Can Group 1 base oil come back?

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Energy & Utilities August 2015

Can Group 1 base oil come back?

The impact of the lower crude prices on the global base oil markets

The global lubricants and base oil markets have had a challenging start to the new millennium. Annual growth has, on average, been well below global GDP growth due to technology improvements in transportation and industry. Furthermore, changing standards are leading to a gradual replacement of Group I-based products to Group II- and III-based products, resulting in plant closures around the world. However, the lower oil prices might lead to temporary relief for Group I producers and an additional boost for the entire industry. [...]

Unlocking global LNG market value

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Energy & Utilities July 2015

Unlocking global LNG market value

Market changes require portfolio transformation

Global gas price convergence, predicted last year to take more than a decade to develop, is expected instead to arrive this year, as a direct result of the increase in short-term LNG trading, the relative over-supply of gas and the drop in oil price indexes.  One single global gas market is therefore now emerging, from the previously fragmented sub- markets, leading to new arbitrage opportunities which will emerge for players at all points along the value chain.  Major LNG players with global reach will certainly be able to take advantage of this change by the adoption of innovative portfolio and contracting designs which enable them to optimize the use of their global liquefaction positions.  Opportunities will also be available to those individual buyers able to transform their trading portfolios and risk management approaches. [...]

Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2015

Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

Building in higher efficiency

Companies owning and operating oil and gas assets, especially under “new normal” oil prices of less than $75/day, will often need to embrace substantial transformational change in order to be truly successful. This is particularly so for smaller companies aiming to develop new assets or grow their production portfolio, but it also applies to the more established operators which may instead need to overturn the inertia of many years of established ways of working. [...]

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

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Energy & Utilities June 2015

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

How to renew the lost momentum?

The potential for solar energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is indisputable. Underpinned by the acute need to find alternative energy sources to reduce the opportunity cost of burning fossil-fuels, as well as the requirements to drive economic development, employment and technology intensive industries, the “solar industry” is no longer a sector this region can afford to ignore and not develop. [...]

Value engineering of capital projects

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Energy & Utilities, Operations Management April 2015

Value engineering of capital projects

Is your business optimizing value over the entire asset lifecycle, from the start?

Large capital projects are often not delivered at the lowest possible cost, nor do they always deliver maximum value at any given cost. Value engineering provides a framework to systematically identify opportunities for cost reduction, whilst maximizing functionality and incorporating innovative ideas and options along the way. [...]

Where now for oil?

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Chemicals, Energy & Utilities March 2015

Where now for oil?

Recent market turmoil is not likely to last - a new normal is in the making for oil and gas prices

The recent precipitous fall in oil was predicted by almost no-one. In this viewpoint we attempt to explain the economics of the change and highlight an emerging “new normal” for oil prices in which a medium term recovery occurs, but prices stay below US$80 per barrel. We also highlight the implications of this new normal. [...]

The future of lignite power

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Energy & Utilities February 2015

The future of lignite power

A viewpoint on the “Energiewende” and its impact on lignite power

After nuclear, the future of lignite will be the next big discussion on the energy agenda. The German “Energiewende” is the world’s most ambitious program to transform the electric energy system of a country: at the same time energy efficiency and the share of renewable energies has to increase while use of nuclear power and other fossil-fuel energy practices has to be stopped. It allows lignite power to exist under economically viable conditions, but close monitoring of risks, regulation, management and strategy are key to staying ahead of the developments and proactively shaping the framing conditions. [...]

Reforming the energy subsidy systems in the Middle East

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Energy & Utilities February 2015

Reforming the energy subsidy systems in the Middle East

Who could lead the region?

Half of the world’s total energy subsidies bill of USD 480 bn comes from the Middle East, eating up more than one-quarter of governments’ revenues. Energy-intensive industries and households make the region require more fuel to produce a unit of GDP than any other region. [...]

Industrial Park Governance

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Energy & Utilities July 2014

Industrial Park Governance

The Vital Cog for Success

Governments often resort to the creation of industrial parks to catalyse the economy of a region or of the whole country. They invest tax-payer money into infrastructure projects with a view to attract investors into the park. If the park is thriving, these investors will in turn pay land rentals or dividends through their joint ventures with the park’s governing entity. They will also bring jobs to the region or the country, corporate tax income to the state or federal government and will enhance the park’s visibility with their own stature. [...]

Rethinking Cost Efficiency

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Energy & Utilities July 2014

Rethinking Cost Efficiency

In Power and Gas Retail - A Step Change Requires a Systemic Approach

The increasingly competitive landscape in power and gas retail is driving utilities to improve efficiency through cost reduction. Most companies have implemented traditional cost-cutting programs. Although these are valid in some circumstances, many retailers are finding that results quickly follow the marginally diminishing curve. Our experience with some of the leading retailers suggests that other perspectives should be taken into account, exploring new opportunities to build sustainably competitive businesses. [...]

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