Verisk Maplecroft

Asia

Energy sector at risk from U.S.-China flashpoints

The increasing geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and China has more than a 50% chance of spilling over into some form of military confrontation in the year ahead. This could involve threats, posturing, or the actual use of force, as well as have serious implications for energy companies and markets.

Asia

Beijing harasses Petronas and Shell off Malaysia

A four-month long standoff over oil and gas operations in the South China Sea is intensifying between Malaysian, Chinese, and Vietnamese ships, though all three governments have managed to keep it out of the public eye, until very recently.

Africa

Libya’s well-timed oil blockade

The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) decision to halt exports from a number of ports brings more pressure to bear on the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) but does little to upset the international oil market.

Africa

Waiting time in Tunisia

Tunisia has recently elected a new president, demonstrating the strength of its democratic institutions. The country’s hydrocarbons industry continues to struggle, though.