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  • Top 6 Most Powerful Women In Oil And Gas

    When it comes to glass ceilings, there is probably none tougher to crack than the oil and gas industry. For decades the corner office has been the preserve of alpha-male CEOs with a high tolerance for risk. Today, the maxim still holds true. In Oilprice.com's list of the 12 richest oil and gas tycoons, not one is a woman. Recently though, Vicki Hollub, a 33-year veteran with Occidental Petroleum, made American corporate history by becoming the first female CEO of a major U.S. oil company. Hollub, 55, will assume assume control of Occidental's global oil and gas business, replacing current…

  • Where In The World Is The Shale Gas Revolution?

    As it stands the global shale gas revolution is missing in action. To be sure, its impact in the United States – and the subsequent ripple worldwide – was nothing short of game-changing, but the wave of enthusiasm has yet to produce substantial results outside of North America. Still, the dream is far from dead and exciting prospects abound from Argentina to China, and elsewhere in between. Both shale gas and tight oil – more than happenings in Iran, or drilling in the Arctic – look primed to be the dominant market movers in the short- to medium-term. The U.S.…

  • Low Oil Prices Enable India To Abolish Subsidies And Start Taxing Fuels

    The difficulty for the international community in coming to an agreement on carbon emissions has largely been due to the great divide between developed and developing nations on who holds the most responsibility over climate change, and thus, who needs to take on more of the burden of cutting emissions. In recent years, countries like the United States, which has finally started to make progress on reducing emissions, has balked at binding limits greenhouse gas emissions until fast-growing developing countries sign up as well. But the latter category, with China and India as the two largest countries, have resisted absolute…

  • Battered Coal Industry Still Boasts A Few Good Opportunities

    For all the talk about oil, natural gas, and renewable energy, one energy commodity gets very little press; coal. Yet coal is still one of the major sources of power around the world, and in the fastest growing area of the world, it is the dominant source of energy. Fast-growing Asian economies like Vietnam, China, India, and Indonesia are all building new coal plants at a rapid clip. And while a lot of commentators have pointed out how problematic China’s slowdown is for commodity prices, including coal, very few investors seem to be paying attention to what certainly looks like…

  • North-American LNG Could Weaken Russia‚Äôs Grip On Europe

    December 2015 could mark the dawn of a new era – Cheniere Energy is expected to start up the first train of its Sabine Pass LNG export facility, turning the U.S. into a global player in the LNG export market. But Cheniere Energy has even more ambitious plans. According to Reuters, the Houston-based company has plans to supply Eastern Europe with LNG in just a few years, including a floating regasification terminal off the coast of Croatia. That would allow American-produced natural gas to reach Central and Eastern Europe. Cheniere is considering floating regasification because an onshore LNG import facility…

  • Long-Predicted U.S. Shale Production Collapse May Not Materialize Yet

    Summary 1) The EIA drilling productivity report has been used to estimate decline rates in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian light tight oil (LTO or shale) plays (Figure 1). The objective is to estimate how far production will fall in these plays in light of the sharp decline in US rig count. The rationale is to calculate the production level at which new oil production capacity added will cancel the declines and equilibrium is reached.2) The shale drilling industry is highly dynamic. While rig count has fallen by about 60% in the 3 plays since end 2014 this is…

  • Low Prices And Mounting Costs Slam Platinum Producers

    Signs of major problems in the platinum sector last week -- showing that low prices and difficult production conditions are finally catching up with supply. The announcement came from the world's third-largest platinum producer Lonmin. With the company saying that it will idle a substantial portion of its operations in response to depressed market conditions. Lonmin said it will close two of its production shafts in South Africa. And temporarily idle three others. Related: Top Factors Undermining Any Oil Price Recovery The result will be a significant cut in Lonmin's overall platinum output. With production expected to drop by 100,000 ounces…

  • Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

    The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s radar.It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics.And while investors have long appreciated the steady rise in demand for this preferred mineral, the number of new applications continues to multiply. Smart phones, tablets, laptops,…

  • Ongoing Security Concerns In Kurdistan Have Oil Companies On Edge

    Iraq has successfully ramped up oil production in recent months despite ongoing violence. According to Deutsche Bank, Iraq produced 4.1 million barrels of oil per day in June, a record high. But even though the country as a whole is making significant production gains, some of the private companies operating in Iraq – in particular those companies in the country’s north – are facing a series of security and political challenges that are complicating their financial positions. First, oil companies Genel Energy, Gulf Keystone Petroleum, and Norway’s DNO have sizable operations in Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in Iraq’s north. But…

  • Gazprom Putting The Squeeze On Turkmenistan

    Natural gas relationships are a bit like marriage. They are often long, expensive and ultimately very difficult to end. There could not be a better example than the energy relationship between Gazprom and Turkmenistan. Although the country’s independence from the Soviet Union gave the newly-elected president, Saparmurad Niyazov, also known as Turkmenbashi (the Father of the Turkmens), exclusive control over the sixth largest natural gas reserves in the world, the government’s dependence on Russia to market Turkmen gas did not change. For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, Turkmenistan was selling the majority of its gas output, to Russia,…

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