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Gulf of Mexico is Back, and Subsalt is all the Rage

Gulf of Mexico is Back, and Subsalt is all the Rage

Apr 26, 2013 at 13:27 | Editorial Dept

In late March, the US Department of Interior released the results of its Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale 227. It was a great auction, with a LOT of interest—52…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 26th April 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 26th April 2013

Apr 26, 2013 at 13:19 | Jim Hyerczyk

June crude oil surged on the daily and weekly charts, regaining a key support line and setting up the market for further upside action. Before getting too excited, however, keep…

SYRIA: EU Lifts Oil Embargo to Help ‘Opposition’

SYRIA: EU Lifts Oil Embargo to Help ‘Opposition’

Apr 26, 2013 at 13:05 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The European Union has lifted its oil embargo on Syria ostensibly to provide “economic support” to the rebels fighting the Assad regime, but the rebels—40%+ infiltrated by Sunni…

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The victory of Colorado Party candidate Horacio Cartes in Paraguay’s presidential elections on 21 April sets the stage for a strengthening of the oil and gas industry and…

MOZAMBIQUE: Another Major Offshore Gas Find

MOZAMBIQUE: Another Major Offshore Gas Find

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:51 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Another major gas find offshore Mozambique bodes well for Anadarko and sees share prices rally Analysis:  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation operates the Rovumal block in area 1…

SOUTH AFRICA: Shale Gas Permits Remain Elusive

SOUTH AFRICA: Shale Gas Permits Remain Elusive

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:49 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Despite high hopes, South Africa shale gas permits are not likely to be forthcoming this year for E&P companies, bound up as they are in a wash of…

Big Numbers, Big Profits: The Fleetingly Lucrative RIN Trade

Big Numbers, Big Profits: The Fleetingly Lucrative RIN Trade

Apr 19, 2013 at 15:29 | Editorial Dept

Renewable energy credits, or RINs, are one of the hottest things on the energy market right now because they are making up for a shortfall of refining capacity to blend…

GE Oil & Gas: Ambitious Diversity that Pays Off

GE Oil & Gas: Ambitious Diversity that Pays Off

Apr 19, 2013 at 15:20 | Editorial Dept

Ambitious acquisitions and a diversity that should have any investor hot and bothered: This is General Electric, and what we’re really eyeing here is the company’s oil and gas segment,…

A Global Carbon Market? We’re Not Confident

A Global Carbon Market? We’re Not Confident

Apr 19, 2013 at 15:10 | Editorial Dept

If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said we are on the verge of a global carbon market that was shaping up to look quite attractive. Ask me…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 19th April 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 19th April 2013

Apr 19, 2013 at 14:57 | Jim Hyerczyk

Last week’s technical report suggested that June crude oil was poised for a volatile move because of the triangle chart pattern formation it had formed. Although the chart pattern indicated…

ISRAEL: Tax Issues Cause for Concern After Tamar Gas Starts Pumping

ISRAEL: Tax Issues Cause for Concern After Tamar Gas Starts Pumping

Apr 19, 2013 at 14:20 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Riding high on its massive Levant Basin discoveries and with the first gas coming online from one of these supergiant fields, Israel is considering raising taxes on its…

SYRIA: Theory for a Possible End Game

SYRIA: Theory for a Possible End Game

Apr 19, 2013 at 14:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: In the end, geopolitics is always about natural resources, and almost always about fossil fuels specifically. Following this logic, the end game in Syria could very well be…

YEMEN: Chaotic Venue Offers Up New Exploration Tenders

YEMEN: Chaotic Venue Offers Up New Exploration Tenders

Apr 19, 2013 at 14:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Yemen is offering up new oil exploration licenses citing a great interest by foreign oil companies, but the truth is that this venue presents THE HIGHEST political risk…

US: Fracking Regulations for Federal Lands?

US: Fracking Regulations for Federal Lands?

Apr 19, 2013 at 13:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is talking about a proposal to regulate oil and gas fracking on public lands, and while we haven’t seen a draft of this…

How to Play the Coming Rise in Natural Gas Prices

How to Play the Coming Rise in Natural Gas Prices

Apr 12, 2013 at 17:15 | Dan Dicker

When I wrote convincingly last July about the coming turnaround in Nat gas prices I did a great job in recognizing the trajectory of storage and the slow but steady…

Genel Energy: A Junior Packing a Big Punch

Genel Energy: A Junior Packing a Big Punch

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:53 | James Stafford

I’ve been following Genel Energy of Turkey for a while now, not least because of my obsession with the potentially catastrophic but otherwise fantastic venue that is Iraqi Kurdistan. Every…

Politics & Economics Sideline Eastern European Shale Potential

Politics & Economics Sideline Eastern European Shale Potential

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:50 | Editorial Dept

While most aren’t eyeing the Eastern European shale potential with too much excitement, Chevron stands out for its decisive buy-up of acreage in this region. Chevron has acquired millions of…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 12th April 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 12th April 2013

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:34 | Jim Hyerczyk

June crude oil futures traded mixed last week as traders had to deal with conflicting signals. Technically, the market is oversold on a short-term basis which gives it a slight…

LEBANON: Good News for Stability, Good News for Levant Fossil Fuels Prospects

LEBANON: Good News for Stability, Good News for Levant Fossil Fuels Prospects

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:29 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The sweeping parliamentary endorsement of Sunni politician Tammam Salam to become the country’s next prime minister is a major boost for stability and removes a great deal of…

PERU: Environmental Authorities Get Serious

PERU: Environmental Authorities Get Serious

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Peru is taking tough action against oil and gas companies over poor environmental practices following an oil spill earlier this month, halting operations and imposing fines. There’s more…

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