Douglas Westwood


Opinion: OPEC decision a shot in the arm

The preliminary announcement by OPEC of a deal to cap production between 32.5 and 33 million barrels per day has given a welcome shot in the arm to the upstream market. While the specifics will be announced by OPEC at their November meeting in Vienna, on the face of it, it’s a hugely positive signal for the sector and points to a near term turn in the market.


Opinion: The bottom of the barrel?

On Friday, OPEC concluded its 168th Meeting of the Oil Production and Exporting Countries Conference, with members agreeing to effectively abandon the 30 million barrel per day (mmbbl/d) production limit which has been in place since 2011. Brent crude, the international standard benchmark, fell some 3.23% on Monday to the lowest front month futures price since late 2008.


Opinion: Shell and BG – the industry is ready for through-cycle investors

Established oil and gas investors have long been aware that in this market you need to take a ‘through-cycle’ strategy, managing the up cycle in the knowledge that tougher times are always on the horizon. The execution of the strategy in down cycle, organic or inorganic, can play a decisive role in determining the winners when the market recovers. And the market will recover.