Opinion on Natural Resources in Middle East and Africa

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Water Disclosure Project launch: managing the energy-water nexus is vital

Backed by 137 institutional investors representing $16 trillion in assets, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched a new program designed to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the water consumption of the world's 500 largest companies. As 90% of global freshwater is used for food and energy production, utilities need to proactively manage water as a core asset.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2010
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US oil: Mexico spill highlights new challenges for oil companies

Having caused one of the worst spills in living memory, BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has revived the debate over the exploration of US offshore regions. Indeed, the fallout from the incident could affect offshore exploration and production in many other areas of the world. Oil companies must remain proactive and promote industry best practices if they are to weather the storm.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
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Upstream oil: increasing margins likely to boost profitability

Oil company profits suffered considerably in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 due to the global economic downturn and the associated drop in oil prices from record highs. However, the reduction in upstream costs proved to be a silver lining, and this, combined with the recent recovery in oil prices, is expected to drive healthy profit results this quarter.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2009
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UAE stepping into the 'green zone'

The global drive to improve the environmental profile of energy production continues, and the UAE has the potential to be a leader in this area, partly due to its natural geographical advantages. While no immediate changes can be expected, it is likely that nuclear and renewable power will play a significantly greater role in the federation's energy production activities over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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Turkish gas: Iranian deal driven by pragmatism

In a bid to bolster its goal of becoming a major European gas hub, Turkey has entered into a deal worth around GBP1.75 billion with Iran, through which it will help to develop the region's massive South Pars gas field. Despite opposition to the deal on political grounds, the agreement will help to secure European energy supplies as alliances with Russia become increasingly risky.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2007
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Tullow Oil: joining forces with CNOOC and TOTAL to monetize Uganda's oil riches

Tullow Oil has agreed farm-out deals with CNOOC and TOTAL, involving three exploration areas in Uganda. Upon completion of the transactions, Tullow, CNOOC, and TOTAL will each hold a one-third interest in the three areas. The companies are planning to make huge investments in the area, which have the potential to transform Uganda into a major African oil producer.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2011
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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The potential of global shale gas resources is likely to drive upstream investments

Due to increased demand, the global shale gas industry is likely to witness significant investment in the medium to long term, particularly in the US, along with a number of developing markets with large reserves, such as China, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Libya, and Algeria. However, environmental concerns and the lack of regulatory policies may impede the sector's global development.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011
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The petroleum industry has important lessons to learn in the aftermath of Macondo

In mid-September, US authorities announced that BP's blow-out Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico is "effectively dead." As one of the most alarming accidents in the global petroleum industry in recent times, it is essential that Macondo is used as a benchmark in the creation of new operating procedures, and that it serves as an important lesson to the entire industry.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2010

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