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OPEC Meeting and The Price of Oil: Russia's Biggest Worry and Saudi Arabia's 'Tour de France' Strategy

December 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Oil, OPEC, Russia, and Saudi Arabia

Russian officials already in the unenviable position of dealing with the impact of Western sanctions on their national economy as reflected in a tumbling ruble – in spite of continuous Central Bank interventions – and capital outflows, now face the possibility of a recession looming in 2015.[read more]

Saudi Oil Export Concerns Detailed; Renewable Energy Opportunities Identified

November 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Saudi Oil Exports and Renewables Opportunities

Increasing domestic Saudi Arabian energy demand bumping up against volumes of oil available for export is an issue we have followed closely, and a new report from the International Energy Agency provides some updated detail on how the kingdom is addressing its energy dilemma.[read more]

Saudi Arabia Still Calling the Shots

October 16, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Saudi Arabia and Fuel Sources

There have been a lot of stories over the past few years about the implications of the US shale boom. To review for those who might have been living in a cave for the past 5 years, the marriage of horizontal drilling and fracking has reversed 40 years of declining US oil production and created a shale oil and gas boom.[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik

When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Saudi Aramco Putting $40B of Its 'Money Where Its Mouth Is'

September 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Saudi Energy Investment

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company plans to invest $40 billion over the next decade to maintain oil production capacity at 12 million barrels per day, while doubling natural gas output. They face a dilemma with much of its associated gas already being consumed by the oil sector for enhanced recovery.[read more]

Oil Production: The U.S. is Looking at Saudi Arabia in the Rearview Mirror

July 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

As Americans, we naturally strive to become number one. Our country has already dominated a handful of categories and achieved recognition for things like the most patents, and the most Olympic medals. Now we can be proud of a new achievement: largest oil producer in the world.[read more]

US Edges Saudi Arabia, Russia in Oil and Gas

October 8, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

US Oil and Gas Growth

The International Energy Agency made headlines nearly one year ago with its bold forecast that the United States was on track to being the world’s top oil and natural gas producer by 2017. Turns out that the US is fracking its way to the top far faster than the experts anticipated.[read more]

Will Water Limit Fracking and Natural Gas Development in Saudi Arabia?

April 23, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

As if the economics of shale gas development weren't challenging enough in such an environment, the key ingredient that has fueled the US shale revolution, water, is in short supply in Saudi Arabia.[read more]

Industry Resilience Needed to Meet Energy Future’s Challenges

March 7, 2013 by Mark Green

Resilience–measured in strength, portfolio diversity, adaptability and innovativeness–is essential for the oil and natural gas industry to continue to play a role in the future.[read more]

Shale Gas and Tight Oil: Boom? Bust? Petering Out?

March 1, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Governments and industry must recognize that shale gas and oil are not cheap or inex­haustible: 70% of US shale gas comes from fields that are either flat or in decline.[read more]

IEA Expects Global Energy Focus to Shift Eastward

December 7, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Eastward Shift via Shutterstock


Last month the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual long-term forecast, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). Its projection that US oil output would exceed that of Saudi Arabia within five years was featured in numerous headlines, although some of the report's other findings look equally consequential. That includes the...[read more]

Oil-drilling Boom Puts the US in Global Driving Seat

November 13, 2012 by Matthew Cook

Oil Rigs via Shutterstock

America is expected to become the largest crude oil producer in the world by  2020, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia.It is expected to reduce its imports from 10million barrels a day to about  4million barrels within ten years, the International Energy Agency forecast.It will become self-sufficient in about 2035 as a boom in...[read more]

Saudi Cabinet Shuffle Could Be Prelude to Larger Challenges

November 9, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Middle East via Shutterstock

 HomeEnergyWatchWashingtonLoren  Saudi Cabinet Shuffle Could Be Prelude to Larger ChallengesPosted on November 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm by Amy Myers Jaffe in General Comments()| E-mail| Print Saudi Arabia’s commitment to keep oil markets amply supplied has been keeping a lid on prices this autumn,...[read more]

What If Saudi Arabia Became an Oil Importer?

September 7, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Saudia Arabia via Shutterstock

I've seen numerous references in the last several days to a Citgroup analysis suggesting that Saudi Arabia might become a net oil importer by 2030.  The premise behind this startling conclusion seems to be that economic growth and demographic trends would continue pushing up domestic Saudi demand for petroleum products and...[read more]

Saudi Arabia - America’s Real Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

August 27, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Is relying on Saudi Arabia in times of war a smart tradition or future folly? As oil prices ticked above $115 per barrel last week, a White House leak revealed that President Barack Obama may dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the United States' 695 million barrel stockpile of emergency fuel supplies. The leak might have been a signal that Washington wants Gulf countries to take action to lower oil prices.[read more]