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The paradox of the Islamic State

October 2014
Daniel Atzori

For decades we have been used to the fact that any geopolitical energy change in the Middle East has significant repercussions on energy markets. The Islamic State is trying to capture Kobane, a Syrian town with a Kurdish majority on the border with Turkey: but in spite of the fact that the area is controlled by the jihadists and borders a country which is a member of the Atlantic Alliance, there have not yet been any repercussions on oil prices

The Africa Energy Outlook in Rome

October 2014
Editorial Staff

The Africa energy outlook, presented today in Rome and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, puts the energy situation of the continent under the spotlight. Thanks to the reforms in place, energy capacity is expected to increase by 2040 in spite of current problems, including access to electricity and difficulties with the infrastructure system



Crude drop: New supply, less demand

October 2014
John L. Still

With Brent lows in recent years and the WTI well below $90 a barrel the war in oil prices seems to have returned. Some will suffer, others will earn. The risk of an “oil crash,” as in 1986, is returning to threaten world oil markets



Oil Magazine at the Asia Shale Gas Summit 2014

October 2014
Editorial Staff

Considering new exploration projects and a growing demand, especially regarding China and India, Asia has established itself as the continent with the highest level of energy development. Even Oil, which has dedicated issue number 26 to the growth of Southeast Asian countries, has a presence as a media partner in the fourth Asia Shale Gas Summit in Shanghai (October 14-16, 2014)



Nicaragua: Land of resources and opportunities?

October 2014
John L. Still

Last month, the state-owned Nicaraguan DNP-Petronic signed oil exploration deals. Although the country does not produce crude oil, geological conditions are deemed favorable. However, investments and infrastructure are lacking



Hong Kong-China, far from independence

October 2014
John L. Still

As students protest against the Chinese government's restrictions on the election rules regarding Hong Kong’s chief executive, the former British colony continues to be linked to the motherland for its high energy demand.  And it is already making plans for a new energy mix



Energy markets are not afraid of the jihadists

October 2014
Daniel Atzori

The advance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has already caused a terrible humanitarian catastrophe. Nevertheless, the impact on energy markets caused by the instability of the region has so far been negligible. For now, in fact, the jihadists do not directly threaten the richest oil regions of Iraq. In addition, the Middle East seems to be increasingly less crucial in the global geo-energy balance



Argentine shale stuck between hope and uncertainty

October 2014
John L. Still

Argentina has 27 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 802 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas. Most of them are located in the Vaca Muerta reservoir. The prospects are between partnership and the need for legislative stability



Oil and the Islamic State

September 2014
Daniel Atzori

The Islamic State controls oil wells in Iraq and Syria and is capable of producing oil and smuggling it over the border. Thanks to these flows of cash, the terrorist group is consolidating an embryonic state



Turkey and the EU: a relationship with more energy

September 2014
Nicoló Sartori

The stalemate of negotiations for the accession of Ankara to the EU should not prevent the interweaving of new business and energy relationships between the two parties, particularly for the strategic role of the red crescent country in the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor.



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