Oil & Gas Exploration

Outlook 2021: Fossil Fuels

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Will 2021 be looked back on as a turning point in the global pivot toward renewable energy sources?

‘QUAD of the West’ Forms against Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, executes a passing exercise with Turkish Navy frigates TCG Barbaros (F-244) and Burgazada (F-513) in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 26, 2020. Winston S. Churchill is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa., modified, cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/50271831981/in/photolist-2jAmhcP-2haMApM-2haNErD-2gaP4QR-2hD6juY-RH5CUJ-2bF67ti-VxBNes-2hGRkqA-HCFGuD-2hqdMu5-2gEg8cf-2gUiawX-2hDgcCX-SZ1JT1-2gaN4qq-2hqfRnp-2gVhEXN-2hGDfKh-2haMAkF-2hFdvj2-2hGn39m-znkBA5-2gUirnE-2hDctte-2haQaMz-2hFnDn3-H43vF2-2gaNDEb-2gaN4jh-2gWgQxW-2hrHEYA-2hqchm2-2g5ya9R-2hHNyyf-2hFoA2d-2haRtoR-2haRirw-2hmSiv2-2gaNhSi-BdTSWE-2hGy2zf-2gaNooQ-2h5oRbS-2hFnuSh-2ghxo1s-2g5DKwy-2hrMBEh-24qHQwD-2cRhAAQ

Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean have mirrored China’s actions in the South China Sea. And they’ve begun to produce the same kind of geopolitical response.

Nigeria’s Gas: Relief or Redux for the Resource Sector?

cc Flickr U.S. Institute of Peace, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A global crisis – this time the COVID-19 pandemic – has once again underscored the dangers of Nigeria’s economic overreliance on oil.

Donald Trump’s Lost Dream of World Energy Domination

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Donald Trump has no solution to the crisis in the domestic hydraulic fracturing industry. Ultimately, the survival of the industry lies in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Foreign Exchange Reserves Plummet amid COVID-19 Downturn

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Is the Kingdom’s dollar peg in jeopardy?

LNG Imports and New Supply Challenge Russia’s Hold on European Gas Market

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LNG imports and Azeri pipelines look set to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies, potentially limiting Moscow’s political and economic influence over the region.

Petropolitics 101: The Case of Guyana

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Guyana failed to evade the “resource curse” once. Will it happen again?

Fiscal Health Check for Oil Exporting States

Oil Refinery, cc Flickr Kurt Bauschardt, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Which exporters stand to lose the most if oil continues to hover at the $50 mark?

Wuhan Coronavirus: The Bear Stalks Global Energy Markets?

Central Command Area of Responsibility (Jun. 29, 2003) -- Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mīnā' al-Bakr Oil Terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation. The supertanker AbQaiq is the first commercial vessel to receive exported Iraqi oil as an off shore customer since 1991, outside of the United Nations' Oil-for-Food programme. AbQaiq is scheduled to take on an estimated 2 million barrels of crude oil. U.S. Navy and coalition forces are helping to provide security, enforcing an exclusionary perimeter around the terminal. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Andrew M. Meyers. (RELEASED) - https://uz.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayl:Tanker_offshore_terminal.jpg

China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time for oversupplied oil and natural gas markets.

Corruption and Mismanagement Plague the Iranian Petroleum Sector

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If past record is any indication, a healthy skepticism is warranted concerning Iran’s new oil discovery in Khuzestan province.

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