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VENEZUELA: No Energy Policy Changes with Chavez’s Death

VENEZUELA: No Energy Policy Changes with Chavez’s Death

Mar 08, 2013 at 11:01 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: The death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will not usher in any changes in energy policy, as acting president Nicolas Maduro—who has effectively been leading the administration for…

MONGOLIA: New Mining Code Nearing Final Phase

MONGOLIA: New Mining Code Nearing Final Phase

Mar 08, 2013 at 10:57 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Mongolia is revising its mining regulations and preparing to submit a final draft to parliament in an attempt to attract more foreign investment in the sector. While the…

IRAN-PAKISTAN-CHINA: New Powers Emerge in Strait of Hormuz

IRAN-PAKISTAN-CHINA: New Powers Emerge in Strait of Hormuz

Mar 08, 2013 at 10:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Last week Pakistan announced that construction on the Pakistani portion of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline will begin on 11 March. This week Iran announced it would build a refinery…

BULGARIA-RUSSIA: Bulgarian Govt Collapse Prompts Lash-Out at Russia

BULGARIA-RUSSIA: Bulgarian Govt Collapse Prompts Lash-Out at Russia

Mar 08, 2013 at 10:48 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Bulgaria’s scrapping of a Russian pipeline deal to carry Russian and Caspian oil to Greece is a response to the government’s collapse in February over energy prices that…

The Hottest, Smartest Oil & Gas Investment: M2M

The Hottest, Smartest Oil & Gas Investment: M2M

Mar 01, 2013 at 10:01 | Editorial Dept

Smart grid technology had everyone excited a few years back but 2010 and 2011 were rather anticlimactic. The problem was that it wasn’t smart enough - it was all over…

Camelina – Tomorrow’s Biofuel, Today

Camelina – Tomorrow’s Biofuel, Today

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:55 | Editorial Dept

(Dan Dicker is currently on vacation and will be back with us next week. To fill in we have prepared a special report on the biofuel – Camelina which we…

Last Stops on the East Africa Oil & Gas Frontier: Eritrea, Ethiopia

Last Stops on the East Africa Oil & Gas Frontier: Eritrea, Ethiopia

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:53 | Editorial Dept

Eritrea is most likely sitting on massive oil and gas reserves, but the government doesn’t seem to be too interested in exploiting them—for now. At the same time, neighboring Ethiopia…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 1st March 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 1st March 2013

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:47 | Jim Hyerczyk

Last week it was mentioned that nearby crude oil was expected to complete a test of the retracement zone at $92.37 to $90.85 and likely stay in this zone until…

RUSSIA-ISRAEL: New Oil & Gas Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

RUSSIA-ISRAEL: New Oil & Gas Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Russia’s announcement this week that a Gazprom subsidiary had signed a deal for Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field will exponentially strengthen Gazprom’s prowess in the massive Asian LNG…

CAMEROON: Mali-Inspired Kidnapping Wave Begins

CAMEROON: Mali-Inspired Kidnapping Wave Begins

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:40 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The kidnapping of seven French nationals in Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria, is only the start of what will be a wave of kidnappings across the region—and…

DRC: Congo Investors Beware of 'peace-means-war' deal

DRC: Congo Investors Beware of 'peace-means-war' deal

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:33 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A DRC “peace” deal signed in Ethiopia last week is a “war” deal that will see the creation of a UN-backed “military brigade” of 2,000-2,500 South African troops…

COLOMBIA: Oil Production Up, but FARC Still Targeting Infrastructure

COLOMBIA: Oil Production Up, but FARC Still Targeting Infrastructure

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:32 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Colombia’s oil production is up to an average of 1.01 billion barrels per day as of January 2013—the first time it’s surpassed the targeted 1 billion barrel mark.…

MALI: As Predicted, French Buried in Mali Long Term

MALI: As Predicted, French Buried in Mali Long Term

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:26 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Islamic insurgents (from three different groups) have demonstrated that they are capable of holding back French and Malian forces in Mali’s north. When the French gain ground,…

Three Ideas for Energy Investors to Look Into

Three Ideas for Energy Investors to Look Into

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:58 | Dan Dicker

I have three quick ideas for today’s column, with the hope that one of them will resonate with you.  Next week is my vacation week, so I hope that you…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 22nd February 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 22nd February 2013

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:54 | Jim Hyerczyk

In a move that has been anticipated for several weeks, Nearby crude oil futures plunged sharply lower the week-ending February 22 after support for higher-risks assets fell across the board…

Angola and Ghana: West Africa's New Gems

Angola and Ghana: West Africa's New Gems

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:51 | Editorial Dept

Sweet Angola’s Sweet, Light Crude OPEC-member Angola is a leading producer of crude in Sub-Saharan Africa; more than one-third of all offshore oil discoveries in the region in…

Discovering 2013: The Top Finds of the Last Two Months

Discovering 2013: The Top Finds of the Last Two Months

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:44 | Editorial Dept

Last year was a record one for major new discoveries, and 2013 has so far demonstrated that the road to discovery still has plenty of mileage. The past two months…

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Gas Pipeline Rumors Are Geopolitically Tectonic

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Gas Pipeline Rumors Are Geopolitically Tectonic

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:28 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Israel and Turkey are flirting with the idea of building a gas pipeline from Israel’s Leviathan Basin directly to Turkey to supply European markets. For gas-starved Turkey, this…

IRAN-IRAQ: Pipeline to Syria Ups Ante in Proxy War with Qatar

IRAN-IRAQ: Pipeline to Syria Ups Ante in Proxy War with Qatar

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Iraq’s agreement to allow Iran to build a pipeline through its territory and on to Syria is in direct competition with Qatar’s similar designs for a Syria pipeline…

TURKEY: Tipping Point for Offshore Exploration

TURKEY: Tipping Point for Offshore Exploration

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:19 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An agreement between Shell and Turkey’s national oil company (TPAO) for western Black Sea exploration will start the ball rolling for Turkey’s energy ambitions. We’ve been waiting for…

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