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    Published 21 June 2013 | viewed 6,003 times

    ‘Peacekeepers’ for South African MinesSouth Africa is toying with the idea of deploying what it refers to as “peacekeepers” to restore a sense of security…

  • Haynesville: True Staying Power

    Published 14 June 2013 | viewed 5,210 times

    Five years ago, the Haynesville shale emerged as the largest producing shale gas play in the US, with an estimated 250 trillion cubic feet of…

  • EGYPT: Political, Economic Uncertainty Fueled by Fuel

    Published 14 June 2013 | viewed 6,635 times

    Bottom Line: As Egypt’s political uncertainty soars unabated, two major oil supply deals with Iraq and Libya are falling through without the financing guarantees, while…

  • BRAZIL: Petrobras Discoveries Mean More Debt

    Published 14 June 2013 | viewed 8,287 times

    Bottom Line: Petrobras has made the largest-ever crude oil discovery in Brazil as estimates for the Libra field are doubled to as much as 12…

  • ARGENTINA: Govt Lashes Out at ‘Hidden Money’

    Published 14 June 2013 | viewed 7,445 times

    Bottom Line: Argentina is hoping to reign in hidden money and redirect it to government coffers with a new “tax amnesty” as the black market…

  • GHANA: Forward Movement on TEN Project

    Published 14 June 2013 | viewed 6,758 times

    Bottom Line: Tullow gets a boost in emerging oil major Ghana, with the official green light for a massive deep-water development project encompassing its three…

  • Gasoline Prices Fall Around the US, Except the Midwest

    Published 10 June 2013 | viewed 4,115 times

    From Reuters: U.S. Midwest gasoline price spike expected to lingerGasoline prices at the pump in several U.S. Midwestern states have spiked close to record highs…

  • Next on the US Shale Scene? Try Tuscaloosa

    Published 07 June 2013 | viewed 6,601 times

    It’s not a household name yet—and it’s a bit of a mouthful—but the 2.7 million-acre Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi…

  • TURKEY: Erdogan Fails to Regain Control

    Published 07 June 2013 | viewed 8,190 times

    Bottom Line: If Prime Minister Erdogan continues to mismanage a crisis in the form of 7 days running of mass anti-government protests, the highly influential…

  • VENEZUELA: Lurching Towards Political Chaos and Recession

    Published 07 June 2013 | viewed 6,807 times

    Bottom Line: Amid two major oil deals, Venezuela is lurching towards political chaos with the state oil company’s debts rivaling those of the federal government…

  • GREECE: How Gazprom Will Get Control of Greece’s Pipeline Potential

    Published 07 June 2013 | viewed 7,988 times

    Bottom Line: As Greece sells off its state-owned natural gas company (DEPA/DEFSA) under insolvency pressure, a minor Russian holding steps in as a proxy for…

  • TURKEY-TURKMENISTAN: 12 Energy Deals Solidify Cooperation

    Published 07 June 2013 | viewed 5,958 times

    Bottom Line: Turkey has long been the inroad into Turkmenistan’s oil and gas sector, and the recent inking of a deal between the two countries…

  • Spread between WTI and Brent Increases as Cushing Overflows

    Published 03 June 2013 | viewed 8,601 times

    Oil prices have been declining. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil (quoted in terms of delivery in Cushing, Oklahoma) has fallen to $91.97 per barrel…

  • Turkey: Game-Changing Oil & Gas Legislation Afoot

    Published 31 May 2013 | viewed 9,004 times

    We’ve noted recently that Turkey is a hot venue for both the majors and the juniors, but that there still hasn’t been that one big…

  • KURDISTAN: Genel Announces Another Find

    Published 31 May 2013 | viewed 6,735 times

    Bottom Line: Anglo-Turkish Genel Energy—the biggest license holder in Iraqi Kurdistan—has announced another discovery, boosting the company’s already significant resources in Kurdistan. Analysis: Genel Energy…

  • POLAND: Shale Tax Policy Delay, Little Appeasement for Investors

    Published 31 May 2013 | viewed 7,176 times

    Bottom Line: Shale gas explorers in Poland get a bit of a boost (but not enough) as the government prepares to postpone shale gas production…

  • COLOMBIA: Oil Pipelines Remain Constant Rebel Target

    Published 31 May 2013 | viewed 6,596 times

    Bottom Line: Despite news of significant progress in peace talks between the government of Colombia and the rebel group FARC, guerrillas in the north and…

  • TUNISIA: Salafi Extremism Will Affect Oil Confidence

    Published 31 May 2013 | viewed 6,329 times

    Bottom Line: Developments during the month of May indicate that Tunisia’s Islamist government is preparing in earnest to take on the threat posed by radical…

  • Gasoline and Oil Prices Down from this Time last Year

    Published 27 May 2013 | viewed 4,523 times

    According to Gasbuddy.com (see graph at bottom), gasoline prices are down slightly over the last few days to a national average of $3.66 per gallon.…

  • Carbon Capture: Killing Two Birds with One Stone

    Published 24 May 2013 | viewed 4,466 times

    In May, the biggest carbon capture project in the US went on line in Port Arthur, Texas, capturing carbon dioxide from industrial operations and using…

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