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Opec takes a big bet by holding output

Source: Financial Times, 18th December 2014

Short-term pressures could cause more pain than expected and pave the way for further cuts

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Saudi minister says oil drop is temporary

Source: Financial Times, 18th December 2014

Ali al-Naimi rejects claims that kingdom is pushing down prices

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North Sea worries wash ashore at Aberdeen

Source: Financial Times, 18th December 2014

Crumbling confidence in the wider energy sector is starting to be felt in the Granite City

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US must grasp opportunity to build sustainable energy system

London, 18 December 2014

The United States is in a strong position to deliver a reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today as it released a review of U.S. energy policy. To do so, however, the country must establish a more stable and co-ordinated strategic approach for the energy sector than has been the case in the past.

IMAGE Winners and Losers from Cheaper Oil

London, 17 December 2014

Oil prices have fallen by around 40% since the middle of the year, and The Economist Intelligence Unit forecasts that lower oil prices will persist. In 2015 we are forecasting that Brent will average $80/barrel, rising slightly to $85/barrel in 2016. The stable, but high, oil price environment seen between 2011 and the first half of 2014 has been undermined by strong growth in non-OPEC... Read More...

IMAGE Short-term investment models for shale make it more vulnerable to project cuts

London, 15 December 2014

With oil prices plummeting to a five year low, and project cut backs likely in 2015, short-term funding for US shale may lose out to the country’s higher cost deep water developments, the latest article by leading petroleum industry advisor Gaffney, Cline and Associates (GCA) suggests.


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