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Regional opportunities in North Africa

Perhaps the starting point here is to recognise that there is manifestly no political coherence, no unifying political entity, which covers Morocco – Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Egypt. Nevertheless Algeria, Libya and Egypt are major petroleum-producing countries, and Morocco has surprised industry i ...

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Posted 1 day agoOpinion > North AfricaEgypt

Regional opportunities in, and around, the Caribbean

The broad Caribbean is dominated by two major petroleum-producing countries, Venezuela and Mexico, even arguably a a third, the United States way to the north. However I would like to focus on the arc of countries from Guyana, through Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados, all the way to Jamaica. Interes ...

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Posted 8 days agoOpinion > Caribbean

Turning the failing Exploration business around!

Sorry to go on about it but Exploration performance has been poor for some years. This is a rather superficial review of merely the latest poor year, 2016, focussed on the plummeting of discovered volumes to a historic low. But this narrow beam of light has allowed some to claim that this was sim ...

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Posted 16 days agoOpinion > Exploring

Do you go to work in a horse and cart?

It is now almost a year since the Go computer program AlphaGo, constructed by DeepMind, beat the world Go champion, Lee Sedol . As I understand it, a key success factor for DeepMind was that Go is a rule-based game; and machine learning from DeepMind ‘loves' rule-driven analyses and being fed tho ...

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Posted 23 days agoOpinion > Technology

Could the boards of Majors or E&Ps find oil & gas or develop it?

Domain Knowledge... A few weeks ago I made the point that folk who are trying to sell software, technology and services into the oil & gas industry would do better if they had domain knowledge, a deep understanding of the industry acquired through personal experience. Have you read Luke Johnson's ...

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Posted 30 days agoOpinion > UK Oil & Gas Investments
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