The rise of digital solutions – and vulnerabilities – in oil and gas

The rise of digital solutions – and vulnerabilities – in oil and gas

The hydrocarbons sector is increasingly turning to digital solutions to monitor, predict and optimise operations, enabling companies to better insulate themselves against market volatility. The process of digitalisation will create significant vulnerabilities in terms of cybersecurity and data privacy. O&G companies are particularly exposed, and it will take government and industry cooperation to mitigate the risks.

Gulf oil: new moves in a changing domestic and global landscape

Gulf oil: new moves in a changing domestic and global landscape

Across the Gulf region, national oil companies (NOCs) are evolving into commercial and global enterprises, in different ways and with varying degrees of success.  Their strategic directions are influenced by factors related to their leaders’ development priorities, geopolitical drivers, resource endowments and commercial opportunities.  While some have been pioneers in globalization since the nationalizations of the 1970s and 1980s, it is only in the last several years that others have made their mark worldwide.

Libya: from political stagnation to civil war?

Libya: from political stagnation to civil war?

Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar’s April attack on Tripoli and the Government of National Accord has deepened the political disintegration of Libya. Foreign powers have at times violently intervened in the country and in other instances pushed for peaceful solutions. Renewed internal fighting has increased competitive pressures externally, potentially undoing the restrictions on oil sales and revenues that previously restrained the antagonists. Moves to gain control of Libya’s hydrocarbon assets and deprive their opponents from controlling them seems to be the logical next step.