What is the fiscal health of the Canadian oil patch this year? It is a mixed diagnosis. While commodity prices, equity values and capital spending are weak, some of the key industry metrics — revenue and cash flow — are still relatively healthy at first glance.
November 5, 2019, 6 AM MST
The amount of Canadian oil and natural gas assets available for sale currently is more than double the value versus the same time last year.
October 30, 2019, 6 AM MDT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party may have won a strong minority mandate on Oct. 21, following four-years of majority rule, but this does not mean the sky will continue to fall for the western Canadian oil and gas industry. It partly depends on how Trudeau decides to secure majority votes in the House of Commons, and to a greater degree whether the massive Indigenous-led Eagle Spirit Energy Corridor project moves forward.
October 23, 2019, 8:52 AM MDT
Canadians have spoken, voting in a Liberal minority government on Oct. 21. As the name implies, minority governments have less power since they need to collaborate with other parties to pass legislation.
October 23, 2019, 9:03 AM MDT
Former prime minister Kim Campbell famously said that elections are no time to discuss serious issues. She was roundly critiqued for the statement, but looking at energy and environment in the federal election you can understand what she was getting at.
October 22, 2019, 9:25 AM MDT
Since gaining power in December 2018, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — nicknamed AMLO — has made it clear through actions and rhetoric that he is no fan of his predecessor’s energy reform.
October 16, 2019, 7:28 AM MDT
While conventional oil and gas exploration has declined precipitously in Canada, it’s still alive and well around the world. Isn’t it?
October 8, 2019, 4:06 AM MDT
How a renewable energy warrior and an oil sands entrepreneur met in the radical middle to go beyond polarizing narratives.
October 7, 2019, 6:43 AM MDT
The precedent set by the extremely successful drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing plant and Khurais oilfield on Sept. 14 has tremendous implications for eastern Canadian oil security.
September 30, 2019, 7:44 AM MDT
There has been a recent wave of announcements made by publicly-traded oil and natural gas companies related to share buy-backs. This is unusual, in that until recently, buying back stock has not been a significant use of capital in the Canadian energy industry.
September 25, 2019, 9:53 AM MDT
Public opinion polls are looking bleak for the federal Conservative Party, and hence Western Canada’s oil industry, now that the writ has been dropped.
September 17, 2019, 6 AM MDT
All modesty aside, I’ve had a very good track record forecasting crude oil prices since returning to the industry in the late 1990s, and have been particularly adept at anticipating major market turning points. But, holy cow, I’ve been far too bullish since late last year.
September 4, 2019, 7:53 AM MDT
Why are major, trusted media failing to help Canadians understand developments in the energy industry that are so critical to Canada’s economy?
September 3, 2019, 8:36 AM MDT
Because the Mainline is a dominant artery, Enbridge’s proposal to drastically change the pipeline’s commercial terms should be concerning to all stakeholders.
August 28, 2019, 7:55 AM MDT
The total enterprise value of merger and acquisition (“M&A”) activity in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in the first half of 2019 was approximately $5.4 billion, down 29 per cent from the $7.6 billion recorded in the first six months of 2018. This is the lowest first-half total M&A value in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry since 2013 when only $4.3 billion in total M&A value was recorded.
August 28, 2019, 6:44 AM MDT
Canada has gone from potential energy superpower to global laughingstock over the past several years.
August 26, 2019, 7:15 AM MDT
The oil and gas industry in Canada is founded upon a tremendous history of exploration, beginning in the mid-19th century in southern Ontario and expanding across the country throughout the 20th century.
August 20, 2019, 7:27 AM MDT
The last few years are a vivid reminder that federalism is pivotal to energy and climate change policy. In late 2015, intergovernmental collaboration hit a high with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Provinces and the federal government were singing from the same song sheet.
August 13, 2019, 7:17 AM MDT
The Alberta natural gas industry is in dire straits. In an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney, nine CEOs of primarily gas-producing companies recently begged the Alberta government to consider some sort of royalty tax credit scheme to support a voluntary curtailment plan in an attempt to stabilize gas prices at higher levels.
July 31, 2019, 6 AM MDT
A total of $2.7 billion in capital was raised by the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in the first six months of 2019, down 18 per cent from the $3.3 billion recorded over the same time period in 2018.
July 31, 2019, 6 AM MDT
When we talk about “energy transitions,” many people think about wind and solar as the energy sources of the future. But more thoughtful conversations recognize that future energy supplies will be like today’s — complex and multifaceted, addressing a huge range of demands and situations.
July 29, 2019, 12 AM MDT
It’s hard not to respect people who look adversity in the face and appear to laugh at it.
July 15, 2019, 7:24 AM MDT
Isn’t it ironic? Norway is viewed as a paragon of environmental virtue and Canada an energy pariah, despite both being major producers and exporters of oil and gas.
July 8, 2019, 9:04 AM MDT
Two articles were published in the Globe and Mail recently that might make supporters of Canadian LNG pause and wonder whether they’re backing the right horse.
July 4, 2019, 1:05 PM MDT
In the final part of his series, Richard Adamson discusses the growing trend toward low-emissions industrial clusters, and how this offers opportunities to reduce the risk and cost of CO2 management.
July 4, 2019, 11:23 AM MDT