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  1. 15 hours ago

    Former BP chief warns on Russia sanctions

    US and EU sanctions against Moscow are in danger of turning round and biting the west by constraining global oil supply and...

  2. 18 hours ago

    Sinopec sells $17.4bn retail unit stake

    Chinese oil champion Sinopec is selling a $17.4bn stake in its retail unit to a large group of mostly domestic investors as...

  3. 18 hours ago

    Oil price slide sets the stage for M&A

    As the oil price slides, nervous oil executives are wondering how low it can go. Brent crude hit its lowest level in two...

  4. Gavyn Davies

    20 hours ago

    Who won the macro economic debate in Scotland?

    With the Scottish referendum still in the balance, this blog comments on the key macro economic issues in the campaign,...

  5. 20 hours ago

    Tony Hayward, Genel Energy CEO: now he has his life back

    Tony Hayward has had another turbulent summer. His company, Genel Energy, was forced to pull out staff from some of its...

  6. September 12, 2014

    Shell revives plans to sell European LPG business

    Royal Dutch Shell has revived plans to dispose of its European liquefied petroleum gas business four years after a second...

  7. September 12, 2014

    Whitbread weighed by budget rivalry

    Fears that room-rental markets such as Airbnb can capture a significant share of the hotel market left Whitbread, the...

  8. September 12, 2014

    Wintershall snaps up more Statoil North Sea assets

    Statoil has sold a further tranche of North Sea oil and gas assets to Wintershall for $1.25bn, extending the interests of...

  9. September 12, 2014

    Chart that tells a story . . . oil shares

    What does this show? The oil price, expressed in sterling rather than dollars, and the FTSE 350 oil and gas index, which...

  10. September 11, 2014

    Eni chief executive under investigation over $1bn Nigerian oil deal

    Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Eni, is under investigation in an international bribery case stemming from the $1.1bn...

  11. September 11, 2014

    Russia threatens to cap western car and clothing imports

    Russia threatened to escalate a growing trade dispute between the Kremlin and the EU, saying it could cap western car and...

  12. September 11, 2014

    International Energy Agency notes ‘remarkable’ oil demand growth fall

    The world’s appetite for crude oil slowed at a “remarkable” pace during the second quarter because of weak economic growth...

  13. September 10, 2014

    Saudi Arabia cuts oil output in August

    Saudi Arabian oil output fell 400,000 barrels a day in August according to a report issued by Opec that coincided with...

  14. September 10, 2014

    Scottish oil: bagpipe dreams

    Freedom is for fun, wrote PJ O’Rourke. If so, the Scottish nationalists should ship in the party balloons. The entertainment...

  15. September 10, 2014

    Commodities send worrying signal

    Bulls of growth-focused assets may care to consider some signals from the commodity sector. Early on Wednesday, Brent crude...

  16. September 10, 2014

    Oil traders squeeze profit from the future

    After five years of low volatility and poor moneymaking opportunities in the oil market, traders have reopened an old...

  17. September 9, 2014

    Tricky questions for Scots lucky enough to have a vote

    The first 150 years of union with England were a time of extraordinary economic and intellectual development in Scotland,...

  18. beyondbrics

    September 8, 2014

    Mexico counting on huge private investment in energy

    Mexico’s energy reform is all about boosting investment and thus production. But the million dollar question is: just how...

  19. September 8, 2014

    Brent crude falls below $100 a barrel

    The price of Brent crude fell below the $100 a barrel mark for the first time since June 2013 on Monday as data from China...

  20. September 8, 2014

    GE reaping benefits of oil and gas services move

    General Electric is beginning to see the benefits of assembling a division providing products and services for oil and gas...

  21. September 7, 2014

    Shell looks to solar power to lift oil output

    In an unusual alliance of old and new energies, Royal Dutch Shell, the European oil group, and a sovereign wealth fund from...

  22. September 7, 2014

    Sanctions help Russia overcome its China paranoia

    If western governments are right, Russian troops are now fighting in Ukraine. Forty-five years ago, they were facing an...

  23. September 5, 2014

    Saudi Arabia cuts October crude prices

    Saudi Arabia cut October selling prices this week to customers in Asia, Europe and the US, in a sign that Opec’s largest...

  24. September 5, 2014

    European oil sanctions: promises

    In the early 18th century, Peter the Great fought a war to take control of the eastern Baltic sea from Sweden. The Swedes...

  25. Brussels Blog

    September 5, 2014

    Russia sanctions: excerpts from draft legislation

    Russian president Vladimir Putin visits a Rosneft oil refinery on the Black Sea last year EU ambassadors head into yet...

  26. September 4, 2014

    Iraq prepares legal crackdown on Kurdish oil sales

    Iraq’s oil ministry is preparing to sue a Greek shipping company for its role in the “illegal” export of crude from the...

  27. September 4, 2014

    If Scots keep the pound they forgo independence

    Is the opposition of the three main political parties at Westminster to a post-independence currency union with Scotland a...

  28. September 4, 2014

    EU plans to target Russian oil groups with new sanctions

    The EU is preparing to bar Russia’s state-controlled oil companies from raising funds on European capital markets, a...

  29. September 4, 2014

    BP: Banana Peels

    Some companies just cannot get it right. In the oil sector, companies that consistently make mistakes on investment and/or...

  30. September 4, 2014

    BP faces $18bn fine on negligence ruling

    BP acted with gross negligence and wilful misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, exposing it to penalties of up to...

  31. beyondbrics

    September 4, 2014

    "Smart" chopsticks aim to skewer food scares

    Chopsticks are the ultimate mature technology, unimproved for thousands of years. But now a Chinese internet company has...

  32. September 4, 2014

    Slowing demand in Asia sparks diesel glut

    Only four years ago China was running on empty, with local newspapers publishing gruesome stories of crematoriums filling up...

  33. September 3, 2014

    Energy firms hope for new frontier in Morocco

    In the coming weeks Genel Energy and its co-investors will reveal whether an exploration well being drilled at the Nour...

  34. September 3, 2014

    A thinker whose heft impressed Bill Gates

    In histories of the past decade, one under-recognised landmark date is August 11 2004. That was the day the International...

  35. Brussels Blog

    September 3, 2014

    Leaked Russia sanctions paper: the excerpts

    Russia's Vladimir Putin, right, talks to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton last month in Minsk As we reported in...

  36. September 3, 2014

    Venezuela reshuffle dashes hopes of a change of direction

    Hopes that Venezuela would take a more pragmatic turn were dashed in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday night in which oil and...

  37. September 3, 2014

    Palm oil producers face perfect storm

    At first glance it would be hard to see an immediate link between the military turmoil in Ukraine and the price of shampoo....

  38. September 2, 2014

    Trafigura sells assets near booming Texas oil port

    Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodities traders, plans to sell a controlling stake in docks, tanks and other...

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