might substantially decrease. He even suggested Moscow might stop exporting oil. At the same time, Prince Mohammed praised his own kingdom's supply of hydrocarbon resources, which he said willkeep Saudi Arabia a top market player for decades to come


Pipeline Dreams

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pipeline Dreams

On January 30, the deepwater drillshipSaipem 12000sent its drill bit into a cavern beneath one-and-a-quarter miles of water and a mile of rock in the eastern Mediterranean. The Italian oil and gas company Eni, which had contracted the ship, announced a week later that the cavern, called Calypso, was “an extended gas column,” containing an estimated six to eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas

What No Deal Brexit Means for UK and EU Energy Markets

Friday, October 5, 2018

What No Deal Brexit Means for UK and EU Energy Markets

A no deal Brexit will encourage the U.K. to invest more in domestic power generation to balance additional costs from electricity imports from the EU as a third country and to upgrade its gas storage capacity, a policy analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) told Anadolu Agency on Thursday


Russia Seeks to Increase its Share in LNG Market

Friday, September 28, 2018

Russia Seeks to Increase its Share in LNG Market

Russia seeks to become one of the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters thanks to foreign investments despite U.S. sanctions against some Russian entities. Until a few years ago, Russian authorities had been skeptical about the prospects on competing for the global LNG market dominated by Qatar, Australia, Algeria, Indonesia and the U.S

Saudi Arabia is at its Least Stable in 50 Years

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia is at its Least Stable in 50 Years

The stability of Saudi Arabia is becoming more fragile as the young crown prince’s judgment and competence are increasingly in doubt. Mohammed bin Salman has a track record of impulsive and reckless decisions at home and abroad that calls into question the kingdom’s future


The Hellenic Power Exchange

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Hellenic Power Exchange

We have summarized the Greek energy market and its transition towards the Target Model by reference to the establishment of the Hellenic Power Exchange (HPE) introduced by Laws 4425/2016 and 4512/2018. The intention of the summary is not to analyze in details the energy market but rather to provide an overall insight of the main characteristics of the Greek power market set up and the restructuring effected by reference to the Hellenic Power Exchange


Returns on Green Investments are Down, but so are Costs

Friday, September 14, 2018

Returns on Green Investments are Down, but so are Costs

On the sidelines of the Green for Growth Fund’s (GGF) recently held Sustainable Future Forum and the grand finale of the [email protected] pitching competition for startups, Christopher Knowles, who at the time served as chairman of the GGF, spoke to Balkan Green Energy News about the impact of innovative solutions, return on green investments, and civil society organizations’ allegations concerning run-of-the-river hydropower projects

Renewable Energy Market to Garner 2,152.9 Billion by 2025 at 4.9% CAGR, Says Allied Market Research

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Renewable Energy Market to Garner 2,152.9 Billion by 2025 at 4.9% CAGR, Says Allied Market Research

Continuous depletion of non-renewable energy sources such as coal and petroleum, increase in demand for renewable energy, and long-term cost-effectiveness associated with use of renewable energy resources have propelled the growth of the industry. In addition, increase in awareness about environmental safety & sustainability and proactive government initiatives to promote adoption of renewable energy have augmented the growth of the market


How Climate Change and Human Activity Fuel Wildfires

Thursday, August 23, 2018

How Climate Change and Human Activity Fuel Wildfires

The increasing number and extent of wildfires recently seen in the U.S. and Europe is raising concerns over the greater impact of global climate change and on what best to do to curtail this phenomenon. Wildfires in the U.S., collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, began roaring last month and have been fueled by low humidity and high winds as they continued to consume more than 290,000 acres in 11 days as of Aug. 8

Moscow’s Oil Pipeline Diplomacy

Friday, August 17, 2018

Moscow’s Oil Pipeline Diplomacy

Following the collapse of the U.S.S.R., Russia responded to new oil market realities through the formation of substantial surplus pipeline capacity in the belief that this would enhance energy security, broaden its market share in Europe, and minimize transit risks over the long term


Building New Gas Transportation Infrastructure in the EU

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Building New Gas Transportation Infrastructure in the EU

The process of developing a legally binding regulatory framework for the creation of incremental pipeline capacity in the EU and hence for the construction of new gas pipelines has been uneven and slow. Eight years after the TEP was adopted in March 2009, and more than five years after it entered into force in September 2011, the CAM NC was finally established in March 2017


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