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A cheat sheet on lower oil prices

February 2015—Oil prices have plunged, helping consumers but worrying energy-reliant countries and companies. Here’s a cheat sheet on what’s happening and its implications.more

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Powering Africa

February 2015—There is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply. If sub-Saharan Africa is to fulfill its promise, it needs power—and lots of it.more

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Navigating in deepwater: Greater rewards through narrower focus

January 2015—Even before the fall in oil prices, deepwater project returns were under pressure. To stay in the game, deepwater players should focus on scale in a single basin.more


A new approach to oil-and-gas exploration

January 2015—The executives behind the Cove Energy success story discuss the strategy driving their new venture, Discover Exploration, and offer advice to other exploration-and-production companies.more


Leading a Latin American shale revolution

December 2014—Brought in from Schlumberger to revive Argentina’s state-owned energy giant YPF, CEO Miguel Galuccio is now shooting for a bigger prize: to eventually make his country energy independent.more

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Climbing the curve quickly in petrochemicals

September 2014—Consumption takes off fast in emerging markets. One reason? Plastics.more


Can bioenergy replace coal?

September 2014—Europe wants 27 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy has the potential to help the continent reach that goal, but it requires an industry comeback.more


Digitizing oil and gas production

August 2014—Automation is an important answer to the industry’s upstream challenges.more


Capturing value in global gas: Prepare now for an uncertain future

July 2014—There is huge uncertainty about how global gas markets will evolve, but the extent of the value at stake makes it imperative for liquified natural gas suppliers and buyers to act now.more


Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Shell’s Ann Pickard

June 2014—After building a career in Africa, Australia, and now the Arctic, the Royal Dutch Shell executive vice president has developed core leadership principles to safeguard employees and the environment.more

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