Archive for March, 2010

The Dragon And The Elephant In A Global Contest For Oil

Via Abu Dhabi’s The National, an interesting look at India’s efforts to keep up with China’s overseas petroleum acquisition activities.  As the article notes: “…The elephant appears to be trailing the dragon through the jungles of the oil world. The state-owned Indian Oil Corporation is in talks to acquire Gulfsands Petroleum, a UK company active […]

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Gazprom’s Moment of Truth?

Courtesy of the always informative The Oil and the Glory, an interesting look at Gazprom and the simultaneous market & political challenges it is facing.  As the article note: “…Gazprom, the largest natural gas company in the world, is experiencing a moment of truth. And so, by extension, is Russia, which has relied on the […]

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Iraq: Freeing Its Bonds

Courtesy of The Boston Globe, an article on the performance of Iraqi bonds.  As the report notes: “…Some count the kidnappings. Others count the suicide bombs. Still others count the deaths of US soldiers. But, in the saga of Iraq’s slow struggle toward normalcy, Robert Smith keeps track of something far more obscure: the price […]

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Turkey: Searching For Reliable Suppliers For Nabucco

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of Turkey’s near-term energy strategy to diversify its energy supplies and become a hub between the energy-rich east and the energy-hungry west. To accomplish this, Ankara needs reliable suppliers for the Nabucco project. Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq are potential suppliers, but Iran and Iraq are politically problematic. […]

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Palestine Securities Exchange

Courtesy of Riches Among The Ruins, an interesting look at the Palestine Securities Exchange.   As the article notes: “…Last year, I met with a Palestinian official named Dr. Jihad al-Wazir, the governor of the Palestinian Monetary Authority. He explained to me his vision for financial modernization and transparency as a way forward for the West […]

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Iran And Pakistan Seal Pipeline Deal

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report that Iran and Pakistan signed a deal in Turkey paving the way for construction to start on a much-delayed natural-gas pipeline connecting the two nations.  As the article notes: “…Pakistan has argued the pipeline, which will connect Iran’s South Pars gas field with Pakistan’s Baluchistan and Sindh provinces, […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.