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Low Prices Should Drive NOC Innovation

Written by Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:00
With oil prices dropping below $30/bbl, the depth and duration of the current low price environment is taking a major toll on OPEC members.  Despite adjusting their budgets and cutting popular benefits like fuel subsidies, member states are running significant deficits, and the lack of cash flow is starting to…
It may come as a shock, but this is a true statement and rather ironic for an industry that handles a product that provides energy for the world. Even within its own hydrocarbon sector, not renowned for being the most energy efficient, Upstream and LNG assets have a 30% energy…

That Sinking Feeling

Written by Friday, 08 January 2016 09:29
Oil prices have started 2016 with a deep dive, with front month Brent crude oil losing around $4/bbl this week, or around 10 percent of its value, despite rising political tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.  At the time of writing, the price of Brent is just over $34/bbl, a…

Follow the Wealth

Written by Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00
I once had a long conversation with a colleague of mine, a Partner in the Boston Consulting Group. I asked him why he had retired slightly early, and he told me in all seriousness that he had realised that there are only eight basic business strategies in the world, with…
DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER "OPEC’s lack of action at its meeting on December 4th signals a crude oil market that will remain oversupplied for considerably longer than was earlier expected. By continuing to push output far above its former production target of 30 million bpd, and by implicitly acknowledging that…


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