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    1. April 8, 2015

      Japan’s annual coal benchmark influence on the wane

      Japan’s annual supply agreements, which run from April, the start of the country’s financial year, remain one of the most...

    2. March 10, 2015

      Verisk buys Wood Mackenzie for £1.85bn

      Verisk Analytics is to buy Wood Mackenzie, the Scottish stockbroker transformed by the North Sea oil boom four decades ago...

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    1. Nick Butler

      March 8, 2015

      Can solar transform the energy market ?

      I have never given much credence to the idea that an international agreement on climate change capable of establishing a...

    2. March 1, 2015

      Wood Mackenzie seeks £2bn listing

      Wood Mackenzie is preparing for a stock market listing in which the UK energy research consultancy would seek a valuation of...

    3. February 28, 2015

      WoodMac considers £1.6bn takeover bids

      Wood Mackenzie, one of the world’s leading energy consultancies, has received competing takeover offers that value the...

    4. February 9, 2015

      UK North Sea: deconstruction

      “There is nothing outside of the text” said the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. His method of operation was not to get...

    5. January 25, 2015

      Battered energy groups brace for spending cuts

      The world’s biggest energy companies are preparing to cut billions of dollars from capital spending as they set out plans...

    6. January 9, 2015

      New drilling affected by oil price fall

      Crude lost another 11 per cent this week amid continuing worries about a supply surplus as demand slows, with the Brent...

    7. Nick Butler

      January 4, 2015

      After the oil price fall, is natural gas next?

      The process of adjustment in the energy market is far from over. After the dramatic halving of the oil price since June...

    8. November 13, 2014

      Oil’s dive set to transform LNG market

      The downward spiral in oil prices is poised to shake up liquefied natural gas, a critical source of energy in east Asia and...

    9. October 29, 2014

      Opec expects fall in US shale output

      Opec expects a sharp reduction in higher cost production such as US shale if the price of crude oil remains around $85 a...

    10. July 14, 2014

      Norway shows how to boost oil exploration

      Those tasked with overhauling Britain’s fiendishly complicated North Sea tax regime could do far worse than look at Norway....

    11. June 18, 2014

      Ireland to lift top tax rate for offshore oil groups to 55%

      The Irish government is to raise the maximum amount of tax levied on offshore oil and gas production to 55 per cent but has...

    12. June 8, 2014

      Coal: Environmentalists predict ‘last gasp’ for a traditional industry

      Coal exports, a lifeline for the besieged US mining sector, are faltering. After hitting a record high in 2012, they...

    13. May 21, 2014

      Aluminium poised for price rise on Indonesia export ban

      Indonesia’s export ban on mineral ore has already sent one industrial metal into the stratosphere. The price of nickel, used...

    14. April 13, 2014

      Japan nuclear energy: let healing begin

      The shock is over. The healing can begin. Japan must inevitably return to nuclear power in the long run. Friday’s decision...

    15. March 19, 2014

      Snam: pipe dreams

      Carlo Malacarne, the chief executive of Snam, has a beautiful dream: to unite north and south Europe. Expanding the...

    16. January 21, 2014

      Iron ore tumbles as China stocks jump

      The calm before the storm? Last week iron ore, one of the best-performing commodities of last year, broke out of the narrow...

    17. beyondbrics

      January 9, 2014

      S Africa oil: time to look offshore?

      To date, South Africa has done little to explore its offshore oil. Geological data is old and out of date, existing...

    18. October 16, 2013

      Copper disruptions hit decade low

      Disruptions in the copper market are running at their lowest level in almost a decade, according to analysts. Rio Tinto...

    19. October 16, 2013

      US oil refiner exports hit Europe rivals

      America’s refiners are exporting a shale revolution. And, in doing so, they are about to transform oil trading and the...

    20. September 30, 2013

      Energy: The toll on coal

      For the world at large, Wyoming still means Buffalo Bill and cowboy boots. For global energy markets, the sparsely populated...

    21. September 8, 2013

      Oil security fears focus on Middle East

      When Antoine Halff, head of markets at the International Energy Agency, launched his organisation’s medium term review of...

    22. September 8, 2013

      China takes the lead in oil M&A activity

      When it comes to dealmaking in the global oil industry, all eyes are on the east. National oil companies – known as NOCs –...

    23. August 20, 2013

      China oil demand predicted to take off

      Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultant, has said China is on track to spend $500bn a year on crude oil imports by 2020, in...

    24. FT Alphaville

      June 12, 2013

      Copper, still in the pits

      This is copper’s recent performance: The 2011 low is well within sight, and the market is likely to be headed in that...

    25. May 15, 2013

      Transport: Virginia port shows transport pressures

      On the waterfront in the port of Lamberts Point, Virginia, the activity is more intense than for several years. Two...

    26. April 16, 2013

      East Africa: Risky business as billions invested in infant industries

      When Mozambique’s prime minister visited Rome last week, he called on the chief executive of Italian state-backed oil major...

    27. April 16, 2013

      Europe: Continental shift may aid competition

      The jury is still out on whether the US shale gas revolution can be replicated in Europe. But investors who took early...

    28. April 10, 2013

      Copper miners forecast years of surplus

      It is hard not to be impressed by Escondida’s scale. From one edge of the world’s largest copper mine, the huge trucks...

    29. April 7, 2013

      Copper price set to fall amid high output

      Copper production is rising at the fastest rate in a decade, prompting investors to bet on a price collapse. The price of...

    30. March 31, 2013

      ‘Red Lenin’ leads Russia’s oil revolution

      To find the cradle of Russia’s coming oil revolution, look no further than “Red Lenin”. This is the name of the oilfield in...

    31. March 18, 2013

      Statoil in fresh Tanzania gas find

      Norway’s Statoil said it was teaming up with BG Group of the UK to plan for a $14bn liquefied natural gas facility in...

    32. February 17, 2013

      Refinery blasted by perfect economic storm

      Coryton refinery in Essex shipped its final cargo of fuel last summer. Today, the steel pipes and distillation towers that...

    33. January 17, 2013

      Poor infrastructure holds back Mozambique

      Mozambique is one of the much-sought after ‘M3’ emerging markets trio, along with Myanmar and Mongolia, with significant...

    34. January 13, 2013

      Arctic exploration moves at glacial pace

      Royal Dutch Shell’s campaign to explore for oil in the Arctic is looking increasingly under threat. Last month, its drilling...

    35. Nick Butler

      January 4, 2013

      Could Wales be UK's next shale gas centre?

      Shale gas drilling rig near Blackpool, in north-west England . Getty Images I spent the holidays in Wales, dodging the odd...

    36. December 21, 2012

      ENI and Anadarko join forces in Mozambique

      Two oil companies that have made a series of massive natural gas discoveries off the coast of Mozambique have agreed to...

    37. October 29, 2012

      Chinese smelters eye copper exports

      Chinese smelters are in discussions to export copper under annual contracts for the first time, according to people familiar...

    38. October 29, 2012

      UK exposed to gas supply crunch

      A small group of wooden stumps just visible above the water are all that remains of the wharf that was Queen Victoria’s...

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