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Sino-Iranian relations and the growing West-East oil divide

Political pressure from Washington has, to a certain degree, motivated some of the world's largest oil traders to stop supplying gasoline to Iran in recent months. As a result, the crude-rich but gasoline-short country is looking for alternative supply partners such as China, a shift that has the potential to reshape the long-term international oil and gas political scene.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Should the West fear China's oil appetite?

The recent talks between the Canadian government and the Chinese state-owned oil company PetroChina have brought the issue of China's growing appetite for natural resources back into the limelight. Many commentators express fears about the scale of China's needs, but in reality engagement with the country should be seen as a positive step and an opportunity for all concerned.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: stiff resistance to oil sands exploration

Royal Dutch Shell is facing renewed opposition to its investments in Canada's oil sands from environmental groups, which believe that such exploration work can severely increase the carbon intensity of energy production. However, the adoption of alternate fuel sources is inevitable in the long-term and technological advances have the potential to address many of the environmental concerns.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Shell: new report on Nigeria unlikely to offer refuge from controversy

Media reports are claiming that the UN's ongoing study of oil pollution in Nigeria will find Shell responsible for only 10% of the oil spilled into the Niger Delta in the last 40 years. However, even if the final report favors Shell, the media backlash caused by the BP spill, coupled with the Nigerian government's continuing intervention, will make its future in the Delta far from straightforward.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2010
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CommentWire

Shell: leaving Nigeria would have even greater repercussions for sustainability

In October 2010, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell was dropped from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index because of growing concerns over its operations in Nigeria, and the firm has now responded by scrapping its policy of linking executive bonuses to the index. However, it is hard to say how Shell should proceed in Nigeria, as pulling out of the country could mean even worse news for the environment.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: crisis exposes exploration & production focus

Shell's assessment of the oil reserve affair prompted the most recent downgrade and the removal of CFO Judy Boynton. This has now been followed by the FSA's own investigation into the scandal. In the medium term, Shell and other oil majors should seek to boost margins in downstream operations to balance exploration & production risk.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Shell's proposed gas flare venture in Iraq could become a game-changer in MENA

In a move aimed at closing the $12.5bn agreement for the capture of flared gas at Iraq's southern oilfields, Royal Dutch Shell and the national government have agreed to let the country's State Oil Marketing Organization handle gas exports. The expected benefits for the institutions involved in the venture should boost confidence in flared gas operations across the Middle East and North Africa.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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CommentWire

Shale gas: new find could transform UK energy future

The development of unconventional gas has the potential to dramatically boost UK production at a time when North Sea reserves are dwindling, and IGas Energy is looking to exploit this chance by developing a newly discovered large shale resource. However, shale gas production could face hurdles due to incomplete research into its environmental impacts and an often inadequate regulatory framework.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Expert View

Shale gas: government regulation may dampen major players' interest

Due to technological advances in the recovery process, shale gas, typically the arena of smaller energy firms, is set to benefit from the rising interest and giant budgets of major oil companies. However, poor market fundamentals will pose a challenge over the short term, and the threat of tightening US federal regulation could derail recent deals and significantly curtail expansion in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2010
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Expert View

Shale gas may be the answer to India's growing gas supply-demand gap

As demand for natural gas continues to skyrocket, India now faces an annual supply-demand gap of nine billion cubic meters. Datamonitor believes that shale gas represents an attractive means of plugging this gap. However, it remains to be seen whether India will realize the potential of shale gas by adapting its exploration policy accordingly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010

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