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More than a year later, how has Mexican natural gas pricing evolved?

In June 2017, Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) announced the elimination of the maximum price of natural gas, known as the first-hand price, or the VPM. Instead of using this price cap formula, the state-owned oil and natural gas compan...

Insight: Nuclear industry, vendors believe there’s a future for microreactors

Recent expressions of support by the US and UK governments have highlighted a new class of very small nuclear power reactors. Microreactors, sometimes defined as reactors of less than 15 MW, have been identified as potential recipients of developmen...

In the LOOP: Larger Suezmaxes making more trips from USGC to Europe on rising Aframax rates

Unusual strengthening in the US Aframax tanker market has compelled more crude oil shippers to use larger Suezmax vessels in recent weeks, according to shipping sources. There have been at least nine vessels placed on subjects on the voyage charter ...

Steel aims to boost its potential in the circular economy

On my train journey from London to Brussels for the World Steel Association Circular Economy Conference, out of the window I watched the landscape change from the English to the French and finally to the Belgian.  Jarring with the natural beauty of...

Brexit no deal is no worry for North Sea oil and UK energy sector

Economic warnings around a no-deal Brexit have reached fever pitch proportions. If Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s latest Doomsday portent comes to fruition, house prices will collapse and the streets will be choked by dole queues if the UK...