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Energy / Energy-General

OIlprice.com's Energy section focuses on all energy related topics that can't be easily classified in our other categories. Topics covered are fossil fuel energy, solar energy, wind energy and many other types of energy sources.

  • Could The New Silk Road End Old Geopolitical Tensions?

     Part 2: Cold War or Competition on the New Silk Road. Note:In Part 1 of “The New Silk Road,” we examined the China’s plan for rebuilding the Silk Road, stretching from Europe to Asia. In Part 2, we look at currently proposed projects, and geopolitical rivalries that could stall and hamper progress. Silk Road Projects: It is important to understand that the new “Road’ is not a formal plan in any sense but merely a broad outline of goals, a work in progress, being filled in, opportunistically, with projects as they are developed, and as negotiations with target countries allow.…

  • Four Opportunities Presented By Stabilizing Oil Prices

    The past year has been seen oil prices drop to below $50 per barrel. But now that prices seem to be stabilizing, a number of new trends and investment opportunities emerge. After a wild year in which NYMEX oil prices fell below $50, and are still 30% below the price from this time last year, oil is finally emerging from its death throes. Although when markets look ahead they still see contango – a situation where futures prices are higher than spot prices for a commodity – few observers see $100/barrel oil on the horizon. Of course, there are as…

  • Midweek Sector Update: Self-Defeating Realities Of The Oil Sector

    The US rig count may finally be bottoming out. Baker Hughes reported that the number of rigs pulled from the oil patch fell to just one for the week ending on May 22. After several weeks in which the decline in rig counts have slowed, the posting of just one lost rig count for last week means that the US shale industry is potentially at an inflection point. It is possible that with oil prices having somewhat stabilized around $60 per barrel over the past month, oil companies that have breakeven costs on the lower end of the spectrum may…

  • E.U. Could Provide Push U.S. Needs To Lift Energy Export Limits

     On May 21, the United States Senate approved fast-track legislation that has the potential to expedite several international trade negotiations, not least the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free-trade deal with Europe. For European nations, hoping that a new accord will also pave the way for greater access to US energy exports, the news should be well received. The TTIP covers a whole host of trade issues, from regulatory cooperation to labor rights. In terms of energy, the deal could bind the US and the EU closer. Europe sources much of its energy from Russia, an increasingly…

  • Shell Approval May Trigger Resource Race In The Arctic

    In a few short months Shell will (re)enter the Chukchi Sea. The oil and gas major still awaits approval from a number of state and federal agencies, but in early May the company received the consent of the Obama administration to explore the remote Arctic sea 70 miles off the coast of Alaska. Source: Nicolas Rapp, FortuneIf it sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Shell was in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas for much of 2012 – a stint that ended with more headaches than drilling. Following some high-profile failures with its Noble Discoverer and Kulluk rigs, Shell put its Arctic…

  • Major Offshore Potential In This Tiny Nation

    Introduction The North Sea has long been in decline. An era in which the British Islands fueled Europe’s oil and gas needs, which has lasted for over a generation, is slowly coming to a close. But while Scotland (and thus, the UK) has been the base for North Sea oil development, Ireland has largely been left out of the hydrocarbon bonanza. Having never developed its own oil and gas resources, Ireland has been a sort of forgotten step child to its larger neighbor just across the Irish Sea. However, that could soon change. A recent announcement about the large potential…

  • This Week In Energy: Petrobras Scandal Could Undermine Brazil’s Economy

    Petrobras has tried hard to put its massive scandal behind it. After a corruption scheme involving kickbacks was uncovered last year, the Brazilian oil giant has buckled under the weight of the political blowback. The financial tally relating to the scandal seemed to rise by the day. In recent weeks however, the company hoped to put the worst of it in the past, offering up more concrete figures on its losses ($17 billion) to assuage the concerns of its creditors and shareholders. The financial markets have started to come to terms with the scandal, and Petrobras appears to be on…

  • New Silk Road Could Change Global Economics Forever

     Part 1: The New Silk Road Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination.China is building the world’s greatest economic development and construction project ever undertaken: The New Silk Road. The project aims at no less than a revolutionary change in the economic map of the world. It is also seen by many as the first shot in a battle between east and west for dominance in Eurasia.The…

  • M&A To Take Front Seat In Oil Industry

    Over the last decade, the oil majors have spent many billions on upstream exploration activity, hoping to find new gushers to replace their mature assets. But gone are the days when oil companies would take on new mega projects with tens of billions of dollars in exploration costs.With the shadow of low oil prices looming large over the oil majors, mergers and acquisitions are now considered to be the best bet to increase revenues and market reach. The potential merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BG group will be the biggest oil and gas merger in over a decade, thereby…

  • China Builds Influence In Latin America As Commodity Prices Tank

    Latin America is increasingly turning to China for an influx of capital.China’s Premier Li Keqiang took a tour of South America and on a stop in Brazil announced billions of dollars in fresh investment. Most notably, China is injecting $7 billion into Brazil’s oil company Petrobras, which has suffered under the weight of a massive corruption scandal. China and Brazil have also agreed to setup a $50 billion fund that would invest in Brazil’s infrastructure.Many of the economies in Latin America are largely driven by commodity exports, much of which is sent to China. That includes soy, beef, iron ore,…