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2020: The Year of the Great Energy Disconnect

2020 obviously will be the Year of the Pandemic. However, when it comes to energy, 2020 will also be known as the Year of the Great Disconnect. Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, never have fossil fuels been more important for human health, yet never have they been more disparaged and …

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2020: A Year of Crisis, Crossroads, and Alternative Histories

There is an alternative history to 2020. It was the year the world’s largest polluter pledged to fully decarbonise its economy within 40 years. The year voters in the planet’s pre-eminent superpower rejected a racist, misogynist, climate denier in favour of a man who pledged to engineer a net zero …

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The Death of US Shale has been Greatly Exaggerated

The current year marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. shale boom, a period in which fracking technology across such states as Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming helped establish the nation as a top oil and gas producer. Unfortunately, high costs of production compared with conventional drilling …

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Is OPEC Finally Beginning to Unravel?

Another month, another OPEC “crisis.” It’s the usual problem: The cartel, meeting in Vienna this week, can’t agree on how to balance production with price. The Saudi-led oil exporters, boosted by non-OPEC countries such as Russia and Kazakhstan, can’t control price as such so have to imagine how to agree …

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The Oil Industry Starts Climbing out of a Hole

Over the past month the oil industry — which some had declared dead after the crushing losses earlier in the year — has gone on an impressive rally. ExxonMobil shares are up 27% in one month. Chevron has risen 37%. Royal Dutch Shell shares are up 60%. ConocoPhillips is up …

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Russia and Saudi Arabia Power Risks OPEC+ Break-Up

The pushback from the UAE over historic supply cuts brought in to offset the fallout from the pandemic comes at a delicate moment for OPEC, threatening the brittle coalition and an already weakened oil market. The news of COVID-19 vaccines alongside the highest oil price since September has lifted sentiments …

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OPEC Warns New Coronavirus Wave will Hit Oil Demand

Senior market analyst Phil Flynn argues hurricanes and fears over a second wave of coronavirus is hurting oil demand expectations. Global oil demand is set to slip as more countries reintroduce lockdowns in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to OPEC. Continue Reading Below The oil cartel …

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Russia’s Rosneft again Mulling LNG Exports

On October 22, Rosneft’s CEO, Igor Sechin, revealed some new, previously unpublished details regarding the state-owned Russian petroleum giant’s latest mega-project in the Arctic—Vostok Oil. Specifically, Sechin confirmed that Vostok Oil will include a natural gas liquefaction plant, which will ultimately enable Rosneft to ship significant volumes of liquefied natural …

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