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How to fix India's coal crisis

September 2014
James Crabtree

Will India’s looming coal crisis prompt a fundamental energy rethink, possibly prompting a shift to gas? The question is worth pondering, after a month in which the problems of over-reliance on coal in Asia’s third largest economy have been rudely exposed by a mixture of sudden scandals and renewed focus on longer-running inefficiencies

EU sanctions slowing down Russian energy policy

September 2014
John L. Still

The attempts of Russian companies to develop huge potential Arctic and Siberian energetic reserves are likely to end up as the center of debates because of the sanctions imposed on Russia after the Ukraine conflict



Non-oil sector driving growth of UAE and Qatar

September 2014
John L. Still

According to a recent report published by Ernst & Young, the gross domestic product growth of the non-oil sector will be higher than the oil sector’s contribution. GDP is expected to increase by 5.9 percent in 2014 in the non-oil sector and by 1.8 percent in the non-oil sector. The Expo 2020 will only further increase the pace of consumption and investment in Dubai and surrounding areas



Ukraine crisis, agreement may be possible for Oettinger

September 2014
Editorial Staff

For the European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who is in Italy for meetings with the government, members of parliament and big players in the Italian energy sector, it may be possible to find a temporary solution that is capable of preventing a total blockade of Russian gas. In the meantime, Oettinger also assured that the EU is stabilizing supplies ahead of the winter



Gas trading in Europe: Door open for new players as banks scale down

September 2014
Laurence Allen

In recent months, corporations including Barclays, JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch have radically scaled down shop altogether on their gas and liquefied natural gas trading activities. But this retrenchment by so many banks provides many opportunities for Europe’s key utilities as well as smaller trading houses



Ecuador’s economic outlook worsens

August 2014
Lina Roger

According to the International Monetary Fund, Ecuador’s economic outlook  is becoming less favorable as oil prices will probably fall and interest rates in the U.S. are expected to rise over the medium-term



The Dragon is looking to control the seas

July 2014
Sebastiano Fusco (Agenzia Nova)

In terms of tonnage, 50 percent of globally traded goods pass through the Strait of Malacca, Sonda and Lombok each year. More than 10 million barrels of crude oil in tankers pass through the Strait of Malacca alone every day. These routes constitute the real jugular vein of Asia



The threat of energy dependency in India

August 2014
James Crabtree

Scarcity of domestic hydrocarbons coupled with a dramatic rise in demand could put the India’s energy security and public finances at risk as early as 2020



Brent to fall as low as 90 dollar next year

August 2014
Lina Roger

Oil prices should fall further over the medium term as the geopolitical risks is fading and there are no expectations for a slump in demand. Capital Economics predicts the Brent to fall as low as 90 US dollar next year



What does the future hold for the Gulf countries?

August 2014
Bassam Fattouh

The increase in demand in the Asia-Pacific countries over the last twenty years has been absorbed primarily by Middle Eastern producers, and demand for oil in the region will continue to increase. The region does face challenges from a number of outside sources, but its greatest challenges may well come from within



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