Notes From The Editor Posts


After disruptions in Canada and Nigeria and the shock of Brexit and a failed Turkish coup sent values past $50 in June - prices are fluctuating more than ever.
"It's one thing to shoot yourself in the foot. Just don't reload the gun" – Join us as we look at what on earth is happening to our industry.
If the possibility of suspension of movement  through the Turkish Straits didn’t affect wider commerce or the oil price, disruption of trade transit in the South China Sea could turn the global economy upside down.
A few weeks ago, the shadow of Brexit - the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union - was just that, an obscurity, intangible and illusory. Today, the genie is out of the bottle and whether the magic cast is white or black will be felt over a span of years.
In two days time, British citizens from Glasgow to Gibraltar will be voting on whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union.
Last week saw supermajor BP sell $1.7 billion of stocks in its Norwegian assets to the holding company controlled by the self-made billionaire and director of Aker Solutions, Kjell Inge Røkke.
According to a report from the Bank of Scotland, further misery is to be heaped on an already suffering oil and gas industry. Stay informed with our latest piece.
As wildfire scorches its way across Canada's Wild Rose Country, oil prices rose on the disruption caused by the blaze. We provide an exclusive analysis of the disaster.
BP loses half a billion dollars, and Saudi Aramco will be valued at an estimated $2 trillion - bigger than nearly every national economy. What on Earth is happening?
"cave idus martias" (Beware the Ides of March) According to a statement from Moscow, Russian fo...
In rapturous news, crude oil hit a 2016 price high as it peeked above $40 per barrel this Monday. A price rally of 40 per cent in the last four weeks has lifted the Black Gold from 12-year lows in January, igniting the hope amongst investors and...
"Every storage tank and swimming pool in the world will be filled with oil." - Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive, BP As the global upstream industry winces under the continued pressure of low oil prices, parts...
Editorial: the Aberdonian ailment
Published: 2016-02-23
As Brent crude "rallied" to $35 a barrel in trading this week, news coming out of the North Sea served as little comfort for an embattled hydrocarbons sector.
As the price of a barrel of Brent crude remains below $40 for the third month in succession, our eyes fix to the quiet pachyderm that has been waiting silently in the corner. He’s been there, shuffling sheepishly from side t...
As the price of a barrel of crude danced around the $30 mark in its now customary ceilidh, supermajor BP announced record yearly losses and 7,000 jobs ready for the axe. Even worse news awaits France’s Total, who are expecte...
The ongoing oil price depression, which has seen prices plummet by 70 per cent in the last 15 months, is starting to become a macabre tale. In the North Sea, the number of working rigs is the lowest since the beginning of commercial operations.
As a historical accord was agreed in Vienna to lift US sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran , Brent crude fell to its lowest point since 2003, bottoming out at a paltry $27.67.
After the price of Brent crude slid to its lowest point since 2008, oil markets put on a slight rally to hit $38 per barrel this morning.
As dignitaries and heads of state from 150 nations unite in Le Bourget, Paris, for the COP21 climate conference, it is no surprise that oil is one of the hottest topics of debate.
The downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by Turkish forces on the Syrian/Turkish border has given the "War on ISIS" a totally different complexion.
In the aftermath of the tragic events of November in Paris, oil prices rose on the possibility of a geopolitical meltdown. Oil & Gas IQ take a closer look.
As the price of Brent crude oil remains 43 per cent down year-on-year, its gaseous cousin seems to have diffused colourlessly under the radar.