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Don’t Be Fooled by Libya —This is a Failed State

Don’t Be Fooled by Libya—This is a Failed State

Gunmen yesterday seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed state and that the government is incapable of taking full control over its oilfields and export terminals.

Egypt for Sale

Three years has seen the overturn of two government, the deaths of thousands of people and the destruction of much of the Egyptian economy. In the end, the mobs have changed nothing, except to make their own lives more miserable.

Petrol turns dearer by Rs 1.63/litre!

A rude jolt for motorists as they face another increase in petrol prices! The rising cost of international crude oil coupled with the volatile economy over the past fortnight is driving pump prices towards a record high.

Government Fuel conservation drive may have petrol pumps shut by 8PM

It’s time to slash the huge oil import bill, folks, say the reports! This shocker is the latest game plan of the Indian Government; they plan to reduce the demand of fuel by limiting the fuel availability hours. The Government is pondering over a proposal and may close the petrol pumps at night.

Rupee bites, petrol price dearer by Rs. 2.35, diesel 50 paise

The free fall of the rupee coupled with surge in international fuel prices saw oil companies announce Rs.2.35 per litre increase in petrol prices and that of diesel by 50 paise on Saturday.

The Most Profitable Gas in the World

There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the boat.

How Junior Companies Survive in the Exploration Wild: Interview with Blackbird

Only the fittest can survive in today''''s market for junior oil and gas companies, which must demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity in the balancing of risk and reward. Nothing but the most exceptional oil and gas projects will win capital, and, in the words of one junior, this means “finding plays before they are exciting.” Being a junior in this market means being the best of the best, or being shut out entirely. The question is: Who is up to this make-or-break challenge, and who has the secret weapons to take it on?

The Golden Age of Gas, Possibly: Interview with the IEA

The potential for a golden age of gas
What will the “age” means for renewables
What it means for humanity
The challenges of renewable investment and technology
How the US shale boom is reshaping the global economy
Nuclear''s contribution to energy security
What is holding back Europe''s energy markets
The next big shale venues beyond 2020
The reality behind “fire ice”
Condensate and the crude export ban
The most critical energy issue facing the world today

Iraqi Government Threatens Action Against Kurds as Oil Exports Set to Begin

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs firmly stated the central government will take action, "including fiscal measures," if Kurdistan begins exporting oil without coming to an agreement with Baghdad. The remarks came as Minister Hussain al-Shahristani spoke at a conference in London on January 28. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) announced in mid-January that oil had begun to flow through a pipeline towards Turkey and that exports would officially start by the end of the month.

Market Disruptor: Nuclear Restarts Spells Trouble for LNG

There are two major factors that have emerged in the last five years that have sparked a surge in LNG investments. First is the shale gas “revolution” in the United States, which allowed the U.S. to vault to the top spot in the world for natural gas production. This caused prices to crater to below $2 per million Btu (MMBTu) in 2012, down from their 2008 highs above $10/MMBtu. Natural gas became significantly cheaper in the U.S. than nearly everywhere else in the world.