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James Burgess

James Burgess

Contributor since: 12 Jan 2012


James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also studied journalism and has written many articles over the years for a wide variety of sources.
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Latest articles from James

  • BG Group Eyes Singapore as New LNG Trading Hub

    Published 08 April 2014 | viewed 1,629 times

    UK-based BG Group is joining in the rush on Singapore as the company moves to relocate its global oil and gas-trading headquarters to the Asia’s…

  • Russia-Iran Oil Swap Deal Gains Momentum

    Published 03 April 2014 | viewed 2,158 times

    Russia and Iran are moving closer to a $20 billion oil-for-goods deal launched earlier this year, according to a Reuters report citing unnamed sources close…

  • Panic as June Deadline Nears for Ethanol Mandate

    Published 03 April 2014 | viewed 1,632 times

    As the June deadline nears for a decision on the ethanol mandate, lobbying picks up momentum in Washington as ethanol struggles in a purgatory somewhere…

  • Total, Lukoil To Drill in ‘Russian Bakken’

    Published 01 April 2014 | viewed 1,456 times

    Russia’s Lukoil and France's Total SA have reportedly signed a memorandum to develop the Bazhenov shale oil fields in western Siberia, according to Russian news…

  • Lithuania Asks US to Expedite Gas Exports

    Published 31 March 2014 | viewed 1,594 times

    Lithuania's energy minister has joined Central European calls for Washington to expedite approval for US natural gas exports to Europe to reduce dependence on Russia.…

  • Canada Approves LNG Exports for Project Hopefuls

    Published 30 March 2014 | viewed 1,640 times

    While liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals proposals are languishing under the measured pace of approval in the United States, Canada is approving licenses in…

  • Hungary’s MOL Gets Ambitious in North Sea

    Published 27 March 2014 | viewed 1,221 times

    Hungarian-based oil and gas company MOL has finalized the $375-million acquisition of 14 offshore oil licenses in the North Sea from German BASF’s Wintershall subsidiary.The…

  • China Eyes Massive Production from First Shale Project

    Published 26 March 2014 | viewed 2,276 times

    China’s Sinopec is planning to develop a production capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year by 2017 at the Fuling shale gas field, making…

  • US Green Lights 7th LNG Export Project

    Published 25 March 2014 | viewed 1,407 times

    The US government on Monday approved a seventh natural gas export project, giving the green light for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Oregon,…

  • Small Oil Companies Eye Huge Prize in Ghana

    Published 24 March 2014 | viewed 1,662 times

    Since the first discovery of the massive Jubilee oilfield in Ghana by a start-up company, the West African playing field has begun to change, and…

  • Koch Industries Ordered to Spend $44M in Refinery Upgrades

    Published 23 March 2014 | viewed 1,850 times

    Koch Industries’ Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources (FHR) will invest $300 million in a Minnesota refinery to improve energy efficiency and clean fuels production, after being…

  • Ghana’s Jubilee Points to Best Offshore Acreage in the World

    Published 21 March 2014 | viewed 2,078 times

    The oil industry hasn’t started off 2014 with a bang. The oil majors – ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP – all posted disappointing fourth…

  • Shell Awards Contracts for Iraq’s Giant Manjoon Oil Field

    Published 20 March 2014 | viewed 1,624 times

    Shell, the operator of Iraq’s giant Manjoon oil field, has contracted engineering company Foster Wheeler to help build new facilities and rehabilitate existing infrastructure to…

  • Geothermal Gains Traction in Post-Fukushima Japan

    Published 19 March 2014 | viewed 1,831 times

    Japan’s Chuo Electric Power Co. is preparing to launch the country’s first new geothermal power project in 15 years at a time when Tokyo is…

  • Forget Shale – it's Time to Put your Chips on Ghana's Black Gold

    Published 19 March 2014 | viewed 1,780 times

    Investing in smaller companies setting their sights on frontier prospects comes with an immense amount  of risk given the high cost of drilling just one…

  • Russian Billionaire to Buy Distressed German Power Giant

    Published 18 March 2014 | viewed 1,225 times

    German power giant RWE has announced plans to sell its oil and gas unit Dea to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s L1 Energy in a $7.1…

  • Victory for Chevron in Ecuador Amazon Case

    Published 16 March 2014 | viewed 1,020 times

    A US federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Chevron in a record $19 billion-dollar judgment against the company for contaminating Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. A…

  • US Using Oil to Fight Russian Gas Politics in Ukraine?

    Published 13 March 2014 | viewed 3,918 times

    The US appears to be building pressure on Russia over its actions in Ukraine by releasing crude oil from its emergency stockpile onto the market,…

  • Glencore Eyes Shell’s Beleaguered Nigeria Assets

    Published 12 March 2014 | viewed 1,395 times

    Switzerland-based commodity trader and miner Glencore has expressed interest in purchasing Shell’s oil assets in Nigeria, putting the company on the shortlist of consortiums that…

  • Exxon Eyes Production at 10 New Projects

    Published 10 March 2014 | viewed 1,756 times

    Supergiant oil company ExxonMobil Corp. says it plans to simultaneously cut spending and launch production at a record 10 major projects this year, adding 300,000…