Platts issues Dated Brent Special Report

The Price Reporting Agency Platts, part of S&P Global, has recently issued a Special Report on the Dated Brent benchmark. The price of Brent crude oil from the North Sea has been used for the last 30-odd years as the pricing reference point for billions of barrels...

Iran unrest sparks price volatility

The article below appeared in the 3 January edition of Natural Gas Daily, published by Interfax Global Energy Services. http://interfaxenergy.com/analytics/article/28931/iran-unrest-sparks-price-volatility Civil unrest in Iran has led to at least 21 deaths, and...

Lithium demand soars while supply lags behind

Lithium-ion (Li-i) batteries are the fastest-growing technology in the power storage sector, according to a recent report by Forum for the Future, which tapped insights from half a dozen key executives in the UK energy sector. But the rising cost of lithium and cobalt, which is a component of the cathodes used in Li-i batteries, could slow their progress.

US refiners wean off Venezuelan crude

Faced with the possibility of tighter sanctions on Venezuela, US refiners are switching to lighter crude slates and sourcing more heavy grades from Canada and Mexico. Asian refiners look set to reap the benefit. This has implications for crude differentials in all parts of the world.

Power to the islands

Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean are transitioning from legacy energy supplies based on refined products to renewable sources including solar, wind and biofuels. The region also has significant oil and gas potential, but unresolved border issues have discouraged its exploitation.