In the first of the Oil Price War 4.0 series, it was argued in a general sort of way that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s price war would likely be longer and deeper than the three previously started by Saudi Arabia.
March 23, 2020, 9:10 AM MDT
I have worked as a world oil analyst during all four crude oil price wars since the creation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1960, having started my career at the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission (APMC) in the mid-‘80s. Based on what I’ve learned about oil price wars over this period, we should batten down the hatches, as this one could be the longest and deepest of them all.
March 18, 2020, 1:33 PM MDT
With increasingly stringent public health measures across the country to combat COVID-19, Canadians are understandably less focused on energy and environment than usual. But the precipitous drop in global oil prices and the collapse in Canadian energy stocks underscore the tight link between energy and global circumstances.
March 17, 2020, 10:05 AM MDT
Phil Fontaine, living legend and former three-term national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), has said on numerous occasions that reconciliation is not possible without narrowing the economic gap between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canadians.
February 27, 2020, 9:54 AM MST
The total amount of capital raised in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in 2019 slightly increased to $5.36 billion compared to the previous year’s record low of $5.29 billion.
February 26, 2020, 8:33 AM MST
Seeing the protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, you might think the country is hopelessly polarized over energy and environment. Canadians’ views on oil and gas development, pipelines, Indigenous rights and climate action seem ever-more divergent. So do those of energy and environmental leaders.
February 18, 2020, 3:54 AM MST
Results from the Democratic Party’s presidential caucus in Iowa may be muddled, but it is crystal clear that two of the front runners for the nomination, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, will do all in their power to shut down the U.S. shale industry if they become president.
February 10, 2020, 12 AM MST
There is mounting concern in Canada about conflict over energy and environmental issues. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of conflict and see division everywhere — some days it seems like warring politicians, angry protests and social media fights are the only game in town.
February 4, 2020, 4:56 AM MST
As Parliament resumes in Ottawa this week, differences between the parties over energy and environmental issues are sure to hit the headlines and erupt on social media. Judging by these debates, Canadians’ views on things like carbon taxes, pipelines and oil and gas development are increasingly divergent.
February 4, 2020, 4:57 AM MST
Sayer Energy Advisors’ annual outlook and forecast of forthcoming mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) activity in the oil and natural gas industry will outline our predictions for 2020.
January 29, 2020, 6 AM MST
The media wars — mainstream media, social media, blogs, and others — continue to heat up over energy policy and climate change, and Canada is in the heart of the battle.
January 29, 2020, 12 AM MST
Market players have been extremely blasé about the large disruption to Libyan oil output since January 19, with the price of international marker Brent crude actually dropping more than two dollars a barrel.
January 27, 2020, 9:39 AM MST
As we flip the calendar into the new year and a new decade, it’s a good time to pause and think about what the next 12 months and beyond may hold in store for the oil and gas industry. Here are some of the big questions that are front of mind as we start the new year.
January 8, 2020, 8:39 AM MST
The assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was a brilliant move by the Trump administration, if its goal is regime change.
January 8, 2020, 10:40 AM MST
Proponents of a transition to a new, “green” economy like to promote wonderful new business and employment opportunities that will arise as we abandon fossil fuels to power humanity with solar, wind, biomass and the like.
December 17, 2019, 12 AM MST
Saudi Arabia rode to the rescue of crude oil prices yet again by pushing through 500,000-bbl-day of additional output cuts for the first quarter of next year. This was reportedly after putting the price war gun to the heads of fellow OPEC+ members, especially laggards to the previous production pact such as Iraq, Nigeria and Russia.
December 16, 2019, 6 AM MST
In the Alberta budget released Oct. 24, 2019, the provincial government announced that it will eliminate the Alberta tax credit component of the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program for expenditures incurred after Dec. 31, 2019.
December 2, 2019, 8:51 AM MST
The total amount of equity raised through flow-through share equity financings to date in 2019 in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry, as illustrated in the graph below, is approximately $67 million, down 43 per cent from the $118 million completed in 2018 and 74 per cent lower than the $258 million raised in 2016.
November 27, 2019, 7:48 AM MST
There’s a lot of discouraging news around the oil and gas industry these days. It’s under siege from activists, governments, and even investors. Is there any smart money left in the industry, and is there a case to be made for new investment?
November 18, 2019, 12 AM MST
The Canadian flag is flying at half-mast in Calgary with Encana Corporation’s Oct. 31 announcement that it is planning to domicile in the U.S. and change its name to Ovintiv Inc.
November 11, 2019, 12 AM MST
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