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.
Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’
By Elizabeth Bassett | September 9, 2014 05:14 PM Comments (0)
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 Alex Froley | August 28, 2014 11:18 AM Comments (2)
The UK gas market has been on a downtrend throughout the year after a mild winter left storage facilities entering summer already at high levels. Qatar has also kept up a steady flow of LNG cargoes throughout the year, sending daily gas prices down from the mid 60s pence/therm in January to the lowest point of the year at 34.60 p/th on July 11.
But the market now seems to have turned 180 degrees, with a sharp jump in prices since mid-August. With higher winter demands on the way, July’s lows may not be seen again this year.
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 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 Tamsin Carlisle | April 28, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By Tamsin Carlisle | January 6, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By Tamsin Carlisle | April 18, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Qatar’s LNG development policy has been a matter of considerable international consternation. Why invest tens of billions of dollars to become the world’s leading exporter of the fuel, and then jeopardize that dominant market position by indefinitely extending a moratorium on most upstream gas development?
Research and consulting company Wood Mackenzie thinks it has the answer to that conundrum.
By Christine Forster | December 12, 2012 09:19 AM Comments (0)
It seems that Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has done a pretty good deal in picking up a 30% stake in the massive Leviathan gas field off Israel.
The 17 Tcf of gas in Leviathan has been widely dubbed a “truly world-class” prize, tarnished only by the potential security and political risks associated with developing a major infrastructure project in Israel. Read the rest of this entry »