Oil supplies coming out of Kurdistan could be affected by the outcome of a military standoff surrounding the Syrian town of Kobani. In this week’s Oilgram News column Petrodollars, Tamsin Carlisle looks at the ties between the two issues.
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By Tamsin Carlisle | November 3, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (3)
By Herman Wang | September 30, 2014 04:47 AM Comments (0)
For two months now, the United Kalavrvta tanker holding 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude has idled in international waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas, awaiting a District Court ruling on whether the oil will be allowed to be sold in the US.
But if the Kurdistan Regional Government is hoping that the Obama administration will soften its stance in opposition to Kurdish oil exports, that doesn’t appear likely, even as the US seeks to aid the Kurdish peshmerga in their fight against the Islamic jihadist group IS.
By Elizabeth Bassett | September 9, 2014 05:14 PM Comments (0)
This month in The Oil Big Five, we mulled over the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. What hasn’t changed for us on The Barrel is we want to feature comments from our readers around the globe, including your thoughts about what’s most important to you about the oil industry. Here are some of the comments we received from our latest entry, and a huge thanks to those who commented, as well as everyone who read the post.
By Tamsin Carlisle | September 9, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
In the past two weeks, two Middle East states have experienced significant popular unrest sparked by government moves to cut fuel subsidies.
The circumstances were individual but the similar responses underscore common difficulties faced by all governments in the region that seek to phase out what many of their citizens regard as a birthright.
By Elizabeth Bassett | September 2, 2014 05:52 PM Comments (1)
When we began the Oil Big Five posts, we had an idea of featuring brand-new items every single month. But that whole saying about people forgetting history being doomed to repeat it?
It came to mind this month when we were soliciting suggestions from our Platts oil editors and analysts for this month’s listing. Big issues don’t go away quickly, and in an industry as large and complicated as global oil, it’s doubly true.
That said, we do have several new issues on the list this month, as well as some follow-ups to previous topics. Be sure to comment here, on Facebook or on Twitter (use the hashtag #oilbig5), and we look forward to featuring your comments. Tell us what you’re thinking about, and here’s what we’re most focused on at the moment:
By Elizabeth Bassett | August 14, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (6)
We’re still waiting on tenterhooks to find out where the United Kalavrvta is going, but we wanted to share some of the comments we got from our readers on the latest posting of The Oil Big Five.
Again, we urge our readers to comment at any point on the posts (and on any post on The Barrel) and tell us what you think of the top issues as picked by our Platts editors and analysts. We welcome comments anytime on Twitter, too, and make sure we see your thoughts by using the tag #oilbig5.
By Stuart Elliott | August 12, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (0)
The International Energy Agency on Tuesday cut its oil demand growth forecast for 2014 for a number of reasons, not the least of which is a weaker global economic outlook than previously thought and lower oil supplies in the second quarter.
But even though the world won’t need as much oil this year as IEA earlier thought, that doesn’t mean it won’t need more crude from OPEC.
By Tamsin Carlisle | August 11, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
As the old saying goes, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. So in this week’s Oilgram News column New Frontiers, Tamsin Carlisle does just that, skipping through the Middle East to summarize the hot battles, and the cold ones, impacting oil across the region.
By Elizabeth Bassett | August 4, 2014 04:05 PM Comments (3)
It can often feel as though many of the big issues or trends in the oil industry are happening on a level unseen by the general public. July, though, brought some big news stories straight to the mainstream media and a wider audience, and these were developments our oil editors and analysts at Platts were watching closely.
Welcome to the latest iteration of The Oil Big Five, when we ask our Platts oil insiders what they believe are the biggest trends or issues in the global oil industry. These are topics we spent a lot of time researching, writing about and analyzing in July, as well as issues we’re keeping an eye on for August.
By Tamsin Carlisle | July 17, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (3)
Survivors for centuries in one of the Middle East’s roughest neighborhoods, Iraq’s Kurds have learned to keep their options open. However, any lingering doubt that they might be aiming for independence sooner rather than later vanished this month with the sudden appearance of a Kurdish “national anthem” on the Kurdistan Regional Government website.
“Ey Reqib”, or “Hey, Enemy”, was written in 1938 by Yunis Reuf, a Kurdish poet and anti-Ottoman political activist also known as Dildar, who was born 20 years earlier in the town of Koi Sanjaq in what is now the Erbil governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan. Before dying at age 31 of heart problems, Dildar saw his poem adopted as the national anthem of the Kurdistan republic in Mahabad (currently part of Iran), which was founded in 1946 and lasted for only a year.
Now the KRG has proclaimed it the official anthem of South Kurdistan, an alternative name for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It’s a name that tips its hat to the long-held Kurdish ambition of establishing a Greater Kurdistan state encompassing parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.