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Iraq Has No Intention of Restarting Kurdish Oil Pipeline

Iraq Has No Intention of Restarting Kurdish Oil Pipeline

Baghdad is repairing the Kirkuk-Ceyhan…

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Engaging Iran in Syria

Engaging Iran in Syria

Sep 20, 2013 at 17:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Syrian army has resumed its offensive with renewed vigor after the US backed down from a decision to strike Syria and accept a Russian diplomatic solution in…

NSA in Brazilian Spotlight for Spying on Petrobras

NSA in Brazilian Spotlight for Spying on Petrobras

Sep 20, 2013 at 17:04 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tensions are boiling between Brazil and the US over the revelation of NSA spying on Petrobras, in what is a continuation of the case of former NSA contractor…

Big Changes in Store for Statoil

Big Changes in Store for Statoil

Sep 20, 2013 at 17:02 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Big changes are in store for Norway’s state-run oil giant, Statoil: After winning parliamentary elections last week, Norway’s new Conservative-led government may move to divest 16% of its…

Could this be the Trade of the Decade?

Could this be the Trade of the Decade?

Sep 13, 2013 at 16:01 | Editorial Dept

This could be the most important column I write all year – and I wanted to write it when the ‘free view’ period was done and only those who had…

The World’s Best-Positioned Junior Coal Play?

The World’s Best-Positioned Junior Coal Play?

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:59 | Editorial Dept

I’ve said previously that India is going to be the biggest story no one’s heard yet in thermal coal. Last week came some of the first public recognition…

Nicaragua, the Canal to Rival Panama?

Nicaragua, the Canal to Rival Panama?

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:56 | Southern Pulse

Bottom line: Is the Nicaragua canal even feasible? Not in the timeframe and budget set forth by HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd. (HKND). If the project happens, much…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 16th September 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 16th September 2013

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:47 | Jim Hyerczyk

Although the chart pattern suggested October Crude Oil was set up for the start of a substantial correction, the futures contract rebounded quickly after a two-week setback and is now…

Final Years for Lukashenka?

Final Years for Lukashenka?

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:40 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenka may not make it past 2015 presidential elections because he’s chosen to take on Russian oligarchs and Russia will hit back by destroying the…

Giant Kashagan Finally Starts Production, Watch the Transport

Giant Kashagan Finally Starts Production, Watch the Transport

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:36 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Thirteen years and $50 billion later, Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil reservoir started pumping on 11 September—but follow the money for the transport, which is where the real game…

Kurdistan: Turkish Power Brokers String Along UAE Producers

Kurdistan: Turkish Power Brokers String Along UAE Producers

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:28 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Taqa (Abu Dhabi National Energy) seeks approval to pump 30,000 barrels per day from its field in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds drag their feet as influential Turkish…

5 Giant Game-Changing Energy Trends

5 Giant Game-Changing Energy Trends

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:19 | James Stafford

The most important aspect of predictive energy investing is keeping up with technological advancements BEFORE they go viral. These are the hints; the bread crumbs to opportunity. There was a…

Energy’s Biggest Names Converge in a Tired, Old Place

Energy’s Biggest Names Converge in a Tired, Old Place

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:11 | Editorial Dept

Big things are happening in the Outer Continental Shelf—the shallow-water portion of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Two critical—but under-appreciated—developments have just happened here. One that points to a…

Mali: Straight out of Conflict into Exploration

Mali: Straight out of Conflict into Exploration

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:03 | Editorial Dept

Mali can barely be called “post-conflict”—despite the rhetoric following the conclusion of 11 August runoff elections—yet oil exploration deals are already being cut in the north. Indeed, they were being…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 6th September 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 6th September 2013

Sep 06, 2013 at 16:51 | Jim Hyerczyk

October Crude Oil futures traded slightly lower on Thursday because of a stronger dollar, but bearish traders were unable to break the market because of concerns over an impending invasion…

Egypt Addresses Debt to Foreign Oil Companies

Egypt Addresses Debt to Foreign Oil Companies

Sep 06, 2013 at 16:47 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Desperate for foreign oil companies to continue investing, Egypt is now trying to restructure $5.4 billion in debt it owes to them before it affects the $8.5 billion…

Lebanon’s Economy Faces Collapse

Lebanon’s Economy Faces Collapse

Sep 06, 2013 at 16:23 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Lebanon’s economy faces collapse, and foreign bidders on potentially lucrative offshore oil and blocks are about to be disappointed as the conflict in Syria feeds a political stalemate…

Keep Watch over Oil and Gas Assets on the Tumultuous Tunisian Border

Keep Watch over Oil and Gas Assets on the Tumultuous Tunisian Border

Sep 06, 2013 at 15:55 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: While the Tunisian military picks up momentum in the fight against terrorist forces in the Mount Chaambi border region with Algeria, and the two countries combine forces to…

Ghana’s Supreme Court Upholds President Mahama

Ghana’s Supreme Court Upholds President Mahama

Sep 06, 2013 at 15:50 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Ghana investors breathe a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court upholds the December 2012 presidential election results and the verdict passes smoothly, with opposition criticism but with…

How To Trade The Situation In Syria

How To Trade The Situation In Syria

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:39 | Dan Dicker

The phone’s ringing off the hook in the last week of a languid summer. It’s CNBC, Fox and even Al Jazeera, all looking for insight from me into how the…

Resolving Jordan’s Energy Dilemma

Resolving Jordan’s Energy Dilemma

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:37 | Editorial Dept

Energy is Jordan’s eternal bogeyman; Syria is its immediate threat to stability. Together, they make for a great deal of royal discomfort. The list of Jordan’s energy woes…

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