Categotry Archives: The Oil Price

Roundup

In what is becoming a regular occurrence in that company, Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX experienced another deadly explosion, this time in one of its petrochemical plants: Four more people have been found dead after last week’s explosion at a petrochemical plant in southeastern Mexico, raising the death toll to 32, state oil giant Pemex and Mexican plastic pipe maker Mexichem said in a joint statement on Sunday. The vinyl petrochemical plant in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz is a […]

Patrick’s posers

Last week Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne wrote an article in LinkedIn which is worth taking a look at: Investments by the major oil companies are being scaled back in response to falling prices, which means they will no longer be able to offset the natural decline of currently producing fields. This is a rather frank admission coming from the CEO of one of the major oil companies which has done just that.  But alas he doesn’t tell us why, if […]

Newfound pain

There’s a long but interesting article in Canada’s The Star on how the decline in oil prices has hit the city of St. John’s in Newfoundland.  It is interesting because although St. John’s does have an offshore oil industry, it is not a traditional coastal oil town in the manner of Aberdeen or Stavanger, and is often overshadowed insofar as the Canadian industry goes by Calgary. Though Newfoundland is some 6,500 kilometres east of ground zero for Canada’s oil industry, […]

When engineers ignore economics, Part 375

One of the many side effects of the collapse in the oil price is a proliferation of nonsensical articles on the subject.  Today I stumbled across this in LinkedIn. It must be hard for the world to have sympathy for an oil and gas industry that has been so extravagant and wasteful. Why yes, it must be. The Hubbert curve is a logistic model showing the theoretical depletion of worldwide resources over a two hundred year period.  It has a steep ramp up […]