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Rethinking Independents

How the US’s role as an exporter shifts the strategies of independent operators

To survive and thrive, independent US operators must position themselves for long-term value creation through new business models that consider the risks and opportunities of excess production and delivery to global markets.The development of shale oil and gas production in the US has been truly...
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Proposed Gas Directive amendment and the EC-Gazprom

Could the proposed amendment compromise the progress made in the settlement

During the spring of 2018, after seven years of deliberations, the European Commission concluded its investigation of Gazprom regarding alleged abuse of its market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets. The outcome is a finely crafted settlement setting out rules and guidelines for...
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Gas Directive amendment and relations with third countries

What would the need for new or renegotiated agreements mean in practice?

The proposed amendment to the EU Gas Directive aims to extend EU Internal Gas Market legislation to import pipelines from third countries. This would mean imposing third-party access, ownership unbundling, transparency and EU-regulated tariffs on infrastructure outside the boundaries of the...
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Energy trends in the Middle East

Interview – Adnan Shihab-Eldin Director General (CEO)

Dr. Shihab-Eldin, formerly Acting Secretary General and Director of Research of OPEC, is currently the Director General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), and was a member of its Board of Directors. He served, among others, as an Advisor to and a member of the Kuwait...
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Back to Oil!

NOCs & the Indies’ agrarian art of production

Back to Oil ! is an elegy devoted to the oilman’s works and days on the ground, in a world where digitalization makes reality abstract. Excellence comes from the simplicity of concrete gestures and the agrarian rites of oil production. The perpetuity of the National Oil Companies facing maturity...
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E&P cost reduction through technology assessment

A case study in subsea technology identification

Cost reductions achieved by adopting new oilfield technologies are critical to improve the resilience of Exploration and Production margins, especially for subsea assets. However, new cost-effective technologies can only be deployed successfully with sustained and targeted R&D efforts. In this...
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Contract and partnership management at NOCs

Adopting new types of contracts and partnership models sets fresh challenges for national oil companies

The increasing need for new and creative types of partnerships between national oil companies (NOCs) and other operators and service companies has created a difficult task for their management. The implementation of these contracts is almost always a complex and substantial challenge, and usually...
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When should national oil companies have subsidiaries?

Rationales for establishing subsidiaries in national oil companies and how these NOCs can manage their existing subsidiaries more effectively –...

National oil companies (NOCs) are becoming ever more influential in today’s oil and gas environment, dominating production output and expanding their footprints beyond their local boundaries. With this growth and increase in influence, many NOCs have expanded their organizations over the years,...
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The oil company of the future

What does the future eco-system look like, and what are the potential business models to succeed?

What are oil companies going to look like in the future?The oil industry is shifting towards NOC hegemony, peak oil is arriving from the demand side, and the energy mix is changing. Oil companies’ profiles are in constant evolution, and they are already adapting their business strategies to the...
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Local content after a booming oil & gas cycle

Ambitions and limits of local content development

A cycle of booming oil and gas exploration and production activity ended in 2015. During the decade 2005–2015, pressure on local content intensified in most oil-rich countries. The time has come to examine the economic impact of both regulations and initiatives taken by private international and...
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