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Irina Slav


Contributor since: 17 Jan 2016

Irina Slav


Irina is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

Latest articles from Irina

  • Why China’s Shale Boom Is Struggling

    Published 21 April 2018 | viewed 4,752 times

    A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about a Chinese shale revolution as the country’s fast-growing demand for natural gas sparked enthusiasm…

  • Oil Prices Fall As Russia Reconsiders Production Cuts

    Published 20 April 2018 | viewed 7,238 times

    OPEC and non-OPEC producers could reconsider the size of the production cuts they agreed in December 2016 and “ease the cuts,” Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander…

  • Disaster Looms Over Libyan Oil

    Published 19 April 2018 | viewed 6,904 times

    Is General Khalifa Haftar dead or alive? The leader of the Libyan National Army disappeared from the public eye earlier this month, and now rumors…

  • The Panama Canal Needs To Be Expanded Again

    Published 18 April 2018 | viewed 5,698 times

    When the Panama Canal was expanded, it drew a lot of enthusiasm, with many seeing U.S. oil and gas exports surging thanks to the wider…

  • IMF: Expect Oil To Fall Below $60

    Published 18 April 2018 | viewed 21,940 times

    The International Monetary Fund dampened optimism about oil prices by forecasting the average for Brent at a little over US$58.24 a barrel next year, down…

  • Oil Prices Rise On Crude, Gasoline Inventory Draw

    Published 18 April 2018 | viewed 14,300 times

    After API’s Tuesday estimate of a 1.047-million-barrel crude oil inventory draw pushed prices higher, the Energy Information Administration added optimism by confirming a draw, albeit…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Afford Its Megaprojects?

    Published 17 April 2018 | viewed 9,633 times

    Most headlines with "Saudi Arabia" in them seem to feature a hefty sum of money. A US$500-billion smart city here, a US$200-billion solar project there--it's…

  • China To Double Shale Gas Output

    Published 17 April 2018 | viewed 5,479 times

    China is on track to double its shale gas production to 17 billion cubic meters over the next three years, according to Wood Mackenzie analysts.…

  • Norway To Create Thousands Of Jobs In Arctic Oil

    Published 16 April 2018 | viewed 7,984 times

    When Statoil struck oil in what is now the Johan Castberg field back in 2011, nobody expected that just three years later, oil prices would…

  • New Sanctions On Russia Could Lift Oil Prices Further

    Published 16 April 2018 | viewed 13,335 times

    Crude oil prices started the week with a drop of about one percent as traders were still watching what happens in Syria next and despite…

  • Pipeline Opponents Need A Shot Of Common Sense

    Published 15 April 2018 | viewed 7,167 times

    The very word pipeline these days seem to put a lot of people on edge. It has somehow become a synonym of evil. Yet pipelines…

  • Iraqi Shia Militia Smuggles Oil Into Iran

    Published 13 April 2018 | viewed 6,028 times

    The Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary organization in Iraq is smuggling crude from fields around Kirkuk to Iran, an Iraqi MP told Kurdistan 24, a local news…

  • Goldman Sachs: The Bullish Case For Oil

    Published 13 April 2018 | viewed 21,303 times

    The rapidly heating up situation in Syria has pushed Brent crude prices to US$72 a barrel, something that Goldman Sachs had predicted on Thursday. The…

  • The Supersized Future Of Energy Storage

    Published 12 April 2018 | viewed 8,295 times

    In the battery industry, records seem set to be broken almost as soon as they are hit. This is what may be about to happen…

  • New Zealand Bans Offshore Oil Exploration

    Published 12 April 2018 | viewed 4,832 times

    New Zealand’s government has announced all oil and gas exploration offshore the country will be banned in a bid to protect New Zealand from the…

  • The Oil Eating Bacteria That Can Clean Up Crude Spills

    Published 11 April 2018 | viewed 7,434 times

    It’s not a widely known fact that the 2010 oil spill caused by the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform could have been even worse…

  • Crude Build Stalls Oil Price Rally

    Published 11 April 2018 | viewed 9,947 times

    The Energy Information Administration reported a build in U.S. crude oil inventories of 3.3 million barrels for the week to April 6, double that of…

  • How Millions Of Electric Cars Could Power Your Home

    Published 10 April 2018 | viewed 7,040 times

    The idea of using electric car batteries to support the grid sounds like something out of a Margaret Atwood novel. Imagine millions of EVs that…

  • Offshore Rig Builders Face New Reality

    Published 09 April 2018 | viewed 8,563 times

    Last week Total announced that it was deploying the first offshore robots at a North Sea platform to test them as maintenance tools. Earlier, Shell…

  • Russia Wants To Drop Dollar For Oil Payments

    Published 09 April 2018 | viewed 26,424 times

    Russia is considering replacing the U.S. dollar in crude oil payments on deals with Turkey and Iran, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said as quoted by…

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