Category: ‘ Oil Production ’

 

Oil and Water

When most people think of oil production, they imagine a gush of crude oil emerging uninterrupted from the ground. While this scenario is occasionally true when conventional oil fields are first drilled, it rarely lasts for long...

Oil’s Role in the Scottish Independence Movement

Control of resources is often central to the question of national sovereignty. Oil, composing around 40 percent of global energy demand, lies at the heart of many a peoples’ struggle for independence—look no further than the K...

The “Oversupply” Narrative: Behind the Headlines

Last week’s moderate price slip, in which Brent Crude oil dropped to nearly $101 a barrel (from recent highs of $113 in June), and West Texas Intermediate fell to $93 per barrel (from $105, again in June), caused a flurry of pre...

Russia Sanctions: Plenty of Wiggle Room

The latest round of sanctions from the European Union and United States have observers wondering what effects they will have on Russia’s oil production. There are differences of opinion from commentators, investment banks, and t...

All Eyes on ISIS

With Islamic State (ISIS) forces approaching the Kurdish Autonomous Region, the Obama administration authorized air strikes on ISIS positions around Erbil. The city, which lies near a number of oil wells, is the capital of the Kur...

Oil Prices Out of Sync with Geopolitical Realities

Oil prices are sitting at a 4-month low this week in response to oversupply in West African and Atlantic markets, combined with weak seasonal demand. While traders fret over what to do with this recent glut of crude, however, real...

Black Market for Black Gold

A fascinating new dynamic has emerged in recent weeks: a growing black market for oil and petroleum products across the Middle East, revenues from which are bankrolling ISIS, Libyan militias, and the Kurdish Autonomous Region ...

Mullen & Hannah Offer Insight on Geopolitics & Energy Security

A transportation sector powered by multiple, diverse energy sources enables the United States to protect itself from an often-volatile oil market, while freeing foreign policy from reliance on a resource with important implica...

The Need to Know on Condensate Exports

Oil and gas producers have been pulling out all the stops in recent months, pushing on all fronts for Congress and the President to reverse the ban on crude oil exports imposed in the aftermath of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. Th...

Understanding Crude Quality in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

With ISIS militants targeting Baghdad and possibly Basra, the threat of a significant disruption to Iraqi oil supplies is very real. Given OPEC’s current razor-thin spare capacity, SAFE’s latest issue brief finds that a major ...
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