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    Shale gas speed-up likely to make slow progress

    The plan for the next big expansion in fracking licences announced on Monday is the latest step in the government’s campaign...

  2. July 28, 2014

    Fracking licences open swaths of countryside for exploration

    Energy companies will be invited on Monday to bid for a new round of fracking licences covering more than half the country,...

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  1. July 24, 2014

    Oil majors lodge bids for Colombia exploration rights

    Some of the world’s largest energy companies are poised to acquire exploration rights in Colombia as Latin America’s...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Ineos secures £230m UK government backing to expand Grangemouth

    Ineos has received a government loan guarantee to build Europe’s largest ethane storage tank at Grangemouth, offering a...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Energy: The indispensable country

    In the sleepy farmland of south Texas, near the ghost town of Helena, the 18 gleaming towers of ConocoPhillips’ oil...

  4. July 14, 2014

    A world without water

    The River Nar, a minor waterway about 100 miles north of London, is barely known to the average Briton. And at first glance,...

  5. July 14, 2014

    Whiting / Kodiak: Bakken black?

    North Dakota, home to Fargo. But that is not all. These days the state is as famous for its shale oil as it is for film...

  6. July 13, 2014

    North Dakota oil groups strike $6bn deal

    Whiting Petroleum, one of the largest oil producers in the booming Bakken formation of North Dakota, is acquiring Kodiak Oil...

  7. July 10, 2014

    Argentina looks to China and Russia for support

    After Argentina’s defeat in the US courts in its decade-long dispute with hedge funds, President Cristina Fernández will...

  8. July 6, 2014

    T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital

    Visiting T. Boone Pickens’s office suite in Dallas is like walking into a museum. The lobby is crammed with memorabilia: a...

  9. July 4, 2014

    Germany relaxes opposition to fracking 

    Germany is to relax its outright opposition to fracking by allowing field trials of the controversial technology in a step...

  10. July 4, 2014

    New York fracking stalled by court ruling

    Jim Worden regrets saying no to the gas companies. When they first approached him in 2007 offering $10,000 to lease his...

  11. July 2, 2014

    US oil and gas explorers impress

    While international exploration and production companies have been underperforming in recent years, some of their US...

  12. June 30, 2014

    Scotland’s shale potential ‘modest’ compared with England

    Scotland’s shale gas and oil resources appear “modest” compared with those in England, according to a government survey...

  13. June 26, 2014

    US gas push wins eastern Europe praise

    Eastern European governments have praised US lawmakers for advancing efforts to expedite American natural gas exports, as...

  14. June 25, 2014

    Pioneer and Enterprise to export light US oil

    Two Texas companies have been given permission to export very light oil from the US with only minimal processing, showing a...

  15. beyondbrics

    June 24, 2014

    Ukraine crisis unsettles Shell and Chevron

    Getting caught up in a war zone ranks among the worst-case scenarios for any oil company. This has happened to Royal Dutch...

  16. June 23, 2014

    Costs hamper shale extraction in China

    When Jianfeng, the Chinese chemical fertiliser maker, announced last September that it would switch to shale gas as its...

  17. June 23, 2014

    Reforming Germany’s green energy plans

    As Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister, made a speech about significant reforms to the country’s renewable...

  18. June 19, 2014

    Nato claims Moscow funding anti-fracking groups

    Russian intelligence agencies are covertly funding and working with European environmental groups to campaign against...

  19. June 19, 2014

    GDF and Santos pull plug on Australian floating LNG project

    GDF Suez and Santos have abandoned plans for a $10bn liquefied natural gas project off northern Australia amid concerns over...

  20. June 18, 2014

    South Africa to review mineral resources law

    South Africa is to review proposed amendments to its mineral resources legislation that threatened to stymie investment into...

  21. June 18, 2014

    Beware the hype over the shale boom

    The shale boom is set to go global. That is what the International Energy Agency has said, but is this promise of a burst of...

  22. June 16, 2014

    Buffett inspires G2’s direct investments

    It was doing the maths on Warren Buffett that made Todd Morley believe traditional private equity funds and hedge funds...

  23. June 15, 2014

    US petroleum production hits 44-year high

    US production of liquid petroleum is surpassing its previous peak, reached in 1970, in the latest landmark for the country’s...

  24. June 13, 2014

    German brewers fear fracking will spoil their beer

    When the engineer opens a spigot, a rivulet of crystal clear mountain water spills out of the pipeline and into his plastic...

  25. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2014

    Chevron’s Bulgaria pull-out a blow for energy security

    European advocates of shale gas – and they do exist – have been hoping that the Ukraine crisis might galvanise governments...

  26. June 10, 2014

    Enel chief sees future for gas-renewables collaboration

    Francesco Starace, chief executive of Enel, sees a bright future for gas-fired plants and renewable electricity sources...

  27. Nick Butler

    June 8, 2014

    The beginnings of a common European energy policy

    A 220-page document entitled “Commission Staff Working Document: In-depth study of European Energy Security” is hardly...

  28. June 8, 2014

    Mexico’s resource wealth and reforms whet the appetites of big groups

    Mexico, which has suffered a decade-long decline in oil and gas production despite possessing top-class resources, is moving...

  29. June 8, 2014

    Why the shale revolution is more boon than bane

    It is easy to forget how rapidly the shale revolution has transformed the US. Less than a decade ago, all projections were...

  30. June 8, 2014

    Shale boom brings its own set of challenges

    In one of his characteristically compelling turns of phrase, Bill Clinton said: “So far, every single person that’s bet...

  31. June 4, 2014

    Berlin prepares to allow fracking

    Germany is set to lift its ban on fracking as early as next year, after caving in to business demands that it should reduce...

  32. June 2, 2014

    Marathon Oil: in the long run

    Sell mature fields all over the globe and buy growing US shale. Marathon Oil is following a familiar pattern as it returns...

  33. June 2, 2014

    UK shale: Godzilla

    The rumble under foot, the roar of tanker trucks, the drilling rigs on the horizon. Aaack! A shale gas explorer! In the UK,...

  34. May 30, 2014

    US LNG exports could help countries curb emissions

    European and Asian countries can cut greenhouse gas emissions by burning imported American gas instead of coal to generate...

  35. May 28, 2014

    Can I make a fortune from fracking?

    The prospect of fracking in southern England came a step closer last week after the British Geological Survey revealed the...

  36. May 27, 2014

    David Cameron to put forward Andrew Lansley for European Commission post

    Andrew Lansley, a long-term ally of David Cameron, is being lined up as Britain’s next European commissioner, possibly with...

  37. May 25, 2014

    BP signs shale deal with Rosneft

    BP confirmed its commitment to Russia after signing a shale oil deal with state-owned oil company Rosneft, despite US...

  38. May 23, 2014

    Discovery of southern England shale deposits causes concern

    The discovery of billions of barrels of shale oil lurking underneath affluent neighbourhoods of southern England has caused...

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