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France’s Symbolic Ban on Oil

The government of Emmanuel Macron was elected on a long-string of promises. One of which was to make France carbon neutral by 2050, which would entail weaning the country off the usage of hydrocarbons. It is a trend that has been replicated across Europe, but Macron wants to go even further. Legisla ...

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Posted 12 days agoOpinion

Houston Is Down But Not Out

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has left devastation in its wake. It dumped some 27 trillion gallons of water on the states of Texas and Louisiana, causing an estimated US$75 billion in damages.  From the energy perspective, there were worries that coastal refining centres would be swamped, taking ...

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Posted 17 days agoOpinion

The Phenomenon of Independent ‘Teapot’ Refiners in China

After a rise, must come a fall. Chinese refinery runs in June 2017 reached the second highest level on record, jumping to 11.21 mmbpd, up from 10.98 mmbpd in May 2017 and up 2.3% y-o-y. Two of the highest monthly output statistics have occurred in the last nine months, the absolute highest being 11. ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion

The Permian Basin Phenomenon Is Far From Over

Much has been made of the recent confidence tumble in America's Permian Basin, the low cost and prodigious shale play that straddles Texas and New Mexico. It began when Pioneer Natural Resources announced its second-quarter financial results – reporting net income of US$233 million, compared to a ne ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion

Pacific Northwest LNG just needed a “re-think”

In retrospect, it will be seen as a good decision. Petronas is pulling out of the US$29 billion Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, Canada. The Malaysian state oil company cited ‘prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry' as the reasons for exiting the long-gestatin ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion
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