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Indian/Qatari agreement sets a new benchmark in the race for natural resources

Qatar, the world's largest exporter of LNG, has shunned Western supply contracts and agreed to increase its exports to India by four million tonnes per year from the current 7.5 million, as of 2014. The move reinforces the widely held belief that Asia is the demand center of the future, and raises questions over Western energy firms' ability to compete with emerging markets for natural resources.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

International oil companies: a new vision for biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell's new joint venture with the Brazilian sugar and biofuel goliath Cosan is indicative of a wider industry trend, with international oil companies seeing biofuels as an increasingly attractive investment alternative. Although significant barriers to the uptake of biofuels remain, the participation of these companies could symbolize a new vision for biofuels worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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CommentWire

IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

Iranian energy sector: US and EU embargoes likely to benefit Chinese oil companies

Iran's alleged nuclear activities have led the US and EU to impose new tougher sanctions on the country and its energy sector in a bid to cripple its oil-dependent economy. However, the Iranian energy sector is likely to find enough support from China to fill both the supply and demand gaps left by Western companies that have exited the market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Iranian impasse indicative of LNG exposure to rising political risk

Sonatrach has claimed that the global market for LNG will double by 2016. While this has a sharp resonance with previous predictions by the IEA, the meteoric rise of LNG is fast becoming weighed down by the same forces afflicting conventional hydrocarbon production; namely heightened levels of political risk and spiraling costs in upstream development as the latest developments in Tehran attest.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008
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CommentWire

Iraq oil production: increase could affect long-term prices

Though there is little doubt that oil production capacity in Iraq will rise in the current decade, the exact level of increase remains a subject of debate. However, regardless of Iraq's eventual production capacity, there will be serious challenges for world oil markets and for Iraq's fellow members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, as an increase could affect long-term prices.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
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Is south-east Africa the new "promised land" for the oil and gas industry?

With production in many maturing oil and gas regions either peaking or declining, and with relatively few new areas to be explored, south-east Africa is expected to be one of the next epicenters for oil and gas production in the coming years. The region has already attracted some international and independent companies, but much more interest is expected to come.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2011
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CommentWire

Israel: Middle East tensions may derail new gas find development

The discovery of natural gas deposits beneath the Eastern Mediterranean has shifted the outlook for Israel's energy market. It is thought that the reserves hold enough gas to feed Israel's consumption for decades, and may even turn the energy-dependent country into an exporter. However, the discovery has served to exacerbate political tensions, and further development faces major challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2010
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Kyoto 'sustainable' policy to promote coal power

The Clean Development Mechanism - a framework designed to stimulate sustainable development projects in developing countries using predominantly EU funding - is to subsidize new coal-fired plants in India and China. This controversial decision raises serious concerns about the framework's environmental integrity and the legitimacy of its contributions to sustainable development.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010
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CommentWire

Libya: the new oil frontier

The media spotlight has fallen on Libya and the activities of international oil companies there after the release on compassionate grounds of al-Magrahi, the man held in connection with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. However, despite the controversy caused by his release, it should be remembered that the companies have been active in Libya since US-led sanctions ended in 2004, and before.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2009

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