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NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  North American producers have a huge cost advantage for plastic products made from Ethylene.  You might want to re-think sourcing from China. Now that the US has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the top crude oil and natural gas producer,

The new oil order

The massive growth of shale oil production decreased OPEC capacity in setting oil prices. In a context of limited demand growth, oil prices are currently in the $80~$85 price range and unlikely to exceed $80 next year. The major factor in

Shale gas and oil global reserves

The world gas and oil shale reserves are a lot larger than expected two years ago, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Africa‘s potential exceeds that of North America. Shale gas buried underground is estimated to increase recoverable gas in

Japan to launch first LNG futures market in 2015

Japan, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, pays about $18 per British thermal units, versus$10 in Europe and $3~4 in the U.S. It is tired of paying such a price for a resource that has become so important. So Japan

Shale gas – Europe – The current situation

The energy revolution experienced by the United States for the past ten years will not come to Europe anytime soon. Members of the European Union are indeed very divided on the issue of the exploitation of non-conventional energy resources. In

Shale gas: will China be next?

China seeks to develop its massive shale gas resources. After giving two sets of exploration licenses to oil and gas companies, it hopes to keep the momentum going. The Minister of Land and Resources said he intended to shortly allocate

UK: shale gas fracking gets green light

Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has lifted restrictions on the controversial practice of shale gas hydraulic fracturing, giving a green light to drilling, in a country that consumes the most gas in the EU

Shale gas: the European Parliament advises caution

The European Parliament voted last Wednesday two resolutions calling on the EU countries to exercise restraint on the development of shale gas. It calls for “strong regulatory regimes” regarding hydraulic fracturing, the biggest point of contention regarding the exploitation of shale gas. European countries