Kiran Stacey

Energy Source will now be taking its annual Christmas break. We will be away from today (December 23rd) until January 4th. That is unless something major happens in the energy industry, in which case I promise to return promptly to my keyboard and keep you all up to date. Read more

We didn’t think it would happen – but Aim-listed Xcite Energy has delivered an early Christmas present to punters in the oil exploration sector on Tuesday: Read more

Ed Crooks

The civil suit against BP brought by the US government on Wednesday had been inevitable since we first found out that thousands of barrels of oil were spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. The timing of Wednesday’s announcement, mandated by the judge at the New Orleans court where the trial will be held, was the only surprise. It perhaps did not send the best message about the business-friendly nature of the administration, on a day when President Obama was courting many of America’s top CEOs.

The share price reaction was modest, reflecting the fact that while the headlines are terrible for sentiment, investors always knew this day would come. The news looks bad for BP, but shareholders can still hope for better, as the Lex column points out.

Nevertheless, the Department of Justice’s action is a salutary reminder that, eight months after the fatal accident on the Deepwater Horizon, and three months after the ill-fated Macondo well was sealed for good, BP is still not even close to finding out exactly how much the disaster will costRead more

Kiran Stacey

The UK government’s cap on non-EU migrants has won fewer supporters than ministers hoped. Initially thought to be an obvious crowd-pleaser, it has been met with a torrent of criticism from businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, not to mention cabinet ministers themselves.
One of the things that the oil and gas was most concerned about was the inclusion of intra-company transfers (ICTs) in the cap. This would effectively limit the ability of companies to import their own talent from elsewhere into the UK.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

In February, a group of business leaders (including Richard Branson) came together to issue the government a warning: we’ve had the credit crisis, the next crisis will be a peak oil crisis.
Now they have repeated that call, with an additional warning: Macondo has made the situation even more pressing. Read more

Kiran Stacey

George Osborne did not spend much time talking about the energy industry today, but the spending review contained some important new figures and policies. Here, then is the spending review – as far as it effects the energy industry – in numbers. Read more

FT Energy Source

- China digs in on rich-poor climate pact divide – Reuters

- CBI urges switch to incinerators - FT Read more

FT Energy Source

- Spill commission faults Obama spill response - Rigzone

GE buys Dresser in $3bn push on energy - FT Read more

This week: a new head of BP but which way is US energy policy going? Potential oil production has jumped in Iraq – but what does it mean for Opec? Plus: is Potash bound for BHP?

Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer, with Javier Blas and William MacNamara in the studio, and Sheila McNulty in Houston. Our guest this week is Joseph Mason, chair of banking at Louisiana State University.

Produced by Rob Minto Read more

FT Energy Source

- Kazakhmys chairman offloads $1.3bn stake – FT

- Malaysia’s MMC submits bid to buy UEM - WSJ Read more