Oil & Gas Exploration

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2


Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

TAP Pipeline: Look Who’s Switching Off the Gas This Time


It's not Moscow, but the new government in Rome that might be turning off the TAP and dooming the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)


Another attempt at Taliban talks in Afghanistan, Venezuela’s oil industry struggles to fulfil its contracts, and Turkey secures a YPG pullout from Manbij.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?


Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

Enhanced Oil Recovery: Cleaning up “Dirty” Oil

Sunderr, cc Flickr Paul Lowry, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The vilification of oil is bad for perception but good for business for the largest oil companies.

Technology: The Next Oil Superpower

BahDer, cc Flickr Ryan Lackey, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Technology is determining the winners and losers of the global oil industry.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Rise as an Independent Energy Player

OilBarrels, cc Flickr Sergio Russo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Iran’s energy engagement is serving to solidify Iraqi Kurdistan’s shift towards greater autonomy.

Oman: A Beacon of Tolerance in the MENA Region

Al Alam Palace I, cc Flickr Andrew Moore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Oman has adopted progressive policies compared to its neighbors in the MENA region, and it’s now reaping rewards in the field of energy investment.

Dictators, Democracy, and Almighty Oil in the MENA Region

SaddamStat, cc Flickr, modified, Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Western states would prefer to deal with dictatorships to shore up their energy security.

Outlook 2016: The Oil Bust Is Here to Stay


The worst is yet to come for struggling oil producers.

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