Author: Mark Le Dain

Saudi Oil Attacks: The Quality Angle Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia have resulted in significant shifts in global crude qualities. Some of these shifts highlighted quality themes we've previously discussed in unexpected ways. The shifts also give us insight into the Kingdom's situation, and may suggest...

During Q2 we monitored conference calls and corporate disclosure to see how big a role product quality played in results and estimates. We were not disappointed by the results, with product quality considerations being mentioned across North America. Our team has highlighted some of the...

As we start to see Q2 reporting across the energy space, we expect many companies to directly address their product quality - either proactively, or in response to questions from the investment community. This marks a recent phenomenon, as stakeholders start to investigate how product...

Thousands of market participants, companies, individuals and governments, track US crude inventories. These weekly inventory levels remain the best data point for market participants to gain a relatively current view on the global supply and demand balance. If inventories are building it means the market...

It has been a complaint for the last several years that the capital markets have become inefficient for oil and gas companies, particularly in Canada. We can see how this could happen, as interference in any sector from stakeholders and governments is bound to result...

As oil & gas technology professionals, we often find ourselves in discussions on whether oil and gas companies should build software in-house or buy third-party solutions. Outlined below are many of the pros and cons that entities should consider. In-House Solution Benefits Building in-house software can...

The amount of oil in storage is one of the most commonly referenced data points that drives oil prices. Crude storage statistics are widely available and regularly disseminated. Even in parts of the world where data isn’t readily disclosed, satellite images can approximate how much...

Shale gas has replaced coal with a clean-burning fuel faster than activists could have dreamed. Declining supply costs and an ability to provide consistent baseload power, perfectly positioned natural gas for this victory. All oil and gas companies deserve credit for this shift.Even in the...